Free Week 1 Prediction: Great Danes vs. Chippewas Odds
Looking for Albany Great Danes vs. Central Michigan Chippewas free picks? Week 1 betting sees the Great Danes taking on the Chippewas Thursday, August 29th at Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Great Danes Chippewas Week 1 free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Albany Great Dane vs. Central Michigan Chippewas (0-0)
Date: Thursday, August 29th 2019
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
NCAA Football Spread: Central Michigan -14
NCAA Betting Total: 45.5
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Central Michigan opens up as a 2 touchdown favorite when they welcome in Albany on Thursday.
Both teams look to rebound from what was a struggle of a 2018 and start 2019 off on the right foot.
Albany Great Danes
Albany come in off a 3-8 campaign in 2018 and they really didn’t have much success on either side of the ball.
They averaged just 21.1 points per game on the offensive side and will have to transition to a new starting QB here in the 2019 campaign.
Sophomore quarterback Jeff Undercuffler did get himself 3 starts last season thanks to the injuries sustained to this Great Danes team and one of those was a win over FCS Playoff participant Stony Brook.
They’ll also look to set the tone here with RB Karl Mofor. Last year, he rumbled for nearly 600 yards and had 5 touchdowns as he split time. The reins are his this season and he will look to take advantage of the situation.
Albany started last season 2-2, but suffered 6 straight losses following that.
They did however capture a win to cap the season off in that Stony Brook game will try to carry that momentum into an upset here.
Central Michigan Chippewas
Central Michigan has high hopes this year as they welcome in new Head Coach Jim McElwain.
He’s been around the block in terms of his coaching career and brings a lot experience into this season.
The Chippewas boasted one of the worst offenses not just in the MAC, but in the entire nation last season. They averaged a mere 15.0 points per game and just 254.7 yards per contest.
That isn’t going to sit well with McElwain and his plans as he looks to bring a much more aggressive style to this program.
Defensively, CMU held their own in 2018. However, they lost a few key starters to graduation and have a lot of gaps to fill.
They will need to continue to force turnovers, as that led to a lot of their success last season. They recovered 12 fumbles and had 22 turnovers forced overall, which was in the top tier of the MAC.
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This isn’t necessarily a contest you should clear your calendar for.
Both teams have a lot to rebuild and this a great first game to figure it out given the opponent both ways.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Under
Neither offense is built with explosive playmakers.
Look for this one to be very slow paced and both teams to struggle with their consistency.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Central Michigan 17- Albany 13
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