Free Week 7 Prediction: Vandals vs Trojans Odds
Week 7 College football betting sees the Idaho Vandals taking on the Troy Trojans Saturday October 17 at Veterans Memorial Stadium (AL) Troy, AL. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Idaho Vandals (1-4) vs. Troy Trojans (1-4)
Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 3:30 PM
Venue: Veterans Memorial Stadium (AL) Troy
NCAA Football Spread: Troy -12.5
NCAA Betting Total:OFF
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This is a Sun Belt match up of a couple of the bottom dwellers in the conference with Troy the 12.5-point betting favorite facing Idaho. The Vandals are in the basement of the conference, as the only team in the conference with 2 losses.
They have given up at least 44 points in 4 of their 5 games this season and their only win came against Wofford.
Troy has played a much tougher schedule than Idaho facing one ranked team and 3 teams from major conferences. Still, they lost all of those games badly and they have lost 3 in a row.
Last season at Idaho the Trojans beat the Vandals 34-17.
Matt Linehan missed the last game with an ankle injury, but he should go in this one. The Vandals sure hope so, as last week his backup Jake Luton had 3 picks in last week’s bad 49-35 loss to Arkansas State.
While Idaho is led by their passing offense, which ranks 32nd in the nation, their rushing offense has been pretty decent as of late.
One player that Troy has to key on is Idaho WR Dezmon Epps, who is by far the main target of Linehan and for the season he has 533 receiving yards while the next leading WR has 190.
Idaho only ranks 100th in the nation in rushing yards per game, but Elijhaa Penny has been pretty good the last 3 games rushing for at least 95 yards in each game.
Troy was crushed in their last game losing 45-17 to Mississippi State and overall their defense ranks a legit 31st defending the pass, but only 101st defending the run.
To say Troy has a less than dynamic offense is an understatement, as they do not rank in the top 100 in the nation in passing or rushing yards per game.
Still, they face a weak Idaho defense and they have played 3 tough teams this season.
QB Brandon Silvers foes not have a great WR corps at his disposal and he has not passed for a TD in his last 3 games. Dontreal Pruitt got the majority of the snaps in the blowout loss to Mississippi State and he may get the start in this game.
Look for the Vandals to get a heavy dose of Troy RB Brandon Burks, who has rushed for 405 yards on the season and has rushed for over 80 yards in each of the last 2 games.
He will be facing a Vandals’ defense that gave up a whopping 333 rushing yards last week in the loss to Arkansas State.
Idaho ranks 120th out of 127 FBS teams in total defense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
* Vandals are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
* Vandals are 12-25-1 ATS in their last 38 games overall.
* Vandals are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games after a loss.
* Trojans are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss.
* Trojans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.
Free Week 7 NCAA Football Prediction
Have to go with Troy in this one at home facing that Idaho D that simply cannot stop opponents from racking up the points.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Troy ATS
Idaho lost by 17 points at home to Troy last season and they will not fare any better this season on the road.
Week 7 Free Score Prediction: Troy 44 Idaho 31
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