Free Week 3 Prediction: Falcons vs. Buffaloes Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 3
(1-0) Air Force Falcons vs. Colorado Buffaloes (2-0)
Date: Saturday, September 14th, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM EST
Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado
NCAA Football Spread: Buffaloes -5
NCAA Betting Total: 58.5
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This week three matchup will see the Air Force Falcons out of the Mountain West taking on the Colorado Buffaloes out of the PAC-12.
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The Falcons had a bye week last week and will look to improve to 2-0 against the Buffaloes. They beat Colgate in week one 48-7, but that is an inferior team compared to who they will be up against now.
Going back to the game against Colgate, the Falcons totaled 464 yards of offense. They are an option teams, so basically every yard they gained came on the ground.
The Falcons threw the ball one time against Colgate. That pass was completed for 41 yards. They are obviously last in the country in passing yards per game, which could be an issue against the Buffaloes if they are down big.
The Falcons ran for 423 yards on 65 carries. They had 17 different guys with at least one carry. Their leading rusher was Taven Birdow, who ended with 80 yards on 9 carries. Behind him was Kadin Remsburg, who rushed for 62 yards on 9 carries and two touchdowns. How this option offense works against an actual decent team remains to be seen, but the Falcons have plenty of play-makers to mix things up.
The defense looked extremely good, but again, they were playing Colgate. They did however, allow just 161 total yards. The good news is that they allowed 18 yards through the air. Colorado is a pass heavy team, so there is a chance that Air Force might be able to slow them down.
The key to this game is controlling the clock and not going down big early on. Air Force must limit the Buffaloes possessions with their run game because they will not win a shootout.
The Buffaloes came back in dramatic fashion to upset Nebraska in overtime. They are now 2-0 on the season and get one more non-conference game before opening up PAC-12 conference play.
The offense scored 31 points in the second half and 24 points in the fourth quarter alone to lead the comeback.
Steven Montez led the offense for the Buffaloes, throwing for 375 yards, two touchdowns an one interception.
The rushing game was lackluster as they ran for only 89 yards. The leading rusher was Jaren Mangham, who had 44 yards and two touchdowns.
One receiver stood out for the Buffaloes and that was KD Nixon. He had six catches for 148 yards an one touchdown.
The defense looked terrible in the first half, but something clicked in the second half when they slowed down the Cornhuskers. They gave up 179 yards on the ground, so this is the area that needs to improve if they are going to avoid an upset.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 9-4 in AFA last 13 games on grass.
- Under is 13-3 in COLO last 16 vs. MWC.
Free Week 3 NCAA Football Pick
I like for the Buffaloes to start the season 3-0 in non-conference play and to win this game after a dramatic comeback in week two.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Under 58.5
I do believe that Air Force is going to have a ton of success in the ground game. That will lead to them controlling the ball for long periods of time, which makes the under my pick for this matchup.
Week 3 Free Score Prediction: Air Force 21 – Colorado 31
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