Free Week 2 Prediction: Lumberjacks vs Wildcats Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Northern Arizona Lumberjacks vs. Arizona Wildcats (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2019
Time: 10:45 pm EST
Venue: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
NCAA Football Spread: Arizona -27
NCAA Betting Total: 63.5
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The Northern Arizona Lumberjacks are coming off a nice win in their last game where they comfortably dealt with the Missouri State Bears by a score of 37-23. This, however, will be a big step up in class when they travel to Tucson to play the Wildcats.
The Arizona Wildcats have to be seriously disappointed the way week 1 went considering they were 10.5 point favorites and they lost the game outright against Hawaii.
This Wildcats side will certainly be hungry for some revenge and this is the perfect situation for them to do just that.
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The NAU passing attack was rolling in week 1 as senior quarterback Case Cookus threw for 290 yards and 2 TD’s in the victory. Sophomore wide-out Brandon Porter was the beneficiary of Cookus’ solid day catching 6 balls for 140 yards and 2 TD’s.
Given the way the Wildcats secondary struggled last week I would look to these guys to have a big game once again if the Lumberjacks are going to make this one interesting.
The rushing offense will also need to be better because if the Lumberjacks become one dimensional they are unlikely to be competitive at all. In that last game the Lumberjacks rushed for just 88 yards at only 2.4 yards per carry.
The defense, on the other hand, was pretty impressive against Missouri State only allowing 329 total yards while only allowing 40 total rushing yards.
The Lumberjacks will also need to clean up the penalties they took in that last game as they conceded 125 penalty yards which will not bode well for them if they repeat that against the Wildcats.
There was not a whole lot wrong with the Wildcat’s offense in that loss to Hawaii as they racked up 539 total yards. Senior QB Khalil Tate was an absolute beast for them as he threw for 361 yards as well as rushing for 108 yards leading the team in both areas.
I would expect a similar or better performance in this spot which should be easier especially because it is a home game.
The rushing game was a big problem for this team because if you take away Tate’s 108 yards the rest of the team only rushed for 70 yards.
The runningbacks, however, should be able to take advantage of this game and get back on track as the Wildcats should be leading for much of the game.
By far the biggest issue for the Wildcats last weekend was the defense as they allowed almost 600 yards to a team they were favored against by 10.5 points.
If the defense keeps playing like that it is going to be a long season in Tucson, but the team should be able to get some confidence back in this spot playing a smaller school.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Northern Arizona is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
- Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Northern Arizona
- Arizona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Northern Arizona
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I am not so sure that defensive performance from the Wildcats was just a one time thing. I see the Wildcats winning comfortably, but I think the better bet will be the over as I certainly can see the Lumberjacks putting up a few points here.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: OVER 63.5
Take the over and cash in on these two bad defenses this Saturday.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Northern Arizona 24 – Arizona 52
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