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Missouri vs. UConn - 9/19/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Connecticut Huskies (2-0) at Missouri Tigers (2-0)
Date & Time Saturday September 19, 2015, 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Missouri Tigers -24 -- Over/Under: 44
TV Channel
ESPN
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CFB | Connecticut Huskies (2-0) at Missouri Tigers (2-0)
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The Missouri Tigers and the UConn Huskies face off on Saturday in college football action.

The Missouri Tigers are off to a 2-0 start to the season but they have played light competition thus far. The Missouri offense is averaging 30.5 points and 352.5 yards per game but they have been turning the ball over. Mizzou QB Maty Mauk is completing 48.3 percent of his passes with five touchdowns and three interceptions and he has rushed for 83 yards. Missouri’s top running back is Russell Hansbrough but he is out for this one so Ish Witter will continue to see the bulk of the action and Sean Culkin is Missouri’s top receiver with eight catches and Nate Brown has seven catches. The Missouri defense is allowing 11.5 points and 209 yards per game with four sacks, one fumble recovery, and three interceptions. Kentrell Brothers leads the Tigers with 32 tackles and two interceptions, Michael Scherer has 13 tackles, and Charles Harris and Donavin Newsome each have 10 tackles. Missouri has several veterans but as a team they still have plenty to prove on the field.

The UConn Huskies are off to a 2-0 start to the season but this is their toughest game thus far. The UConn offense is averaging 21 points and 361 yards per game though their first two games. Connecticut QB Bryant Shirreffs has completed 68.9 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and an interception. Ron Johnson leads the Huskies in rushing with 108 yards and to touchdowns and Noel Thomas is the leading receiver with seven catches. The UConn defense is allowing 16 points and 284 yards per game with four sacks, one fumble recovery, and two interceptions. Junior Joseph leads Connecticut with 14 tackles, Andrew Adams has 11 tackles and two interceptions, and Foley Fatukasi has two sacks. Connecticut has a lot to prove and facing a SEC team they get a chance to prove it.

Missouri is 5-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven home games, and 36-17 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. UConn is 7-20-1 against the spread in their last 28 road games, 1-6 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, and 3-12-1 against the spread following a win.

Missouri is the better team but this number is just too big as the Tigers get the win and the Huskies cover. 

Pick:
UConn Huskies +22.5

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