Georgia Southern Eagles vs James Madison Dukes Prediction, 10/14/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Georgia Southern Eagles vs James Madison Dukes
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2023
Location: Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field in Harrisonburg, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Dukes (-3)
The Georgia Southern Eagles (4-1) are hitting the road to Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field on Saturday, October 14, 2023 where they will compete against the James Madison Dukes (5-0). James Madison opens this game as 3-point favorites. The over/under is set at 58.5.
The Georgia Southern Eagles head into this matchup 4-1 for this year. In their last game, the Eagles took on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and notched a win by a score of 38-28. Davis Brin went 34/56 with 322 yds through the air and 3 TDs. He had a QB rate of 126.7 and walked away from the game without throwing a pick. Jalen White was the leader on the ground for the Eagles with 11 carries for 77 yds (7.0 yards per carry). The Georgia Southern Eagles ended up rushing 24 different times and totaled 116 yds, which earned them an average of 4.8 yards per carry. When the final whistle blew, they tallied 80 plays for 438 yds. Georgia Southern allowed 22 pass completions on 39 attempts for 299 yds, and a completion percentage of 56.4%. Against the rush, the Eagles gave up 166 yards on 30 attempts, which is an average of 5.5 yards per run surrendered.
The Eagles have earned 2,358 total yards over the course of this season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Georgia Southern has amassed 13 touchdowns via the pass and 7 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the football over 10 times. Georgia Southern has 131 first downs as an offense, and they have been hurt by 35 infractions for 315 yards. As a unit they have an average of 134.6 yards via the ground game which ranks them 94th in the country. Concerning scoring points, the Georgia Southern Eagles have an average of 35.0 points per contest.
The Eagles sit in 37th in D-1 when it comes to team defense, giving up 20.2 points per game. They are giving up an average of 4.2 yards per run and 140.0 rushing yards per contest for the campaign. During this campaign, they have allowed 700 yards via the ground game in 5 games. Regarding yards via the pass, the Eagles have conceded 1,102 yards which has them sitting in 35th in the nation. They have given up 220.4 yards per game through the air and allowed a completion percentage of 60.7%. Overall, they have given up 360.4 yards/game putting them at 61st in Division 1. They have granted 3 touchdowns through the air in addition to 11 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Dukes step onto the field holding a record of 5-0 for this year. When they last played, the Dukes walked away with a victory by a final of 31-23 when they played the South Alabama Jaguars. Jordan McCloud (3 touchdowns) finished the contest with 241 yards on 12/22 through the air while his QB rate was 182.5. He threw 1 interception and his average yards per pass attempt was 11.0. Kaelon Black carried the football 19 times for 61 yards, finishing the contest with 3.2 yds per carry for James Madison. The Dukes finished with 377 yds and they ran 66 plays (5.7 yards per play). James Madison rushed for 3.1 yards per attempt, totaling 136 yds on 44 attempts. James Madison allowed 24 rushing attempts for 27 yds (1.1 yards per carry). The Dukes pass defense conceded a completion rate of 56.0%, relinquishing 299 yards on 28 out of 50 through the air.
Regarding their ability to score points, the Dukes rank 40th in the nation holding an average of 33.2 PPG. The James Madison Dukes maintain an average of 402.0 yards/game, which has them sitting 61st in D-1. The James Madison offense has accrued 264 yards of penalties on 33 infractions, which ranks 72nd in the country in terms of giving up free yards. They have tossed 4 interceptions while losing 3 fumbles and they have been able to earn 91 first downs. Over the course of the season to this point, the Dukes have earned 1,208 yards via the pass as well as an average of 241.6 passing yards per game, which has them ranked 64th in the nation. They hold an average of 160.4 yards via the ground game and have rushed for 802 yards for the season.
James Madison has given up a total of 193 yards on the ground (38.6 yards per game) and 5 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the campaign. They have surrendered 10 touchdowns through the air and 311.4 yards/outing, which has them ranked 131st in Division 1. Their defense has totaled 1 fumble and 7 interceptions this year. The Dukes defense has participated in 337 plays, which is good for 35th in college football. The Dukes are allowing 22.6 points per game, which has them sitting 51st in Division 1. This season, they have given up 113 pts.
Who will win tonight's Eagles/Dukes college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Eagles +3
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