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Troy Trojans vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves - 11/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-4) at Troy Trojans (8-1)
Date & Time Thursday November 17, 2016, 9:30 PM (EST)
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The Line: Troy Trojans -9 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-4) at Troy Trojans (8-1)

The Arkansas State Red Wolves will travel to play the Troy Trojans in a Sun Belt college football game on Thursday night.

The Troy Trojans are 8-1 (5-0) this season after beating Appalachian State by a score of 28-24 in their last game. Troy is tied for the Sun Belt Conference lead with Arkansas State this season. The Troy offense is averaging 38.1 points per game with 197.4 rushing yards and 276.6 passing yards per game. Brandon Silvers is completing 63.5% of his passes for 2302 yards, 19 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions for Troy. Jordan Chunn has rushed for 1028 yards and 10 touchdowns, while Josh Anderson has added 221 yards and 1 touchdown for Troy. Deondre Douglas has caught 49 passes for 532 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Emanuel Thompson has added 49 catches for 470 yards and 5 scores for the Trojans. The Troy defense is giving up 21.6 points per game with 105.4 rushing yards and 265.1 passing yards per game. William Lloyd has led the Troy defense with 43 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Cedarius Rookard has added 33 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, and 2 interceptions. Ryan Kay has gone 14-18 on field goals, with a long of 47 yards.

The Arkansas State Red Wolves are 5-4 (5-0) this season after beating New Mexico State by a score of 41-22 in their last game. Arkansas State has won 5 straight games and is tied for the lead in the Sun Belt standings. The Arkansas State offense is averaging 26 points per game with 243.4 passing yards and 137.9 rushing yards per game. Justice Hansen is completing 58.5% of his passes for 1793 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions for Arkansas State. Warren Wand has rushed for 607 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Johnston White has added 356 yards and 3 scores for the Red Wolves. Blake Mack has caught 29 passes for 522 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Warren Wand has added 18 passes for 207 yards and 3 touchdowns for Arkansas State. The Arkansas State defense is giving up 25 points per game with 181.1 rushing yards and 230.3 passing yards per game. Xavier Woodson-Luster has led the Arkansas State defense with 68 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss, while Money Hunter has added 59 tackles and 1 interception. J.D. Houston has gone 9-14 on field goals, with a long of 43 yards.

Arkansas State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The under is 5-1-1 in Arkansas State’s last 7 games. Troy is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The under is 6-1-1 in Troy’s last 8 conference games. The over is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.

These teams come into this game battling for the lead in the conference standings. Troy will have the advantage of being at home and having the better record, but Arkansas State has been red hot in their last 5 games. Troy looks to have the better offense and I think that will be the difference in this game. 

Troy Trojans -9

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