Free Week 1 Prediction: Wildcats vs Aggies Odds
Looking for Weber State Wildcats vs. Utah State Aggies free picks? Week 1 College football betting sees the Wildcats taking on the Aggies Thursday September 1st at Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium, Logan, Utah. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(0-0)Weber State Wildcats vs. Utah State Aggies (0-0)
Date: Thursday, September 1st
Time: 8:00 PM
Venue: Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium, Logan, Utah
NCAA Football Spread: OFF (as of Monday 2:30pm ET)
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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With a lot of aspirations at a Mountain West title run, the Utah State Aggies kick their season off Thursday night.
They’ll have one of the tougher tuneups in non conference play as they take on FCS Weber State. While the Aggies figure to be big favorites, the Wildcats continue to see improvements in their program and will look to make a splash here on opening night.
Weber State looks to build off what was considered a successful season for them in 2015.
The Wildcats were picked to be a bottom dweller in the Big Sky, but a 6-5 season and a 5-3 season within league play has set up the Wildcats with some expectations here in 2016.
Weber State will return 17 starters from last seasons team, 9 from the offense and 8 from the defense.
Some of those returning starters include RBs Cory Thomson and Eric Wilkes, who both provide a stability in the backfield and give this Wildcats team a lot more depth.
The offensive line also returns a couple of their studs in Cameron Young and Calvin Steyn, who will pave the way for the RB tandem.
Weber State has a lot of experienced players and a lot of playmaking abilities. They’ll have to be sure to not get shell-shocked by the big environment and get down early.
Getting into short 3rd down situations and not forcing the issue by any means is a must as well.
Any turnovers in games like this one will certainly flip the script and cause a lot of problems for the Wildcats.
The Aggies are happy to flip the calendar to 2016.
Last season, Utah State was unable to find any sort of stability as they battled key injuries throughout the entire season.
Still, they managed to reach their 5th straight bowl game, but an upset loss to Akron put a capper on an under .500 season.
Utah State knows to take nothing for granted here either in this game against a FCS opponent. Last year, the Aggies held off Southern Utah in the opening game of the season to grab just a 12-9 win.
With Chuckie Keeton gone, the Aggies will rely heavily on the group of backs to really do some damage for them.
Devante Mays, LaJuan Hunt, Tonny Lindsey and Justen Hervey all received time during the spring and will play a part in the rotation of the Utah State offense.
More good news for the Aggies comes from the returning offensive linemen. The Aggies will have 3 linemen back that earned conference honors that should provide a giant boost for this running game.
Utah State will try to wear this Weber State team down in the first half with the group of backs, but also must get out ahead early.
After seeing what happened last year early against Southern Utah, letting these kinds of team hang around only give them more confidence and momentum.
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- Utah State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
- Utah State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 9 of Utah State’s last 11 games
- Utah State is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
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While the line won’t be released until Wednesday night/Thursday morning, Utah State should have zero issue here.
They have plenty of weapons and are much more physical than this Weber State team. An early lead could end up leading to a rout.
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Utah State should be able to wear the Wildcats down and continue to pick up big chunks of yardage.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Utah State 48 – Weber State 13
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