Free College Football Picks For Today 9/15/2021
Ohio vs. Louisiana Pick Prediction 9/16/2021
Ohio at Louisiana—College football pick is Ohio Bobcats +20. Former head coach Frank Solich built good defensive teams during his tenure at Ohio. He retired two months prior to the start of the season with the Bobcats returning seventeen starters back from a team in 2020 that put up 34.3 points and allowed 16.7 points per game. Ohio had averaged 34 points or greater in four straight seasons. Both teams suffered 20 points losses to an FBS opponent and were involved in close games against their FBS opponent. Ohio is rushing for 4.9 yards per carry this season and quarterback Kurtis Rourke completing 70% of his passes for 7.2 yards per pass attempt. Louisiana has not had success running the football this year posting only 2.8 yards per carry. Defensively it has not been good as the Ragin Cajuns are allowing 475 yards per game with 312 I the passing game for 9.9 yards per attempt. In their three point win to FCS Nichols State, the Ragin Cajuns surrendered 511 yards with 359 yards in the passing game. The offense could only convert on 5 of 14 on third down running for 2.9 yards a carry against FCS Nichols State. Those defensive and run numbers don’t equate to laying twenty here. Play Ohio +20.
Minnesota vs. Colorado Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Minnesota at Colorado—College football pick is Colorado Buffalos -2. Colorado has defended well this year with a 35-7 win to Northern Colorado and dropping a 10-7 decision to Texas A&M in Denver. They held the Aggies to 294 yards. The run game for the Buffaloes is generating 5.3 yards per carry and on defense they are limiting opponents to 2.8 per rush. Golden Gophers have a home loss to Ohio St allowing 45 points and got past Miami Ohio from the MAC 31-26. In their win against the Red Hawks the Golden Gophers produced only 292 yards of offense. Minnesota senior quarterback Tanner Morgan is completing only 52.4% of his passes after going 8 of 17 for 112 yards against Miami Ohio of the MAC. Golden Gophers did lose their star running back for the season in their loss to Ohio St. Quarterback play isn’t much to write home about for Colorado as well. But at least they are defending better and the Buffaloes could do damage on a Minnesota defense allowing 5.4 yards per rush and 10 yards per attempted pass. Play Colorado -2.
Ball St vs. Wyoming Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Ball St at Wyoming—Free pick is Ball St and Wyoming to play over the total of 54 points. Each opposing offenses facing a step down in class facing opposing defenses in this spot. This is an experienced offense from Ball St returning ten starters from last year. Senior quarterback Drew Plitt completed 65.5% of his throws in 2020. Quarterback Sean Chambers led the Cowboys to 50 points on Northern Illinois. He had two touchdown throws and averaged 8.9 yards per pass attempt in the win. Wyoming defense surrendering 400 yards per game and Ball St at 465 with 310 through the air. Play Ball St and Wyoming over 54.
Nevada vs. Kansas St Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Nevada at Kansas St—College football pick is Nevada Wolf Pack -2. Lots of respect for Nevada to be favored on the road against a middle of the road Big 12 team. This is a loaded Nevada team returning 20 starters. In 2020 the team put up 441 yards of offense and held opponents to 23.3 points per game. They have a notable win at California. The offense is rolling up 479 yards per game. Quarterback Carson Strong is completing 68% of his throws with 376 yards passing per game for 8.9 per attempt. Opponents are averaging only 5.1 yards per pass attempt on Nevada. Kansas St beat Stanford on a neutral site and FCS Southern Illinois. Kansas St will be without starting quarterback Skylar Thompson with a knee injury. Backup Will Howard will take over and he completed 53.6% of his throws last year and 8 of 17 when he stepped in for an injured Thompson in their win against Southern Illinois. Play Nevada -2.
Purdue vs. Notre Dame Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Purdue at Notre Dame—College football free pick is Purdue Boilermakers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish to play over the total of 58.5. Notre Dame has played to over the total in both of their games. This is an inexperienced team that is showing quality on offense while the defense with six starters back taking their lumps. Notre Dame is surrendering 5 yards per rush and that is setting up big plays against them in the passing game. Jack Coan the Wisconsin transfer has never looked better completing 69.1% passing. Notre Dame is averaging 341 yards passing per game with 9.6 per attempt. Purdue’s offense has been high flying putting up 482 yards a game. Quarterback Jack Plummer has averaged 73.8% completion rate with six touchdowns and no picks. Fighting Irish defense is allowing 33 points per game facing Toledo and Florida St. Play Purdue and Notre Dame over 58.5.
Georgia Tech vs. Clemson Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Georgia Tech at Clemson—Free pick is Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets +28.5. Georgia Tech has transitioned from a Triple Option to a modern offense. Yellow Jackets brough back experience with seventeen starters back and ten on the defense. So far the Georgia Tech defense has played well holding opponents to 284 yards per game with 3.8 per rush. Clemson lost a ton of playmakers on offense and as a result were held to three points in their opening loss to Georgia. Georgia Tech quarterback Jordan Yates has completed 71% of his passes but a massive step up in class here. Tigers quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei is completing 54.1% of his passes on the year. Georgia Tech defense keeps them under this number. Play Georgia Tech +28.5.
USC vs. Washington St Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
USC at Washington St—College football pick is USC Trojans -8. Shake up for USC as head coach Clay Helton is fired after a poor showing in a loss to Stanford last week. But Stanford is in the PAC 12 North so the Trojans still control their destiny for a Rose Bowl berth. Offensively the Trojans are moving the football for 412 yards getting production on the ground with 172 yards and 5.1 per rush. Washington St has lost four straight and six of seven against FBS opponent. It was a horrible home opener for the Cougars losing to a down Utah ST team 26-23. Quarterback Jayden de Laura completed only 54.5% in the loss to the Aggies. Cougars had struggles on third down the loss to Utah St converting 3 of 11. Washington St defense allowed a down Mountain West team to run for 222 yards and 4.8 yards per rush. USC too skilled offensively and will exploit Washington St defense. Play USC -8.
Alabama vs. Florida Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Alabama at Florida—College football free pick is Alabama Crimson Tide -14.5. Florida opened with USF and FAU posting big wins. This is an inexperienced Gator team returning five starters on offense and defense. Sophomore quarterback Emory Jones has thrown four interceptions. Gators against soft competition is allowing 224 yards passing a game with 12.5 yards per completion. Alabama had the biggest test of these two teams and came away with a 44-13 dominating win against an experienced Miami team returning nineteen starters. Quarterback Bryce Young completed 27 of 38 for 344 yards with four touchdowns and no picks. Crimson Tide converted 10 of 16 on third down on the Hurricanes and held Miami to 2.8 yards per rush. Play Alabama -14.5.
Florida St vs. Wake Forest Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Florida St at Wake Forest—Free pick is Wake Forest Demon Deacons -5.5. This is an experienced Demon Deacons team returning 20 starts on offense with all eleven on offense. Demon Deacons put up good offensive numbers in 2020 putting up 36 points and 444 yards per game. He is completing 66.7% of his passes this year and has seen action in four seasons at the school. Seminoles have been weak defending the pass as they are surrendering 304 yards passing per game with 8.3 yards per pass attempt. Florida St crushed moving to 0-2 after a loss to FCS Jacksonville St held to 17 points in defeat. Demon Deacons exploit the Florida St pass defense. Play Wake Forest -5.5.
Kent vs. Iowa Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Kent at Iowa—College football pick is Iowa Hawkeyes -22.5. In Kent step up game they were blown out by Texas A&M 41-10 surrendering 597 yards. Golden Flashes were a poor defensive team a season ago allowing 38 points and 424 yards per game. Iowa has been strong defensively in their wins against Indiana at home and on the road to Iowa St. They are holding teams to 286 yards per game with 2.8 yards per rush and 5.4 yards per pass attempt. Huge drop in class for the Hawkeyes facing the Kent defense after batting Indiana and Iowa St. Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras started in eight games last season. Hawkeyes too physical will wear out Golden Flashes in second half. Play Iowa -22.5.