Free Week 1 Prediction: Mustangs vs Spartans Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Cal Poly Mustangs vs. San Jose Spartans (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: CEFCU Stadium, San Jose, California
NCAA Football Spread: OFF
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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We have finally reached week one of the college football season with a full plate of games. The best part of a new season is that every team feels like they can have a good season, and that this is the season where they can reach all their goals.
One of the games to take place in week one takes place at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose. The Cal Poly Mustangs make the trip to take on the San Jose State Spartans.
These two teams have played twice since 2006 with the Spartans winning both games. In 2009 San Jose won by a final score of 19-9.
Cal Poly Mustangs
The Cal Poly Mustangs led by Tim Walsh will like to build off their 7-5 record and their trip to the FCS postseason last year.
On the offensive end the Mustangs run the triple option, which makes for a slower paced game, and they really focus on winning time of possession.
Joe Protheroe is the big pounding running back for the Mustangs. He is great in goal line situations but also has a bit of speed, which really makes him a huge threat.
Last season Protheroe led the Big Sky in rushing last year, and hopes to be even better this year.
As good as the Mustangs were at running the ball, the teams success this year is going to depend on how well the defense plays.
Last year they allowed 32.8 points per game which was the worst of any teams that made the playoffs. For that to improve this year the front seven needs to be better.
They need to start getting more of a push up front and wreck some havoc in the backfield.
San Jose State Spartans
The San Jose State Spartans finished with only four wins last year, and decided to make a coaching change after the season.
They brought back former assistant coach Brent Brennan to lead the troops. He has already done a really good job of recruiting for next year, but that won’t help him much this year.
If the Spartans were to win four games this year, that would be considered a huge success.
The Spartans have questions all over the field, and the biggest one is at the quarterback position. A starter has still not been named yet, and I would expect a quarterback by committee in this first game.
On the defensive side of the ball Brennan is switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4. They are hoping that will help the run defense over the years that have struggled, but this year it will probably cause some players to play out of position this year.
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I think after this game both teams will still have a lot more questions then answers.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: There is no line yet. A final score prediction is provided below.
I think both teams will struggle on the offensive end putting up points and I think at the end of the day better talent is what will win the game.
The Spartans have a bit better talent on their team and that will lead them to a win in a close game.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Spartans 17 – Mustangs 14
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