Free College Football Picks For Today 10/8/2021
Memphis vs. Tulsa Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Memphis at Tulsa—Free pick is Memphis Tigers +3. Memphis a balanced offensive team. Tigers are rushing for 181 yards a game with 5 yards per carry. Quarterback Seth Henigan is completing 60.8% of his passes for an offense that throws for 295 yards with 9.4 yards per attempt. Golden Hurricane couldn’t cover at home to Arkansas St with a seven point win. They also have a home loss to UC Davis. Golden Hurricane has struggled in pass defense surrendering 250 yards with 8.2 yards per pass attempt. Tulsa is allowing opposing offenses to covert 91% of the time in the red zone. Play Memphis +3.
Georgia St vs. UL Monroe Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Georgia St at UL Monroe—College football pick is Georgia St and UL Monroe to play under the total of 51 points. Both teams have struggled to move the football and score on offense. UL Monroe moves the football for only 207 yards per game and running for 2 per attempt. Chandler Rogers is completing only 48% of his passes as he has to fill in for Rhett Rodriguez who had a lung injury that forced a hospital stay. Warhawks passing attack averages 5.4 per attempt. Both defenses are defending the run well. Georgia St putting up only 329 yards per game. They run the ball nearly two thirds of the time and averaging 4.4 per attempt. Quarterback Darren Grainger completing only 52.2% of his passes for an offense that averages 5.9 per attempt.
Wisconsin vs. Illinois Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Wisconsin at Illinois—College football free pick is Wisconsin Badgers -10. Wisconsin has played the tougher schedule with losses to Penn St, Notre Dame and Michigan. Chase Wolf could get the start at quarterback for an injured Graham Mertz. Illinois has struggled to defend the pass this year by surrendering 292 yards with 8.3 yards per attempt. Badgers defense despite facing tough opponents holding teams to 249 yards, 1.6 per rush and 6.8 yards per pass attempt. Illinois is averaging only 20.7 points per game and will have trouble scoring on this Badgers defense. Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters averaged 3.8 yards per pass attempt to weeks against Purdue and 4.1 per attempt last week against Charlotte. Play Wisconsin -10.
Miami Ohio vs. Eastern Michigan Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Miami Ohio at Eastern Michigan—Free pick is Miami Ohio Redhawks -2. Miami Ohio has played the tougher schedule with games at Cincinnati, Minnesota, and Army. They moved the football for 514 yards in the win against Central Michigan last week. Eagles quarterback Ben Bryant is completing 65.8% of his throws for an Eastern Michigan passing attack that averages 8.4 per attempt. Miami Ohio quarterback Brett Gabbert has not been accurate with a 52.2% completion rate. Redhawks despite a tough schedule is doing a good job in pass protection and in protecting the football. Eagles have struggled in run defense allowing 203 yards and 4.7 yards per rush. Play Miami Ohio -2.
Oklahoma vs. Texas Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Oklahoma vs. Texas—College football pick is Oklahoma Sooners -3.5. Sooners have won five of their past six against the Longhorns. Oklahoma defense has shown improvement defensive holding opponents to 325 yards with only 2.8 yards per rush. Spencer Rattler is completing 76.3% of his throws for a Sooners passing attack that averages 7.9 per attempt. Team averages about one turnover per game and do a good job of converting third downs. Longhorns have a loss at Arkansas 40-21 as they were held to 256 yards. Longhorns quarterback Casey Thompson in his two games away from his home stadium averaged 7.1 yards per pass attempt at Arkansas and 6.5 at TCU. Play Oklahoma -3.5.
Michigan vs. Nebraska Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Michigan at Nebraska—College football free pick is Michigan Wolverines -3.5. Wolverines in their lone road defeated Wisconsin 38-17 holding the Badgers to 210 offensive yards. On the campaign, Michigan allowing 284 yards with 3.3 yards per rush and 5.9 per pass attempt. They also do a great job of getting off the field on third down. Cornhuskers in their step up games dropped games at Michigan St and Oklahoma. Michigan has done a good job of pass protection while the Cornhuskers allow three sacks a game. Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez has had issues with turnovers in his college career and did throw an interception against Michigan St and Oklahoma. Wolverines ground game generating 5.6 yards per rush and 255 yards. Quarterback Cade McNamara coming off a good game against Wisconsin with two touchdowns throws. Past three games Wolverines averaged 10.3 yards per pass attempt. Play Michigan -3.5.
Georgia Southern vs. Troy Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Georgia Southern at Troy—Free pick is Troy Trojans -5.5. Matchup favors Troy here. Georgia Southern runs the football nearly two-thirds of the time. But Troy has done a great job of defending the run holding opponents to 2.7 per rush. Troy a good passing team will be exploiting a poor pass defense of Georgia Southern that allows 350 yards with 9.3 yards per pass attempt. Eagles on the year giving up 501 yards. Trojans quarterback Taylor Powell is completing 66.3% of his throws for a passing attack that averages 242 yards per game. Eagles quarterback Justin Tomlin completing only 41.8% of his throws with 5 yards per pass attempt. Play Troy -5.5.
Central Michigan vs. Ohio Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Central Michigan at Ohio—College football pick is Central Michigan -5. Chippewas have a good passing game averaging 306 yards per game. Backup quarterback Jacob Sirmon could start here and went 7 of 8 in relief. Central Michigan does a good job of defending the run and running is a strength of the Bobcats. Bobcats quarterback Kurtis Rourke averaged just 4.7 yards per pass attempt against Akron last week, 5.7 per attempt against Northwestern and 5.3 versus Louisiana in this past three starts. Bobcats have been horrible in run defense allowing 251 yards and 5.6 yards per rush. Play Central Michigan -5.
Alabama vs. Texas A&M Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Alabama at Texas A&M—College football free pick is Alabama Crimson Tide -18. Texas A&M has had poor offensive performances against Power 5 conference teams with 297 yards on Mississippi St, 272 on Arkansas and 288 against Colorado. Here comes Alabama a defense allowing 285 yards, 3.1 yards per rush and 6.9 yards per pass attempt. This is a Crimson Tide offense posting 4.5 yards per rush. Quarterback Bryce Young is completing 73% of his passes for an Alabama passing attack that averages 9.5 yards per pass attempt. Texas A&M quarterback Zach Calzada completing only 53.9% of his throws for a passing game averaging 6.4 per attempt. His receivers are banged up. Play Alabama -18.
Arkansas vs. Ole Miss Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Arkansas at Ole Miss—Free pick is Arkansas Razorbacks +5.5. Razorbacks have the better-quality wins with wins by 10 to Texas A&M and by 19 to Texas. The team is producing 417 yards with 224 rushing for 5.2 yards per carry. Their defensive is outperforming the Rebels as the Razorbacks holds opponents to 282 yards per game with 4 per rush and 4.9 per pass attempt. Arkansas did win the meeting last season 33-21 behind 244 passing yards. They have covered seven of their past eight against the Rebels. Ole Miss is a highly penalized team allowing 95 penalty yards. Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson in the win against Texas A&M averages 14.1 yards per pass attempt and it was 7.3 in the Texas game. Play Arkansas +5.5.
UTEP vs. Southern Miss Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
UTEP at Southern Miss—College football pick is UTEP Miners -2. Southern Miss has lost and failed to cover all four games against FBS opponents. Offensively they average only 289 yards with 2.9 yards per rush. They have struggled to defend the pass allowing 243 yards, 70% completion rate and 8.5 yards per pass attempt. Quarterback Jake Lange is coming off a three interception performance in their loss at Rice. The true freshman Lange is the third string with injuries to Lowe and Keyes. Miners getting better performance out of their quarterback position. Quarterback Gavin Hardison leads a UTEP passing attack that averages 229 yards with 9.7 yards per pass attempt. Local media reports have Hardison on course for this start. Miners defense limiting teams to 310 yards 3.4 per rush and 6.6 yards per pass attempt. Southern Miss has struggled in pass defense allowing 8.5 yards per attempt. Play UTEP -2.
UTSA vs. Western Kentucky Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
UTSA at Western Kentucky—College football free pick is UTSA and Western Kentucky to play over the total of 70 points. These are two strong passing teams. UTSA is throwing for 270 yards a game. Quarterback Frank Harris is completing 68.8% of his passes for 8 yards per pass attempt. Western Kentucky is posting 520 yards offensively with 441 passing. Quarterback Bailey Zappe is completing 72.75 of his throws with 8 yards per pass attempt. Hilltoppers struggling making stops on defense as they allow 459 yards with 243 passing for 7.4 yards per attempt. Western Kentucky did manage to get 31 points and 560 yards on Michigan St and 35 points and 477 yards on Army. Play UTSA and Western Kentucky over 70.
Penn St vs. Iowa Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Penn St at Iowa—Free pick is Penn St Nittany Lions +1.5. Credit the Nittany Lions with the better quality wins by beating Wisconsin on the road and a home win to Auburn. They are producing better offensive numbers than the Hawkeyes as the Nittany Lions move the football for 418 yards with 286 in the passing game. Quarterback Sean Clifford is completing 67.3% of his throws for 8.8 yards per pass attempt. Defensively Nittany Lions hold opponents to 3.2 yards per rush and 5.4 per pass attempt. Iowa is posting 320 yards on offense with 3.4 per rush. Quarterback Spencer Petras completing 62% of his throws for only 6.6 yards per pass attempt. Nittany Lions have won four of their previous five meetings. They have also covered their past six Big Ten games. Play Penn St +1.5.
Notre Dame vs. Virginia Tech Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
Notre Dame at Virginia Tech—College football pick is Notre Dame Fighting Irish at pick. Prefer the offensive production of Notre Dame here. They put up 361 yards of offense. Jack Coan benched last game is leading a Fighting Irish offense that averages 280 yards passing per game with 7.5 per attempt. Defensively the team defends the run and pass well. Hokies offense produces only 3.6 yards on the ground. Quarterback Braxton Burmeister completing 61.4% of his throws for a Hokies passing game that averages 7.1 per attempt. In a recent loss to West Virginia the Hokies did surrender 173 yards on the ground for 5.2 yards per carry. Fighting Irish just finished facing good defensive programs in Cincinnati and Wisconsin which will skew offensive numbers. Play Notre Dame at pick.
UCLA vs. Arizona Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
UCLA at Arizona—College football free pick is UCLA Bruins -16. UCLA an experience team did show a good bounce back after their loss to Fresno St by beating Stanford 35-24 on the road. This is an offense producing 438 yards with 203 rushing for 4.8 yards per carry. Arizona an 0-4 team with a notable home loss to Northern Arizona. The offense has failed to generate more than nineteen points. They are running for only 3.3 yards per carry and the passing game is at 6.3 per attempt. Arizona converts only 26.7% of their third downs. Wildcats have not defended the run well as opponents produce 101 yards for 4.6 per attempt. Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson leading a UCLA pass attack that averages 9.5 yards per pass attempt. Wildcats quarterback Jordan McCloud had five interceptions and averaged only 6.7 yards per pass attempt in the loss at Oregon. Play UCLA -16.
New Mexico vs. San Diego St Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
New Mexico at San Diego St—Free pick is New Mexico Lobos +19.5. Not a big fan of laying these many points with the Aztecs. This program in the past has the tendency to play down to the level of the competition at times and win close games missing the cover. Lobos defensively holding teams to 349 yards per game with only 3.8 yards per rush, 51.3% completion rate and 6.6 yards per pass attempt. San Diego St quarterback Jordon Brookshire is expected back for this game but completing only 48.6% of his passes for a passing game that averages 127 yards a game. Aztecs run about 80% of the time. Play New Mexico +19.5.
New Mexico St vs. Nevada Pick Prediction 10/9/2021
New Mexico St at Nevada—College football pick is New Mexico St Aggies +30.5. New Mexico St has been able to cover four of their five games. They come off a six point road defeat to San Jose St putting up 300 passing yards. They passed for 280 on Hawaii and 326 yards on San Diego St. Quarterback Jonah Johnson is completing 57.5% of his passes for a passing attack that averages 256 yards per game with 6 per pass attempt. Nevada runs for only 3.7 per attempt. Aggies generate enough points to cover this huge number. Play New Mexico St +30.5.