Free Week 2 Prediction: Leathernecks vs Rams Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-1) Western Illinois Leathernecks vs. Colorado State Rams (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2019
Time: 4:00 pm EST
Venue: Canvas Stadium, Fort Collins, Colorado
NCAA Football Spread: Rams -11.5
NCAA Betting Total: 57.5
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The Western Illinois Leathernecks are coming off a brutal outing against the North Alabama Lions as they struggled in all three facets of the game. They really got beat by big plays in that game and it remains to be seen weather or not they can remedy their defense in time for this tough road game.
The Colorado State Rams are also coming off a tough loss against neighbors Colorado in a game that the officials did them no favors. The Rams are in a much easier spot here and they will be looking to bounceback in a big way in front of the home crowd.
Western Illinois Leathernecks
The Leathernecks really struggled with their offense only getting 302 yards in that game against North Alabama with the passing game in particular.
Junior starting quarterback Connor Sampson only managed to throw for 183 yards and a pick on 18-30 and now encounters a much better Rams defense and considering the Leathernecks went 2-13 on 3rd down this one could get ugly.
The Leathernecks also struggled with their rushing game only getting 119 yards on 34 attempts for a pretty poor 3.5 yards per carry average. To underline how bad that rushing effort was their leading rusher, Kendon Walker, had 10 carries and was only able to parlay that into 38 yards.
The rushing game is unlikely to be a major factor in this game as the Rams will likely have a lead for most of this game, forcing the Leathernecks to throw.
Considering their opposition last week the defense also struggled allowing over 400 yards with 290 of those yards coming through the air. Once again it really was the big plays that hurt them as they were burned by North Alabama sophomore wideout Cortez hall for a 75 yard bomb.
Colorado State Rams
There were a lot of positives for the Rams to take out of that first game against the Colorado Buffaloes and will be looking to get their first win of the season against a much softer defense. They did, however, tear that Buffaloes defense to shreds gaining over 500 combined yards in that game.
Junior starting quarterback Collin Hill certainly pulled his weight throwing for 374 yards and 3 TD’s and 2 picks. His efficiency was also great going 31-47 which was good for 8 yards per carry. Colin Hill now has a great spot to torch this Eastern Illinois secondary and further improve on his good start to the season.
The run defense for the Rams struggled far more than their secondary as they gave up more rushing yards than passing yards in that last game. They will likely try to stack the box in this one and make Connor Sampson beat them with his arm.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
Western Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Western Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Colorado State’s last 12 games
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick
This is one of the best bets of the weekend for me as I think Colorado State will absolutely roll in this spot. Their defense should step up and there is no reason to believe they can’t put up more yards in this game as that last game against the Colorado Buffaloes.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Colorado State Rams -11.5
Take the Rams -11.5 and cash in on this blowout winner this Saturday.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Western Illinois 17 – Colorado State 37
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