San Jose State Spartans vs Fresno State Bulldogs Prediction, 11/21/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: San Jose State Spartans vs Fresno State Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020
Location: Bulldog Stadium
TV: CBS Sports
Odds/Point Spread: San Jose State (+1.5)
Bulldog Stadium is the site where Jake Haener and the Fresno State Bulldogs (3-1) will take on the San Jose State Spartans (4-0) on Saturday. The spread on this contest has Fresno State as 1.5-point favorites. The total opens at 56.
The last time they played, the San Jose State Spartans took on the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and went home with the win by a score of 34-17. Nick Nash led the team in rushing for that contest. His longest run of the day went for 28 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for 94 yards via 8 carries which means he ran for an average of 11.8 yards per run. Bailey Gaither was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 94 yards on 6 catches. He had an average of 15.7 yards per reception for that contest. Nick Starkel went 17/28 with 274 yards by way of passing and threw 2 touchdowns. He gave away 1 pick for the contest.
The Spartans have earned 1,636 total yards this year. As a unit they hold an average of 116.5 yards rushing giving them a rank of 107th in D-1. In terms of scoring touchdowns, San Jose State has totaled 11 touchdowns via the pass and 4 rushing touchdowns. When it comes to putting points on the board, the San Jose State Spartans hold an average of 29.3 PPG. The Spartans sit in 23rd in Division 1 regarding team defense, allowing 15.3 points per game. They are giving up an average of 3.1 yards per rushing attempt and 131.5 rushing yards per contest so far this season. For the year, they have given up 526 yards via the ground game in 4 games. Concerning passing yards, the Spartans have allowed 871 yards which puts them in 57th in Division 1. During their 4 games played, they have allowed 217.8 yards per contest through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 62.9%. Overall, they have yielded 349.3 yards per contest which puts them 44th in the country.
For his college career, Starkel has passed for a total of 4,094 yds with 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Since his college career started, he has attempted running the ball 23 times totaling -70 rushing yards. His QB rating is 140.2 with a touchdown rate of 6.0% and an interception rate of 3.5%. He is passing for 178.0 yards per outing. Nick Starkel has connected on 309 of his career 513 throws for a completion percentage of 60.2%.
In their last game, the Fresno State Bulldogs faced the Utah State Aggies and added a win to their record by a score of 35-16. Ronnie Rivers led the team in rushing for that game. His longest run of the day went for 28 yards and he notched 1 touchdown for this outing. He rushed for 132 yards on 25 carries which means he ran for an average of 5.3 yards per carry. Jalen Cropper was the receiving yardage leader by earning 202 yards on 10 receptions. He averaged 20.2 yards per reception for that game. Jake Haener went 29/38 with 422 yards via the pass and completed 4 touchdowns. He threw 1 pick on the day.
For the season thus far, the Bulldogs have thrown for a total of 1,303 yards through the air as well as holding an average of 325.8 throwing yards per contest, ranking them 15th in the nation. The Fresno State Bulldogs hold an average of 467.3 yards/game which has them ranked 22nd in Division 1. They have an average of 141.5 yards per game via the rush and have run for 566 yards in total. When looking at putting points on the board, the Bulldogs sit 42nd in the nation maintaining an average of 33.0 PPG. Fresno State has given up a total of 913 yards via the ground game (228.3 yards per contest) as well as 8 touchdowns rushing for the year. The Bulldogs are allowing 23.5 PPG, which has them sitting 50th in the country. Over the course of the season, they have conceded 94 total points. They have conceded 2 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 189.0 yards/game, which puts them in 35th in D-1.
Haener has passed for 10 touchdowns while tossing 5 interceptions in his collegiate career. His touchdown percentage on pass attempts is 7.3% and his interception rate is 3.6%. He has rushed for 55 yds on 37 attempts. He is averaging 184.7 yds per contest through the air with a 163.2 quarterback rating. During the 7 games in his college career, Jake Haener has been successful on 92 of his 137 attempts for a total of 1,293 yds.
Who will win tonight's Spartans/Bulldogs college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Spartans +1.5
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