Free College Football Picks For Today 9/8/2021
Toledo vs. Notre Dame Pick Prediction 9/11/2021
Toledo vs. Notre Dame—College football pick is Toledo Rockets +16.5. Toledo opened their season with a 49-10 home win to FCS Norfolk St. Rockets and experienced team returning 21 starters from last year. Quarterback Carter Bradley did throw for 432 yards against Central Michigan in a game last season. This was an offense in 2020 that produced 35 points and 494 yards per game while holding the opposition to 24 per contest. Notre Dame an inexperienced team with a short week after blowing a lead late in their 41-38 overtime win to Florida St on the road. Heat and humidity seemed to take a toll on the Fighting Irish defense as they tired late. Now six days later they face a good MAC team. Notre Dame got outscored 18-0 in the fourth quarter. Run game only produced 65 yards for the Fighting Irish on 35 carries while their defense allowed 264 yards on the ground to the Seminoles. Rather take points here. Play Toledo +16.5.
Rutgers vs. Syracuse Pick Prediction 9/11/2021
Rutgers vs. Syracuse—College football free pick is Rutgers Scarlet Knights -2. Impressive start to the season for Rutgers as they pound Temple 61-14 in their opener. Defense held the Owls to 2-13 on third down along with 261 yards. Head coach Greg Shiano is moving this Scarlet Knights team in the right direction. They return 11 starters to the offense and ten on defense. Syracuse got past Ohio from the MAC in their opener. Bobcats head coach Frank Solich retired two months prior to the start of the season for health reasons. Syracuse was 1-10 last year struggling to produce points and 123rd in third down conversions. There are question marks on the offensive line and at quarterback. Tommy Devito completed only 50% of his throws a season ago. He only averaged 5.4 yards per pass attempt in the win. Devito will have to carry the team here because they won’t have the run success like they did against Ohio in their opener. Don’t trust Devito to have to win this game. Play Rutgers -2.
Air Force vs. Navy Pick Prediction 9/11/2021
Air Force vs. Navy—Free pick is Air Force Falcons -6.5. Air Force opened their season with a 35-14 win to FCS Lafayette. Quarterback Haazig Daniels ran for three touchdowns. He returns from last year. Air Force pounded Navy last year 40-7. Bad start to this season as Navy gets routed at home to Marshall 49-7. Midshipmen surrendered 363 passing yards to the Thundering Herd. Navy is coming off a 3-7 year in 2020. Midshipmen finished 112th in scoring in 2020 and defensively surrendered 4.9 yards per rush. Dating back to last year the Midshipmen has lost six straight. Only four starters return on offense for Navy including their entire running backs. Three first year starters on the offensive line. They ran for only 3.7 yards a rush last year. Play Air Force -6.5.
Washington Huskies vs. Michigan Wolverines Pick Prediction 9/11/2021
Washington vs. Michigan—College football pick is Michigan Wolverines -6.5. It was an impressive win for the Wolverines getting past a good MAC team in Western Michigan 47-14 piling up 551 yards. COVID took it toll on strength training in 2020 and Michigan may be a team to look at for improved play on the offensive and defensive line in 2021. Wolverines got efficient play at quarterback and the run game led the way with 335 yards. Washington debuted losing 13-7 at home to FCS Montana. It was a miserable run attack that generated 65 yards on 27 carries. Redshirt freshman Dylan Morris threw three interceptions in the loss and now faces his first road game. Huskies did not play a true road game in 2020. Play Michigan -6.5.
Texas vs. Arkansas Pick Prediction 9/11/2021
Texas vs. Arkansas—College football free pick is Texas Longhorns -6.5. Texas drew a tough opponent in the opener beating Louisiana 38-18. Ragin Cajuns an experienced team with good quarterback play were held to only 358 yards. Longhorns run defense was good. Sophomore quarterback Hudson Card has a good debut throwing for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Longhorns have their running backs returning and four starters from their offensive line. Arkansas saw Improvement under Sam Pittman in his first season but were pounded when they stepped up in class in the SEC. Razorbacks had to overcome a 17-7 second half deficit in their week one win. Quarterback play was weak in the win as K.J. Jefferson averaged only 6 yards per pass attempt passing for 128 yards. Play Texas -6.5.
California vs. TCU Pick Prediction 9/11/2021
California vs. TCU—Free pick is California Golden Bears and TCU Horned Frogs under the total of 48 points. California is a defensive minded team under head coach Justin Wilcox. The offense has sputtered under Wilcox and it was evident again in their opener losing 22-17 to Nevada. Only 333 yards for the Golden Bears offense against a Mountain West defense. Golden Bears smothered the Wolf Pack on the ground. They could only convert 6 of 14 on third down. Gary Patterson is a defensive minded coach as well. They opened up facing an FCS opponent in Duquesne and won 45-3 holding the Dukes to 137 yards. Against the better defensive teams in the Big 12 last year the Horned Frogs were held to 14 to Kansas St and Oklahoma as well as 6 to West Virginia. TCU front seven experienced and should contain the Golden Bears run game limiting points. Play TCU and California under 48.
Appalachian St vs. Miami Pick Prediction 9/11/2021
Appalachian St vs. Miami—College football pick is Appalachian St Mountaineers +8. Appalachian St is an experienced team returning seventeen starts from last year including ten on defense. They opened their season routing East Carolina 33-19 in a game in which they were up 33-9 midway through the fourth quarter. They smothered the Pirates on the ground defensively and rushed for 226 yards. Transfer quarterback Chase Brice had a good debut passing for 259 yards on 20 of 27 completions. Miami began the season with a gauntlet opponent losing to Alabama 44-13. They could gain only 266 yards and were down 41-3 late in the third quarter. Crimson Tide threw for 354 yards. Transfer quarterback D’Eriq King was picked off twice in the loss. He has in the past show difficulty shaking off bad losses especially in his time with Houston in 2019-20. Dating back to last year it is now three straight losses for Miami. Now they get a quality mid-major team with a physical defense after taking on Miami. Play Appalachian St +8.
Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee Pick Prediction 9/11/2021
Pittsburgh vs. Tennessee—Free pick is Pittsburgh Panthers -3.5. Tennessee is in rebuilt mode under first year head coach Josh Heupel. Only five starters return to an offense that averaged only 21.5 points per game. The team ran effectively against Bowling Green in the opener. Concern is a passing game led by Joe Milton as he completed only 11 of 23 passes averaging only 6.1 yards per pass attempt against a bad MAC team. Pittsburgh returned quarterback Kenny Pickett plus his top running back and receiver. Panthers head coach Pat Narduzzi is a defensive minded coach. His teams have smothered opposing run games allowing 3 yards per carry in 2020 and 2.7 yards per rush in 2019. Panthers should be able to exploit the Volunteers defense. Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel at UCF last year ranked 123rd in total defense last year. Play Pittsburgh -3.5.
San Diego St vs. Arizona Pick Prediction 9/11/2021
San Diego St vs. Arizona—College football pick is San Diego St Aztecs and Arizona Wildcats under the total of 47 points. Brady Hoke is in his second year with the Aztecs. They have continued that defensive style of play seen under Rocky Long. In their opener the Aztecs managed only 28 points on a down New Mexico St program. They ran the ball 42 times and passed it only 20. Quarterback Jordan Brookshire averaged only five yards per pass attempt last year and it was the same against the Aggies. Brookshire completed 7 of 20 passes so expect a lot of running again by the Aztecs. Arizona looks like an improved team under first year head coach Jedd Fisch. He comes over from the New England Patriots staff and is engaged in the game on the sidelines. Credit the Wildcats defense for holding BYU to 24 points because last year’s team would have allowed close to 50 even with an NFL quarterback exiting the program. Wildcats run game generated only 2.3 yards a carry on 35 rushes. Gunner Cruz piled up passing yardage but when it counted the most the team went 5 of 17 on third down. Play San Diego St and Arizona under 47.