Free Week 1 Prediction: Skyhawks vs Tigers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) UT Martin Skyhawks vs. Missouri Tigers (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 1st 2018
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri
NCAA Football Spread: Missouri -35
NCAA Betting Total: 57
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Missouri will open up the season against an FCS opponent. UT Martin are no slouches, especially on defense, but they’ll struggle to put up points on offense against an SEC defense.
UT Martin had one of the best defenses in the FCS last season. I’m not expecting them to be able to shutdown Mizzou the entire game, but I also wouldn’t expect the Tigers to put up 50+ points either.
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The offense was a weak spot for the Skyhawks last season. They averaged less than 300 total yards and 20 PPG in 2017. Keep in mind that’s mostly coming against other FCS opponents.
They’re not going to be able to move the football against Missouri consistently. The Skyhawks best bet is to let Dresser Winn air it out, as if the Mizzou defense has a weakness it’s the secondary.
However, leading WR Londell Lee is gone and the remaining WRs haven’t produced. Defensively, the Skyhawks need to put pressure on the QB early and often to keep the Tigers in check.
UT Martin returns all three starting LBs from last season and they combined for 27.5 tackles for a loss last season. The defense needs to force a few punts if they want to keep it competitive.
Drew Lock should be in for another great season and he should have little problem getting started early against the Skyhawks. Last season he set a school and SEC record with 44 TDs.
J’Mon Moore, the leading WR from last season, is now in the NFL. However, Lock still has a lot of WRs to throw it to this season. Plus, Mizzou also return RBs Damarea Crockett and Larry Rountree III.
The defense needs to improve this season for the Tigers. In 2017, the Tigers allowed 31.85 PPG (97th), 254.46 PYPG (106th) and 159.62 RYPG (58th), albeit against tough competition.
I’d be shocked if the Tigers allowed more than one TD although last year they allowed Missouri State to put up 43 points in week 1. I wouldn’t expect the Mizzou defense to falter in week 1 again.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- UT Martin is 1-24 all-time against FBS opponents.
- Missouri is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Missouri’s last 6 games.
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I haven’t seen a line for this game yet, but I would expect Missouri to be favored by 30+ points. Will they cover? I’d put my money on Lock running away with this game early on.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: MIZZOU ATS
Even if the defense struggles, Missouri can put up 70+ points offensively even against a defense that was stout in the FCS last year. If the spread is under -40 points I’m betting Mizzou.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: UT Martin 10 – Missouri 52
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