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UCONN vs. Rhode Island - 9/15/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Rhode Island Rams (2-0) at UCONN Huskies (0-2)
Date & Time Saturday September 15, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: UCONN Huskies -7.5 -- Over/Under: 60.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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CFB | Rhode Island Rams (2-0) at UCONN Huskies (0-2)
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The Rhode Island Rams and UConn Huskies meet Saturday in college football action at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.

The Rhode Island Rams look for a nice road victory here to build on their impressive 2-0 record. The Rhode Island Rams have outscored their two opponents by a combined 21 points. JaJuan Lawson is completing 71.4 percent of his passes for 487 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. Lawson has 12 career touchdown passes on 225 pass attempts. Aaron Parker and Isaiah Coulter have combined for 299 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Prince Asiedu-Johnson has four receptions. The Rhode Island Rams ground game is averaging 111 yards per contest, and Zoe Bryant Jr. leads the way with 148 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Rhode Island is allowing 22.5 points and 345 yards per game. Branyan Javier-Castillo leads the Rhode Island Rams  with 15 tackles, L.B. Mack III has two sacks and Justin Hogan has one forced fumble.

The UConn Huskies look for a feel good victory to avoid their first 0-3 start since the 2013 college football season. The UConn Huskies have lost five of their last six home games. David Pindell is completing 61.3 percent of his passes for 337 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Pindell has at least one touchdown pass in each of his last five games. Kyle Buss and Aaron McLean have combined for 178 receiving yards and one touchdown while Hergy Mayala has six receptions. The UConn Huskies ground game is averaging 171 yards per contest, and Pindell leads the way with 197 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, UConn is allowing 59 points and 735 yards per game. Tyler Coyle leads the UConn Huskies with 24 tackles, Kevon Jones has 1.5 tackles for loss and Tahj Herring-Wilson has two pass deflections.

Will update with trends once they're released. 

If the UConn Huskies are going to win a game any time soon this season, it has to take place here. Yes, UConn has been god awful and is argubly the worst defensive team in college football two weeks into the season. However, UConn also played two established programs that are cosnsitently in the top 25 polls. The Rhode Island Rams are a drastic step down in comp and are one of the few teams UConn should be able to bully in the trenches. If the Huskies can't win this game by double digits, the problems are even worse than I thought. Give me UConn and the reasonable chalk, as this is a game the home team should cruise. 

Pick:
UCONN Huskies -7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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