Free College Football Picks For Today 11/18/2020
Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan Pick Prediction 11/18/2020
Western Michigan at Central Michigan—College football pick is Central Michigan Chippewas -1.5. Chippewas are 2-0 with wins against Northern Illinois and Ohio. Head coach Jim McElwain has turned around this program taking it from a one win team two years ago to eight wins and a bowl in 2019. They have a good balanced offense and a strong defense. Chippewas are holding opponents to 294 yards per game with only 2.7 per rush attempt. Concern for Western Michigan is the 501 yards allowed to Toledo with 339 yards in the passing game. In his second game Chippewas quarterback Daniel Richardson completed 68% of his throws against Northern Illinois with 10.3 yards per attempt. Take the better defense here. Play Central Michigan -1.5.
Northern Illinois vs. Ball St Pick Prediction 11/18/2020
Northern Illinois at Ball St—College football free pick is Northern Illinois and Ball St to play over the total of 61 points. Ball St Cardinals are a good offensive team posting 507 yards per game. They have played over the total in both of their games. Cardinals are effectively running the football for 236 yards per game with 5.3 per attempt. Senior quarterback Drew Plitt is averaging 8.6 yards per pass attempt and 270 yards per game. On defense Ball St does give up 449 yards with 34.5 points a game. Northern Illinois was able to generate 30 points on the Buffalo Bulls. They are 0-2 dropping games to Central Michigan surrendering 40 points and giving up 49 to Buffalo. Not concerned about the low scoring output against Central Michigan last week by the Huskies because the Chippewas look like the best defensive team in the MAC. They did move the football for nearly 400 yards on Buffalo. Northern Illinois is struggling to stop the run surrendering 208 yards and 5.5 per attempt. That will open Ball St for big plays in the passing game. Huskies contribute enough offense here. Play Northern Illinois and Ball St over 61 points.
Toledo vs. Eastern Michigan Pick Prediction 11/18/2020
Toledo at Eastern Michigan—Free pick is Eastern Michigan Eagles +6.5. Never comfortable giving Eastern Michigan over a field since their bowl berth four years ago. They have close losses to two good offensive teams in the MAC in Kent ST and Ball St on the road but still covered each game. This will be their home opener. Eagles quarterback Preston Hutchison is completing 7.7 yards per attempted pass and showed improvement with downfield throws in his second game. Toledo blew out a down Bowling Green team then needed a late onside kick recovery to get past Western Michigan by three last week surrendering 38 points. Rockets defense is allowing 4.9 yards per rush attempt this season. Eagles defense has been good on third down and red zone. Play Eastern Michigan +6.5.
Iowa vs. Penn St Pick Prediction 11/21/2020
Iowa at Penn St—College football pick is Iowa Hawkeyes -2.5. Tough to back Penn St as the team has lost and failed to cover all four games. Past two losses came to Maryland by 16 at home and Nebraska on the road by seven. Nittany Lions are only running for 3.8 yards per carry. Quarterback play has been poor. Sean Clifford has not been accurate. They looked to sophomore Will Levis last week and he completed only 45% of his throws. Iowa has put back to back blowout wins beating Michigan St 49-7 the went on the road and pounded Minnesota 35-7. In their other road game, the Hawkeyes were able to move the ball for 460 yards on Purdue. Iowa run game has been good with an average of 183 yards and 5.4 per rush. Hawkeyes defense still good as the team is holding opponents to 314 yards and only 2.8 yards per rush. Opposing quarterbacks completing only 54% of their passes for 5.4 per attempt. Play Iowa -2.5.
Middle Tennessee St vs. Troy Pick Prediction 11/21/2020
Middle Tennessee St at Troy—College football free pick is Troy Trojans -11. This is a rematch of an earlier meeting from mid-September. Troy had their way with Middle Tennessee St winning 47-14 on the road behind 496 yards. It was a balanced attack as the Trojans rushed for 240 yards while on defense holding the Blue Raiders to 231 yards. Run defense is an issue for Middle Tennessee St this season as they surrender 239 yards per game with 5.4 per rush attempt. Junior quarterback Jacob Free for Troy is averaging 8.7 yards per attempted pass. He had 419 yards against Arkansas St and 329 yards to Georgia St. With Middle Tennessee weak against the run there will be plays made by Free downfield in the passing game for the Trojans. Past three games Blue Raiders defense allowing 571 yards with 294 passing. Play Troy -11.
Texas vs. Kansas Pick Prediction 11/21/2020
Texas at Kansas—Free pick is Texas Longhorns -29. Tough to back Kansas as they have lost and failed to cover all seven games this season. They just lost by 53 points to Oklahoma. Longhorns showed they can beat a bad team blowing out UTEP 59-3 in their opener. Texas does come off the bye week. Against the Big 12 the Jayhawks are allowing an average of 50 points and 493 yards per game. Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger can to exploit this bad Kansas defense for big plays. Jayhawks defense allowing 213 yards rushing with 5.3 per attempt. Play Texas -29.
Cincinnati vs. UCF Pick Prediction 11/21/2020
Cincinnati at UCF—College football pick is Cincinnati Bearcats -5.5. Respect the Bearcats defense as they have shut down the good offensive teams from the AAC holding Memphis to 10 points, Houston to 10 and SMU to 13 points in blowout wins. This is a Cincinnati offense that is averaging 489 yards and 42 points per game in the AAC. Junior quarterback Desmond Ridder is completing 66.7% of his throws with 8.1 per attempt. Knights defense has not been good surrendering 444 yards to conference foes. Bearcats allow only 11.4 points in conference. Play Cincinnati -5.5.
San Diego St vs. Nevada Pick Prediction 11/21/2020
San Diego St at Nevada—College football free pick is San Diego St and Nevada to play under the total of 46 points. They combined for 30 points in their meeting last year. Both defenses have been sharp. Aztecs holding teams to 243 yards and Nevada to only 317 yards. Both teams defend the runs with San Diego St giving up 2.9 per attempt and Wolf Pack 3.7. Aztecs run first football team with nearly 70% of offensive plays. San Diego St defense on third down allowing only 23.7% conversions. Past three games Nevada holding opponents to 16 points per game. Play Nevada and San Diego St under 46.
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern Pick Prediction 11/21/2020
Wisconsin at Northwestern—Free pick is Northwestern Wildcats +7.5. This is an experienced Northwestern team returning 19 starters from last year. Wildcats defense has been strong holding opponents to 14 points and 301 yards per game. Northwestern has covered three straight and five of six against the Badgers. Their defense has limited the offensive production from the Badgers. Last year Wisconsin had only 24 points and 246 yards. Two seasons ago it was 17 points with 323 yards. Badgers have not gained more than 333 yards on Northwestern in their past five meetings all every year. This is an inexperienced offensive team from Wisconsin breaking in a first year starter at quarterback. Play Northwestern +7.5.
Kentucky vs. Alabama Pick Prediction 11/21/2020
Kentucky at Alabama—College football pick is Kentucky Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide to play under the total of 58 points. Wildcats have played to under in five of their seven. Offensive production has been lacking in many big games. Wildcats scored 3 against Georgia gaining only 229 yards. Against Missouri only 10 points and 142 yards. Kentucky good defensive team holding opponents to 362 yards and only 3.8 yards per attempt. Wildcats quarterback Terry Wilson averaging only 6.1 yards per attempt and for the season the team passes for only 122 yards per game. Alabama is a good run stopping defense leaving Wildcats making things tough for Kentucky to score. Up next for Alabama is rival Auburn next week. Crimson Tide gets a comfortable lead then runs clock in second half. Play Kentucky and Alabama under 58 points.