UMass at Charlotte NCAA Football Picks & Predictions 9/14/2019
Saturday, September 14, 2019
Jerry Richardson Stadium
Chris Reynolds and the Charlotte 49ers host the UMass Minutemen at Jerry Richardson Stadium on Saturday, September 14, 2019. The odds on this contest have Charlotte as 18.5-point favorites. The over/under opens at 65. The Minutemen are 0-2-0 ATS and 1-1-0 when betting on the total. The 49ers are 2-0-0 when wagering on the over/under and 1-1-0 against the spread.
Key UMass Minutemen Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Charlotte 49ers Injuries
09/08/19 DE Tyriq Harris Back is questionable Saturday vs Massachusetts
08/10/19 WR Rico Arnold Foot is out for season
In their last game, the UMass Minutemen went up against the Southern Illinois Salukis and were on the losing end of this game by a score of 45-20. Bilal Ally led the team in rushing in the game. He tore off a long run of 18 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for a total of 87 yards via 16 carries which meant he averaged 5.4 yards per run. Zak Simon was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 60 yards on 3 receptions. He earned an average of 20.0 yards per reception in the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Minutemen was Randall West who went 9/17 with 125 yards passing but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He tossed 1 pick on the day. The UMass Minutemen ran the football 47 times and added 123 yards which earned them an average of 2.6 yards per rush. On the day, they ran 74 plays for 321 yards. In the game, the Minutemen racked up a total of 15 1st downs and they totaled 10 infractions for 69 yards telling us that this team was extremely undisciplined. When it comes to their defensive performance, Massachusetts allowed 19 completions on 26 throws for a total of 265 yards, and a completion percentage of 73.1%. On the ground, the Minutemen allowed 237 yards on 44 attempts giving the other team an average of 5.4 yards per rushing attempt allowed. On the day, they allowed a total of 502 yards and forced 1 takeaway.
The Minutemen come into this matchup with a record of 0-2 for the 2019 season. In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the country with an average of 20.5 points per contest, which has them at 102nd in the nation. As a team, they are averaging 153 yards on the ground per game which is 3rd among D-1 Independent teams. For total yards, they sit in 2nd among Independent teams and 101st in the nation with 625 yards. The Minutemen have one of the worst defenses in college football, allowing 46.5 points per game ranking them 5th among Independent teams. When it comes to yards through the air, the Minutemen have conceded 613 yards. Opponents are completing 70.7% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 10.6 yards per try. When it comes to yards rushing, UMass is giving up 221.5 yards per game putting them 3rd among D-1 Independent teams and 124th in the country. Opposing teams are running for an average of 5.1 yards per rush which has them at 2nd among FBS Independent teams and 112th in D-1 overall. In total, they have conceded 443 yards rushing through 2 contests.
In the last game they played, the Charlotte 49ers played the Appalachian State Mountaineers and left there with a loss by a score of 56-41. Benny LeMay led the team on the ground for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 58 yards and he added 2 touchdowns for the game. He ran for 118 yards on 14 carries which meant he was running for 8.4 yards per run. Micaleous Elder led the team in receiving yardage by racking up 119 yards on 7 receptions. He notched an average of 17.0 yards per reception for that contest. Taking the lead at quarterback for the 49ers was Chris Reynolds who went 20/31 with 296 yards through the air and threw 4 TD's. He threw 1 interception in the game. The Charlotte 49ers ended up rushing 41 times and added 237 yards giving them an average of 5.8 yards per carry. For the game, the 49ers earned a total of 24 1st downs and they totaled 11 penalties for 80 yards which is telling in terms of discipline. Overall, they ran 72 plays which added up to 533 yards. When discussing the defense, Charlotte allowed 14 completions on 20 tries totaling 182 yards, and a completion percentage of 70.0%. On the ground, the 49ers allowed 276 yards on 39 carries which gave the opponent an average of 7.1 yards per run allowed. Overall, they allowed a total of 458 yards and earned 0 takeaways.
The 49ers come into this game with a record of 1-1. In discussing the offensive production, the 49ers have one of the most prolific offenses in the country. Charlotte is making teams fear their ground game this season by averaging 279.5 rushing yards per game, which has them at 13th in Division 1. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 559 rushing yards through 2 contests, and if they want to continue their dominance, they'll want to keep running the ball. The 49ers average 520.5 yards per game overall ranking them 24th in college football and 1st in C-USA. The 49ers are giving up 42 points per contest which puts them at 13th in C-USA and 125th in the nation. In discussing points given up, they have given up 84 total points. In terms of yards on the ground, they are giving up 217.5 yards per game which puts them at 120th in Division 1 and 11th in the conference. For this year, they have allowed 435 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs. Their pass defense is one of the best units in the country. They are giving up 121 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the 49ers are currently ranked 1st in Conference USA.
Who will win tonight's Minutemen/49ers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Minutemen +18.5
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