Free College Football Picks For Today 9/4/2021
UTSA vs. Illinois Pick Prediction 9/4/2021
UTSA vs. Illinois—College football pick is Illinois Fighting Illini -4.5. Illinois got off to a win in 2021 with their 30-22 victory at home to Nebraska. Fighting Illini defense registered five sacks. Brandon Peters at quarterback was injured early in the game so backup Artur Sitkowski stepped in and threw for two touchdowns hitting on 12 of 15. He has starting experience serving as a starter with Rutgers. They have a game under their belt an UTSA debuts. UTSA a seven win team that piled up wins against the down teams in Conference USA and struggled stepping up in class. They faced no power five schools in 2020. Illinois size and strength the difference here. Coach Bret Bielema likes to grind and pound. Facing a mid-major here at home look for that strategy to work. Play Illinois -4.5.
Northern Illinois vs. Georgia Tech Pick Prediction 9/4/2021
Northern Illinois vs. Georgia Tech—College football free pick is Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -18.5. Northern Illinois has sank near the bottom of the MAC. Team went 0-6 last year and 5-13 with head coach Thomas Hammock. Rocky Lombardi is expected to start and completed less than half of his passes under center with Michigan St. Georgia Tech head coach Geoff Collins is in his third season with the Yellow Jackets transitioning away from the Triple option. Seventeen starters return for the Yellow Jackets including ten on their defense. The run game generated 191 yards per game with 4.7 yards per rush facing all but one ACC team. Their lone out of conference opponent was UCF. This is by far the weakest opponent they have faced since early 2019. Defense digressed greatly in 2020 for NIU by surrendering 38.7 points and 419 yards per game all coming against MAC teams. Now it is a step up in class facing an ACC team on the rise. Play Georgia Tech -18.5.
Kent vs. Texas A&M Pick Prediction 9/4/2021
Kent vs. Texas A&M—Free pick is Kent Golden Flashes +29.5. The team returns eighteen starters back from last year including senior quarterback Dustin Crum. The signal caller has put together back to back good seasons completing 73.5% of his throws in 2020 and 69.3% of his throws in 2019. Crum combined in those seasons passed for 32 touchdowns and four interceptions. He has shown the ability to run the football. Just six starters return to the offense for Texas A&M this year and have to replace Kellen Mond at quarterback. Also four first year starters on the offensive line. Haynes King is the candidate to start under center for the Aggies. King only threw four passes in mop up duty last year. Kent has the offense to stay within this number. Play Kent +29.5.
Southern Miss vs. South Alabama Pick Prediction 9/4/2021
Southern Miss vs. South Alabama—College football pick is Southern Miss +1.5. Golden Eagles return seventeen starters back from last season. West Virginia transfer Trey Lowe starts at center. He saw action in four games last year completing 61% of his passes. Top running back Frank Gore Jr. returns for his sophomore season after rushing for 5.9 yards a carry last year. First year head coach Will Hall a former Tulane assistant spent time in the head coaching ranks in Division 2. Jaguars offensive line allowed 40 sacks last year and rushed for only 2.9 yards per carry ranking 120th in the nation. They were 112th in scoring offense. Jaguars allowed 175 rushing yards per game for 4.7 yards per rush. That is concerning with Gore a year stronger for the Golden Eagles. Play Southern Miss +1.5.
Utah St vs. Washington St Pick Prediction 9/4/2021
Utah St vs. Washington St—College football free pick is Washington St Cougars -18. Utah St coming off a poor season finishing at 1-5. Offensively they put up 15.6 points a game while surrendering 35.2. Opponents rushed for 5.2 yards per carry on the Aggies. Logan Bonner transfers from Arkansas St to start at quarterback. Nick Rolovich enters his second season with the Cougars. Eighteen starters return for Washington St. Jarrett Guarantano and Jayden de Laura could both see action under center. Guarantano stated at Tennessee and de Laura saw starting time with the Cougars last year. Cougars running game generated 4.7 yards per carry and that is an area where they can exploit the Utah St defense to set up play action with their talented receivers for big plays downfield. Play Washington ST -18.
New Mexico St vs. San Diego St Pick Prediction 9/4/2021
New Mexico St vs. San Diego St—Free pick is New Mexico St Aggies and San Diego St Aztecs to play under the total of 51 points. In Brady Hoke’s first year with the Aztecs the team continued their defensive style holding opponents to 17.8 points per game. They are very experienced in the front seven on defense. Offensively the Aztecs rushed the football twice as much as they ran it and as a result ranked 90th in scoring. Don’t see this trend changing in Year 2 of Hokie’s career. New Mexico St a down program for some time now. In their opener they were held to three points and 190 yards in a 27 point defeat at UTEP. San Diego St builds a lead and burns clock with their ground and pound style. Play New Mexico St and San Diego ST under 51.