Connecticut Huskies vs Fresno State Bulldogs Prediction, 8/28/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs Fresno State Bulldogs
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2021
Location: Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Bulldogs (-27.5)
The Connecticut Huskies (2-10 last year) are traveling to Bulldog Stadium on Saturday where they will take on the Fresno State Bulldogs (3-3 last season). Fresno State opens this contest as 27.5-point favorites. The total is set at 62.5.
The Connecticut Huskies finished the season holding a 2-10 mark. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Huskies played the Temple Owls and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 49-17. Jack Zergiotis finished 24/35 with 250 yds passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 138.0 and ended the contest without throwing a pick. Kevin Mensah led the offense in rushing for the Huskies with 6 attempts for 20 yards (3.3 yards per attempt). The Connecticut Huskies ran the football 31 times and tallied 76 yds, which came out to an average of 2.5 yards per tote. At the end of the game, they had 67 plays which gave them a total of 326 yds. Connecticut allowed 18 pass completions on 29 tries for 312 yds, and a completion rate of 62.1%. When it came to the battle of the line of scrimmage, the Huskies conceded 262 yds on 33 tries, which is 7.9 yards per rush allowed.
When talking about putting the ball in the endzone, the Connecticut Huskies held an average of 18.9 points per outing. Offensively they maintained an average of 128.9 yards in the run game, which had them sitting 101st in D-1. The Huskies earned 4,139 total yards over the course of last season. Connecticut amassed 14 passing touchdowns and 13 touchdowns on the ground. Connecticut amassed 224 1st downs as a unit, and they were called for 74 infractions for 618 yds. They turned the ball over 22 different times. Concerning yards via the pass, the Huskies gave up 2,920 yds which put them in 135th in the nation. Over the course of their 12 games played last season, they relinquished 243.3 yards per game via the pass in addition to surrendering a completion percentage of 64.0%. They allowed 467.3 yards/contest which put them 128th in D-1. They surrendered 28 passing touchdowns as well as 34 touchdowns via the ground game. The opposition ran for an average of 5.9 yards per rush and 224.0 rushing yards per game over the course of last season. In total, they gave up 2,688 rushing yards through 12 games. The Huskies sat in 136th in the nation when it comes to the opposition scoring, allowing 40.5 points per contest.
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The Bulldogs wrapped up their season with a 3-3 mark. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Bulldogs took a loss by a final score of 49-39 when they played the New Mexico Lobos. Jake Haener (3 touchdowns) walked away from the contest with 350 yds on 26/43 passing while his quarterback rate was 147.2. He had 1 interception and his Y/A was 8.1. Jake Haener ran the football 10 times for -63 yds, walking away from the contest with -6.3 yds per carry for Fresno State. The Bulldogs finished the contest with 408 yds and they ran 66 plays (6.2 yards per play). Fresno State ended up running for 2.5 yards per tote, finishing with 58 yards on 23 carries. Fresno State gave up 48 rush attempts for 299 yds (6.2 yards per carry). The Bulldogs pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 77.8%, surrendering 196 yards on 14 for 18 passing.
The Fresno State Bulldogs averaged 479.3 yards/contest which had them sitting 17th in D-1. They threw 5 picks while allowing opponents to recover 5 fumbles and they recorded 146 first downs. They maintained an average of 123.0 run yards per game and toted the ball for 738 yards for the season. The Fresno State offense had 287 yds of penalties on 33 violations, which had them ranked 111th in college football in terms of helping out the opposition. Last season, the Bulldogs threw for 2,138 yards through the air as well as an average of 356.3 throwing yards per game, which had them ranked 4th in the country. Regarding their ability to score points, the Bulldogs were ranked 37th in D-1 maintaining an average of 32.8 points per contest. The Bulldogs conceded 30.0 PPG, which had them ranked 81st in Division 1. Last year, they relinquished 180 total points. Fresno State allowed a total of 1,274 rushing yards (212.3 yards/game) and 14 touchdowns rushing last season. They gave up 8 touchdowns from the passing game and 217.7 yards/outing, which had them in 58th in the nation. The Bulldogs defense took the field for 420 plays, ranking them 39th in the nation. They earned 6 fumbles recovered and 4 picks over the course of last season.
Who will win tonight's Huskies/Bulldogs college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Bulldogs -27.5
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