Free College Football Picks For Today 9/17/2021
Middle Tennessee St vs. UTSA Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Middle Tennessee ST vs. UTSA—College football pick is UTSA Roadrunners -12.5. Roadrunners have a notable 37-30 win on the road to Illinois. UTSA was able to gain 497 yards on the Fighting Illini running for 217 yards. They limited the Fighting Illini to 6.2 yards per pass attempt. Roadrunners quarterback Frank Harris is completing 70.2% of his throws on the season. In the win against Illinois, Harris passed for 280 yards and 8.8 yards per attempt. Middle Tennessee St 1-1 with a win against an FCS team then dropped a game on the road to Virginia Tech 35-14. Blue Raiders have struggled to get a ground game going averaging 2.4 yards per rush. UTSA has held their opponents to 3.3 yards per run and 5.3 per pass attempt. Roadrunners on third down and perfect in the red zone. Play UTSA -12.5.
Old Dominion vs. Liberty Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Old Dominion vs. Liberty—College football free pick is Old Dominion Monarchs +27.5. Old Dominion is producing better than average offense this year with 424 yards per game and a running game that produces 5.5 per attempt. They piled up a lot in their win against FCS Hampton 47-7. Monarchs were able to cover against Wake Forest as they did rush for 145 yards and 3.7 per attempt. UCF transfer D.J. Mack is at quarterback for the Monarchs and has ability to make plays with his feet. Liberty runs the football about 2/3rds of the time. Monarchs holding opponents to 3.3 per rush. Old Dominion generates just enough points to cover here. Play Old Dominion +27.5.
Troy vs. Southern Miss Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Troy at Southern Miss—Free pick is Southern Miss Golden Eagles +10. Southern Miss could be rotating quarterbacks to try and spark their passing game. Golden Eagles are rushing for 209 yards per game with 4.5 per attempt. Southern Miss does return seventeen starters from last year. Defensive they are limiting opponents to 220 yards per game. Troy hits the road for the first time this year as they try and rebound from a 21-13 home loss to Liberty. Trojans were held to 232 yards in defeat. Rather take points with home team here. Play Southern Miss +10.
FIU vs. Texas Tech Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
FIU at Texas Tech—College football pick is Texas Tech Red Raiders -20. In their lone game against an FBS opponent the Golden Panthers were defeated at home to Texas St 23-17 in overtime. FIU quarterback Max Bortenschlager could only complete half on his passes against the Bobcats. Red Raiders sits at 2-0 with a notable 38-21 win to Houston. Red Raiders had a good performance on the ground in the win rushing for 145 yards and 5.2 yards per rush. Golden Panthers have lost seven straight against FBS opponents. Red Raiders defense holding opponents to 313 yards a game and only 1.7 yards per rush. Red Raiders quarterback Tyler Shough completed 70.8% of his throws with 9.6 yards per attempt in the Houston win. Play Texas Tech -20.
Charlotte vs. Georgia St Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Charlotte at Georgia St—College football free pick is Georgia St Panthers -4. Huge step down in class for Georgia St as they are looking for their first wins against losses to Army and North Carolina. This is an experienced Panthers return returning nineteen starters including eleven on offense from a 6-4 team in 2020. The program the past three seasons has had success running the football. Charlotte has shown weakness defending the run this year surrendering 258 yards per game with 6.1 per rush. 49ers hit the road for the first time this season. Play Georgia St -4.
Utah vs. San Diego St Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Utah at San Diego St—Free pick is San Diego St Aztecs +9. Utah failed a major test last week in their 26-17 defeat at BYU. We saw the Utes defense digress in 2020 surrendering 26 points and 365 yards per game. San Diego St is a defensive style team. They are 2-0 after their 38-14 win at Arizona last week. In that win the Aztecs moved the football for 454 yards with 271 on the ground for 4.9 yards per rush. Aztecs starting quarterback Jordon Brookshire missed practice early this week with a foot injury. A change may be better as Brookshire was completing only 48.6% on the year. Lucas Johnson a Georgia Tech transfer would start is Brookshire can’t. He posted more accurate numbers than Brookshire the past two seasons. Utes quarterback Charlie Brewer completed only 57.7% of his throws to BYU with 5.7 yards per rush against. Baylor program took a step back in his time with the Bears program. Play San Diego St +9.
South Carolina vs. Georgia Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
South Carolina at Georgia—College football pick is South Carolina Gamecocks +31.5. A lot of points to lay in this spot. South Carolina was able to generate 16 points on the Bulldogs last year dropping a 45-16 decision. Gamecocks do have their leading rusher and three of their top four receivers from last year. North Dakota St transfer Zeb Noland has five touchdowns passes and a pick this year. He did throw for 8.9 yards per pass attempt in the win against East Carolina. Bulldogs starting quarterback JT Daniels is dealing with an injury and has been sharing reps in practice. Bennett last year completed 55% of his throws with Georgia with eight touchdowns but six interceptions. Play South Carolina +31.5.
Auburn vs. Penn St Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Auburn at Penn St—College football free pick is Auburn Tigers +5.5. Tigers enters at 2-0 with blowout wins against Akron and FCS Alcorn St. They do return fifteen starters from last year including all five on the offensive line for returning quarterback Bo Nix. Auburn has experience in their secondary. Against weak opponents the Tigers have put up good numbers defensively holding opponents to 194 yards per game with 33 on the ground for 1 yard per rush. Nix has been accurate to start the season and enters his third year as starting quarterback. Penn St quarterback Sean Clifford completed 54.5% of his throws in the win at Wisconsin as the Nittany Lions gained 297 yards and scored 16 points in the win. Play Auburn +5.5.
Utah St vs. Air Force Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Utah St at Air Force—Free pick is Air Force Falcons -8. Air Force has pounded Utah St the past two seasons 35-7 last year and 31-7 two seasons ago. Falcons are off to a 2-0 starts after their 23-3 win at Navy. Defensively the Falcons are limiting opponents to 177 yards a game and 1.4 yards per rush. Aggies were a 1-5 team last year that struggled against the better teams in the Mountain West in blowout losses to Boise St, San Diego St, Nevada, Fresno St and Air Force. They only game they showed any offense in was a 41-27 win to New Mexico. Aggies have beaten North Dakota and a down Washington St team to begin the year. Play Air Force -8.
Virginia vs. North Carolina Pick Prediction 9/18/2021
Virginia at North Carolina—College football pick is Virginia Cavaliers +8. Virginia 2-0 posting a 42-14 home win to Illinois after a blowout 43-0 win to William & Mary. In that win to the Fighting Illini the Cavaliers were able to post 556 yards of offense holding Illinois to 335 yards. Quarterback Brennan Armstrong is completing 71.6% of his passes and averaged 11.3 yards per attempt in the victory to Fighting Illini. North Carolina 1-1 with a road defeat to Virginia Tech and beating Georgia St at home. In that loss to the Hokies the Tar Heels were held to 2 of 10 on third down and quarterback Sam Howell threw three interceptions. Howell is completing 62.3% of his passes this year which is a dip from last season. Virginia defense has done a good job getting off the field on third down. Play Virginia +8.