Connecticut at Indiana NCAA Football Picks and Tips 9/21/2019
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Memorial Stadium "The Rock"
Memorial Stadium is the site where Peyton Ramsey and the Indiana Hoosiers will play the Connecticut Huskies on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have Connecticut as 10.5-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 59.5. The Huskies are 1-1-0 ATS and 0-2-0 when betting on the total. The Hoosiers are 1-2-0 when wagering on the over/under and 1-2-0 against the spread.
Key Connecticut Huskies Injuries
09/15/19 QB Mike Beaudry Shoulder is questionable Saturday vs Indiana
Key Indiana Hoosiers Injuries
09/15/19 QB Michael Penix Jr. Shoulder is questionable Saturday vs Connecticut
The last time they took the field, the Connecticut Huskies played the Illinois Fighting Illini and took the loss by a score of 31-23. Running the show from under center for the Huskies was Jack Zergiotis who went 21/31 with 275 yards through the air but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He gave away 2 interceptions on the day. Kevin Mensah led the team in rushing for that contest. He broke a long run for 9 yards and he added 1 touchdown for the game. He rushed for a total of 27 yards by way of 14 carries which means he ran for an average of 1.9 yards per run. Cameron Ross led the team in receiving yardage by earning 85 yards on 4 receptions. He averaged 21.3 yards per catch for that contest. The Connecticut Huskies ran the ball a total of 29 times and earned a total of 10 yards earning them an average of 0.3 yards per rush. For the contest, the Huskies racked up 16 first downs and they totaled 4 penalties for 34 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. In all, they ran 60 plays for 285 yards. In terms of defense, Connecticut conceded 24 completions on 35 tries for a total of 227 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.6%. For this contest, they gave up 360 yards and forced 3 takeaways. In the running game, the Huskies conceded 133 yards on 33 attempts allowing their opponent an average of 4.0 yards per carry allowed.
The Huskies step onto the field holding a record of 1-1 for this season. For total yards, they currently sit at 12th in the AAC and 125th in Division 1 with 677 yards. They are in the middle of the pack in regard to scoring in the nation averaging 23.5 points per contest, which has them at 94th in Division 1. As a team, they have an average of 122 rushing yards per game which is 10th in the American Athletic Conference. The Huskies have one of the average defenses in college football, giving up 26 points per contest putting them 8th in the American Athletic Conference. When it comes to yards on the ground, Connecticut is allowing 118 yards per contest which has them at 7th in the American Athletic Conference and 48th in the nation. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.4 yards per rush which has them at 10th in the American Athletic Conference and 89th in the country overall. Overall, they have allowed 236 rushing yards through 2 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Huskies have allowed 433 yards. Teams are completing 62.1% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 5.3 yards per try.
The last time they played, the Indiana Hoosiers played the Ohio State Buckeyes and took the loss by a score of 51-10. Running the show from under center for the Hoosiers was Peyton Ramsey who went 19/33 with 162 yards passing but didn't get a passing TD in the game. He gave away 1 interception on the day. Sampson James led the team on the ground during the game. He broke a long run for 9 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He ran for a total of 14 yards by way of 4 carries which means he ran for an average of 3.5 yards per run. Peyton Hendershot was the leader in receiving yardage by racking up 70 yards on 4 catches. He earned an average of 17.5 yards per catch during the game. The Indiana Hoosiers ended up rushing 31 times and added 42 yards earning them an average of 1.4 yards per run. In the game, they ran 67 plays which added up to 257 yards. For the game, the Hoosiers totaled 15 first downs and they had 5 penalties for 54 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. On the defensive side of the ball, Indiana gave up 17 catches on 29 throws for a total of 214 yards, and a completion percentage of 58.6%. In the running game, the Hoosiers gave up 306 yards on 42 tries which gave the opponent an average of 7.3 yards per attempt allowed. For this contest, they gave up a total of 520 yards and forced 1 takeaway.
The Hoosiers head into this week four at 2-1. In terms of offensive proficiency, the Hoosiers have one of the top tier offenses in Division 1. Indiana is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 101.3 yards on the ground per game, which has them at 116th in D-1. As a team, they have a total of 304 rushing yards through 3 contests, so they are going to want to make some changes to the ground game if they want to make teams respect them. The Hoosiers average 428.7 yards per game overall which has them at 55th in Division 1 and 6th in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers are conceding 25 points per game ranking them 11th in the Big Ten Conference and 71st in college football. Their pass defense is one of the best groups in D-1. They are allowing 192 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Hoosiers sit in 7th in the Big Ten Conference. In discussing points given up, they have allowed 75 total points. When it comes to yards rushing, they are conceding 152.7 yards per game which puts them at 75th in Division 1 and 11th in the Big Ten Conference. This season, they have conceded a total of 458 yards on the ground and 3.9 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Huskies/Hoosiers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Huskies -10.5
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