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Friday's NCAAF action: What bettors need to know

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at BYU Cougars (-23.5, 59.5)

The Blue Raiders have jumped out to a 3-1 start following an overtime win over FAU last weekend. They edged the Owls 42-35 on a Logan Kilgore pass to Kyle Griswould which covered the spread for MTU backers, their first payday of the year.  Turnovers have been a big issue for Kilgore, who has thrown five INTs to his four TDs. He’s also been sacked nine times through four games, which ranks 110th in protection in the country.

Brigham Young has gone just 1-2 during a tough opening schedule. The Cougars fell to Utah 20-13 last weekend, failing to cover as 7-point home favorites. BYU is coming in ranked eighth in the country in rushing, plowing ahead for 306.7 yards per game. Dual-threat QB Taysom Hill is a big part of that attack, totaling 400 yards on the ground – the second most rushing yards for a QB this season.

LINE: BYU opened - 21.5 and has been bet up as high as -24. The total has remained steady at 59.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures in low 40s with partly cloudy skies and winds WNW at 6 mph.
TRENDS:

* Blue Raiders are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
* Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.
* Under is 5-2 in Blue Raiders last seven games overall.

Utah State Aggies at San Jose State Spartans (+9.5, 61.5)

Utah State nearly upset USC last weekend, falling 17-14 but managed to cover as 6.5-point road underdog. The Aggies defense has locked down opposing passers for just 152 yards per game – 12th in the country. But, funny enough, have yet to snatch an INT from an opponent this year.

They may get their chance for a pick or two visiting the Bay Area Friday. San Jose State is passing on 67.48 percent of its offensive plays this season, averaging 293.3 yards through the air. The Spartans have been up against stiff competition the past two games, losing to Stanford and Minnesota but splitting those outings ATS.

LINE: SJSU opened at +9.5 and remained steady around that number. The Total moved from 61 to 61.5.
WEATHER: Temperatures in low 70s with clear skies and winds NNW at 4 mph.
TRENDS:

* Road team is 5-2 ATS in their last seven meetings.
* Aggies are 7-1-1 ATS in their last nine road games.
* Spartans are 6-2 ATS in their last eight home games.

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Posted by JohnnyJet0023
11 months ago

Middle Tennessee +23......looking for a slightly down BYU team that is content with running the ball and shortening the game. You want find much in the way of game breaking play makers on the field in this game either. 23 is a big nut to cover, if in fact the game plays slow and low. No bet on Utah State, just love watching Chuckie Keaton do his thing!! He will be up against another quality defense this week, however, so expectations need to be tamed.
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Posted by JohnnyJet0023
11 months ago

"Middle Tennessee +23......looking for a slightly down BYU team that is content with running the ball and shortening the game. You want find much in the way of game breaking play makers on the field in this game either. 23 is a big nut to cover, if ..."