Free College Football Picks For Today 8/25/2019
Oregon vs. Auburn Pick Prediction 8/31/2019
Oregon vs. Auburn—College football pick is Auburn Tigers -3. Auburn returns seven starts on offense and to their defense. Tigers have experienced on their defensive line and secondary. They also return all five starts to their offensive line. Respect the strength of this SEC team at the trenches against this PAC 12 team. Justin Herbert is getting a lot of hype but he only completed 59% of his passes last season. They opened the season last year with Washington and win 21-16. In their bowl game the Tigers pounded Purdue 63-14. They dropped games to physical teams in the PAC 12 last year to Stanford and Utah. Ducks also dropped a 14 point decision at Washington St. Oregon went on the road and did not handle the speed of the Arizona Wildcats losing 44-15. This game is played on a fast track in Arlington Texas. Play Auburn Tigers -3.
Duke vs. Alabama Pick Prediction 8/31/2019
Duke vs. Alabama—College football free pick is Duke Blue Devils and Alabama Crimson Tide to play under the total of 58 points. This talented Alabama team is strong on both sides of the football. Tua Taogovaloa does not have Jalen Hurts to back him up this season. We have seen Nick Saban pull Tua early from games. The question mark is the Alabama backup in Mac Jones. When Jones relieves expect a conservative game plan of runs to move the clock and end the game. Duke lost a lot of their playmakers from last year. They break in a first year starting quarterback in Quentin Harris and receiving corps. Duke does have experience on defense returning eight starters. Blue Devils will have trouble scoring. This Blue Devils defense did hold Clemson to 35 points late last year. Alabama defense has been sharp to start the season holding Louisville to 14 points last year, Florida St to 7 in 2017 and in 2016 USC to only six points. Play Alabama and Duke under 58 points.
Boise St vs. Florida St Pick Prediction 8/31/2019
Boise St vs. Florida St—Free pick is Florida St Seminoles -5.5. Game will be played in Jacksonville Heat and humidity will be an issue for Boise St coming from a milder climate. Boise St loses a lot from last season as they break in a first year starter at quarterback and to their wide receiving corps. The favorite to start for Boise St is Chase Cord who comes off an ACL injury from last season. Broncos are going from a four year starter at quarterback to a signal caller with little to no experience under center. Play Florida St in Jacksonville is a very tough spot. This is an experienced Seminoles team returning eight starters to the offense and defense. They have an NFL prospect at running back in Cam Akers and the receiving corps is experienced. The Seminoles back seven on defense is experienced who will give issues for the first year starting at quarterback. They move to a 3-4 defense which will showcase their speed which could make the game look to fast for the Broncos quarterback. Play Florida St Seminoles -5.5.
Georgia vs. Vanderbilt Pick Prediction 8/31/2019
Georgia at Vanderbilt—College football pick is Georgia Bulldogs -20.5. Bulldogs return key starters on offense including quarterback Jake Fromm and running back D’Andre Swift. Their offensive line has four starters back. Georgia has been a strong defensive team for the past three seasons for head coach Kirby Smart. With experience at starting quarterback for the Commodores, the Bulldogs have pounded Vanderbilt the past two seasons posting a 41-13 win at home last year and 45-14 two seasons ago on the road. Vanderbilt must replace a productive quarterback in Kyle Shurmur. Commodores haven’t decided on a starting quarterback between Ball St transfer Riley Neal and junior Deuce Wallace. Team has had issues in the red zone the past season. Georgia’s strength in the trenches open big plays. Vanderbilt offense struggles here. Play Georgia Bulldogs -20.5.
Fresno St vs. USC Pick Prediction 8/31/2019
Fresno St vs. USC—College football free pick is USC Trojans -13.5. Trojans do return starting quarterback J.T. Daniels for his sophomore season. We usually see a bump in production in quarterback’s second year starting. Trojans bring in offensive coordinator Graham Harrell who will bring an Air Raid style offensively. Harrell gives his receivers freedom to get open in what will be more up-tempo to showcase the Trojans speed and athleticism that comes in from their recruiting. Their top three pass catches return from a season ago. Harrell should know how this offense works as a former college quarterback with Texas Tech for head coach Mike Leach. It is a rebuilding year for Fresno St who has only three starters back on offense and six to the defense. Bulldogs break in a first year starting quarterback, receiving crew and four first year starters to the offensive line. Jorge Reyna starts at quarterback for the Bulldogs He is six foot tall and a JC transfer who served as a backup the past two seasons. Back seven on defense for Fresno defense inexperienced. Tough spot for the Bulldogs having to face the Trojans athletes on offense running a new system. Trojans offense line wont have to hold their blocks long with this quick strike offense. Play USC -13.5.
Virginia vs. Pittsburgh Pick Prediction 8/31/2019
Virginia at Pittsburgh—College football pick is Virginia Cavaliers and Pittsburgh Panthers to play under the total of 46 points. The teams have trended under head to head in four of five meetings. Cavaliers are experienced on defense with eight starters back including their entire defensive line and six from their front seven. Virginia held opponents to 20 points per game a season ago. Virginia in their past two meetings with Pittsburgh were held to 14 and 13 points in defeat. Pittsburgh returns only five starters to their offense with only one returning to their offensive line. Quarterback Kenny Pickett returns under center for his junior season with the team completing only 57.6% of their passes a year ago. Panthers are experienced in their secondary. Defense will have their day in this matchup. Play Virginia and Pittsburgh under the total of 46 points.
Miami Ohio vs. Iowa Pick Prediction 8/31/2019
Miami Ohio at Iowa—College football free pick is Iowa Hawkeyes -21. Miami Ohio is an inexperienced team returning only five players on offense and defense. They break in a first year starter at quarterback and running back. Defensively there are five first time starters in their front seven. That is an issue facing a physical grinding style that Iowa possess at home. Iowa has an experienced quarterback as Nathan Stanley returns for his senior season on a team that finished 9-4 a season ago. Both of their starting tackles return and are getting looks from the NFL. The Iowa offense showed balance last year as they averaged 31 points and 375 yards per game while playing fierce defense limiting teams to only 17.8 points per contest. Play Iowa -21.
Georgia Southern vs. LSU Pick Prediction 8/31/2019
Georgia Southern vs. LSU—Free pick is Georgia Southern Eagles and LSU Tigers to play under the total of 54.5 points. Georgia Southern is a running team that averaged 266 yards on the ground and 70 through the air. It is going to be tough for the Eagles to get the chains moving against this LSU defense and score. Eagles do have seven starters back on defense and they held opponents to only 21.5 points per game. They faced a better offensive team last year in the non-conference in Clemson losing 38-7. Tigers don’t have the same firepower on offense. Play Georgia Southern and LSU under the total of 54.5 points.
SMU vs. Arkansas St Pick Prediction 8/31/2019
SMU at Arkansas St—College football pick is SMU Mustangs +2.5. This will be Sonny Dykes second year as head coach with SMU so look for a bump up from this offense and program. A transfer to SMU was former Texas quarterback Shane Buechele who is a junior and can put up big numbers for the Mustangs in his final two years of eligibility. This is an experience team with seven starters back on offense and nine to the defense. The entire receiving corps returns for the Mustangs for their second year under Sonny Dykes system. Arkansas St returns only six back on offense. They will break in a first year starter at quarterback and running back. Red Wolves were a disappointment last year finishing at 8-5 after their 16-13 defeat to Nevada in their bowl game. Arkansas St loses the programs second leading passer in Justice Hansen and that is a huge loss. When mid-major loses long term productive quarterbacks there is usually a drop off in production early in the season. Tragedy struck head coach Blake Anderson as he loses his wife to cancer just over a week prior to this game. Play SMU Mustangs +2.5.
Virginia Tech vs. Boston College Pick Prediction 8/31/2019
Virginia Tech at Boston College—College football free pick Virginia Tech Hokies -3.5. Hokies where hit with cluster of injuries on the defensive side of the football and start the season healthy. The team will return ten starters back to their defense. Bud Foster long time defensive coordinator for Virginia Tech can get this Hokies team back to their good form defensively. Just two years ago, Hokies held opponents to 14.8 points per game under DC Foster. Offensively the Hokies moved the football for 428 yards and 30 points per game under quarterback Ryan Willis who returns for his junior season. Willis played well in the Hokies games against Duke, Notre Dame and their win against Marshall to make them bowl eligible. Boston College in an inexperienced team returning only six starters on offense with three to the defense. Anthony Brown returns for his junior season under center with the team completing only 57.9% of their throws last season. The secondary has four first year starters and the defensive line plays three first time starters. Eagles were held to 21 points or fewer in their final three games. Play Virginia Tech -3.5.