Free Week 1 Prediction: Aggies vs Spartans Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) UC Davis Aggies vs. San Jose State Spartans (0-0)
Date: Thursday, August 30 2018
Time: TBD pm EST
Venue: CEFCU Stadium, San Jose, California
NCAA Football Spread: OFF
NCAA Betting Total: OFF (As of 7pm ET Monday August 13th)
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This doesn’t scream “national headliner” on the surface. If you don’t believe us, just try and find this on any national headlines. We’ll wait.
But here’s the truth: This FCS vs. FBS contest has a lot of potential to exceed expectations. UC Davis should provide San Jose State an ample bit of competition to kick off the 2019 college football season.
Whether or not the Aggies can pull off a win straight up is a valid question. But there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that this game will come down to the fourth quarter.
UC Davis Aggies
San Jose State’s defense should be a bit better this season—but that’s more an indictment against how bad it was last year than a testament to how good it’s going to be in 2018.
If the Aggies want to win this game, they’re going to attack the inferior defense, and they’re going to do it through the air.
Quarterback Jake Maier tossed for almost 3,700 yards a year ago and has his TE back (9 touchdowns) as well as his top receiving target in Kelan Davis (7 touchdowns).
The game plan here is simple. Most teams are going to use the ground game to open up big-play potential through the air. UC Davis will toss to the outside and lull the defense to sleep before setting up something downfield.
Taking care of the ball will be crucial, as it’s a recipe for disaster when you give a bad defense the ball courtesy of fumbles or interceptions.
San Jose State Spartans
As much as San Jose State’s defense has the potential to struggle in this contest, particularly against the air attack, UC Davis is going to struggle just as much.
On offense, the Spartans return eight starters. That’s huge for Week 1 against a bad defensive opponent.
Same thing goes here that we said for the Aggies: San Jose State must take care of the rock. Giving up the football is a recipe for a troublesome second half against any program, but it’s a recipe for disaster against a team you should beat.
If San Jose State can take care of the football, it’ll be able to get whatever it wants against the Aggies.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
We didn’t lie when we said this game is going to be competitive throughout. Part of that is because the Aggies are better than advertised, but it has more to do with that fact that neither defense is executed to step up and take over this contest.
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Assuming this is a relatively high-scoring affair and both teams take care of the football by avoiding turnovers, we should have a one-touchdown score when it’s all said and done.
Give this one to the Spartans at home, but not by as much as you’d normally expect from a Week 1 FBS vs. FCS contest.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: San Jose State 40 – UC Davis 34
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