Free Week 2 Prediction: Salukis vs Minutemen Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-1) Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Umass Minutemen (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2019
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium, Amherst, Massachusetts
NCAA Football Spread: UMass -4.5
NCAA Betting Total: 79.5
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The Salukis are going to be coming into this game down on confidence as they lost their last game in blowout fashion to Southeast Missouri State.
The team will need to address the defensive side of the ball as they seriously struggled in that last contest giving up over 525 combined yards.
The Umass Minutemen are also coming off a blowout loss, but had a tough first game of the year on the road at the Rutgers Scarlet Knights who nobody expected them to beat.
The Minutemen should come into this one with their heads held high as they are in a much better spot to succeed this Saturday in front of the home crowd.
Southern Illinois Salukis
Southern Illinois offense overall didn’t struggle as they put up 387 total yards, but the passing game was a real point of concern for them in that game.
Sophomore starting quarterback Stone Labowitz will be looking for a bounceback performance here as he really struggled in that first outing throwing for 217 yards and a pick.
The rushing game, however, did have some success as they rushed for 170 yards. Most of those yards came from senior runningback D.J. Davis who rushed for 125 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Salukis will likely lean on him offensively again in this matchup, but will need to get creative and open up space to get him the ball in the clear
The defense in that last game was bad, but was especially poor against the run as they surrendered 281 yards against the run and if they don’t do something to address that problem this one will be over at halftime.
The Umass Minutemen struggles in all three phases of that last game against Rutgers and will probably be relieved to be playing this game at home.
The passing game was non-existent in that first match with starting QB Randall West throwing for a mere 106 yards with 1 TD and 1 pick. West does get an easier matchup here, but if he plays like that again we might have a slight upset on our hands.
The rushing game was marginal better running for 183 yards at an average of 5.4 per carry. They effectively spread the ball around between their runningbacks and will likely be the unit most leaned upon by this coaching staff to get the job done come Saturday.
The defense was also abysmal allowing 554 total yards and the opposition was able to come at them with a well-balanced attack of rushing and throwing.
One of the few positives for this defense was that they did manage to get 3 interceptions in that game and is maybe something they can build on coming into this contest.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Southern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- Southern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 10 of Massachusetts’s last 14 games
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These defenses are both awful and I can see both of these teams putting up points. Look for an entertaining one here and bet the over this Saturday.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: OVER 79.5
Cash in on this high scoring affair this Saturday and bet the over.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Southern Illinois 42 – UMass 45
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