Free Week 9 Prediction: Broncos vs Falcons Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(5-2) Boise State Broncos vs. Air Force Falcons (3-4)
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Falcon Stadium, Usaf Academy, CO
NCAA Football Spread: Boise State -9
NCAA Betting Total: 58
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Boise State and Air Force enter week 9 following up Friday night conference wins on October 19.
Boise State rallied for a 56 – 28 win over Colorado State on the blue turf, improving their record to 3 – 1 in the Mountain West Western Division and 5 – 2 overall.
Senior QB Brett Rypien had one of his best days of his career in the 28-point thrashing of the Rams last weekend. Rypien threw 4 TD passes for 308 yards, and was 22 for 26 while utilizing 8 different receivers.
The Falcons were involved in a much different type of game last weekend as they barely escaped UNLV with a win. Air Force carried a 20-point lead late in the third quarter, and the Falcons eventually won 41- 35 to get their first conference win of the season.
Air Force were down 21 – 20 at the half, as they were favored by -9 points on the road at UNLV. The Falcons scored three consecutive third quarter touchdowns to a 41- 21 lead, and QB Isaiah Sanders had a monster of a game.
Boise State Broncos
Brett Rypien got back on track last weekend, as he hopes to improve his stock towards the NFL Draft next year. Rypien is on pace to set all of his personal single-season records in his final year with the Broncos.
Rypien started the season with 0 Interceptions and 12 TD passes through the first 4 games of his senior campaign. He threw two big picks in their 19 – 13 loss to San Diego State, and threw 3 INTs against Nevada, albeit a 31 – 27 eventual win in week 7.
Special teams and defense certainly contributed to the 56-point total for the Broncos last weekend.
Avery Williams returned a kick for score, while Kekaula Kaniho also returned a punt for TD on special teams.
The defense caused three fumbles to with two interceptions, giving Rypien and the offense plenty of field position to work with all night on the blue turf of Boise State, ID.
The Broncos kept Rams QB K.J Carta-Samuels frustrated all night long, although we know Colorado State has struggled all year offensively. The Broncos took advantage of every opportunity given to them, and eventually too many Ram mistakes aided to the Bronco victory.
Air Force Falcons
Junior QB Isaiah Sanders didn’t attempt a single pass against Stony Brook or Navy, both resulted in easy wins. Sanders was 24 – 45 passing entering the game against UNLV last weekend, as Air Force is obviously going to keep the ball on the ground early and often. He completed his first 9 passes of the game against UNLV, and ended up 9 for 11 with a career-high 237 yards in the air.
Sanders picked up his second passing touchdown of the season, and ran for three more in the 41 – 35 win. He carried the ball 21 times and picked up 173 yards on the ground, while RB Cole Fagan added 77 yards and score as well.
Ronald Cleveland caught 3 balls for 100 yards and a score in the win. He did however leave the game with a knee injury, and is listed as doubtful to go this weekend. Cleveland ran the ball 6 times and picked up 40 yards, but his absence will have an effect on the offense. And not in a good way, to say the least.
Isaiah Sanders’ two incompletions came at a horrible spot in the UNLV game last weekend. After starting the game 9 for 9, his first incompletion stopped the clock on second down as UNLV was mounting a fourth quarter comeback. His next incompletion came on the next play, and it led to a punt that gave UNLV the ball with a chance to win the game, only down 6 points at the time.
Air Force Head Coach Troy Calhoun became only the second man to win 50 MWC games in his career. He trails only Rocky Long, who won 87 MWC games in his time with San Diego State.
This is an intriguing line, as Air Force has to be aware that a loss here could be crucial for a bowl bid. Should the Falcons fall to 3 – 5 with a loss to Boise State at home this weekend, the Army game is on deck for the Falcons. Suffice to say that Army is no cupcake, and the Knights will likely be favored at West Point next weekend.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Broncos are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- Broncos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on grass.
- Falcons are 4-15 ATS in their last 19 conference games.
- Under is 8-2 in Broncos last 10 games in October.
- Underdog is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
- Broncos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Pick
The play here is to take the points, and grab Air Force to cover the +9 at home. Every game is a must-win situation for the Falcons, and they’ll put up a much better fight than any Rams team will.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Boise State are -9 point favorites, with a 58 showing on the total. Free ATS or O/U final score pick provided below!
Despite the loss of Ronald Cleveland, which stinks to be honest, Coach Calhoun will come up with a plan to slow down Brett Rypien. The Broncos scored 44 points against this Falcon team last year, so they cannot afford a repeat of that type of result this season.
Week 9 Free Score Prediction: Boise State 31 – Air Force 27
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