Air Force Falcons (1-0) vs. Sam Houston Bearkats (0-1)
Air Force Falcons vs. Sam Houston Bearkats 9/9/23 – College football season is heating up, and come September 9, 2023, the Air Force Falcons (1-0) are set to face off against the Sam Houston Bearkats (0-1) at NRG Stadium. The game will be televised on CBSSN at 8:00 PM ET, offering a treat for football enthusiasts. With one team looking to continue its winning ways and the other desperate to notch up its first win, the stage is set for an electrifying contest.
The Falcons started the season strong and will be looking to extend their winning streak. Their rushing game was nothing short of phenomenal, led by John Lee Eldridge III, who rushed for an impressive 72 yards on just 4 attempts. The running back averaged 18 yards per carry, highlighting his explosive potential. On the receiving end, Jared Roznos stood out with 2 receptions for a total of 95 yards, including one receiving touchdown. Roznos averaged a remarkable 47.5 yards per reception, showing that the Falcons can be lethal both on the ground and in the air.
The Bearkats haven’t started the season as they would have liked, but they have a chance to turn things around. John Gentry led the running game, albeit with less flair, rushing for 19 yards on 8 attempts. The Bearkats clearly have room for improvement in their ground game. Noah Smith, the team’s wide receiver, managed 3 receptions for 44 yards, averaging 14.7 yards per catch. Smith has shown promise but will need to step up for the Bearkats to bounce back. Check out our free winning NCAA football picks for more insights.
Air Force Falcons vs. Sam Houston Bearkats Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023, 8:00 PM ET|
Zac Larrier QB vs. Keegan Shoemaker QB
Zac Larrier had a limited role in the passing game, but he made it count. He completed 2 of his 3 pass attempts for a whopping 95 yards, with an extraordinary average of 31.7 yards per pass attempt. With a passer rating of 442.7, Larrier appears to be a threat whenever he throws the ball. Zero interceptions and zero sacks round out a nearly flawless performance, albeit from a limited sample size.
Keegan Shoemaker had a difficult day at the office. Completing 18 out of 33 pass attempts, he threw for only 147 yards, averaging a modest 4.5 yards per pass attempt. Shoemaker was plagued by 3 interceptions and was sacked once, bringing his passer rating down to 73.8. With these stats, it’s evident that the quarterback needs to regain his form quickly for the Bearkats to be competitive.
Odds/Point Spread: Air Force Falcons -560, Total Odds: 37
The Air Force Falcons are favorites with a spread of -13.5 at odds of -107, and a moneyline of -560. The Bearkats are the underdogs with a spread of +13.5 at odds of -1130, and a moneyline of +440. The total for the game is set at 37, with the over at -115 and the under at -105.
Air Force Falcons Betting Trends
The Falcons have been an excellent betting choice recently. The total has gone UNDER in 6 of their last 8 games, and they are 6-0 SU in their last 6 games overall. They have also been strong against teams from the Western Athletic conference, with a 6-1 SU record. Air Force is also a reliable team to bet on early in the season, with a 5-1 SU in games played in September and 5-0 ATS in week 2 games.
Sam Houston Bearkats Betting Trends
On the flip side, the Bearkats have struggled recently, going 0-8 SU in their last 8 games. They’ve also been weak in September, with a 0-6 SU record. However, they have been reasonably good against the spread, boasting a 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 6-2 ATS on Saturdays.
Air Force Falcons vs. Sam Houston Bearkats 9/9/23 Betting Picks
Given the comparative strengths and weaknesses, it’s hard to look past the Air Force Falcons for this game. With a better quarterback and a robust defensive line, they should cover the spread of -13.5. Considering both teams’ betting trends, taking the UNDER 37 for the total also seems like a wise choice. For more insights, check out our free sports picks today.
Free Pick and Prediction: Air Force Falcons will win 24-10.