James Madison Dukes vs Utah State Aggies Prediction, 9/23/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: James Madison Dukes vs Utah State Aggies
Date: Saturday, September 23, 2023
Location: Maverik Stadium in Logan, UT
Odds/Point Spread: Aggies (+4)
The James Madison Dukes (3-0) are headed to Maverik Stadium on Saturday, September 23, 2023 where they will take on the Utah State Aggies (1-2). Utah State opens as 4-point dogs. The over/under is set at 53.
The James Madison Dukes head into this matchup 3-0 for this season. In their last contest, the Dukes stepped onto the field against the Troy Trojans and walked away with a win by a score of 16-14. Kaelon Black was the rushing leader for the Dukes with 13 carries for 78 yds (6.0 yds per attempt). Jordan McCloud connected on 18/26 with 200 yards passing and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 146.5 and walked away from the game without throwing an interception. On the ground, the Dukes gave up -12 yds on 19 attempts, which is an average of -0.6 yards per rush allowed. James Madison conceded 25 completions on 46 attempts for 333 yards, and a completion percentage of 54.3%. In all, they had 65 plays which gave them 290 yards. The James Madison Dukes ended up rushing 39 times and tallied 90 yards, which came out to an average of 2.3 yards per tote.
The Dukes have tallied 1,121 total yards over the course of this year. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, James Madison has compiled 5 touchdowns through the air and 5 rushing touchdowns. They have turned the ball over 1 time. James Madison has amassed 53 first downs as an offense, and they have been hurt by 17 penalties for 121 yards. As a team they're maintaining an average of 172.7 yards on the ground which is 57th in the country. When it comes to putting points on the board, the James Madison Dukes are sitting at 30.0 PPG.
Concerning passing yardage, the Dukes are giving up 856 yards which has them sitting in 115th in Division 1. They have given up 285.3 yards per contest through the air and conceding a completion percentage of 63.1%. Over the course of this year, they have yielded 308.0 yards per contest ranking them 48th in the nation. They have yielded 4 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 3 touchdowns on the ground. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 0.8 yards per rush on the ground and 22.7 yards on the ground per contest this season. For the year, they have conceded 68 yards via the ground game in 3 outings. The Dukes are ranked 44th in Division 1 in terms of the opposition scoring, giving up 17.3 PPG.
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The Aggies come into this game with a record of 1-2 for this season. In their last game, the Aggies took a loss by a score of 39-21 when they played the Air Force Falcons. McCae Hillstead (3 touchdowns) finished the game with 202 yds on 18/27 passing while his quarterback rating was 166.2. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 7.5. Rahsul Faison ran the football 7 times for 40 yards, walking away from the game with 5.7 yds per carry for Utah State. Utah State ran the ball for 2.1 yds per carry, finishing the game with 54 yds on 26 attempts. The Aggies finished the game with 302 yds and they ran 61 plays (5.0 yards per play). The Aggies secondary gave up a completion percentage of 75.0%, relinquishing 84 yards on 3 for 4 passing. Utah State relinquished 64 running attempts for 344 yds (5.4 yds per carry).
In relation to their ability to score points, the Aggies sit 36th in college football with an average of 37.7 PPG. The Utah State Aggies have an average of 407.3 yards per game, which has them ranked 57th in the nation. The Utah State offense has totaled 143 penalty yds on 18 violations, which is 61st in D-1 in terms of helping out the opposition. They have tossed 2 interceptions while conceding 1 fumbles and they have been able to record 62 first downs. During the season to this point, the Aggies have a total of 672 yards via the pass together with holding an average of 224.0 passing yards per outing, which is ranked 79th in college football. They average 183.3 rushing yards per game and have run for 550 yards for this year.
Utah State has given up a total of 533 yards rushing (177.7 yards per outing) in addition to 7 touchdowns via the rush for the year. They have given up 5 touchdowns through the air and 201.0 yards per game, which puts them in 54th in college football. They have earned 1 fumble and 2 picks on the campaign. The Aggies defense has participated in 220 plays, which has them ranked 113th in D-1. The Aggies are conceding 30.3 points per game, which puts them 107th in D-1. Overall, they have allowed 91 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Dukes/Aggies college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Aggies +4
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