Free Week 5 Prediction: Trojans vs. Vandals Odds
Looking for Troy Trojans vs. Idaho Vandals free picks? Week 5 College football betting sees the Trojans taking on the Vandals Saturday, October 1 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(3-1) Troy Trojans vs. Idaho Vandals (2-2)
Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 5:00 pm EST
Venue: Kibbie Dome, Moscow, Idaho
NCAA Football Spread: Troy -14
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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Week 5 sees Sub Belt opponents Troy Trojans and Idaho Vandals squaring off in Moscow, Idaho at Kibbie Dome.
Troy comes into this one immediately following a dominant 52-6 win over New Mexico State.
Idaho is also coming off a win, but one that came in a very different fashion: a 33-30 overtime win a at UNLV.
Troy has played an excellent season thus far. At 3-1, their only loss came against the then-ranked No. 2 Clemson Tigers, and that contest was decided by a single score at Clemson’s home venue by a single touchdown, 30-24.
After going just 4-8 last season, Troy has exceeded expectations thus far. Offensively, they’re averaging 244 passing yards (54th), 229.3 rushing yards (30th) and 42.5 points per contest.
Defensively, this team is proving to have a one-dynamic approach.
It’s giving up just 21 points and 116.8 rushing yards (33rd) per game, but it’s also allowing opponents to complete 290.3 passing yards per week, which is only good enough for 115th in the country.
What helped Troy dominate last week was its defensive presence in terms of takeaways. The Trojans forced five turnovers against New Mexico State, which more than made up for the fact that they were actually out-gained in total yards, 539-492.
Along with the five interceptions, Troy blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown.
Don’t expect this much good fortune against Idaho, which should keep the game closer than last week’s — at least compared to the 46-point blowout that the contest eventually became.
While Troy struggles are very clearly defined by its inability to stop the pass, Idaho is having significant struggles in all aspects.
That’s not good for a team that was supposed to be vastly improved coming off a 4-8 season.
Defensively, the Vandals are giving up 251.8 passing yards (86th) and 205.8 rushing yards (99th) per contest while allowing 40.5 points per week.
Offensively, the story gets worse. Idaho is accumulating just 193.5 yards through the air (100th) and just 134 yards on the ground (103rd, which explains their lowly 18.25-points-per-game average so far.
The Vandals are coming off a tight win, which gives them momentum; however, Troy looks to be a different beast than UNLV at this point in the process.
The hope for Idaho is that it learned something in its two blowout losses to Washington and Washington State that can teach it something about facing superior competition.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Troy is 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games
- Troy is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight up win
- Idaho is 0-6 ATS at home vs an opponent that is seeking revenge
- Idaho is 1-9 ATS vs teams with a winning percentage of .600 or better
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Even if Idaho has learned a lesson or two from big-time games against the two respective Washington State universities, odds are, this team is about to learn another thing or two from Troy.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Troy -14
Don’t expect the Trojans to come out and annihilate the Vandals to the tune of a 46-point beatdown like they just did to New Mexico State, but don’t be shocked, either, if home-field advantage proves to provide little relief for an Idaho program that is one again failing to live up to expectations.
Week 5 Free Score Prediction: Troy 40 – Idaho 17
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