UTSA vs Old Dominion NCAA Football Picks Against the Spread 11/9/2019
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium
Lowell Narcisse and the UTSA Roadrunners head to Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Old Dominion Monarchs. The spread on this contest has Old Dominion as 2.5-point favorites. The Roadrunners are 4-4-0 ATS and 3-3-2 when betting on the total. The Monarchs are 2-7-0 when wagering on the over/under and 4-5-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the UTSA Roadrunners played the Texas A&M Aggies and ended up taking the loss by a score of 45-14. Lowell Narcisse led the team in rushing for that game. His longest run of the day went for 13 yards and he tallied 1 TD for the game. He ran for a total of 54 yards via 15 carries which means he ran for an average of 3.6 yards per carry. Zakhari Franklin was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 46 yards on 4 receptions. He notched an average of 11.5 yards per catch for that game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Roadrunners was Lowell Narcisse who went 7/14 with 90 yards through the air but wasn't able to throw a ball for a TD. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. The Roadrunners ended up running the ball 36 times and earned 93 yards which had them averaging 2.6 yards per rushing attempt. For the contest, the Roadrunners earned a total of 14 first downs and they had a total of 6 penalties for 49 yards which is telling of how their week of practice went. In all, they finished with a total of 61 plays which added up to 231 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, UTSA gave up 20 completions on 28 attempts totaling 238 yards, and a completion percentage of 71.4%. On the day, they allowed a total of 505 yards and forced 1 turnover. Against the run, the Roadrunners gave up 267 yards on 40 carries which is an average of 6.7 yards per carry allowed.
The Roadrunners come into this game with a record of 3-5 this season. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the nation with an average of 18.8 points per contest, ranking them 118th in the country. As a team, they are averaging 169.5 rushing yards per game which is 6th in C-USA. For total yardage, they rank 11th in Conference USA and 120th in the country with 2,491 yards. The Roadrunners have one of the worst defenses in the nation, allowing 33.4 points per game ranking them 12th in C-USA. In terms of rushing yards, UTSA is allowing 217 yards per contest ranking them 14th in C-USA and 120th in Division 1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.7 yards per carry ranking them 14th in C-USA and 125th in the country overall. Overall, they have allowed 1,736 yards rushing through 8 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Roadrunners have allowed 1,135 yards. Teams are completing 62.1% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.7 yards per try.
The last time they took the field, the Old Dominion Monarchs took on the FIU Golden Panthers and lost 24-17. Lala Davis paced the team on the ground for the game. He had a long run of 31 yards and he added 1 TD for the game. He rushed for a total of 58 yards via 6 carries which meant he was running for 9.7 yards per carry. Nigel Fitzgerald was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 50 yards on 2 catches. He had an average of 25.0 yards per reception for the game. Leading the way at QB for the Monarchs was Hayden Wolff who went 19/35 with 169 yards through the air but wasn't able to get any balls in the endzone via the pass. He walked away with 1 pick in the game. The Monarchs ended up rushing 24 times and totaled 73 yards earning them an average of 3.0 yards per carry. In the game, the Monarchs totaled 13 1st downs and they had a total of 6 penalties for 59 yards which tells us their heads weren't always in the game. Overall, they totaled 60 plays for a total of 242 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Old Dominion gave up 20 catches on 33 attempts for a total of 252 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.6%. On the day, they conceded 382 yards and forced 1 turnover. In the running game, the Monarchs gave up 130 yards on 38 attempts which is an average of 3.4 yards per carry allowed.
The Monarchs come into this game with a record of 1-8. In discussing the offensive production, the Monarchs have one of the most lackluster offenses in the nation. Old Dominion is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 91.7 rushing yards per contest, ranking them 125th in the country. As a unit, they have compiled a total of 825 yards rushing through 9 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the nation. The Monarchs average 239.6 yards per contest overall which has them at 131st in D-1 and 14th in C-USA. The Monarchs are giving up 28.7 points per game ranking them 8th in Conference USA and 77th in Division 1. Their passing defense is one of the middle of the road units in the nation. They are conceding 225.8 passing yards per game. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Monarchs currently sit at 6th in C-USA. When talking about points allowed, they have given up 258 points in total. In terms of yards rushing, they are giving up 133.8 yards per game which puts them at 36th in college football and 4th in C-USA. In 2019, they have allowed a total of 1,204 yards rushing and 16.2 rushing touchdowns.
Who will win tonight's Roadrunners/Monarchs college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Monarchs -2.5
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