Free College Football Picks For Today 9/3/2022
Rice vs. USC College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Rice at USC—Rice head coach Mike Bloomgren enters his fifth season. Team returns seven starters on offense and to the defense. Owls finished at 4-8 and haven’t make a bowl game since 2014. Wiley Green named starting quarterback. It was a carousel last year with four rotating with little success.
Three starters return on the line. Program struggled on both ends 116th in scoring and 118th in points allowed. Run game sputtered at 3.5 per attempt and the quarterbacks combined for 58.3% completion rate.
Owls defensively allowing five yards per carry on the ground with 8.6 yards per pass attempt sitting in the bottom ten percent in the nation. Owls were unable to draw notable transfers. USC head coach Lincoln Riley enters his first season coming over from Oklahoma.
Seven starters return on offense and three to the defense. Trojans a forgettable season at 4-8. Riley brought in several playmakers through the transfer portal including former Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams who gets inserted into the starters role.
USC gets great recruits but what has hampered this program is the inability of the offensive line to perform at an elite level. With the big names coming over on offense the defense made very little noise in the transfer portal. The defense sat 98th in the nation by allowing 32 points a game and were 99th getting off the field on third down.
Teams rushed for 4.7 per attempt on the Trojans and USC were 120th in the country allowing 8.8 yards per pass attempt. Rice isn’t the type of program that can exploit the Trojans defense.
Trojans speed should be able to tame the 116th returning scoring offense. The USC offense should exploit the returning 118th scoring defense. Play USC -32.
UMASS vs. Tulane College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
UMASS at Tulane—Don Brown returns for his first season at UMASS. The Minutemen finished 1-11 last season. Program returns eight starters on offense and defense. A starting quarterback appears to be a game time decision between returning starter Brady Olsen and a dual threat in Zamar Wise.
Team is experienced at the running back and receiver position. Three starters return to the offensive line. This was a bottom tier team on both sides of the football as they averaged 16.4 points per game while surrendering 44.7. They averaged just 297 yards a game with 49.1% completion rate.
The positive is a run game that averaged 4.3 per attempt. Experience at all levels on defense. Willie Fritz returns for his seventh season as head coach at Tulane. Team is experienced with nine starters back on offense and nine to the defense. Green Wave finished 2-10 last season.
Starting quarterback Michael Pratt returns under center and completed 58% of his throws with experienced playmakers. Four starters return on the offensive line. Defense was torched last year as the Green Wave allowed 35.3 points with 449 yards per game.
Team surrendered 279 yards passing with 8.2 yards per pass attempt. Tulane experience should be able to dominate this downtrodden UMASS program. Play Tulane -28.
Utah vs. Florida College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Utah at Florida—Kyle Whittingham is back for his eighteenth season at the program. Team finished 10-4 last year and made their first Rose Bowl appearance by losing 48-45 to Ohio St. eight starters return on offense and six to the defense.
Cameron Rising was inserted as starter early in the season and the Utes made a turnaround offensively. A good downfield passer with the ability to run. Most of his weapons return with four starters on offensive line. With the Utes program on the rise they were able to lure transfers to the defensive side of the football.
Utah averaged 35.8 points a game and were strong on third down with 50% conversions. The run game generated 5.6 yards per attempt. Opponents rushed for only 3.8 yards a carry on the Utes with 6.9 yards per pass attempt. Head coach Billy Napier makes his debut with the Gators.
The team returns six starters on offense and seven to the defense. Team finished at 6-7 last year losing to UCF in their bowl game. Anthony Richardson expected starter at quarterback. Gators struggled at the quarterback position last season with 18 interceptions.
Their offense produced 27.4 points a game last season, but the run game was the bright spot with 206 yards and 5.4 yards per carry. Gators did show improvement on defense. They did a good job getting off the field on third down and defended the pass well. Prefer the balance program in the Utes here despite being on the road. Play Utah -2.5.
Miami Ohio vs. Kentucky College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Miami Ohio at Kentucky—Chuck Martin enters his ninth season with Miami Ohio. Nine starters are back on offense with five on defense. Team went 7-6 last year beating North Texas in their bowl game. Brett Gabbert returns at quarterback. Four starters back on offense along with their running backs and talent in the receiver position.
Red Hawks were purged in the transfer portal but Big conference schools. Miami Ohio an average scoring team in 2021 with 28 points a game. The run game produced only 4.1 yards a carry. Down field passing attack was good with 8.3 per attempt and 277 yards.
Average all around the board for the Red Hawks against the run and pass. They did hold teams to 24.4 points a game. Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops is in his tenth season with the school. Only six starters return to the offense and five on defense.
Wildcats finished 10-3 last season beating Iowa in their bowl game. Starting quarterback Will Levis returns under center. They must reload at receiver but to running back Christopher Rodriguez returns. Only two starters return to the offensive line. Kentucky 5th in the nation offensively on third down.
The run game generated 5.4 per attempt and they ran the football an average of 11 times more than passing. Levis brought accuracy at the quarterback position. Team rushed for only 3.8 yards a carry against Kentucky but their defense didn’t force many turnovers.
Opponents were able to pass on the Wildcats secondary and they lose two starters. Red Hawks experience on offense will keep them competitive. Play Miami Ohio +15.
Army vs. Coastal Carolina College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Army at Coastal Carolina—Army head coach Jeff Monken returns for his ninth season at the school. They finished 9-4 in 2021 beating Missouri in their bowl game. Eight starters return on offense with six to the defense for the Black Knights.
Tyhier Tyler will start at quarterback and has logged four starts the past two season. Army returns their top two running backs with three offensive lineman. The offense produced 30.3 points a game and were 12th in the nation on third down.
They sat second in the nation running the football with 268 yards per game. They did average 4.6 yards per attempt. Black Knights attempted only nine passes per game. Defense was outstanding holding opponents to 23.3 points and 342 yards per game.
Coastal Carolina head coach Jamey Chadwell is back for his fourth season. The team returns only four starters on offense with three to the defense. They beat Northern Illinois 47-41 in their bowl game to finish 11-2 on the campaign.
Quarterback Grayson McCall returns for his sophomore season. But many of his weapons exit the program and two return on the offensive line. Chanticleers offense in 2021 ranked fourth in scoring with 40 points a game. They were tops on third down and posted 484 yards per game.
Defense ranked 27th in the country holding opponents to 22.3 points a game. Opponents ran for only 4.1 yards a carry. Tough for a mid-major to face the Black Knights with so much turnovers.
Army’s ability to maintain possession of the football will go a long way here in the opener causing Coastal Carolina’s young defense to wear down. Play Army +2.
Utah St vs. Alabama College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Utah St at Alabama—Utah St head coach Blake Anderson enters his second season. Team returns seven starters on offense with five to the defense. Aggies were Mountain West champions in 2021 finishing 11-3 and beating Oregon St in their bowl game.
Returning under center for Utah St is Logan Bonner. His three top targets in the passing game have exited. Four starters do return to the offensive line as do their top running back. Aggies produced 31.4 points a game last year but averaged only 3.5 yards a carry on the ground.
Passing game amounted for 295 yards a game with 8.2 yards per attempt. Aggies will be inexperienced in the front seven. Utah St held opponents last year to 24.5 points and 389 yards a game. Opponents ran for 4.5 yards per attempt last season.
Nick Saban is back for his sixteenth season at the school. Five starters are back on offense with seven to the defense. Team finished at 13-2 last season losing to Georgia in the National Championship Game. Bryce Young returns under center.
Team is reloading weapons around him with his top four targets exiting the program. They were able to gather transfers in the receiver and running back position. Three starters return to the offensive line including their starting tight end.
The offense produced 39.3 points a game and second in the nation on third down. They averaged 4.1 yards per rush, but the passing game generated 343 yards with 8.9 per attempt. It does read seven starters back on defense, but reserves have seen much action over the years. Defensively
Alabama was great on third down and against the run where they allowed 2.7 per rush. Total seems a bit high as Utah St in this road environment will struggle to score. Alabama’s lack of experience at the receiver position may cost a few points. Play Alabama and Utah St under 63.5.
Liberty vs. Southern Miss College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Liberty at Southern Miss—Hugh Freeze returns for his fourth season at Liberty. The Flames return seven starters on offense with four to the defense. The team went 8-5 a season ago blowing out Eastern Michigan in their bowl game. They will have to replace Malik Willis at quarterback who was drafted into the NFL.
Charlie Brewer will be the starting quarterback. The transfer started 29 games at Baylor. He was the starter at Utah last year and lost his job after three games. He does have playmakers back. Three starters return to the offensive line. Defense was strong in 2021.
Freeze does add transfers against to fill the gaps. Three starters exit in the secondary. The offense produced 32 points a game last year. The run game generated 4.5 yards a carry with 250 in the passing game. Defensively the Flames held opponents to 23 points and 324 yards per game.
Southern Miss head coach Will Hall is back for his second season. Returning are nine starters to the offense and seven on defense. Team finished 3-9 last season and last made a bowl in 2019. Team downgrades their program from Conference USA to the Sun Belt. It was a quarterback carousal in 2021 due to injuries and ineffectiveness.
Four starters return to the offensive line that did a poor job a season ago. Most playmakers are back. Golden Eagles were 125th in scoring averaging 15.9 points a game. Near the bottom of college football on third down and total yards. Team averaged only 2.8 yards a carry.
Southern Miss did hold teams to 30.5 points and 378 yards a game. Incredible based on how bad the offense was. Golden Eagles offensive woes too difficult to back here. Play Liberty -3.5.
Memphis vs. Mississippi St College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Memphis at Mississippi St—Ryan Silverfield returns for his third season at Memphis. Returning are seven starters on offense with six to the defense. Tigers finished at 6-6 last season earning a trip to the Hawaii Bowl which was cancelled. Seth Henigan returns under center.
There is experience at the running back and wide receiver position. Memphis on defense is inexperienced on the defensive line. Offensively averaged 29 points a game with struggles in the run game at 3.6 per attempt. Team threw for 302 yards a game and a good 8 yards per attempt.
Defensively the Tigers allowed 30 points and 429 yards to opponents. Opponents rushed for 4.2 yards a carry and passed for 64% completion rate with 255 yards per game. On road win last year came 55-50 at Arkansas St. Mike Leach is back for his third season at Mississippi St.
Returning are eight starters on offense with nine to the defense. Bulldogs finished at 7-6 last year losing 34-7 to Texas Tech in their bowl game. Will Rogers returns under center with three starters on offensive line. Four of the top five receivers back for Mississippi St at receiver as is their lead running back.
All starters on defense return to the line and experienced in the front seven. Offensively the offense produced 27 points a game with only 2.8 yards per rush. They led all of college football with 55 pass attempts per game and 73.3% completion rate.
Despite 369 yards passing per game only 6.7 per attempt ranking 99th in the nation. Defensively the Bulldogs did give p 27.3 points a game. They were poor getting off the field on third down but defended the run well.
Opponents completed 63.4% of their throws on Mississippi St with 7.6 yards per pass attempt. With Henigan back and many of his weapons will take the points here. Play Memphis +17.
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SMU vs. North Texas College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
SMU at North Texas—Rhett Lashlee begins his first season as head coach at SMU. Returning starters are six on offense with seven to the defense. The program finished at 8-4 last season with their bowl game cancelled. Sonny Dykes exits for TCU and his former offensive coordinator is now head coach.
Starting quarterback Tanner Mordicai as does his lead running back. Three starters are back on the offensive line, but two key receivers exit. Mustangs have experience on their defensive line and secondary. SMU averaged 37 points and 463 yards per game last season.
The run game generated 4.6 per rush with 303 yards passing. Mustangs excellent in run defense allowing 3.7 yards per rush. Improvement needed in the passing game where they allowed 284 yards and 8.4 yards per pass attempt. Seth Littrell is in his seventh season with North Texas.
Eight starters return on offense but only three to the defense. Mean Green moves to 1-0 with the 31-13 road win at UTEP. North Texas were able to run for 163 yards. Austin Aune completed 16 of 29 for 236 yards and a touchdown.
Mean Green did surrender 400 yards to UTEP playing the run well but allowing 293 yards passing. Mustangs struggled defending the pass and the Mean Green has balance to their offense. With their experience on offense and a game played will side with home underdog. Play North Texas +10.
Notre Dame vs. Ohio St College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Notre Dame vs. Ohio St—Notre Dame head coach Marcus Freeman is in his first season. He takes over for Brian Kelly who heads to LSU. Fighting Irish have seven starters back on offense and eight to the defense. Team finished 11-2 last year losing to Oklahoma St in the Fiesta Bowl.
Quarterback position is turned over to Tyler Buchner. He saw limited work last year attempting 35 passes but running for over 300 yards. They do lose their key running back. Notre Dame returns four starters to the offensive line. Notre Dame has experience defensively in their back seven.
Fighting Irish produced 35 points and 426 yards per game last season. They rushed for 4.1 yards a carry but threw for 282 yards with 8.1 yards per pass attempt. Defense was outstanding allowing 20 points and 359 yards a game. They were tenth in the nation in third down defense.
Ryan Day is in his fourth season with Ohio St. The team returns six on offense with eight to the defense. Buckeyes finished at 11-2 last year beating Utah in an exciting Rose Bowl game. C.J. Stroud returns under center. The team returns their running back but lost two receivers to the NFL.
Three starters return to the offensive line. Buckeyes defensively experienced in their back seven. Ohio St was the top scoring team in college football last season. They averaged 561 yards a game last season and were strong on third down. The run game generated 5.6 per attempt and averaged 10 yards per pass attempt.
Team was able to pass on Ohio St as opponents averaged 246 yards with 61.6% completion rate and 6.9 per attempt. Notre Dame strong defense could keep them competitive here. Buckeyes failed to cover last year against their tougher teams on the schedule like Oregon, Penn St, Michigan and Utah. Play Notre Dame +16.
Georgia St vs. South Carolina College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Georgia St vs. South Carolina—Georgia St head coach Shawn Elliot enters his sixth season with the school. Eight starters return on offense with seven to the defense. Team finished at 8-5 last year blowing out Ball St in their bowl game.
Panthers return their starting quarterback and top running back. Four starters return on offense. Georgia St was a run heavy team averaging 228 yards per game with 5.1 per attempt. Defensively Panthers are experienced in their secondary but they do rotate players on defense.
Panthers held opponents to 27.1 points a game and were strong against the run allowing 3.5 yards per rush. Opponents were able to throw on the Panthers with 261 yards with 7.7 yards per attempt. South Carolina head coach Shane Beamer returns for his second season.
Eight starters are back on offense with five to the defense. Gamecocks finished at 7-6 last year beating North Carolina in their bowl game. Spencer Rattler transfers to South Carolina. His playmakers return as do all five on the offensive line. Gamecocks were 109th in scoring, yardage and on third down last year.
The run game generated only 3.7 yards per carry. Team was able to run on South Carolina last year for 187 yards and 4.9 yards per rush. They did defend the pass well. Panthers played Auburn tough last year losing by ten and covering. Georgia St run game and defense keep them in this game. Lots to fix for the Gamecocks. Play Georgia St +13.
Louisville vs. Syracuse College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Louisville at Syracuse—Louisville head coach Scott Satterfield is in his fourth season. Team returns seven starters on offense and seven to the defense. They finished 6-7 last year losing to Air Force in their bowl game. Senior quarterback Malik Cunningham returns with his top running back.
Cardinals lose three starting wide receivers but used the transfer portal to restock. Four starters are back on the offensive line. Last year the offensive averaged 32 points and moved the football for 447 yards. The run game generated 5.5 yards a carry.
To improve the defense the Cardinals hit the transfer portal to fill holes. Defensively Louisville allowed 29 points and 418 yards a game last year. They struggled in the passing game allowing 254 yards and 7.7 yards per pass attempt. Dino Barbers enters his seventh season as head coach at Syracuse.
Nine starters return on offense with eight to the defense. The Orange finished at 5-7 missing a bowl game for the third straight season. The Syracuse offense struggled last year. Orange starting quarterback and running back return. Four are back from the offensive line that were poor in pass protection.
Syracuse last year averaged 21.5 points per game with 343 yards. The run game did generate 5.1 per attempt. Passing game was very poor with 52.7% completion rate, 135 yards and 5.7 yards per pass attempt.
Cardinals had some good performances on the road last season. Tough to back Syracuse with their line and quarterback play on offense. Play Louisville -4.5.
UL Monroe vs. Texas College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
UL Monroe at Texas—UL Monroe head coach Terry Bowden returns for his second season. Eight starters return on offense with four to the defense. Warhawks finished at 4-8 a season ago. Chandler Rogers return at quarterback as does his playmakers.
Three starters return to the offensive line but first year starters at center and right guard. First year starters in the secondary. Last year the offense struggled putting up 22 points and 335 yards a game. Only 3.3 yards per rush with 6.8 yards per pass attempt. UL Monroe on defense allowed 36 points and 468 yards ranking 115th in the nation.
They couldn’t get off the field on third down and surrendered 293 yards passing with 8.6 yards per pass attempt. Steve Sarkisian returns for his second season at the school. Seven starters return on offense and defense. Team finished at 5-7 and missed a bowl.
Quinn Ewers will start at quarterback and will his playmakers all back from last season. Three starters return to the offensive line. Longhorns defense experienced in the front seven with their starters back on the defensive line. Offense produced 35 points and 424 yards per game.
Team ran for 5.3 yards a carry with 225 passing. Defense performed poorly allowing 31 points and 427 yards a game. Opponents rushed for 5.2 yards a carry with 67.6% completions. Play of the Longhorns defense makes it tough to lay this huge number. Play UL Monroe +37.5.
Kent vs. Washington College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Kent at Washington—Golden Flashes head coach Sean Lewis enters his fifth season. Four starters return on offense with six to the defense. Team finished 7-7 losing to Wyoming in the Potato Bowl. They lose their starting quarterback two of their top three receivers.
Only one starter returns on the offensive line and they look for transfer to help there. Golden Flashes inexperienced in the secondary. Kent moved the football last year for 479 yards and put up 31 points a game. They ran the football for 5.1 yards per rush with 64% completions and 8.4 yards per pass attempt.
Defense was poor for Kent last year allowing 38 points and 485 yards. Golden Flashes 124th on third down and gave up 5.1 yards per rush attempt. Passing game struggled as well by allowing 275 yards with 7.9 yards per pass attempt. Kalen Deboer enters his first season with Washington.
Eight starters return on offense with five on defense. Team finished at 4-8 last season. Michael Penix transfers from Indiana at quarterback. Huskies have four starters back to the offensive line. Their receiving corps are back. Defense inexperienced on the line and at corner.
Huskies offense was anemic for their standards putting up 22.8 points and 328 yards per game. The run game produced 3.3 yards per attempt and only 6.8 yards per pass attempt. Defense held up holding opponents to 23 points and 346 yards per game.
Kent inexperienced on offense and the Huskies played well on defense. Still may questions about the Washington offense. Play Kent and Washington under 60.
Boise St vs. Oregon St College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Boise St at Oregon St—Andy Avalos returns for his second season at Boise St. The team returns eight on offense and nine to the defense. Broncos finished at 7-5 and their bowl game was cancelled. Quarterback Hank Bachmeier is back under center. Top running back returns but three of his top four receivers exit.
Four starters return on the offensive line. Boise St offense was below standards in 2021 averaging 29 points a game. The run game generated only 3.3 yards a carry. Passing game average against the nation. Defensively Boise St allowed only 19 points a game with 365 yards.
Teams ran for four yards a carry on the Broncos with 7.8 yards per pass attempt. Oregon St head coach Jonathan Smith returns for his fifth season. Six starters return on offense with nine on defense. Team went 7-6 last season losing to Utah St in their bowl game.
Chance Nolan returns at quarterback. Beavers lose their top running back but there is depth at that position. Four starters are back on the offensive line but two first time starters at wide receivers. Oregon St experienced on defense on the line and secondary. Beavers offense generated 30 points and 431 yards last season.
The run game was exceptional generating 5.3 yards per carry. Completion rate at 62.4% with 8.2 yards per pass attempt. Oregon St defense needs improvement. Team did give up 28 points a game and were 128th in the nation on third down.
Teams threw for 256 yards on the Beavers with 7.6 yards per attempt. Broncos passing game lacks enough quality to fully exploit Oregon St. Broncos strong defensively but lack of run game hurts offense. Play Oregon St and Boise St under 56.5.
Western Kentucky vs. Hawaii College Football Pick Prediction 9/3/2022
Western Kentucky at Hawaii—Hilltoppers head coach Tyson Helton in his fourth season. Team returns four starters on offense and seven to the defense. Austin Reed beat out Jarret Doege at quarterback. Western Kentucky opened with FCS school Austin Peay and came away with the 38-27 win.
Reed the Florida transfer hit on 20 of 34 for 279 yards with four touchdowns and one pick. Reed is the choice to run the up tempo offense for Western Kentucky. Defensively they did allow the Governors 327 yards with 171 rushing. Hawaii Timmy Chang is in his first season at the school.
It is a total rebuild as many starters transferred out of the program. Warriors opened at home to Vanderbilt and were soundly beaten 53-10. Hawaii defense surrendered 601 yards to the Commodores with 404 rushing.
Warriors offensively gained 358 yards with 250 through the air. Both teams run up tempo styles and each defense struggled in their openers. This has the look of a high scoring game. Play Western Kentucky and Hawaii over 67.5.
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