Free College Football Picks For Today 9/23/2020
Tulane vs. Southern Miss Pick Prediction 9/26/2020
Tulane vs. Southern Miss—College football pick is Tulane Green Wave -3.5. Tulane beat Southern Miss in their bowl game last season 30-13 being a running attack that generated 164 yards. Golden Eagles did not have success running on the Tulane defense with 58 yards on 23 carries. Southern Miss has now lost five straight dating back to last year after their 31-30 home loss to an inexperienced Louisiana Tech team on a fourth down touchdown pass in the closing seconds. It will be easier here for the Green Wave facing Southern Miss than Navy last week. Tulane has shown a strong running game this year with 5.8 yards per carry. Southern Miss defense is allowing 453 yards with 163 on the ground. Green Wave return all their defensive lineman back this year that helped stuff the Southern Miss rush offense that is running for only 3.3 yards a carry this year. Play Tulane -3.5.
West Virginia vs. Oklahoma St Pick Prediction 9/26/2020
West Virginia vs. Oklahoma St—College football free pick is West Virginia Mountaineers +8.5 points. Mountaineers an experience offense with eight starters back on offense. They return junior quarterback Jarret Doege his running backs and many of his players in the passing game. Mountaineers showed good balance in their win against FCS Eastern Kentucky. West Virginia comes off the bye week to ready for Oklahoma St. Cowboys could be without starting quarterback Spencer Sanders who left the first half with an ankle injury. It could be freshman quarterback Shane Illingworth under center. Cowboys coaching staff didn’t show much confidence in Illingworth as they kept the ball on the ground after Sanders exit. Rather take points here. Play West Virginia +8.5.
Tulsa vs. Arkansas St Pick Prediction 9/26/2020
Tulsa vs. Arkansas St—Free pick is Arkansas St Red Wolves -2.5. Arkansas St has covered both of their games this season after their upset win in Week 2 at Kansas St. Red Wolves do come off the bye week. This is a Red Wolves team that has moved the football for 456 yards with 314 through the air behind a fast tempo offense. Their quarterback duo is completing 64.2% of their passes. Defensively Red Wolves holding opponents to 3.9 yards per attempt. Tulsa will be on back to back road games after their loss at Oklahoma St last week where their offense produced only seven points. Golden Hurricane lack experience on defense as they return four starters on defense. Pass defense could be an issue especially against an up tempo offense as Tulsa has on two starters back in their back seven. Red Wolves have nine starters back on offense. Play Arkansas St -2.5.
Mississippi St vs. LSU Pick Prediction 9/26/2020
Mississippi St vs. LSU—College football pick is Mississippi St Bulldogs +17 points. Tigers lose nineteen starters from last year’s team. Starting quarterback Joe Burrow leaves for the NFL and break in a first year starter in Myles Brannon. Big loss comes in the assistant coaching ranks as offensive coordinator Joe Brady is now with the Carolina Panthers replaced by Scott Linehan who spent many years in the NFL coaching ranks. There were three returning starters who opted out of the season to get ready for the NFL draft. First year head coach Mike Leach was able to lure graduate transfer KJ Costello from Stanford and brought in defensive coordinator from San Diego St Zach Arnett in the same position with the Bulldogs. Could be challenging for the Tigers to adjust to this new look offense brought in by Mike Leach. Bulldogs generate enough offense to cover this big number. Play Mississippi St +17.
Army vs. Cincinnati Pick Prediction 9/26/2020
Army vs. Cincinnati—College football free pick is Army Black Knights +14. Army has looked strong this season with a 42-0 win to Middle Tennessee St and 37-7 win to Louisiana Monroe. Black Knights defense has been good holding opponents to 192 yards per game and only 2.5 yards per rush average. Cincinnati plays their second game of the year after their win to FCS school Austin Peay in their opener. Bearcats have lost their leading receiver from last year as Alec Pierce is out with a knee injury. That means Cincinnati will be without their top running back and four top receivers from last year. Bearcats defense did allow 59 yards per game in 2019 then they did in the 2018 campaign. Black Knights have covered five straight against the Bearcats. Play Army +14.
Texas vs. Texas Tech Pick Prediction 9/26/2020
Texas vs. Texas Tech—Free pick is Texas Tech Red Raiders +18.5 Red Raiders are experienced on defense with eight starters back. Team will improve off the bye week following their win to Houston Baptist in what was a look ahead spot to the Longhorns. Red Raiders return quarterback Alan Bowman for his sophomore season after a good freshman campaign. There will be improvement no doubt from Bowman. They do return their top running back and receiver from a year ago and have many returing playmakers on offense. Red Raiders are improved. Concern about the Longhorns is not their offense but the defense. This was a five loss team in 2019 and allowed 431 yards per game a season ago which was 39 yards greater than in 2018 and highest in two previous seasons. Red Raiders generate enough offense to cover this big line. Play Texas Tech +18.5.