Free NCAA Football Prediction: Thunderbirds vs. Spartans
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 1
(0-0) Southern Utah Thunderbirds vs. San Jose State Spartans (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 28th, 2021
Time: 10:00 pm EST
Venue: CEFCU Stadium, San Jose, CA
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Thunderbirds +24.5 | Spartans -24.5
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Thunderbirds +700 | Spartans -1200
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 56.5
The Southern Utah Thunderbirds will be in San Jose to take on the Spartans for the last game slated on Saturday at 10:00 ET.
Both of these teams are looking forward to have a more normal 2021 season.
This game will be televised on CBS Sports Network
Southern Utah Thunderbirds
The Thunderbirds will be looking forward to having a full season in 2021 as their 2020 campaign was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Southern Utah played in the spring and had a record of 1-5. They ended up dropping the last 3 games. This team really does not have high expectations for this season.
Quarterback Justin Miller will be leading the Thunderbirds. He was impressive in the spring contests as he threw 15 touchdowns and 1700 yards. Another key part of this offense is wide receiver Lance Lawson who also put up impressive numbers in the spring.
The defense will have its hands full when going against the Spartans. The unit is led by linebacker La’akea Kaho’ohanahano-Davis. Even with how good he his, the D is not great for the Thunderbirds. They will be challenged on Saturday.
San Jose State Spartans
The Spartans will look to build off of a strong 2020 season in which they went 7-1. They definitely surprised folks with how well they did a year ago.
This team lost their 2 best receivers Bailey Gaither and Tre Walker. Even with this, the remaining 9 starters will return. They will be lead by QB Nick Starkel. He has high expectations after having a strong 2021 season where he threw for more than 2,100 yards.
I expect the Spartans to move the ball effectively against this weak defense of Southern Utah. They will likely have a balanced rushing and passing attack in this contest. Their ground game will be led by Tyler Nevens, who averaged 7.8 yards per carry and scored 5 touchdowns.
I look for the Spartans to have success against this offense of Southern Utah. They have experience on defense and I have a hard time seeing the T-Birds move the ball on them.
It is evident that the oddsmakers consider the Spartans a much better team as they are laying 24.5 points.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Southern Utah is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- Southern Utah is 0-10 SU in their last 10 games.
- Southern Utah is 0-10 SU in their last 10 games on the road.
- Southern Utah is 1-7 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Mountain West conference.
- San Jose State is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games.
- San Jose State is 8-1 SU in their last 9 games.
- San Jose State is 6-0 SU in their last 6 games at home.
- San Jose State is 6-0 SU in their last 6 games played on a Saturday.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
Given the talent disparity, I look for the Trojans to roll in this one
4* Free Week 1 NCAA Betting Pick: San Jose State -24.5
24.5 is a high spread for the Trojans, but I like them to cover it. They are a far better team and have more firepower than the Thunderbirds. I look for the offense to be free flowing and for the defense to keep Southern Utah in check. I like the Spartans to win in a route.
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