<![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en 120 <![CDATA[Gonzaga vs. Utah State - 11/18/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/college-basketball-picks/2017/11/18/gonzaga-vs-utah-state-11/18/17-college-basketball-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Utah State Aggies and the #17 Gonzaga Bulldogs face off in a non-conference college basketball matchup from the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, WA on Saturday night.

The Utah State Aggies come into this one looking to build on a pair of back-to-back wins to vault to 2-1 following their 83-47 win over Mississippi Valley State in their last outing. DeAngelo Isby led the team with 17 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 triples and 3 steals. Daron Henson came 2nd with 12 points and a share of the team-lead with 6 rebounds and 3 triples. Koby McEwan added 11 points with 3 threes and…

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The Utah State Aggies and the #17 Gonzaga Bulldogs face off in a non-conference college basketball matchup from the McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane, WA on Saturday night.

The Utah State Aggies come into this one looking to build on a pair of back-to-back wins to vault to 2-1 following their 83-47 win over Mississippi Valley State in their last outing. DeAngelo Isby led the team with 17 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 triples and 3 steals. Daron Henson came 2nd with 12 points and a share of the team-lead with 6 rebounds and 3 triples. Koby McEwan added 11 points with 3 threes and a team-high 5 assists, while Sam Merrill added 10 points and 5 dimes of his own to round out the double-digit scoring for the Aggies in the win. Isby leads the Aggies with 15.3 points per game while Merrill leads the team with 4 assists per game and Dwayne Brown Jr. is Utah State’s top rebounder with 6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Utah State is scoring 74.3 points per game on 46.2% shooting from the field, 39.7% shooting from behind the arc and 68.6% from the foul line this season.

The #17 Gonzaga Bulldogs will try to remain unbeaten after starting the year 2-0 following their 106-69 win over Howard in their last outing. Zach Norvell led the team with 18 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 3 threes and a pair of steals. Corey Kispert came 2nd with 13 points on 5 of 7 shooting with 3 threes of his own. Johnathan Williams and Rui Hachimura each added 12 points, with Williams adding a team-high 9 rebounds. Silas Melson chipped in 10 points to round out the double-digit scoring for the Zags in the win. Josh Perkins added 9 points on 3 triples and a team-high 6 assists while Jacob Larsen added 9 points of his own to match 9 rebounds. Perkins leads the team with 14.5 points per game while Norvell is the team’s leading assist man with 4 dimes per game this season and Killian Tillie is the team’s top rebounder with 8.5 boards per game this season. As a team, Gonzaga is scoring 101.5 points per game on 52.8% shooting from the field, 41.7% from behind the 3-point line and 65.1% from the foul line this season.

Utah State is 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 against the West Coast conference. Gonzaga is 34-15-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall and 21-8-2 ATS in their last 31 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 21-9 in their last 30 non-conference games.

Utah State has done well this season, considering they lost their star player from last season in Jalen Moore and the Aggies are my sleeper in the Mountain West this season. However, Gonzaga is two or three steps up from Montana State and Mississippi Valley State and has lit up the scoreboard so far this season. I need to see more from the Aggies before I can feel comfortable backing them against a perennial national contender like the Zags, so I'll hesitantly lay the points with Gonzaga here.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:29:15 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=101324
<![CDATA[USC vs. UCLA - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/usc-vs-ucla-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The UCLA Bruins will travel to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to take on the 11th ranked USC Trojans this Saturday night in College Football action.

The UCLA Bruins improved to 5-5 (3-4 Pac-12 South) on the season after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils 44-37, this past Saturday. UCLA scored 10 unanswered points to start the 4th quarter to take a 44-34 lead and held on late to secure the victory. The Bruins were outgained by the Sun Devils by a 584-573 margin and each team had 1 turnover. Leading the way for UCLA was QB Josh Rosen when completed 25 of 45 passes for 381 yards a TD…

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The UCLA Bruins will travel to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to take on the 11th ranked USC Trojans this Saturday night in College Football action.

The UCLA Bruins improved to 5-5 (3-4 Pac-12 South) on the season after defeating the Arizona State Sun Devils 44-37, this past Saturday. UCLA scored 10 unanswered points to start the 4th quarter to take a 44-34 lead and held on late to secure the victory. The Bruins were outgained by the Sun Devils by a 584-573 margin and each team had 1 turnover. Leading the way for UCLA was QB Josh Rosen when completed 25 of 45 passes for 381 yards a TD and INT. On the season, the Bruins are averaging 35.2 ppg on 462.5 total yards per game (333.0 passing yds/g; 129.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, UCLA is led by QB Josh Rosen who had completed 62.2% of his passes for 21 TD and 9 INT while averaging 343.8 passing yds/g. UCLA offense have talented receivers in WR Darren Anders (6.7 rec/g, 85.9 yds/g, 10 TD), WR Jordan Lasley (6.5 rec/g, 117.5 yds/g, 4 TD) and TE Caleb Wilson (7.6 rec/g, 98.0 yds/g, TD). The Bruins backfield is led by Bolu Olorunfunmi (9.9 att/g, 53.8 yds/g, 5 TD) and Soso Jamabo (9.4 att/g, 5.3 yds/g, 6 TD). Defensively, UCLA is allowing their opponents to an average of 38.6 ppg on 499.0 total yards per game (196.7 passing yds/g; 302.3 rushing yds/g). The Bruins have forced 10 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of –8.

The 11th ranked USC Trojans improved to 9-2 (7-1 Pac-12 South) after defeating the Colorado Buffaloes   38-24, this past Saturday. USC was outstanding on both sides of the football in the 1st half and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 27-0 lead with 9:14 left in the 3rd quarter. USC outgained Colorado by a 522-486 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Trojans was QB Sam Darnold who completed 21 of 34 passes for 329 yards and 2 passing TDs while also rushing for 1 TD. On the season, USC is averaging 35.5 ppg on 495.1 total yards per game (294.6 passing yds/g; 200.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, USC has been led by QB Sam Darnold who has completed 63.4% of his passes for 24 TD and 11 INT while averaging 290.7 passing yds/g. The main receivers for Darnold and the Trojans have been Deontay Burnett (6.3 rec/g, 82.8 yds/g, 9 TD), Tyler Vaughns (4.2 rec/g, 57.0 yds/g, 4 TD), and Steven Mitchell Jr. (4.4 rec/g, 65.3 yds/g, 4 TD). The USC backfield has been led by Ronald Jones II (18.4 att/g, 122.4 yds/g, 14 TD) and Stephen Carr (7.9 att/g, 45.8 yds/g, 3 TD). Defensively, USC is holding their opponents to an average of 26.5 ppg on 401.6 total yards per game (235.5 passing yds/g; 166.1 rushing yds/g). USC has committed 22 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of +1.

The Bruins are 6-15 ATS in their last 21 games on grass and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Trojans are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games in November however, just 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

UCLA picked up a solid win after getting their leader, Josh Rosen, back from injury however, UCLA has really struggled on the defensive end throughout the season as the Bruins currently rank 123rd in scoring defense. USC has started to look like the team that many thought would compete for a national championship this season as the offense has really be rolling during their 3-game winning streak, averaging 45 ppg. UCLA will be able to put up a few points with Josh Rosen back, however, as I don’t think the Bruins defense will have any success in slowing down Darnold and the Trojans offense, I’m taking USC to cover this large home spread. 

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:02:12 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100640
<![CDATA[East Carolina vs. Cincinnati - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/east-carolina-vs-cincinnati-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Cincinnati Bearcats and East Carolina Pirates meet Saturday in college football action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The Cincinnati Bearcats could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The Cincinnati Bearcats have lost seven of their last nine road games. Hayden Moore is completing 55.7 percent of his passes for 2,176 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Moore has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Kahlil Lewis and Devin Gray have combined for 955 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Thomas…

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The Cincinnati Bearcats and East Carolina Pirates meet Saturday in college football action at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

The Cincinnati Bearcats could use a feel good victory here after losing six of their last seven games. The Cincinnati Bearcats have lost seven of their last nine road games. Hayden Moore is completing 55.7 percent of his passes for 2,176 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Moore has one or less touchdown passes in six of his last nine games. Kahlil Lewis and Devin Gray have combined for 955 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Thomas Geddis has 23 receptions. The Cincinnati Bearcats ground game is averaging 134.9 yards per contest, and Gerrid Doaks leads the way with 513 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Cincinnati is allowing 31.3 points and 411.5 yards per game. Jaylyin Minor leads the Cincinnati Bearcats with 103 tackles, Marquise Copeland has three sacks and Bryan Wright has one interception. 

The East Carolina Pirates also need a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The East Carolina Pirates have lost eight of their last 10 home games. Thomas Sirk is completing 55.5 percent of his passes for 1,655 yards, nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. Sirk and Gardner Minshew have combined for 19 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions this season. Davon Grayson and Trevon Brown have combined for 1,547 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Quay Johnson has 47 receptions. The East Carolina Pirates ground game is averaging 106.3 yards per contest, and Hussein Howe leads the way with 324 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, East Carolina is allowing 45 points and 553.9 yards per game. Korrin Wiggins leads the East Carolina Pirates with 80 tackles, Kiante Anderson has 3.5 sacks and Aaron Ramseur has two interceptions.

The Bearcats are 9-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Pirates are 1-3-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 5-24-1 ATS in their last 30 conference games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 home games. The Bearcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings, the home team is 9-2 ATS in their last 11 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Cincinnati has won the last three meetings against East Carolina and has had slightly the better season overall. However, I'm never big on laying chalk with teams that have a hard time winning games outright. The Cincinnati Bearcats have lost six of their last seven and haven't been much better on the road. East Carolina remains one of the worst defensive teams in the country, but the Pirates did just take Tulane to overtime last week and beat BYU in the home game before that, showing that there's still some fight in this team. This will also be the last home game of the season for East Carolina, and there are 26 seniors on this roster. Things like that matter, as guys want to go out with a victory. Don't love this game at all and won't bet it personally, but if forced to pick, give me my free field goal.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:46:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100373
<![CDATA[Ohio State vs. Illinois - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/ohio-state-vs-illinois-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Illinois Fighting Illini and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Ohio Stadium.

The Illinois Fighting Illini would love nothing more than to earn their first conference win while snapping an eight-game losing streak. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost seven straight road games. Jeff George, Jr. is completing 51.9 percent of his passes for 1,273 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. George has three touchdown passes and three interceptions in his last three games. Ricky Smalling and Louis Dorsey have combined for 820 receiving…

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Ohio State Buckeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Ohio Stadium.

The Illinois Fighting Illini would love nothing more than to earn their first conference win while snapping an eight-game losing streak. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost seven straight road games. Jeff George, Jr. is completing 51.9 percent of his passes for 1,273 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. George has three touchdown passes and three interceptions in his last three games. Ricky Smalling and Louis Dorsey have combined for 820 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Malik Turner has 27 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 107.8 yards per contest, and Mike Epstein leads the way with 346 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 28.4 points and 403.2 yards per game. Del'Shawn Phillips leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 72 tackles, James Crawford has four sacks and Bennett Williams has two interceptions. 

The Ohio State Buckeyes look for their ninth win of the season to inch closer to the Big Ten Championship. The Ohio State Buckeyes have won 12 of their last 13 home games. J.T. Barrett is completing 67.4 percent of his passes for 2,557 yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Barrett has nine touchdown passes and six interceptions in his last three games. Parris Campbell and K.J. Hill have combined for 895 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Johnnie Dixon has 17 receptions. The Ohio State Buckeyes ground game is averaging 245.3 yards per contest, and J.K. Dobbins leads the way with 1,038 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Ohio State is allowing 20.4 points and 310.2 yards per game. Jordan Fuller leads the Ohio State Buckeyes with 54 tackles, Nick Bosa has five sacks and Damon Webb has three interceptions.

The Fighting Illini are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games, 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Buckeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Ohio State, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.

Illinois is losing a lot of games, but all five of its losses have been decided by 19 or less points. The problem is even playing games close, the Illinois Fighting Illini aren't covering games, and that's obviously the only thing we care about. The Ohio State Buckeyes have been hit or miss in terms of covering big numbers, but they did look great last week against a solid Michigan State team, and they have done a good job of mopping the floor with teams they should mop the floor with. We could very well see a repeat of last week with Ohio State, but there's also the lookahead factor with Michigan on deck. I really don't want to lay this much chalk, but Illinois is awful and the talent gap is quite large. So, give me the Buckeyes in a blowout.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:46:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100385
<![CDATA[Tulane vs. Houston - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/tulane-vs-houston-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Houston Cougars and Tulane Green Wave meet Saturday in college football action at Yulman Stadium.

The Houston Cougars look for their third straight win to reach at least seven wins for a fifth straight year. The Houston Cougars have split their last eight road games. D'Eriq King is completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 489 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. King has four touchdown passes on his last 41 pass attempts. Steven Dunbar and Linell Bonner have combined for 1,347 receiving yards and six touchdowns while King has 29 receptions. The Houston…

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The Houston Cougars and Tulane Green Wave meet Saturday in college football action at Yulman Stadium.

The Houston Cougars look for their third straight win to reach at least seven wins for a fifth straight year. The Houston Cougars have split their last eight road games. D'Eriq King is completing 65.1 percent of his passes for 489 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. King has four touchdown passes on his last 41 pass attempts. Steven Dunbar and Linell Bonner have combined for 1,347 receiving yards and six touchdowns while King has 29 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 178.5 yards per contest, and Duke Catalon leads the way with 596 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 24.3 points and 431.7 yards per game. D'Juan Hines leads the Houston Cougars with 86 tackles, Ed Oliver has 2.5 sacks and Garrett Davis has four interceptions. 

The Tulane Green Wave look for back-to-back wins for the second time this season to keep their bowl hopes alive. The Tulane Green Wave have lost six of their last 10 home games. Jonathan Banks is completing 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,232 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Banks has three touchdown passes and two interceptions in his last three games. Terren Encalade and Darnell Mooney have combined for 836 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Jabril Clewis has 13 receptions. The Tulane Green Wave ground game is averaging 244.1 yards per contest, and Hilliard leads the way with 997 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Tulane is allowing 29.2 points and 431 yards per game. Rae Juan Marbley leads the Tulane Green Wave with 80 tackles, Luke Jackson has 3.5 sacks and Parry Nickerson has four interceptions.

The Cougars are 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 road games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 conference games and 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Green Wave are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games in November and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cougars are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Tulane, 11-2 ATS in their last 13 meetings and the favorite is 11-2 ATS in their last 13 meetings.

Houston seems to have right the ship the last couple of weeks and continues to be a covering machine on the road with covers in 21 of their last 29 tries. Tulane has been beat up most of the season and needed overtime to beat a brutal East Carolina squad that plays zero defense. I value home teams when it's the last game of the season, as teams play hard and want to send guys off with a victory, but there's a wide talent gap between these two squads and Houston has printed money in terms of covering on the road. Give me the Cougars by double digits.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:45:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100394
<![CDATA[Louisville vs. Syracuse - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/louisville-vs-syracuse-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, the Syracuse Orange and the Louisville Cardinals will be meeting up in college football activity. 

The Orange are 4-6 this year so far, and have lost their last three games straight versus Miami, Florida State and Wake Forest. In that Wake Forest game, Syracuse QB Zack Mahoney put up 384 yards with three scores and two picks. 

Eric Dungey still leads the Syracuse rush with 143 carries for 595 yards and nine TDs, and also is tops in passing with 2495 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine picks. Steve Ishmael…

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Down at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, the Syracuse Orange and the Louisville Cardinals will be meeting up in college football activity. 

The Orange are 4-6 this year so far, and have lost their last three games straight versus Miami, Florida State and Wake Forest. In that Wake Forest game, Syracuse QB Zack Mahoney put up 384 yards with three scores and two picks. 

Eric Dungey still leads the Syracuse rush with 143 carries for 595 yards and nine TDs, and also is tops in passing with 2495 yards, 14 touchdowns and nine picks. Steve Ishmael leads the receivers with 92 receptions for 1131 yards and six TDs for the Orange. 

Over on the Louisville side, they’re sitting at 6-4 on the season so far. The Cardinals have lost three of their last five, but did get a win over Virginia their last time out. In that one, Louisville QB Lamar Jackson put up 195 yards and three touchdowns through the air and 15 carries for 147 rush yards and a TD. 

On the year, Jackson has 3003 pass yards with 21 touchdowns and six INTs, and he also leads Louisville in rushing on 1176 yards and 15 TDs from 178 carries. Jaylen Smith is the top Cardinals receiver with his 44 catches for 703 yards and four touchdowns. 

The Orange are 6-0 ATS in the last five road games and 6-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record. Syracuse is also 6-1-1 ATS in the last eight games overall and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven conference games. 

Meanwhile, Louisville is 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games. The Cardinals are also 0-4 ATS in their last four games following a straight-up win and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five gams following an ATS win. 

Syracuse has been giving up a lot of points this year. They’ve surrendered at least 24 in their last seven straight, and have coughed up 118 over their last three alone. Louisville seems to have that problem lately as well, giving up at least 28 in four of their last five games. That said, Louisville outclasses Syracuse here and I expect the Cardinals to come out and put up a dominant cover.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:45:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100397
<![CDATA[Baylor vs. Iowa State - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/baylor-vs-iowa-state-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Iowa State Cyclones and Baylor Bears meet Saturday in college football action at McLane Stadium.

The Iowa State Cyclones hope to snap a string of back-to-back losses while winning seven games for the first time since 2009. The Iowa State Cyclones have won four of their last five road games. Kyle Kempt is completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 1,209 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Kempt has four touchdown passes and two interceptions in his last three games. Allen Lazard and Hakeem Butler have combined for 1,148 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns…

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The Iowa State Cyclones and Baylor Bears meet Saturday in college football action at McLane Stadium.

The Iowa State Cyclones hope to snap a string of back-to-back losses while winning seven games for the first time since 2009. The Iowa State Cyclones have won four of their last five road games. Kyle Kempt is completing 66.9 percent of his passes for 1,209 yards, 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. Kempt has four touchdown passes and two interceptions in his last three games. Allen Lazard and Hakeem Butler have combined for 1,148 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Marchie Murdock has 33 receptions. The Iowa State Cyclones ground game is averaging 110.9 yards per contest, and David Montgomery leads the way with 936 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa State is allowing 21.9 points and 382.6 yards per game. Joel Lanning leads the Iowa State Cyclones with 99 tackles, JaQuan Bailey has five sacks and Kamari Cotton-Moya has three interceptions. 

The Baylor Bears hope to win their first home game of the season to rebound from a brutal 1-9 record. The Baylor Bears have lost seven straight home games. Charlie Brewer is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 1,063 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Brewer has six touchdown passes and one interception in his last two games. Denzel Mims and Chris Platt have combined for 1,402 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Pooh Stricklin has 31 receptions. The Baylor Bears ground game is averaging 119.5 yards per contest, and John Lovett leads the way with 419 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Baylor is allowing 36.3 points and 465.2 yards per game. Clay Johnston leads the Baylor Bears with 60 tackles, Taylor Young has 4.5 sacks and Henry Black has one interception.

The Cyclones are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Bears are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games on grass and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in November. The Cyclones are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Baylor, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the home team is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.

Iowa State has cooled off a bit with back-to-back losses and its last three games overall have been decided by seven or less points. Six of Baylor's nine losses have been decided by 14 or less points, and the offense has found a spark in Brewer leading the way at quarterback. While past Baylor teams aren't in the same boat as this one, the Bears have also won the last four games against the Cyclones. Baylor hasn't been blown out often this season, and there's a group of close seniors who will do whatever they can to end their careers with a home victory. I'll take the Baylor Bears to keep this within single digits.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:44:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100400
<![CDATA[Duke vs. Georgia Tech - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/duke-vs-georgia-tech-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham on Saturday afternoon, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Duke Blue Devils will be meeting up in college football action. 

The Yellow Jackets come into this one at 5-4 on the year. Georgia Tech had lost two straight to Clemson and Virginia but bagged a big win over Virginia Tech in their last outing. In that game, Georgia Tech QB TaQuon Marshall had just two completions but they both went for touchdowns and 140 yards all together. 

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Down at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham on Saturday afternoon, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Duke Blue Devils will be meeting up in college football action. 

The Yellow Jackets come into this one at 5-4 on the year. Georgia Tech had lost two straight to Clemson and Virginia but bagged a big win over Virginia Tech in their last outing. In that game, Georgia Tech QB TaQuon Marshall had just two completions but they both went for touchdowns and 140 yards all together. 

So far this year, Marshall has 807 yards with eight touchdowns and three picks, and also leads the Jackets in rushing with 934 yards and 16 touchdowns. Ricky Jeune is the top Georgia Tech receiver with his five scores and 460 yards off 21 catches. 

Over on the Duke side, they’re currently 4-6. The Devils won their first four games and have lost every one since, losing to Miami, Virginia, Florida State, Pitt, Virginia Tech and Army. In that Army game, Duke QB Daniel Jones put up 164 yards and one INT. 

On the season, Jones has 1916 yards with eight touchdowns and eight picks, and Shaun Wilson is the top Duke rusher with 632 yards and five scores off 118 carries. TJ Rahming is the lead Blue Devils receiver with 50 catches and one TD with 619 yards. 

Georgia Tech is 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win and 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine conference games. The Yellow Jackets are also 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five games in November. 

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils are 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine home games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up loss. Duke is also 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five conference games. 

I’ve been whining all year about Georgia Tech’s lack of diversity in their offense, and 90 times out of 100 when you complete just two passes in a game you’re going to lose. To their credit, however, the Jackets are making it work and have posted 64 points in their last two games. Furthermore, the Devils should play right into GT’s hands, as Army completed just one pass last weekend and beat them. I like Georgia Tech to snag a cover here.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:43:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100403
<![CDATA[UTEP vs. LA Tech - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/utep-vs-la-tech-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down at the Sun Bowl in El Paso on Saturday, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the UTEP Miners are meeting up in college football action. 

Louisiana Tech enters this game with a 4-6 record so far. The Bulldogs have lost four of their last five against UAB, Southern Miss, North Texas and FAU. In that FAU game, Louisiana Tech QB J’Mar Smith put up 326 yards with one TD. 

So far this year, Smith has 2454 yards with 11 TDs and four INTs, while Boston Scott leads the Bulldogs with 665 yards and seven TDs from 121 rushes. Teddy Veal is the lead Louisiana…

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Down at the Sun Bowl in El Paso on Saturday, the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the UTEP Miners are meeting up in college football action. 

Louisiana Tech enters this game with a 4-6 record so far. The Bulldogs have lost four of their last five against UAB, Southern Miss, North Texas and FAU. In that FAU game, Louisiana Tech QB J’Mar Smith put up 326 yards with one TD. 

So far this year, Smith has 2454 yards with 11 TDs and four INTs, while Boston Scott leads the Bulldogs with 665 yards and seven TDs from 121 rushes. Teddy Veal is the lead Louisiana Tech receiver with 745 yards and four TDs off 62 receptions. 

Over on the UTEP side, they’re sitting at 0-8 this year. The Miners have lost to Southern Miss, UTSA, Middle Tennessee and North Texas in their last four games. In that North Texas game, UTEP QB Zack Greenlee put up 109 yards and one INT on the day. 

This year so far, Greenlee has 652 yards with three scores and four INTs, while Quadric Wadley is the top UTEP rusher on 277 yards and one TD from 58 carries. Tyler Batson is the leading Miners receiver with 17 catches for 222 yards and one TD. 

Louisiana Tech is 5-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss. The Bulldogs are also 2-5 ATS in their last seven games in November and 1-4 ATS in their last five conference games. 

Meanwhile, the Miners are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games in November. UTEP is also 1-4-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record and 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss. 

Louisiana Tech has put up 46 points over their last two games, and allowed 72 on the other side. That’s been a running trend for the Bulldogs this year, especially in the losses. The good news for Louisiana Tech is that UTEP is even worse with their scoring discrepancy, and has put up more than 16 points in a game just once this year. Louisiana Tech shouldn’t have a whole lot of trouble covering here.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:43:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100406
<![CDATA[Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/oklahoma-state-vs-kansas-state-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Kansas State Wildcats and Oklahoma State Cowboys meet Saturday in college football action at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Kansas State Wildcats look for a win after losing four of their last six games to become bowl eligible for an eighth straight season. The Kansas State Wildcats have won five of their last seven road games. Skylar Thompson is completing 54.8 percent of his passes for 306 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Thompson enters this game with 42 career pass attempts under his belt. Byron Pringle and Dalton Schoen have combined for 1,009 receiving…

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The Kansas State Wildcats and Oklahoma State Cowboys meet Saturday in college football action at Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Kansas State Wildcats look for a win after losing four of their last six games to become bowl eligible for an eighth straight season. The Kansas State Wildcats have won five of their last seven road games. Skylar Thompson is completing 54.8 percent of his passes for 306 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Thompson enters this game with 42 career pass attempts under his belt. Byron Pringle and Dalton Schoen have combined for 1,009 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Isaiah Zuber has 42 receptions. The Kansas State Wildcats ground game is averaging 191.4 yards per contest, and Alex Barnes leads the way with 593 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas State is allowing 25.1 points and 429.5 yards per game. Trent Tanking leads the Kansas State Wildcats with 81 tackles, Will Geary has three sacks and D.J. Reed has four interceptions.  

The Oklahoma State Cowboys hope for their ninth win of the season to remain in the Big 12 title conversation. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have won seven of their last nine home games. Mason Rudolph is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 3,690 yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Rudolph has three or more touchdown passes in five of his last six games. James Washington and Marcell Ateman have combined for 1,987 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Jalen McCleskey has 40 receptions. The Oklahoma State Cowboys ground game is averaging 194.8 yards per contest, and Justice Hill leads the way with 1,198 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Oklahoma State is allowing 29.9 points and 414.1 yards per game. Trey Flowers leads the Oklahoma State Cowboys with 58 tackles, Jordan Brailford has four sacks and A.J. Green has four interceptions.

The Wildcats are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Cowboys are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Oklahoma State, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the underdog is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.

I know Kansas State has injuries to its quarterbacks, which isn't a good thing when going up against a scoring machine such as Oklahoma State. However, Bill Snyder usually always has the deck stacked against him and finds a way to compete regardless. Kansas State is almost always outmatched in terms of talent but still four of its five losses this season have been decided by seven or less points. The Wildcats hang around, and I expect no different here. There's also Oklahoma State's defense, which is downright pitiful if we're being kind. There's no way I'm laying this much chalk with the Cowboys who allow touchdown after touchdown after touchdown. I'll take my free 17 points with the hook and call it a day.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:42:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100409
<![CDATA[Wake Forest vs. NC State - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/wake-forest-vs-nc-state-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Over at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem on Saturday, the NC State Wolfpack and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be matching up in college basketball action. 

NC State is sitting at 7-3 on the season so far. The Wolfpack had lost two straight to Notre Dame and Clemson, but beat Boston College in their last outing. In that game, NC State QB Ryan Finley put up 146 yards with one INT on 13-of-32 passing. 

So far this year, Finley has 2665 yards with 15 TDs and four INTs, and Nyheim Hines is the top Wolfpack rusher with 798 yards and seven TDs from 145…

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Over at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem on Saturday, the NC State Wolfpack and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons will be matching up in college basketball action. 

NC State is sitting at 7-3 on the season so far. The Wolfpack had lost two straight to Notre Dame and Clemson, but beat Boston College in their last outing. In that game, NC State QB Ryan Finley put up 146 yards with one INT on 13-of-32 passing. 

So far this year, Finley has 2665 yards with 15 TDs and four INTs, and Nyheim Hines is the top Wolfpack rusher with 798 yards and seven TDs from 145 carries. Kelvin Harmon is tops in receiving for NC State with 56 catches for 867 yards and four touchdowns. 

Over on the Wake Forest side, they’re currently 6-4. The Demon Deacons are 2-1 in their last three games, losing to Notre dame and beating Louisville and Syracuse in that time. In that Orange game, Wake Forest QB John Wolford put up 363 yards with three touchdowns. 

On the year, Wolford has 2354 yards with 20 TDs and three INTs, and Matt Colburn is tops in Wake Forest rushing with 674 yards and five touchdowns from 123 carries. Greg Dortch leads the Demon Deacons in receiving with 53 catches for 722 yards and nine TDs. 

The Wolfpack are 3-0-1 ATS in their last four conference games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven road games. NC State is also 4-1-1 ATS in their last six games in November and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five games overall. 

Meanwhile, Wake Forest is 4-0-1 ATS in their last five home games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games following a straight-up win. The Demon Deacons are also 5-1 ATS in their last six games in November and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 12 conference games. 

After putting up 31 (and allowing 38) in the loss to Clemson, NC State bounced back with a 17-14 win over Boston College in a tricky road game. The Wolfpack offense has been uneven to say the least over the last few games but the big defensive effort in their last outing is good to see. As for Wake Forest, they’ve put up at least 37 points in their last three outings, but have also given up at least 32 in each of those. All things considered, I like Wake Forest’s offense to help propel them to a cover in what should be a fun game.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:41:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100412
<![CDATA[Virginia Tech vs. Pittsburgh - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/virginia-tech-vs-pittsburgh-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down in Blacksburg at Lane Stadium on Saturday, we’ve got college football action coming between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Virginia Tech Hokies. 

Pittsburgh comes into this game with a 4-6 record overall. The Panthers had recorded two wins over Duke and Virginia but lost their last game versus North Carolina. In that NC game, Panthers QB Ben Dinucci put up 142 yards won 11-of-17 passing. 

So far this year, Dinucci has 1037 yards, four touchdowns and four INTs, and Darrin Hall has 594 yards with nine TDs from 103 carries to lead the Pitt rush.…

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Down in Blacksburg at Lane Stadium on Saturday, we’ve got college football action coming between the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Virginia Tech Hokies. 

Pittsburgh comes into this game with a 4-6 record overall. The Panthers had recorded two wins over Duke and Virginia but lost their last game versus North Carolina. In that NC game, Panthers QB Ben Dinucci put up 142 yards won 11-of-17 passing. 

So far this year, Dinucci has 1037 yards, four touchdowns and four INTs, and Darrin Hall has 594 yards with nine TDs from 103 carries to lead the Pitt rush. Jester Weah is the top Panthers receiver with his 514 yards and four TDs from 31 catches. 

Over on the Virginia Tech side, they’re coming into this one with a 7-3 record overall. The Hokies had a three-game win streak going but have lost their last two to Miami and Georgia Tech. In that Jackets game, Virginia Tech QB Josh Jackson put up 153 yards on 14-of-26 passing. 

On the season, Jackson has 2382 yards with 17 touchdowns and six picks, and Travon McMillian is the top VT rusher on 101 carries for 434 yards and two scores. Cam Phillips heads up the Hokies receivers on 801 yards and six TDs from 60 receptions. 

The Panthers are 2-0-2 ATS in their last four road games versus a team with a winning home record and 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. Pittsburgh is also 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games on grass and the under is 5-0 in their last five road games. 

Meanwhile, the Hokies are 4-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record and 7-2 ATS in their last nine home games. Virginia Tech is also 4-1 ATS in the last five home games versus a team with a losing road record and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games in November. 

After hanging just 17 on NC State, Pittsburgh’s offense has played pretty well since with at least 24 points in every game and two instances of 31 points scored. The Panthers are prone to giving up a lot of points on the other side, though. As for Virginia Tech, they’ve been uneven to say the least, giving up 56 points over their last two while scoring 32. This should be an entertaining game, but I like the Hokies to bounce back here and bag a cover.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:41:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100415
<![CDATA[Arkansas State vs. Texas State - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/arkansas-state-vs-texas-state-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down in Jonesboro at Centennial Bank Stadium, we’ve got Saturday college football activity coming between the Texas State Bobcats and the Arkansas State Red Wolves. 

Texas State limps into this one with a 2-8 record so far. The Bobcats beat Coastal Carolina late last month but since have lost to New Mexico State and Georgia State. In that Georgia State game, Texas State QB Damian Williams put up 315 yards, three TDs and one pick. 

This year so far, Williams has 1822 yards with 11 TDs and seven interceptions, and Anthony Taylor leads the Bobcats…

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Down in Jonesboro at Centennial Bank Stadium, we’ve got Saturday college football activity coming between the Texas State Bobcats and the Arkansas State Red Wolves. 

Texas State limps into this one with a 2-8 record so far. The Bobcats beat Coastal Carolina late last month but since have lost to New Mexico State and Georgia State. In that Georgia State game, Texas State QB Damian Williams put up 315 yards, three TDs and one pick. 

This year so far, Williams has 1822 yards with 11 TDs and seven interceptions, and Anthony Taylor leads the Bobcats rush with 405 yards and one TD from 94 carries. Elijah King is tops in receiving for Texas State with 612 yards and three TDs off 44 receptions. 

Over on the Arkansas State side, they’re currently 5-3 on the season. The Red Wolves had a four-game win streak going but lost to South Alabama in their last appearance. In that one, Arkansas State QB Justice Hansen put up 285 yards with two touchdowns and four picks. 

On the year, Hansen has 2444 yards with 27 touchdowns and 11 INTs and Warren Wand leads Arkansas State with 306 yards, four touchdowns and 56 carries. Tops in receiving for the Red Wolves is Chris Murray with his 34 catches for 470 yards and seven TDs. 

The Bobcats are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games overall. Texas State is also 1-4 ATS in their last five November games and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS win. 

Meanwhile, Arkansas State is 8-0 ATS in their last eight home games and 4-1 ATS int heir last five games overall. The Red Wolves are also 7-2 ATS in their last nine November games and 36-14-1 ATS in their last 51 conference games. 

Texas State’s record looks pretty bad, but over the last few games they’ve been hanging in there for the most part. The bad news is that the Bobcats have given up 78 points over their last two outings. As for Arkansas State, they were playing well on both sides during that win streak, but hit the wall against South Alabama and couldn’t do a lot right. Still, I expect Arkansas State to bounce back here and log a cover.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:40:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100421
<![CDATA[Miami-FL vs. Virginia - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/miami-fl-vs-virginia-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down in Miami Gardens at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, the Virginia Cavaliers and the Miami Hurricanes will be matching up in ACC college football action. 

The Cavaliers are coming into this one at 6-4 on the year and have lost three of their last four games to Boston College, Pitt and Louisville. In that Cardinals game, Virginia QB Kurt Benkert put up 214 yards with one TD and one INT. 

So far this season, Benkert has 2492 yards with 21 TDS and seven picks, and Jordan Ellis leads the Virginia rush with 183 carries for 766 yards and six touchdowns.…

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Down in Miami Gardens at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, the Virginia Cavaliers and the Miami Hurricanes will be matching up in ACC college football action. 

The Cavaliers are coming into this one at 6-4 on the year and have lost three of their last four games to Boston College, Pitt and Louisville. In that Cardinals game, Virginia QB Kurt Benkert put up 214 yards with one TD and one INT. 

So far this season, Benkert has 2492 yards with 21 TDS and seven picks, and Jordan Ellis leads the Virginia rush with 183 carries for 766 yards and six touchdowns. Olamide Zaccheaus is the top Cavaliers receiver with 70 grabs for 727 yards and four TDs. 

Miami is currently 9-0 on the season and over their last four games they’ve beaten Syracuse, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame. In that Irish game, Miami QB Malik Rosier put up 137 yards and a TD. 

On the year, Rosier has 2410 yards with 20 TDs and seven picks, and Travis Homer is the top Miami rusher with 113 carries for 728 yards and six TDs. Braxton Berrios leads the Hurricanes in receiving with 38 catches for 484 yards and eight TDs. 

The Cavaliers are 4-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games. Virginia is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss. 

Meanwhile, Miami is 8-0 ATS in their last eight games in November and 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS win. The Hurricanes are also 10-4 ATS in their last 14 overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games. 

After a strong first half of the season, Virginia has stalled out over their last four games. They’ve given up at least 31 points in each of those. Miami, meanwhile, destroyed a good Notre Dame team in their last outing, and they’ve given up 19 points or fewer in each of their last four games. I don’t see many scenarios in which Virginia keeps this close, so I’m going with Miami for a cover.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:39:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100424
<![CDATA[Wisconsin vs. Michigan - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/wisconsin-vs-michigan-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Michigan Wolverines and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday in college football action at Camp Randall Stadium.

The Michigan Wolverines look for a fourth straight victory to give themselves a shot at the Big Ten Championship. The Michigan Wolverines have won five of their last eight road games. Brandon Peters is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 329 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Peters enters this game with 46 career pass attempts under his belt. Grant Perry and Sean McKeon have combined for 541 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Zach…

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The Michigan Wolverines and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday in college football action at Camp Randall Stadium.

The Michigan Wolverines look for a fourth straight victory to give themselves a shot at the Big Ten Championship. The Michigan Wolverines have won five of their last eight road games. Brandon Peters is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 329 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Peters enters this game with 46 career pass attempts under his belt. Grant Perry and Sean McKeon have combined for 541 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Zach Gentry has 12 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 207.8 yards per contest, and Karan Higdon leads the way with 854 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 16.4 points and 254.8 yards per game. Devin Bush leads the Michigan Wolverines with 81 tackles, Chase Winovich has seven sacks and Lavert Hill has two interceptions. 

The Wisconsin Badgers look to improve to 11-0 on the season to remain in the CFB playoff conversation. The Wisconsin Badgers have won nine straight home games. Alex Hornibrook is completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,863 yards, 17 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Hornibrook has four touchdown passes and five interceptions in his last three games. Quintez Cephus and Troy Fumagalli have combined for 923 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Danny Davis III has 12 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 245 yards per contest, and Jonathan Taylor leads the way with 1,525 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 13.4 points and 247.6 yards per game. Ryan Connelly leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 55 tackles, Garret Dooley has 6.5 sacks and Joe Ferguson has four interceptions.

The Wolverines are 1-5-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Badgers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games in November, 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 conference games and 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Wolverines are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings in Wisconsin, 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the underdog is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 meetings.

Seems like some folks are back on the Michigan bandwagon after three straight wins, but Rutgers, Minnesota and Maryland have a combined record of 13-17 and two of those three games were at home. Peters has brought life to the Wolverines offense and the defense is still one of the best in the country, but the bottom line is Michigan hasn't beaten a team with a record above .500 yet this season. Wisconsin seems to be getting better every week and blew out a good Iowa team despite turning the ball over four times. This is also a lookahead game for Michigan with Ohio State on deck, there's still that chip on Wisconsin's shoulder due to being robbed by the CFB playoff voters, and it's the last home game for the Badgers. I'll take Wisky by double digits.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:39:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100427
<![CDATA[UTSA vs. Marshall - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/utsa-vs-marshall-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down in San Antonio at the Alamodome on Saturday, the Marshall Thundering Herd and the UTSA Roadrunners will be meeting up in college football action. 

Marshall comes into this game at 7-3 overall. The Herd had lost two straight against FIU and FAU but won their last outing against Western Kentucky. In that one, Marshall QB Chase Litton put up 190 yards with an interception. 

So far this year, Litton has 2356 yards with 18 TDs and 10 INTs, and Tyler King leads Marshall on 662 yards rushing with six TDs from 136 carries. Top in receiving for the…

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Down in San Antonio at the Alamodome on Saturday, the Marshall Thundering Herd and the UTSA Roadrunners will be meeting up in college football action. 

Marshall comes into this game at 7-3 overall. The Herd had lost two straight against FIU and FAU but won their last outing against Western Kentucky. In that one, Marshall QB Chase Litton put up 190 yards with an interception. 

So far this year, Litton has 2356 yards with 18 TDs and 10 INTs, and Tyler King leads Marshall on 662 yards rushing with six TDs from 136 carries. Top in receiving for the Thundering Herd is Tyre Brady, with 56 catches for 777 yards and seven TDs. 

Over on the UT San Antonio side, they’re currently 5-4 on the year. The Roadrunners have lost their last two games versus FIU and UAB and are 2-4 in their last six. In that UAB game, UTSA QB Dalton Strum put up 162 yards with a TD and a pick. 

On the season, Strum has 1830 yards with 15 TDs and three picks, and Jalen Rhodes is the top UTSA rusher on 117 carries for 601 yards and five TDs. Josh Stewart is the top Roadrunners receiver with 32 catches for 427 yards and three scores. 

Marshall is 5-0 ATS in their last five games on grass and 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss. The Herd is also 4-1 ATS in their last five road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 overall. 

Meanwhile, UTSA is 1-5 ATS in their last six conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall. The Roadrunners are also 0-4 ATS in their last four home games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games on grass. 

Marshall’s offense has been doing their job for the most part lately, posting at least 25 points in each of their last five games. The Herd is giving up quite a few points, though, with 94 allowed in their last three. As for UTSA, they put up just seven against FIU and 19 against UAB, but allowed a relatively tame 38 points in those two games. Still, I think Marshall can keep it going here and cover, so I’ll take the Herd.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:38:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100430
<![CDATA[Boise State vs. Air Force - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/boise-state-vs-air-force-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Air Force Falcons will travel to Albertsons Stadium to take on the Boise State Broncos this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Air Force Falcons dropped to 4-6 (3-3 MW) on the season after falling to the Wyoming Cowboys 28-14, this past Saturday. Air Force had no answer for the Wyoming offense which jumped out to an early 21-7 lead and never looked back. Air Force was outgained by Wyoming by a 368-229 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. Leading the way for the Falcons was QB Aaron Worthman who completed 10 of 22 passes for 175 yards and 1 TD and 1 INT.…

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The Air Force Falcons will travel to Albertsons Stadium to take on the Boise State Broncos this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Air Force Falcons dropped to 4-6 (3-3 MW) on the season after falling to the Wyoming Cowboys 28-14, this past Saturday. Air Force had no answer for the Wyoming offense which jumped out to an early 21-7 lead and never looked back. Air Force was outgained by Wyoming by a 368-229 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-1 margin. Leading the way for the Falcons was QB Aaron Worthman who completed 10 of 22 passes for 175 yards and 1 TD and 1 INT. On the season, Air Force is averaging 32.0 ppg on 426.8 total yards per game (117.3 passing yds/g, 309.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Air Force is led by their triple-option rushing attack which currently ranks 5th in the country in rushing offense. Leading the rushing attack has been RB Tim McVey (11.4 att/g, 68.4 yds/g, 6 TD), QB Arion Worthman (21.7 att/g, 82.1 yds/g, 13 TD), RB Parker Wilson (6.3 att/g, 28.6 yds/g), and WR Ronald Cleveland (3.9 att/g, 37.9 yds/g, 3 TD). QB Arion Worthman has completed 49.5% passes on the season for 10 TD and 4 INT while averaging 110.0 passing yds/g. WR Marcus Bennett (1.5 rec/g, 32.6 yds/g, 3 TD), WR Ronald Cleveland (1.0 rec/g, 24.5 yds/g, 2 TD), and WR Geraud Sanders (1.0 rec/g, 21.6 yds/g, 3 TD) are the leading receivers for the Falcons. Defensively, Air Force is allowing their opponents to an average of 34.4 ppg on 419.8 total yards per game (159.0 passing yds/g, 260.8 rushing yds/g). Air Force has forced 9 turnovers on the season and has an overall turnover margin of –7.

The Boise State Broncos won their 6th straight game to improve to 8-2 (6-0 MW) on the season after defeating the Colorado State Rams 59-52 in OT, this past Saturday. Boise State looked like they were in trouble after falling behind by a 52-38 margin with just 3:02 left in regulation, however, scored two late TD’s to force OT and won it when it forced a Colorado State turnover in OT. Boise State outgained the Rams by a 641-570 margin and each team had 2 turnovers on the day. Leading the way for the Broncos was QB Brett Rypien who completed 23 of 43 passes for 331 yards and 4 TD and 1 INT. On the season, Boise State is averaging 33.9 ppg on 401.2 total yards per game (242.1 passing yds/game; 159.1 rushing yds/game). Offensively, Boise State has been led by WR duo of Cedrick Wilson (5.3 rec/g, 90.1 yds/g, 6 TD) and Jake Roh (3.8 rec/g, 40.8 yds/g, 9 TD). QB Brett Rypien has completed 63.0% of his passes for 11 TD and 4 INT while averaging 187.9 passing yds/g. Leading the way for the Broncos backfield has been the duo of Alexander Mattison (16.3 att/g, 91.9 yds/g, 10 TD) and Ryan Wolpin (7.6 att/g, 27.0 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Boise State is holding their opponents to average 23.1 ppg on 334.1 total yards per game (212.2 passing yds/g, 121.9 rushing yds/g). Boise State has forced their opponents into committing 18 turnovers on the season and currently has a turnover margin of +8.

The Falcons are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record however, are just 2-11 ATS in their last 13 conference games. The Broncos are 5-1 ATS n their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.

Air Force has lost two straight games and has suddenly has forgotten had to score the football as during their 2-game losing streak the Falcons have scored just 14 points. Boise State is currently undefeated in Mountain West play this season and has been outstanding on the offensive end as of late as the Broncos have averaged 47 ppg in their last 3 games. Air Force has little to no passing attack and as the Broncos have the 19th ranked rushing defense, I think Boise State does enough at home to cover this large spread. 

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:38:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100466
<![CDATA[Oregon vs. Arizona - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/oregon-vs-arizona-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Arizona Wildcats will travel to Autzen Stadium to take on the Oregon Ducks this Saturday in College Football action.

The Arizona Wildcats improved to 7-3 (5-2 Pac-12 south) on the season after defeating the Oregon State Beavers, 49-28, this past Saturday. Arizona played outstanding football on both ends of the field in the 1st half and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 28-0 halftime lead. Arizona outgained Oregon State by a 602-360 margin and had an incredible 534 yards rushing against the Beavers. Leading the way for the Wildcats was QB Khalil Tate who rushed…

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The Arizona Wildcats will travel to Autzen Stadium to take on the Oregon Ducks this Saturday in College Football action.

The Arizona Wildcats improved to 7-3 (5-2 Pac-12 south) on the season after defeating the Oregon State Beavers, 49-28, this past Saturday. Arizona played outstanding football on both ends of the field in the 1st half and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 28-0 halftime lead. Arizona outgained Oregon State by a 602-360 margin and had an incredible 534 yards rushing against the Beavers. Leading the way for the Wildcats was QB Khalil Tate who rushed for 206 yards and 2 TD’s on just 16 carries, while also completing 5 of 7 passes for 68 yards and an INT. On the season, the Wildcats are averaging 44.4 ppg on 516.5 total yards per game (168.8 passing yds/g; 347.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Arizona has been led by QB Khalil Tate who has been an unstoppable force on the ground since taking over QB duties for the Wildcats. Tate has completed 61.9% of his passes for 8 TD and 6 INT while averaging 124.8 passing yds/g but has done most of his damage on the ground as he has 11 rushing TD’s and is averaging an incredible 161.6 rushing yds/g. Also in the backfield for the Wildcats have been J.J. Taylor (11.4 att/g, 69.9 yds/g 4 TD) and Nick Wilson (11.0 att/g, 57.6 yds/g, 4 TD). The leading receivers for the Wildcats have been WR Shun Brown (3.2 rec/g, 43.1 yds/g, 5 TD), WR Tony Ellison (2.5 rec/g, 43.1 yds/g, 2 TD), and TE Bryce Wolma (2.5 rec/g, 22.5 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Arizona is allowing their opponents to average 31.9 ppg on 459.2 total yards per game (292.5 passing yds/g; 166.7 rushing yds/g). Arizona has forced 21 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of +4.

The Oregon Ducks dropped to 5-5 (2-5 Pac-12 North) on the season after falling to the 12th ranked Washington Huskies, 38-3, on November 4th. Oregon once against struggled to get anything going in the passing game without Justin Herbert still sidelined with a Collarbone injury and stood no chance after falling behind by a 31-3 margin with 5:59 left in regulation. The Ducks were outgained the Huskies by a 451-278 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin. Leading the way for Oregon was RB Royce Freeman who carried the ball 24 times for 122 yards. On the season, the Ducks are averaging 32.3 ppg on 428.7 total yards game (173.5 passing yds/g; 255.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Oregon is led by RB Royce Freeman who has 10 TD on the season while averaging 121.8 rushing yds/g on 20.6 att/g. QB Braxton Burmeister has replaced injured starter Justin Herbert (68.3 comp %, 9 TD, 2 INT, 252.8 yds/g) and has completed 56.6% of this passes on the season for 2 TD and 6 INT while averaging 54.0 passing yds/g. Oregon has talent at WR position in Charles Nelson (3.6 rec/g, 44.3 yds/g, TD), Johnny Johnson III (1.8 rec/g, 23.4 yds/g, TD), and Dillon Mitchell (2.3 rec/g, 25.6 yds/g, 2 TD). Defensively, Oregon is allowing their opponents to an average of 30.1 ppg on 428.7 total yards a game (173.5 passing yds/g; 255.2 rushing yds/g). The Ducks have forced 17 turnovers on the season and have an overall turnover margin of -3.

The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game, however, just 2-9 ATS in their last road games. The Ducks are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games following a bye week, however, just 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games.

Arizona got back on the winning track led by their rushing attack that has been nearly unstoppable since Khalil Tate took over the starting duties at QB. Oregon looked primed to get back into contention in the Pac-12 after their offense looked unstoppable early in the season, however, injuries have really slowed down the Ducks offensive attack. Oregon does have one of the better rushing defenses in the country that could help slow down the Arizona rushing attack, however, if Herbert is unable to play in this one, it's hard to see the Ducks putting up a lot of points. This game has yet to be lined due to the uncertainly of Herbert, however, if he doesn’t play, I’m probably going to roll with the Wildcats as long as the line isn’t too ridiculous. Please check back when the line is posted. 

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:37:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100472
<![CDATA[Florida State vs. Delaware State - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/florida-state-vs-delaware-state-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments Down in Tallahassee at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, the Delaware State Hornets and the Florida State Seminoles will be meeting up in college football action. 

Delaware State comes into this game at 2-8 on the year. The Hornets are 2-2 in their last four games, however, with losses to NC Central and Savannah State sandwiched between wins over South Carolina State and Morgan State. 

In that Morgan State game, Hornets QB Kennan Black had a nice outing with a 16-of-26 line for 234 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Nyfease West led…

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Down in Tallahassee at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday, the Delaware State Hornets and the Florida State Seminoles will be meeting up in college football action. 

Delaware State comes into this game at 2-8 on the year. The Hornets are 2-2 in their last four games, however, with losses to NC Central and Savannah State sandwiched between wins over South Carolina State and Morgan State. 

In that Morgan State game, Hornets QB Kennan Black had a nice outing with a 16-of-26 line for 234 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. Nyfease West led the Delaware State rush with 19 carries for 110 yards, and Trey Gross came up with three big catches for 55 yards and two touchdowns. 

Over on the Florida State side, they come in with a 3-6 record on the year. The Seminoles have lost three of their last four games to Louisville, Boston College and Clemson. In that Clemson game, Seminoles QB James Blackman put up 208 yards with one TD and one INT. 

So far this year, Blackman has 1493 yards with nine TDs and eight picks, and Cam Akers is the top Florida State rusher on 735 yards and three touchdowns. Nyqwan Murray is the leading Florida State receiver with 510 yards and two TDs from 32 catches. 

Delaware State is 0-4 ATS in their last four games after posting less than 170 yards passing in their previous game, and 0-5 ATS in their last five non-conference games. The Hornets are also 0-5 ATS in their last five road games. 

Florida State is 0-7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall and 0-6-1 ATS in their last seven games on grass. The Seminoles are also 0-4-2 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss. 

Delaware State has simply had a lot of issues getting their offense going this year; in their first five games, the Hornets scored no more than 16 points. The good news is that the Hornets put up 33 versus Morgan State and posted a nice comeback win. Florida State, meanwhile, has been choppy to say the least, putting up no more than 28 points in any game all year. Still, I think the Seminoles will take care of business here, as they vastly outclass the Hornets. That said, the lines I've seen for this game are crazy thick, so I'm going with Delaware State to cover. 

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:37:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100502
<![CDATA[Michigan State vs. Maryland - 11/18/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction]]> https://sportschatplace.com/cfb-picks/2017/11/18/michigan-state-vs-maryland-11/18/17-college-football-pick-odds-and-prediction#comments The Maryland Terrapins and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday in college football action at Spartan Stadium.

The Maryland Terrapins look for their third road victory of the season to keep their bowl hopes alive. The Maryland Terrapins have lost seven of their last nine road games. Ryan Brand is completing 51.1 percent of his passes for 204 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Brand enters this game with 42 career pass attempts under his belt. D.J. Moore and Taivon Jacobs have combined for 1,339 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Jahrvis Davenport has…

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The Maryland Terrapins and Michigan State Spartans meet Saturday in college football action at Spartan Stadium.

The Maryland Terrapins look for their third road victory of the season to keep their bowl hopes alive. The Maryland Terrapins have lost seven of their last nine road games. Ryan Brand is completing 51.1 percent of his passes for 204 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Brand enters this game with 42 career pass attempts under his belt. D.J. Moore and Taivon Jacobs have combined for 1,339 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Jahrvis Davenport has eight receptions. The Maryland Terrapins ground game is averaging 173.3 yards per contest, and Ty Johnson leads the way with 770 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Maryland is allowing 36.2 points and 420.8 yards per game. Jermaine Carter, Jr. leads the Maryland Terrapins with 67 tackles, Keiron Howard has two sacks and JC Jackson has three interceptions. 

The Michigan State Spartans could use a bounce back victory here after losing two of their last three games. The Michigan State Spartans have won six of their last eight home games. Brian Lewerke is completing 59.8 percent of his passes for 2,338 yards, 16 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Lewerke has six touchdown passes and four interceptions in his last three games. Felton Davis III and Darrell Stewart Jr. have combined for 1,028 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Cody White has 30 receptions. The Michigan State Spartans ground game is averaging 147.5 yards per contest, and LJ Scott leads the way with 584 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan State is allowing 22.9 points and 325.7 yards per game. Joe Bachie leads the Michigan State Spartans with 81 tackles, Kenny Willekes has five sacks and David Dowell has five interceptions. 

The Terrapins are 2-9 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Spartans are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games on grass and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in November. The under is 6-2 in Spartans last 8 home games and the over is 6-1 in Terrapins last 7 games overall.

Maryland is simply not a good football team, as the Terps struggle to compete and have been getting blasted against the number this season. The Michigan State Spartans have taken a step back recently with losses in two of their last three games, but they're still a quality football team that plays hard, has a chance to improve its bowl game and has been a covering machine on its home field with covers in eight of its last nine tries. Throw in the Terps quarterback issues, and this is a game Michigan State should run away with.

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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:36:00 -0500 https://sportschatplace.com/index.php?id=100505