Cal Poly Mustangs (1-0) vs. San José State Spartans (0-2)
Cal Poly Mustangs vs. San José State Spartans 9/9/23 – The Cal Poly Mustangs (1-0) are set to clash with the San José State Spartans (0-2) in what promises to be a compelling showdown on September 9, 2023. The game will take place at 4:00 PM ET at the CEFCU Stadium and will be aired on NBCS-BA. While the Mustangs look to capitalize on their winning start, the Spartans are desperate for a victory after dropping their first two games.
The Mustangs are coming off a victorious opener, breathing some much-needed optimism into a squad that has struggled for consistency. Running back Troy Fletcher recorded an impressive 6.5 yards per carry on 8 attempts, finding the end zone once. Wide receiver Tyrece Fairly-Diyem was also a standout, accumulating 129 receiving yards with 7 receptions and contributing a touchdown.
Despite their 0-2 start, the Spartans have some positive takeaways. Running back Quali Conley posted an impressive 142 rushing yards on 17 attempts, averaging a whopping 8.4 yards per carry. Wide receiver Nick Nash has also made his mark with 13 receptions for 120 yards and 3 receiving touchdowns. Check out our free latest football picks for more insights.
Cal Poly Mustangs vs. San José State Spartans Game Info
|When:||Saturday, September 9, 2023, 4:00 PM ET|
Sam Huard QB vs. Chevan Cordeiro QB
Quarterback performance often tips the scale in college football matchups, and this game is no exception. Cal Poly’s Sam Huard had a strong outing, completing 24 of 42 attempts for 326 yards, clocking a 57.1% completion rate, and a 125.4 passer rating. His ability to take risks was evident with an 87-yard pass, though his performance was tarnished by an interception and a sack.
In contrast, San José State’s Chevan Cordeiro had a mixed performance. Completing 39 of 70 attempts for 341 yards, his completion rate stands at 55.7%, marginally lower than Huard’s. Despite a relatively low yards-per-attempt average of 4.9, he threw 3 touchdowns and was not intercepted. However, Cordeiro was sacked three times, affecting his overall performance and resulting in a passer rating of 110.8.
Huard’s aggressiveness and ability to stretch the field could be crucial, but Cordeiro’s decision-making—evidenced by his zero interceptions—could be equally significant. While both quarterbacks have their merits and weaknesses, Huard’s slightly better efficiency and the absence of a strong defensive showing from the Spartans make him the more promising of the two.
Odds/Point Spread: San José State Spartans ML, Total Odds: –
Unfortunately, the odds for this game have not been published yet, making it difficult to predict the likely spread and total points. However, we predict San José State Spartans will beat their opponents.
Cal Poly Betting Trends
Cal Poly’s recent trends make for grim reading as they are 0-9 SU in their last 9 games, with an even worse 0-5 SU record on the road. Against Mountain West opponents, they are 0-6 SU. Their track record also shows they are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. However, the total has gone UNDER in 6 of their last 7 games, which could be an important factor considering San José State’s recent trends.
San José State Betting Trends
The Spartans are not faring much better with a 1-5 SU record in their last 6 games and a dismal 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games. However, they have been strong at home with a 6-1 SU record in their last 7 home games. They have also performed well against Big Sky opponents with a 4-1 SU record. Intriguingly, the total has gone OVER in 5 of their last 6 games.
Cal Poly Mustangs vs. San José State Spartans 9/9/23 Betting Picks
Both teams have significant weaknesses, but San José State seems to have a slight edge in their strong home record and their performance against Big Sky teams. The Mustangs, despite their recent win, haven’t proved they can sustain success, especially on the road. Cordeiro’s experience and better decision-making might just be enough to tip this game in San José State’s favor. Given the trends and key players, San José State seems poised to claim their first victory of the season, albeit in a closely contested game. Cal Poly’s recent form doesn’t inspire confidence, especially when playing away. Huard might put up a good fight, but Cordeiro’s leadership and the Spartans’ home advantage should see them through. For more insights, check out our latest sports picks today.
Free Pick and Prediction: San José State Spartans will win 28-17.