MTSU Blue Raiders vs San Diego State Aztecs Prediction, 12/24/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: MTSU Blue Raiders vs San Diego State Aztecs
Date: Saturday, December 24, 2022
Location: Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex in Honolulu, HI
Odds/Point Spread: Aztecs (+3.5)
Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex is the site where the San Diego State Aztecs (7-5) will compete against the MTSU Blue Raiders (7-5) on Saturday, December 24, 2022 in the EasyPost Hawaii Bowl. San Diego State opens this contest as 3.5-point dogs. The total has been set at 46.5.
The MTSU Blue Raiders step onto the field holding a record of 7-5 for this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Blue Raiders faced the FIU Panthers and notched a win by a score of 33-28. Chase Cunningham went 29/42 with 279 yds through the air. He had a quarterback rate of 124.8 and ended the contest with no interceptions. Darius Bracy was the leader on the ground for the Blue Raiders with 20 carries for 91 yds (4.6 yards per attempt). In all, they had 83 plays which gave them a total of 447 yards. The MTSU Blue Raiders ran the football 41 different times and had 168 yds, which came out to an average of 4.1 yds per attempt. Against the run, the Blue Raiders gave up 83 yards on 19 tries, which calculates to 4.4 yards per run allowed. MTSU conceded 29 completions on 53 tries for 414 yards, and a completion percentage of 54.7%.
In terms of scoring points, the MTSU Blue Raiders are averaging 29.2 points per game. As a unit they maintain an average of 123.1 yards in the run game which ranks them 104th in Division 1. The Blue Raiders have earned 4,684 yards in total for this campaign. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, MTSU has earned 19 touchdowns via the pass and 20 rushing touchdowns. MTSU has accrued 248 first downs, and they have committed 80 penalties for 708 yds. They have turned the ball over 17 times.
The Blue Raiders rank 82nd in the nation concerning the opposition scoring, giving up 28.1 points per game. The opposition is running for 3.5 yards per run and 121.9 rushing yards per contest for the season. For the year, they have conceded 1,463 yards via the ground game in 12 games. When talking about yards through the air, the Blue Raiders have given up 3,496 yds which has them sitting in 127th in college football. They have conceded 291.3 yards per game via the pass as well as conceding a completion percentage of 58.9%. Over the course of this season, they are granting 413.3 yards/outing ranking them 98th in college football. They have yielded 28 touchdowns by air in addition to 14 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Aztecs head into this matchup 7-5 for this season. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Aztecs took a defeat with a final score of 13-3 against the Air Force Falcons. Jalen Mayden ended the game with 188 yards on 16/31 through the air while his QB rate was 89.7. He tossed 2 picks and his Y/A was 6.1. Jordan Byrd carried the rock 6 times for 13 yards, ending the contest with 2.2 yards per carry for San Diego State. The Aztecs finished the game with 187 yds and they ran 46 plays (4.1 yards per play). San Diego State rushed the ball for -0.1 yards per attempt, finishing with a total of -1 yds on 15 attempts. San Diego State conceded 66 rushing attempts for 271 yards (4.1 yards per rush). The Aztecs passing defense conceded a completion percentage of 33.3%, relinquishing 14 yds on 1 out of 3 passing.
When discussing their ability to score points, the Aztecs are 109th in the nation holding an average of 21.3 points per game. Over the course of the season so far, the Aztecs have thrown for a total of 2,051 yards via the pass together with an average of 170.9 passing yards per contest, giving them a rank of 119th in the country. The San Diego State Aztecs are averaging 321.7 yards per contest, which is good for 117th in D-1. The San Diego State offense has 682 penalty yards on 88 infractions, ranking them 20th in D-1 in terms of giving up free yards.
San Diego State has yielded a total of 1,546 yards rushing (128.8 yards/game) in addition to 13 touchdowns rushing for the season. They have allowed 19 touchdowns via the pass as well as 206.6 yards per outing, which has them in 35th in the nation. The Aztecs defense has been on the field for 779 plays, which is good for 28th in the nation. The Aztecs are relinquishing 20.2 PPG, which has them 20th in D-1. Over the course of the season, they have allowed 242 points.
Who will win tonight's Blue Raiders/Aztecs college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Blue Raiders -3.5
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