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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(2-5) Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. UConn Huskies (2-4)
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Rentschler Field, Hartford, CT.
NCAA Football Spread: Tulsa -6
NCAA Betting Total: 71.5
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All five teams in Tulsa’s half of the American Athletic Association are better than its 1–2 conference record, while there are only two teams better than UConn (1–3) in the American East.
That may be deceiving, the Huskies are far behind the two leaders in the division, both at 3–0. The Golden Hurricane, however, are less than two games back of first-place Navy (3–1).
One team will get a little bit closer to the respective leader on Saturday afternoon.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Tulsa blew out Houston last week for its first American Athletic win this season. Forty-Five points were more than enough to get the win and the cover against the Cougars, handing them their first conference loss of the season.
The ground game was on point for the Golden Hurricane. De’Angelo Brewer and Shamari Brooks each had well over 100 yards on the ground, averaging over six yards per carry each. Each one scored a touchdown and the quarterback, Chad President, had two.
That sort of balance isn’t anything new for Tulsa, though. Four ballcarriers on the roster have at least 175 yards, all have at least one carry of 55 yards and all have at least four touchdowns. The top three guys each have seven TDs, including the quarterback President.
That’s where he likes to do most of his work. President has just two touchdown passes (and two picks), compared to the seven ground scores in Tulsa’s option offense.
President and company should find space against a UConn defense that gave up 160 points in its first three American Athletic games before holding Temple last week.
It was a rough start for UConn’s defense in the conference. The Huskies gave up 41 against Eastern Carolina, 49 against SMU and then 70 to Memphis two weeks ago.
They got things back under control last week with a 28–24 win over Temple, who is now one of two others teams tied with UConn at 1–3 in the American Athletic East.
UConn has three running backs of its own with over 200 yards on the ground. All three have scores and have combined to break the plane 10 times, led by Nate Hopkins’ six.
Most of UConn’s big play ability comes through the passing game, though.
Quarterback Bryant Shirreff’s has over 1500 yards through the air this season and a dozen TDs, compared to just four interceptions.
His 66 percent completion percentage in his senior season would be a career best and 9.35 yards per attempt is way up from either his sophomore or junior seasons. In fact, his numbers are up across the board, despite the lack of wins to show for it.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 7-1 in TLSA last 8 road games.
- TLSA are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 road games.
- Over is 11-4 in TLSA last 15 conference games.
- CONN are 4-20-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- CONN are 5-17-1 ATS in their last 23 home games.
- Under is 6-2 in CONN last 8 games in October.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
Tulsa looked mighty fine last week against Houston but that game was at home. Traveling up to UConn for this one will be a different look but may not be too much for this team to handle.
I like the Golden Hurricane’s chances to put pressure on that weak UConn defense by rotating fresh ball handlers into the game and keeping the Huskies off balance.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Tulsa -6
Tulsa will win this one by at least a touchdown, if not two.
Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Tulsa 38 – UConn 28
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