Free Week 3 Prediction: Hurricanes vs Mountaineers Odds
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Miami Hurricanes (2-0) vs. Appalachian State Mountaineers (1-1)
Date: Saturday, September 17th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Kidd Brewer Stadium, Boone, North Carolina
NCAA Football Spread: Miami -3.5
NCAA Betting Total: 53.5
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So far so good for Miami under new coach Mark Richt, though you can’t say they have really been tested yet. A decade ago this would have been a cakewalk but all you have to do is look at that number to see where this program is right now.
I like the value there though, this could be a bit of a statement game.
App State nearly knocked off Tennessee in the opener and by all measures looks like the top team in the Sun Belt this season.
They get another chance to make some news against Miami and this time they are at home. I wouldn’t dismiss them automatically.
The Canes have a pro prospect at QB in Brad Kaaya but their success thus far has been all about running the ball. No surprise there as Richt definitely had his share of great backs when at Georgia.
At the U he has Joseph Yearby and Mark Walton, both of who have rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the first two games.
The competition was not good but that is still pretty rare and is allowing us to overlook the fact that Kaaya has not been as sharp as you would expect.
He better start tightening things up this week.
The defense has put up good numbers but it is still way to early to tell whether this unit is worthy of legacy that was established by the great teams of the past.
This is their last chance to get all of the kinks worked out before they take on their first league opponent Georgia Tech next week.
It is encouraging that their rush defense has been strong.
Appalachian State Mountaineers
If App State wins this one at home they have a great chance of running the table and will be kicking themselves for letting Tennessee slip away in week 1.
Kudos to the coaching staff for getting them ready for Old Dominion the next week but the Monarchs have been far from great since joining the FBS.
Tennessee would have been nice but this game is more of a realistic opportunity. They are just short home dogs. It would not be nearly as big as when they toppled Michigan years back though.
The Mountaineers have to be concerned about their defense if they are going to notch the upset. Miami is killing it in the ground game and last week they gave up more than 150 yards to ODU.
Miami has so much speed they are really going to have to tighten that up. If they get too focused though Kaaya can burn them.
My hunch is that they are looking to get him untracked.
App State is going to have to force some turnovers to win.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Hurricanes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Under is 4-0 in Hurricanes last 4 games following a ATS win.
- Hurricanes are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf.
- Under is 7-0 in Mountaineers last 7 games in September.
- Mountaineers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Under is 7-1 in Mountaineers last 8 non-conference games.
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App State got a lot of attention after week one but you have to wonder if they might be overvalued heading into this one. This is still a Sun Belt team taking on the ACC and that doesn’t usually go well for the Sun Belt.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Miami -3.5
Miami may never be what it once was but they are going up a level with Richt at the helm.
They have more talent and speed and will put both to good use in an easy victory that gets them into the top 25 next week. You can bank on it too.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Miami 38 – Appalachian State 17
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