Connecticut Huskies vs UMass Minutemen Prediction, 10/9/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Connecticut Huskies vs UMass Minutemen
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Location: Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium in Amherst, MA
TV: FloFootball / NESN or NESN+
Odds/Point Spread: Minutemen (+2)
The Connecticut Huskies (0-6) are traveling to Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium on Saturday where they will take on the UMass Minutemen (0-5). Connecticut opens this contest as 2-point favorites from oddsmakers. The betting total is set at 54.5.
The Connecticut Huskies head into this game 0-6 this season. In their last matchup, the Huskies faced the Vanderbilt Commodores and went home with a loss by a final score of 30-28. Nathan Carter was the rushing leader for the Huskies with 24 attempts for 123 yds (5.1 yds per attempt). Steven Krajewski went 18/34 with 264 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 125.8 and finished the game with 2 interceptions. Against the run, the Huskies gave up 106 yards on 33 tries, which calculates to 3.2 yards per run allowed. Connecticut surrendered 27 pass completions on 40 attempts for 333 yds, and a completion rate of 67.5%. In all, they tallied 80 plays which gave them 523 yards. The Connecticut Huskies ran the football 37 times and tallied 192 yds, which came out to an average of 5.2 yards per attempt.
When it comes to scoring points, the Connecticut Huskies are sitting at 16.5 points per contest. Offensively they average 111.0 yards in the run game ranking this team at 112th in D-1. The Huskies have earned 1,622 total yards this season. In terms of distribution of touchdowns, Connecticut has compiled 6 passing touchdowns and 5 touchdowns via the ground. Connecticut has recorded 91 first downs as a unit, and they have been called for 39 infractions for 266 yards. They have given the ball to the opposition 10 different times.
Regarding passing yardage, the Huskies are conceding 1,483 yds which has them sitting in 130th in the country. They are conceding 247.2 yards per outing via the pass in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 69.1%. Over the course of this season, they are surrendering 460.7 yards per outing which puts them 130th in D-1. They have yielded 16 touchdowns by air and 13 touchdowns via the ground game. They are allowing 4.7 yards per rush and 213.5 rushing yards per game on the season. Overall, they have conceded 1,281 running yards through 6 outings. The Huskies sit in 137th in college football when it comes to the opposition scoring, conceding 39.7 PPG.
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The Minutemen step onto the field holding a record of 0-5 for this season. For their last game, the Minutemen walked away with a loss by a score of 45-7 against the Toledo Rockets. Brady Olson (1 TD) finished the game with 106 yds on 9/22 passing while his quarterback rating was 87.3. He threw 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 4.8. Kay'ron Adams ran the ball 12 times for 23 yards, walking away from the game with 1.9 yds per attempt for UMass. The Minutemen finished the game with 134 yards while running 51 plays (2.6 yards per play). UMass ran the ball for 0.9 yds per attempt, finishing with a total of 23 yds on 26 carries. UMass allowed 43 running attempts for 223 yards (5.2 yds per rush). The Minutemen pass defense allowed a completion rate of 66.7%, relinquishing 232 yards on 20 out of 30 passing.
The UMass Minutemen average 272.4 yards/contest, which is good for 127th in Division 1. The UMass offense has totaled 318 penalty yards on 31 violations, which ranks them 70th in college football in terms of helping out the opposition. For the season thus far, the Minutemen have racked up 935 yards through the air along with holding an average of 187.0 passing yards per contest, ranking them 107th in the country. When looking at how much they score, the Minutemen currently sit 128th in D-1 holding an average of 14.6 points per game.
The Minutemen are giving up 47.2 points per game, which has them 142nd in college football. UMass has conceded a total of 1,192 yards via the ground game (238.4 yards per contest) as well as 21 touchdowns via the rush this year. Overall, they have surrendered 236 pts. They have given up 9 touchdowns from the passing game and 279.4 yards per contest, ranking them 127th in the country. The Minutemen defense has been on the field for 355 plays, which is 111th in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Huskies/Minutemen college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Huskies -2
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