It’s another interesting College Football Friday night upon us. We will see Colorado State at New Mexico, Colorado at Oregon, and Virginia at Miami-FL. While the Oregon Ducks are huge 21-point favorites to beat the Buffaloes, the other two contests should bring plenty of excitement.
The Virginia Cavaliers (4-1; 2-2-1 ATS) visit the Miami-FL Hurricanes (2-3; 2-3 ATS) as 2-point underdogs in the ACC clash. The Cavaliers are 2-0 in the conference play, while the Hurricanes lost both their games to the division rivals.
Virginia is 5-4 SU and 7-2 ATS in its last nine meetings with Miami. Last year, the Cavaliers defeated the Hurricanes 16-13 as 7-point home dogs. Virginia is only 2-9 SU and 5-6 ATS in its last 11 outings on the road. Miami is 7-2 SU and 4-5 ATS in its previous nine showings at home.
The Cavaliers are scoring 32.2 points per game (54th in the country). However, they are racking up just 363.6 total yards per contest (98th), while Virginia’s ground game is 117th in the nation with 107.6 yards per outing.
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On the other side, the Hurricanes are scoring 32.0 points per game (55th) on 450.4 total yards (38th). Their passing game is 11th in the country with 315.0 yards per contest. Now, the Hurricanes will meet one of the best defensive units in the country.
Although the Cavaliers are allowing 21.4 points per game (42nd), they are surrendering only 279.6 total yards per contest (12th). Also, their pass defense is 21st in the country with 184.0 yards allowed per game. The Hurricanes are allowing 21.2 points per game (39th) on 283.4 total yards (15th).
Both Virginia and Miami are playing tough defense, so we should see a low-scoring affair. The under is 4-1 in the previous five meetings between these two schools. Interestingly, the Cavaliers will look for their second straight road win in league play after eight years.
The Mountain West showdown from Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque will see the Colorado State Rams (1-5; 3-3 ATS) going against the New Mexico Lobos (2-3; 1-4 ATS). Both teams are winless in the conference play, while the Rams are 9-0 SU and 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine meetings with the Lobos.
Likewise, the Rams have been victorious in their last four visits to Dreamstyle Stadium, covering on two occasions. On the other hand, the Rams are only 1-7 SU and 3-5 ATS in their previous eight outings on the road. The Lobos are 3-7 SU and 1-9 ATS in their last ten showings in front of the home fans.
This will be the clash between two terrible defensive teams. The Rams are allowing 36.5 points per game (115th in the country) on 406.8 total yards (82nd). The Lobos are surrendering 39.6 points per contest (126th) on 513.8 total yards (127th).
Considering the stats, we should expect a bunch of points on both sides. Neither of these two teams possesses a lot of offensive weapons, but they can still score. In Week 4, the Lobos dropped 55 points on New Mexico State. The Rams surpassed a 33-point mark on three occasions.
New Mexico is allowing 386.0 passing yards per contest which are the most in the country by far. On the other side, Colorado State is tallying 302.3 passing yards per game (22nd in the country), so the Rams should exploit the Lobos’ secondary a lot.
Finally, the closing game of the Friday’s schedule will see the Pac-12 battle between the Colorado Buffaloes and Oregon Ducks. You can check out our predictions for this clash among our betting picks of the day.
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