Free College Football Picks For Today 9/14/2021
East Carolina vs. Marshall Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
East Carolina at Marshall—College football pick is Marshall Thundering Herd -10. Marshall an experience team at quarterback and playmakers. Thundering Herd shined in 42 point win to Navy and by 34 to FCS North Carolina Central. They are averaging 582 yards offensively. Freshman quarterback Grant Wells is completing 72.3% of his passes. East Carolina 0-2 to start the year. This is a program with a long history of poor defensive play. This year the Pirates have struggled to generate offense averaging 18 points and 322 yards per game. Quarterback Holston Ahlers is completing only 51.6% of his passes for 5.8 yards per pass attempt. He has taken nine sacks. He has thrown three picks. Play Marshall -10.
Virginia Tech vs. West Virginia Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Virginia Tech at West Virginia—College football free pick Virginia Tech +3. Hokies have put on some very good defensive performances in their wins to Middle Tennessee St and North Carolina. Hokies have better balance to their offense. West Virginia ground game is generating 3.2 yards per rush. Mountaineers do have a loss to Maryland held to 325 yards offensively and 48 rushing yards. West Virginia quarterback Jarret Doege was picked off twice in the loss to the Terrapins. Doege has not had success throwing downfield so he is just dink and dunk and that can be defended by Virginia Tech. Play Virginia Tech +3.
Western Michigan vs. Pittsburgh Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Western Michigan vs. Pittsburgh—Free pick is Western Michigan Broncos +15. Western Michigan is an experienced team returning nineteen starts from last season. They have been very strong offensively the past three seasons. They were able to get two touchdowns on an improved Michigan team then blow out Illinois St and FCS school. Pittsburgh faced two down programs in UMASS and rebuilding Tennessee. Was concerned that the Panthers surrendered 34 points to the Volunteers. Broncos have run the ball for 4.2 yards per carry which will help for plays in the passing game. Play Western Michigan +15.
Michigan St vs. Miami Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Michigan St vs. Miami—College football pick is Michigan St +6.5. After their loss to Alabama the Hurricanes pulled out a home win to Appalachian St by two. Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King just 6.1 yards per pass attempt on the Mountaineers defense. Hurricanes struggled to sustain drives going only 5 of 14 on third down. Michigan St off to a 2-0 mark with the notable win coming at Northwestern. They piled up 511 yards in that win against the Wildcats. Spartans run game has finally woke up after some down seasons as they amounted 326 yards on the Northwestern defense on the ground on 37 carries. Spartans quarterback Payton Thorne is completing 65.2% of his throws with 9.4 yards per pass attempt. Spartans defense limiting opponents to 3.4 per attempt. Play Michigan St +6.5.
Northern Illinois vs. Michigan Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Northern Illinois at Michigan—College football free pick is Northern Illinois Huskies +27.5. Huskies have shown improvement this season with a road win at Georgia Tech and falling by a touchdowns to Wyoming. They are producing 389 yards per game rushing for 204 and 5.1 yards per carry. Northern Illinois has nineteen starters back from last year including all from the offensive line. Transfer quarterback Rocky Lombardi comes from Michigan St so he knows Big Ten schools. Michigan has shown improvement this year. Time to stack the line on the Wolverines as quarterback Cade McNamara has not been impressive at quarterback this year. Play Northern Illinois +27.5.
UCONN vs. Army Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
UCONN vs. Army—Free pick is Army Black Knights -33.5. Looks like another dreadful season for the Connecticut Huskies. They have lost their two games against FBS opponents 45-0 to Fresno St and last week 49-0 to Purdue. Against FCS Holy Cross the Huskies fell 38-28. Head coach Randy Edsall stepped down last week. The UCONN offense is generating only 197 yards per carry with 2.4 yards per rush. Defensively they surrendered 563 yards to Purdue and 541 yards to the Bulldogs of Fresno St. Connecticut has started two quarterbacks with no success. Army off to a 2-0 starts with wins at Georgia St and at home to Western Kentucky. Their ground game is producing 299.5 yards per game with 4.5 per rush. Army is strong against defensively. Their rush defense holding opponents to 45 yards and 1.9 per attempt. Black Knights with their triple option will control time of possession and wear out the Huskies defense with big plays in the second half to cover this big number. Play Army -33.5.
Eastern Michigan vs. UMASS Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Eastern Michigan at UMASS—College football pick is UMASS +17.5. Encouraged by the Minuteman were able to generate 28 points in their loss to Boston College last week producing 28 second half points. In his first career start at quarterback, Ben Olsen threw for 214 yards with three touchdowns and two picks against Boston College. Eastern Michigan 1-1 on the year with a win against St Francis PA from FCS and at Wisconsin. Eagles could not cover in their win against the Red Flash held to seven second half points. They ran the football 58 times against St Francis rushing for only 3.8 per attempt. Eagles quarterback Preston Hutchinson completing only 52% of his passes. Play UMASS +17.5.
Boston College vs. Temple Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Boston College at Temple—College football free pick is Temple Owls +16.5. Strong second half for the Owls as they got past Akron the road last week 45-24 covering. In their opener they were overpowered by a good Rutgers team but BC appears down. Justin Lynch got the start due to injury and produced 245 passing yards and 82% completion rate. Boston College faced a weak schedule to open the year with back to back games against Colgate and UMASS. Eagles did surrender 28 points and 214 passing yards to UMASS failing to cover their number. BC starting quarterback Phil Jurkovec is questionable with a wrist injury.
Coastal Carolina vs. Buffalo Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Coastal Carolina at Buffalo—Free pick is Coastal Carolina Chanticleers -13. Coastal Carolina produced big wins against FCS Citadel and at home to Kansas. They return nineteen starters from a 11-1 team last season and looking to run up scores in hopes for a New Years Day bowl. Jamey Caldwell is in his fourth year and looking for a huge payday from a Power 5 conference team. Their offense producing 535 yards with 6.8 and in the passing game 13.5 yards per pass attempt. Buffalo return only ten starters from last year including four to their offense. Head coach Lance Leipold moves to Kansas and took several assistants. Buffalo were held to only 3 points in a 24 point loss at Nebraska last week. Bulls quarterback Kyle Vantrease completed 54% of his passes with 4.5 per attempt in the loss to the Badgers. Chanticleers quarterback Grayson McCall completing 82.5% of his throws and had 11.7 yards per attempt on the Kansas defense. Play Coastal Carolina -13.
Nebraska vs. Oklahoma Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Nebraska vs. Oklahoma—College football pick is Nebraska Cornhuskers +22.5. Nebraska has shown the ability to move the football. They put up 392 yards on Illinois and last week 516 yards on Buffalo. Seventeen starters return for head coach Scott Frost including junior quarterback Adrian Martinez and his playmakers. On the season the Cornhuskers are rushing for 4.9 per attempt. Concern is about the Oklahoma defense that failed to cover a 31 points favorite to Tulane winning 40-35 allowing 396 yards to the Green Wave offense. Green Wave did throw for 296 yards on the Sooners. Adrian Martinez more accurate, no turnovers and 10.1 yards per pass attempt this year. Cornhuskers generate enough points to cover this game against a good Oklahoma offense. Play Nebraska +22.5.
Cincinnati vs. Indiana Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Cincinnati at Indiana—College football free pick is Cincinnati Bearcats -3.5. Hoosiers in their lone game against an FBS school were blown out against a physical Iowa team 34-6. Indiana could generate only 233 yards with 6 of 18 on third down. Michael Penix is coming off an ACL tear in December threw three interceptions in the loss. Cincinnati made a New Year’s Bowl last year and could do so this season. Blowout wins by the Bearcats against Miami Ohio and FCS Murray St. Experience for Cincinnati at quarterback and offensive line played to a three point loss to Georgia in their bowl game. Bearcats a stout physical defense holding opponents to 265 yards with 3.2 yards per rush and 5.9 yards per pass attempt. Penix completing only 53.2% of his passes with miserable 5.0 yards per pass attempt against Iowa and 4.3 versus Idaho. Play Cincinnati -3.5.
New Mexico vs. Texas A&M Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
New Mexico at Texas A&M—Free pick is Texas A&M -28. New Mexico has wins but no covers facing FCS Houston Baptist and New Mexico St. Lobos did surrender 345 yards to the Aggies with 4.7 yards per rush. Texas A&M 2-0 with wins to Kent and Colorado. Aggies lost starting quarterback Haynes King with a leg injury so they turn to Zach Calzada at quarterback. Texas A&M are running for 204 yards and 6.1 yards per carry and will lean to their ground attack to wear out the Lobos defense. Play Texas A&M -28.