Free Week 9 Prediction: Rams vs. Bulldogs Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(0-0) Colorado State Rams vs. Fresno State Bulldogs (0-1)
Date: Thursday, October 29th, 2020
Time: 10:00 pm EST
Venue: Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California
NCAA Football Spread: Colorado State -2.5
NCAA Betting Total: 58.5
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This is the first game of the season for the Rams, and first for their few head coach Steve Addazio.
Fresno State kicked off their season last week with a loss to Hawaii. They also have a new coach in Kalen Deboer.
I think the wrong side might be favoured in this one.
Colorado State Rams
Most of the Mountain West kicked off their season last week. Now it is Colorado State’s chance, there is not a lot of optimism with their hire of Addazio, who never elevated Boston College.
He is not inheriting a great team either, the Rams won only four games a year ago.
Addazio is known for wanting to play a tough, physical brand of football. Colorado State was light in the trenches last season and that is hard to turn around in just one offseason, especially this season.
Their top four recruits were on the offensive and defensive lines but you need time to create a new attitude and nobody had it this offseason.
Making matters a little more difficult, top returning playmaker Warren Jackson is likely out.
Fresno State Bulldogs
Kalen Deboer had a lot of success at the NAIA level with Sioux Falls. He lost only three games there in five years so staring the season with a loss probably hit hard.
Like Colorado State, the Bulldogs only won four games a year ago. They are not overloaded with returning talent either.
Jake Haener is a first-time starter at quarterback. His first game was not so smooth with three interceptions. He has to clean that up
The Bulldogs are probably best to focus on the ground attack anyway with Ronnie Rivers. The senior RB scored 13 TDs last season and the run defense for the Rams was light last year.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 10-1 in CSU last 11 conference games.
- CSU are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Thu. games.
- CSU are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games.
- Under is 22-8 in FRES last 30 conference games.
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Pick
I like the Bulldogs a lot this evening, even though a game of experience has not been a significant advantage in similar situations this season.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Fresno State +2.5
Not all of these situations are created equally. In this case the team without a game under its belt also has a new coach and is traveling for the first time.
Even if that weren’t the case I would make this one a pick’em, so getting a few points of wiggle room in a game where there are not a lot of advantages is too good to ignore.
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