Free Week 1 Prediction: Cardinals vs Bulldogs Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Incarnate Word Cardinals vs. Fresno State Bulldogs (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 10:00 pm EST
Venue: Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California
NCAA Football Spread: OFF
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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Incarnate Word went 3-8 last season and struggled mightily on defense. Luckily for them, they will open with one of the FBS’s weakest offensive teams from last season.
Fresno State managed just 16.5 points per game last season and finished the season with a 1-11 record.
They will hope to pick up a win to start the season as Alabama and Washington await them in their next two games.
Incarnate Word Cardinals
The Cardinals gave up 37.7 points per game last season while managing to score just 26.4 per game. They gave up 56 passing touchdowns last season and allowed opponents to complete 65 percent of their passes.
Offensively, they weren’t great but weren’t nearly as bad. They averaged just 3.3 yards per carry but did manage 17 rushing touchdowns on the season.
However, they only completed 48 percent of their passes even though they managed 242 passing yards per game.
The Cardinals didn’t turn the ball over much with only 15 on the season. The problem though was that they managed to intercept the opposing QB just once.
Incarnate Word also allowed opponents to sack their quarterback an average of 3 times per game.
Fresno State Bulldogs
The Bulldogs managed just 4.4 yards per play last season – good for 5th worst in the FBS.
The offensive statistics are bad in nearly all spots. Fresno State will hope a new season and an awful Incarnate Word defense last season can help them solve their offensive woes in the opening game.
Expect the Bulldogs to come out with energy and hungry for the victory as they are aware that Alabama and Washington sit next on their schedule. The offense should play pretty well against the weak Incarnate Word defense.
The Bulldogs don’t want to go into conference play 0-3 so picking up this early win will make conference play more about being competitive and less about getting that first win out of the way.
I would expect Fresno State to be ready to play and to take care of their inferior opponent.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Incarnate Word is 3-7 SU in their last 10 games
- Fresno State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games
- Fresno State is 0-10 SU in their last 10 games
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Incarnate Word is one of the inferior teams in the FCS so they should be no match for a FBS team like Fresno State – even one of the FBS’s worst teams from last season.
I would be surprised if Fresno St doesn’t score 35 on the Cardinals.
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There’s a big gap between FBS and FCS bottom dwellers and the Bulldogs should be improved from last year to begin with. I wouldn’t expect this one to be close.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Fresno State Bulldogs 41 – Incarnate Word Cardinals 17
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