Free Week 1 Prediction: Vandals vs Bulldogs Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Idaho Vandals vs. Fresno State Bulldogs (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 25
Time: 10:00 pm EST
Venue: Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California
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College football is officially back one week before this contest, but Saturday, Sept. 1 represent the first real weekend of the 2018 college football season.
The Idaho Vandals travel to Fresno, California to face the Fresno State Bulldogs in Week 1. Kickoff is set for 10 p.m. ET.
From 2014 to 2016, we saw the Idaho Vandals improve from a one-win team to a four-win team to a nine-win team (and bowl-winner in 2016).
2017 was always going to see Idaho take a step back, but it was unfortunate that the team fell all the way back to four wins.
Last season, Idaho was just 110th in total offense and 111th in points per game.
On defense, this squad showed a little more aptitude but was far from elite. The team was 60th in the country in total defense and 57th in total points per game allowed.
This team isn’t going to suddenly become a defensive powerhouse, but if it can show marginal improvements on offense, it could add a balance to the team’s attack.
Fresno State Bulldogs
The Fresno State Bulldogs had a huge bounce back season in 2017. In 2016, the team won just a single game—a week 2 victory over Sacramento State, 31-3. But last year, the squad turned things around going 10-4 and getting a Bowl win over Houston in the Hawaii Bowl.
Last season, Fresno State was 40th in total offense, 58th in passing yards per game and 79th in rushing yards per contest. Overall, the team was 79th in points per game.
On defense, the Bulldogs were far more impressive in the points per game allowed category. Fresno State was ninth in points per game allowed, giving up just 17.2 points per contest.
The Bulldogs were 28th in total defense with a 38th-ranked pass defense and a 15th-ranked rushing defense.
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The Vandals have a good chance of keeping this game competitive if they can figure out a way to put points on the board early.
That said, doing so against Fresno State’s defense is going to be a task that may be too tough to actually accomplish.
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Fresno State’s not going to be an offensive juggernaut here, but they don’t have to be.
A strong Bulldogs defense should come up with a convincing win, even if the Vandals find a way to keep this thing close early in the contest.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Fresno State Bulldogs 21 – Idaho Vandals 11
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