Free College Football Picks For Today 9/18/2019
Louisville vs. Florida St Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
Louisville vs. Florida St—College football pick is Louisville Cardinals +6.5. Like the direction of his Louisville team under head coach Scott Satterfield formally of Appalachian St. Quarterback Jawon Pass will unlikely practice early in the week due to his foot injury. They went with Malik Cunningham last week and he delivered with 8 of 13 completions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. Pass has dealt with accuracy issues in his time with the Cardinals. They come off a good defensive performance against Western Kentucky holding the Hilltoppers to 288 yards and 4 of 16 on third down. On the season Cardinals holding opponents to 294 yards per game with 3.7 per rush. Florida St is off to a 1-2 start after their 31-24 defeat at Virginia last week. They needed overtime for their only victory of the season 45-44 at home to UL Monroe. Issue with Florida St has been the play of their defense as the team is surrendering 314 yards passing and a 64.3% completion rate. Louisville has shown good ability running the football averaging 5.9 yards per carry along with 263 yards per game. Cunningham looks like an upgrade in the passing game for Louisville. Play Louisville +6.5.
South Carolina vs. Missouri Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
South Carolina vs. Missouri—College football free pick is South Carolina Gamecocks +9.5. Freshman quarterback Ryan Hillinski filled in for injured quarterback Jake Bentley last week as the Gamecocks dropped a decision at Alabama but did manage to cover the spread. Hillinski hit on 36 of 57 passes for 324 yards with two touchdowns and a pick on the Alabama defense. Gamecocks ran for 135 yards and 4.7 yards per rush as well. South Carolina limited the Crimson Tide to 76 rushing yards on 25 carries. They face a Missouri team that lacks experience on defense. Tigers have a loss at Wyoming this year 37-31. Their wins came to a down West Virginia team and FCS Southeast Missouri St. Offensively the Gamecocks are moving the football for 501 yards with 7.7 per rush. There is balance on offense and the Gamecocks generate enough points to cover here. Play South Carolina +9.5.
Charlotte vs. Clemson Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
Charlotte vs. Clemson—Free pick is Charlotte 49ers +41.5. Charlotte has shown the ability to generate offense this season. The 49ers are averaging 522 yards and 47.3 points per game with 7.8 per play. They were able to score 41 points and cover in defeat at a good Appalachian St team two weeks ago. Charlotte quarterback Chris Reynolds is completing 70% of his passes with seven touchdowns. Plus, there is experience in their front seven. Tigers have been big mistake prone to start the season. Charlotte generates enough offense to cover this big number. Play Charlotte +41.5.
Nebraska vs. Illinois Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
Nebraska vs. Illinois—College football pick is Illinois Fighting Illini +13. Nebraska has had their struggles on the road losing eight straight including an overtime defeat at Colorado this season. Illinois is an experienced team with seven returning on offense and ten to the defense. Fighting Illini is moving the football for 408 yards per game. Nebraska has struggled defending the pass surrendering 294 yards passing per game. Illinois generates enough offense to cover this huge number at home. Play Illinois +13.
Colorado v. Arizona St Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
Colorado vs. Arizona St—College football free pick is Colorado Buffaloes +7.5. Buffaloes beat Arizona St last year 28-21 at home. This Buffaloes team has shown more offensive success as they are averaging 421 yards and 36 points per game. They are guided by senior quarterback Steven Montez who is completing 64.4% of his passes with six touchdowns and two picks. Arizona St has struggled offensively this season posting only 19.7 points per game. Their run game is producing only 3 yards per rush on 37 average attempts per game. Freshman quarterback Jayden Daniels is completing only 61% of his throws and struggles to sustain drives. He has been sacked ten times this season. Play Colorado +7.5.
Boston College vs. Rutgers Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
Boston College vs. Rutgers—College football pick is Boston College Eagles -7. Boston College has the better playmakers with Anthony Brown and quarterback and AJ Dillon at running back. Boston College a good offensive team that is generating 465 yards with 243 rushing for 5 yards per rush. Tough to back a Rutgers team that has struggled since entering the Big Ten. Team is posting only 339 yards and 24 points per game. Scarlet Knights come off the 30-0 road defeat at Iowa. Their lone win came against a bad UMASS team. BC has a home win to Virginia Tech to open the season. Dating back to last season Rutgers has lost 12 of their past 13 games. Play Boston College -7.
UCF vs. Pittsburgh Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
UCF vs. Pittsburgh—College football free pick is UCF -12. Central Florida a perfect 3-0 after their 45-27 home win to Stanford. Freshman quarterback Dillon Gabriel is coming off a strong game at home to Stanford hitting on 22 of 30 for 347 yards. He has passed for nine touchdowns. UCF is moving the football for 604 yards with 7.7 yards per play. Their run game produces 282 yards per game with 5.8 per attempt. Greg McCrae is averaging 7.4 yards per rush on the campaign to lead the Knights. Last year he rushed for 1182 yards averaging 8.9 yards per rush. Pittsburgh is 1-2 on the campaign with a 16 point home loss to Virginia and by seven at Penn St last week. This does not look like a strong Penn St team this season. Pittsburgh struggles with their offense. They are averaging only 2.8 yards per rush on an average of 31 carries per game. UCF is defending holding opponents to 253 yards per game and 3.5 per game. Teams rush for only 2.7 yards per attempt on the Knights. Play UCF -12.
Kentucky vs. Mississippi St Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
Kentucky vs. Mississippi St—Free pick is Kentucky Wildcats +6. Kentucky shows that it has reloaded and not going through a rebuild. They were impressive in their 29-21 home loss to Florida team last week. They lost their starting quarterback a week prior and utilized Sawyer Smith who did complete 23 of 35 passes for 267 yards with two touchdowns but three picks. They were able to move the football for 407 yards on the Gators defense. Mississippi St an inexperienced defensive team returning only four starters to their defense. In their first test of the season the Bulldogs dropped a 31-24 home decision to Kansas St. Mississippi St could be without starting quarterback Tommy Stevens who is dealing with a shoulder injury. Bulldogs had to use freshman quarterback Garret Shrader last week who was only 4 of 12 for 51 yards last week. Mississippi St was only 4 of 14 on third down in their loss to Kansas St. Play Kentucky +6.
Utah St vs. San Diego St Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
Utah St vs. San Diego St—College football pick is San Diego St Aztecs +4. The Aztecs are off to a 3-0 start to the defense. Team is playing great defense by allowing 248 yards per game with 4.1 per game. Their run defense has been great holding opponents to 1.7 yards per carry on 25 rushing attempts. They are getting accurate quarterback play as Ryan Agnew is completing 64.4% of his passes a big improvement over last year. Agnew is a senior. Utah St faces their toughest defense. They dropped a 38-35 decision at Wake Forest in their lone road game. Aggies defense is giving up 421 yards per game with 278 in the passing game. San Diego St has won and covered all three meetings with Utah St. Play San Diego St +4.
West Virginia vs. Kansas Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
West Virginia vs. Kansas—College football free pick is Kansas Jayhawks +5. Tough to back this rebuilding West Virginia team. In their lone road game they were blown out by an inexperienced Missouri team 38-7. Their offense generates only 303 yards per game with 79 rushing for 2.8 yards per attempt. Kansas comes off an impressive 48-24 road win at an improved Boston College team. Jayhawks moved the football for 567 yards with 329 rushing for 7.3 yards per run. Quarterback Carter Stanley hit on 20 of 27 passes for 238 yards with three touchdowns and a pick. They got 187 yards rushing from Khalil Herbert and 121 yards by Pooka Williams. Les Miles has taken over as head coach for Kansas this season. The run game is producing 201 yards per game with 5.2 per rush. Defensively the team is holding opposing quarterbacks to 57.3% completion rate. Play Kansas +5.
Appalachian St vs. North Carolina Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
Appalachian St vs. North Carolina—Free pick is North Carolina Tar Heels -3. This is an improved Tar Heels team under head coach Mack Brown. They have wins at home to South Carolina and Miami. Their defense is holding teams to only 23 points per game. They are moving the football for 401 yards per game with 242 in the passing game. At home quarterback Sam Howell is completing 64.6% of his passes with four touchdowns and no picks. Appalachian St lost their head coach to Louisville. They have not been tested facing a weak schedule. They did give up 41 points home to Charlotte in a win. On the season against an FCS opponent and Charlotte the Mountaineers are giving up 409 yards per game. Play North Carolina -3.
Miami Ohio vs. Ohio St Pick Prediction 9/21/2019
Miami Ohio vs. Ohio St—College football pick is Miami Ohio and Ohio St to play over the total of 58 points. It is true that the Buckeyes could score enough to push this total on their own. But the Red Hawks have played two good defensive teams in Iowa and Cincinnati on the road and put up 14 points on each team. Buckeyes speed will give Miami Ohio troubles. Buckeyes are averaging 499 yards per game with 217 rushing for six yards per rush and 46 points. Miami Ohio faced averaged offenses in Cincinnati where they allowed 35 points and Iowa where they surrendered 38. Buckeyes offense much better than Iowa and Cincinnati. Play Ohio St and Miami Ohio over the total of 58 points.