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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(0-5) Georgia Southern Eagles vs UMass Minutemen (0-6)
Date: Saturday, October 21,2017
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Hadley, Massachusetts
NCAA Football Spread: UMass -7
NCAA Betting Total: 55.5
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At this stage of the season it is rare to find a game where neither team has won a game. In both cases you probably have not been watching that closely either so this game could certainly be a pass and nobody will blame you.
The one thing that might make this game interesting is that both teams are very different in styles. Georgia Southern is all about running the ball while UMass has a prolific passing attack.
Georgia Southern Eagles
The Eagles have lost all of their games this season and the closest they have come to meeting expectations, as measured by the spread was a push in their opener against Auburn. Their closest loss was in their last game against New Mexico State.
Georgia Southern is an option team, they are just not especially good at it. Quarterback Shai Werts have almost double the number of rushing attempts of any other player but he is averaging less than three yards per carry.
The defense shows no particular strength – 96th against the pass and 97th against the run. UMass will definitely be able to move the ball against this group.
The Minutemen are 0-6 but they have been in a lot of ballgames this season. They have not lost any game by more than 10 points and have not taken the easy win an FCS opponent might have provided. Are they due?
Andrew Ford is not a familiar name but he is 20th in passing yards this season. Even though QB ratings are not a pure science he has a better rating than the likes of Sam Darnold and Jalen Hurts.
The UMass defense is not very unfriendly and they are susceptible to the run – 100th. They know what to expect in this matchup but that might not be enough to stop it.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 5-0 in Eagles last 5 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Eagles are 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Eagles are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
- Over is 5-0 in Minutemen last 5 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Minutemen are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- Minutemen are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
This has to be some sort of record with a winless team being a favourite by this much at this point in the season. Still I can see the logic here.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: UMass -7
Both teams are going to be able to move the ball but Massachusetts with their ability to hit some bigger plays through the air will be the more difficult offense to stop.
Ford may not be NFL material but he makes few mistakes and as long as he does not take the Minutemen out of the game they will get their first win.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: UMass 38 – Georgia Southern 21
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