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Matchup: Connecticut Huskies @ Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Friday, October 8th, 7:30 ET
Location: Rutgers Stadium, Piscataway, NJ
Game Line: Connecticut -5.5
The 3-2 UConn Huskies and the 2-2 Rutgers Scarlet Knights both kick off their conference schedule Friday night in this battle between Big East opponents. Connecticut has had some major problems away from Storrs this year, getting trounced by 20 in the Big House against Michigan and falling to lowly Temple by two touchdowns in front of a sparse Philadelphia crowd. To stave off more road woes, they will need a big game from RB Jordan Todman. Todman is currently the fourth leading rusher in the nation with almost 160 yards per game on the ground and the Scarlet Knights will see a big dose of him on Friday night. Last week against Vanderbilt, Todman carried the ball on almost half the team’s plays, rushing for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 37 carries. Rutgers comes into this game struggling mightily with their two wins being against FCS Norfolk State and Sun Belt bottom-dweller Florida International. Last week was perhaps the biggest indicator of HC Greg Schiano’s current struggles with the team, as they suffered a humiliating 17-14 defeat at home against Tulane despite being a 17 point favorite per the college football betting line. In the game, QB Tom Savage got hurt during the second quarter and was replaced by Chas Dodd at halftime. Schiano has been vague regarding the specifics of Savage’s injury and it remains a game-time decision whether Savage or Dodd will start against the Huskies. No matter who starts, the Scarlet Knights must get some productivity from their quarterback position rather than the benign play they have been getting for the first four games.
Free College Football Picks: Rutgers +5.5
Prediction: Connecticut 21 Rutgers 20
Matchup: #21 Oklahoma St Cowboys @ Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
Date: Friday, October 8th, 9:00 ET
Location: Cajun Field, Lafayette, LA
Game Line: Oklahoma St -24
#21 Oklahoma St puts their undefeated record on the line Friday night when they travel to Cajun Country to take on 2-2 UL-Lafayette. Last Thursday night, the Cowboys played in one of the most exciting games of the young NCAA football betting season against Big XII South rival Texas A&M. Oklahoma St went from down 14 to up 14 to needing a last second FG off a Jerrod Johnson interception to beat the Aggies 38-35 and propel the Cowboys into the Top 25. The Cowboys struggled mightily on offense in the first half, but QB Brandon Weeden and RB Kendall Hunter both came out strong in the second half and finished the game with respectable numbers. Oklahoma St must improve on the defensive side of the ball though. The Aggies put up pinball numbers against the Cowboys’ defense, amassing 535 total yards on the night, and would have put up even better numbers if they didn’t turn the ball over five times. The Ragin’ Cajuns are currently 2-1 in conference play, with their only game against a BCS opponent so far this year being a 55-7 trouncing at the hands of 1-4 Georgia. Last week against North Texas, UL Lafayette got a magnificent stroke of luck when the Mean Green kicker missed a game-tying extra point with less than a minute to go to give the Ragin’ Cajuns a 28-27 victory. QB Chris Masson had a very good game last week, completing 18 of 32 passes for 310 yards and two touchdowns while not turning the ball over in the victory. UL-Lafayette must get better at running the ball though, after carrying the ball 25 times for only 41 yards as a team against the Mean Green last Saturday.
Free College Football Picks: UL Lafayette +24
Prediction: Oklahoma State 45 UL Lafayette 27