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Utah State vs. San Jose State - 11/21/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Jose State Spartans (3-7) at Utah State Aggies (8-3)
Date & Time Friday November 21, 2014, 9:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Utah State Aggies -9.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
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CFB | San Jose State Spartans (3-7) at Utah State Aggies (8-3)
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The San Jose State Spartans and Utah State Aggies clash Friday night at Romney Stadium.

The San Jose State Spartans have lost four straight games and continue having a hard time scoring. Joe Gray is completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Gray has four touchdowns and five picks in his last two games, and San Jose State has 21 passing plays of 25 or more yards. San Jose State is one of the better passing teams in the league and has won seven of its last 12 games when throwing for at least two touchdowns. Tyler Winston and Tim Crawley have combined for more than 1,000 yards and six touchdowns, while Jabari Carr has three touchdowns in his last three games. San Jose State is averaging 3.8 yards per carry, as Tyler Ervin leads the way with 704 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, the San Jose State Spartans are allowing 27.4 points, 343.9 yards, and they’ve forced 10 sacks and 13 turnovers. Christian Tago leads San Jose State with 89 tackles and Travis Raciti has three sacks.

The Utah State Aggies have won four straight games and are still in the running for a MWC title. Utah State relies heavily on its defense that’s allowing 19.4 points, 360 yards, and has forced 38 sacks and 28 turnovers. The Utah State Aggies have allowed 24 or less points in 10 straight games. Zach Vigil leads Utah State with 114 tackles and Nick Vigil has 12 tackles for loss. Offensively, Kent Myers is completing 75.4 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and one interception. Myers has one touchdown and one pick in his last two games, and Utah State has 25 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Hunter Sharp and JoJo Natson have combined for more than 1,200 receiving yards and nine touchdowns, while Ronald Butler has 10 of his 31 catches in his last three games. Utah State’s ground game is averaging 4.6 yards per carry, LaJuan Hunt leads the way with 423 yards and a touchdown. Joe Hill has 50-plus rushing yards in two of his last three games.  

The Spartans are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Aggies are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings, while the road team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.

Utah State is better on both sides of the ball than San Jose State and is actually playing for something with a possible MWC title still avalaible. Give me Utah State by double digits. 

Pick:
Utah State Aggies -9.5

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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