NCAAF Week 7 Betting Picks, Villanova vs James Madison Predictions

Villanova at James Madison ATS Picks

Villanova at James Madison ATS Picks

By Adam Markowitz

For the eighth time in College GameDay’s history, the best pregame show in college football is heading to an FCS game. The James Madison Dukes have not dropped a single FCS game since Mike Houston took over the coaching duties for the team last year. James Madison knocked off all the big boys on its way to its second national title in 2016, and has looked untouchable so far this year too. The Villanova Wildcats have the unenviable task of being their opponent this weekend.

Villanova Wildcats at James Madison Dukes
Date and Time: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Bridgeforth Stadium, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Week 7 College Football Odds at James Madison -15.5 O/U 43.5
Villanova at James Madison TV Coverage: CSLC, MASN

The Dukes are 5-0 and have beat everyone on their schedule by at least double digits. James Madison cruised to a 20-point victory over FBS East Carolina in its opener, and has only been tested once, two weeks ago in a road trip to Delaware. Quarterback Bryan Schor did not have his best performance and that kept the Blue Hens close.

Mark Ferrante is picking up right where Andy Taylor left off with Villanova. The Wildcats have one of the best defenses in the country once again this season, and have only allowed 28 points over their last four games. This defense was the reason that Villanova almost knocked off Temple earlier in the season, and if the Wildcats are going to keep this one close it will be because of the defense.

Player to Watch

For Villanova, all eyes will be on the player taking snaps under center, redshirt freshman Jack Schetelich. Schetelich was thrust into the spotlight after star quarterback Zach Bednarczyk went down with an injury against Towson. Although the Wildcats have kept winning without Bednarczyk, it hasn’t been because of Schetelich.

Schetelich has been a liability since taking over the job. Ferrante does not trust him to throw the ball much, because when he does disaster strikes far too often. On the year, Schetelich is 8-25 for 120 yards with two touchdowns and five interceptions, and has been sacked six times. It’s hard to put too much blame on a young kid for being put into a situation like this, and it’s a testament to Villanova that it has kept winning with that production.

Matchup to Watch

One of the big things to watch in this game is whether or not James Madison can run the ball on Villanova’s defense. The Dukes are averaging six yards a carry this year and boast one of the most efficient ground games at the FCS level.

However, the ground game has lost some steam without Cardon Johnson. Johnson lit up East Carolina for 265 yards on the ground in the Dukes’ season opener, and the run game hasn’t been as productive without him in the lineup. Trai Sharp and Marcus Marshall have done a decent job, but aren’t as explosive as Johnson.

They will be facing their toughest test so far this season. Villanova has the second-best run defense in the country, allowing just 1.8 yards per carry. The big boys up front have done a great job all year, and have kept this team’s postseason hopes alive.

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It’s hard to run on Villanova, but you can throw the ball on this secondary. The unit took a massive hit when it lost Rob Rolle for the season with a torn ACL, and has been vulnerable to good quarterbacks. Lehigh and Temple both found success throwing on this defense and James Madison should be able to do the same thing with Bryan Schor.

Villanova’s defense has thrived on turnovers too. The Wildcats knocked off Maine by forcing six turnovers in a 31-0 rout. James Madison is very good at keeping possession of the football and it’s hard to imagine the Wildcats doing the same against this defense.

This is going to be a long day for Schetelich. James Madison had a bye week last week, and has had ample time to prepare for Villanova. The Wildcats will be lucky to score more than twice against this Dukes defense, and this should be a blowout win for James Madison.

Villanova at James Madison ATS Pick: James Madison -15.5
Villanova at James Madison Score Prediction: James Madison 38 – Villanova 10

Arizona State vs. Stanford Pick Against The Spread, NCAAF Week 5 Odds

Arizona State vs. Stanford ATS Picks

Arizona State vs. Stanford ATS Picks

By Andrew Ryan

David Shaw is one of the best coaches in the country, and that’s why the Stanford Cardinal are never really out of things until they’re out of it. Fresh off of two straight losses, Stanford rallied with a third-string quarterback to destroy UCLA last week. Now comes what should be a much easier task against the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Stanford Cardinal
Date and Time: Saturday, September 30, 2017, 4 p.m. ET
Location: Stanford Stadium, Palo Alto, CA
Opening College Football Odds: Stanford -15.5
Arizona State vs. Stanford TV Coverage: Pac-12 Network

Well, that’s much better out of Stanford, isn’t it? On a night when the team allowed almost 600 yards of offense, the Cardinal still got their act together against UCLA thanks to four forced turnovers, a blocked field goal and 263 yards on the ground from Bryce Love to beat the Bruins 58-34.

You hate to say that defense that allowed 595 yards played a “good game” against UCLA, but things are at least coming together in terms of forced turnovers. The Cardinal are disciplined on that side of the ball and are still trying to figure out how to piece it all together this year.

But if Love keeps running like this, he could end up getting his name on the short list when it comes to Heisman Trophy consideration heading into October.

You probably weren’t still awake on Saturday night when Arizona State shocked Oregon 37-35. The Sun Devils had the same sort of problem that Stanford did, as they just flat out couldn’t slow down the Ducks but did just enough offensively to win the game.

The difference is that ASU put together a ridiculous passing performance. N’Keal Harry had seven receptions, 170 yards and a touchdown, while Jalen Harvey hauled in eight balls for 133 yards to help guide the Sun Devils to a big upset and a win that Todd Graham badly needed to take some of the heat off of his rather toasty seat.

Still, for the season, the Sun Devils are just 2-2, and their defense has yet to hold a team under 30 points this year. This doesn’t have a lot of promise to be the first, especially if Love is running wild.

Injury Report

The elephant in the room for Stanford right now revolves around its quarterbacks. We already know that the Cardinal romped UCLA with K.J. Costello surprisingly playing most of the game, but we have to wonder if he can prepare as a starter now that he has clearly supplanted Ryan Burns as the primary backup to Keller Chryst.

Then again, we also have to wonder if it’s going to matter or not. Chryst suffered a head injury and is going to have to clear concussion protocol to play this week. But even if he does, should it matter? Costello went 13-for-19 for 123 yards and two touchdowns and was clearly the best quarterback on the field against a UCLA team that brought in an NFL quarterback to Palo Alto in Josh Rosen.

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Arizona State always feels like a skittish team to us. Manny Wilkins can run all over the place and ad lib plays together, but the offense always feels a little bit off-balance.

Stanford is the polar opposite. Even in such a poor defensive performance against UCLA, you always had the feeling that the team wasn’t going to break and knew what it was doing. Just as it was always about trusting in Christian McCaffrey for three years, it’s now about “feeling the Love.” If Stanford keeps doing that, we’re going to have a hard time making a case for a poor Arizona State defense slowing it down.

Even if the Sun Devils do happen to amass 400 or 500 yards in this game, they’re still going to be up against it to beat this number set by all of your favorite internet sportsbooks.

College Football ATS Pick: Stanford -15.5 at
College Football Score Prediction: Stanford 47, Arizona State 27

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers Picks, Week 1 College Football Odds

Ohio State vs. Indiana ATS Picks

By Andrew Ryan

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers

The Ohio State Buckeyes are starting to get to the status of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Sure, Nick Saban’s dynasty isn’t set to be tarnished any time in the near future, but Urban Meyer has put together a program that doesn’t know how to rebuild; the Buckeyes merely reload with highly-touted recruits every single season. That’s bad news for the Indiana Hoosiers in the opening Big Ten battle of the 2017 season.

Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Indiana Hoosiers

Date and Time: Thursday, August 31, 2017, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN

Opening College Football Odds: Ohio State -21

Ohio State vs. Indiana TV Coverage: ESPN

When the Buckeyes crashed the College Football Playoff last season as the first ever non-conference winner in the “Final Four,” they arguably arrived a year ahead of schedule. After all, quarterback J.T. Barrett is only just now a senior, and the mass majority of a defense that allowed just 300.2 yards and 15.5 points per game returns.

Mike Weber and Barrett combined to account for 42 touchdowns last season, and they rushed for very nearly 2,000 yards between them. Better will be expected this year, especially with Curtis Samuel now in the NFL.

Sure there are some question marks at wide receiver, but Meyer has never been short of options on the outside on a year in, year out basis, even when things seemed limited.

After years of sitting on a very hot seat, Kevin Wilson finally got the axe last season from Indiana.

The cupboard isn’t nearly bare for Wilson’s replacement, Tom Allen. He’ll be getting back nine starters on the defensive side of the ball.

That said, offense is going to be a big question mark. Richard Lagow is no slam dunk to keep this job this year. He’s a statue in the pocket at times, holds onto the ball far too long and makes questionable decisions. Lagow only went 14-of-28 for 182 yards last year when these teams met. He only threw one interception, but after tossing 17 for the season a campaign ago, it wouldn’t be hard to envision him getting picked off two or three times in this one.

Betting Trends of Note

The Buckeyes have a history of coming out and slaughtering teams like this one in September. Sure, a conference game isn’t what’s normally on tap in Week 1, but OSU is making an exception this year for sure.

The Bucks are 4-1 ATS in openers under Meyer, and most of the games haven’t been anywhere near close. Included in this mix are a 56-10 win over Miami (OH) and most recently, a 77-10 ripping of Bowling Green. The Buckeyes started the year at 4-0 SU and ATS last season before “only” beating this Indiana team by 21 at the Horseshoe against a 28-point spread.

Indiana wasn’t a bad team in the Big Ten last season, though it should be noted that it only covered one of its last four games as an underdog in conference play.

Still, the Hoosiers didn’t lose a single game last year by more than the three TDs Ohio State beat them by, and as we now know, they covered that spread. Indiana’s last loss at home by a margin anywhere near this big? A 56-17 loss to Michigan State in 2014.

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You just know that Wilson has an axe to grind with his former team. He’s the new offensive coordinator at Ohio State and should be a good one at that.

This is a defense that Wilson built from the ground up, one that should once again end up being a solid unit. But if there’s a man who should know how to pick that unit apart, it’s Wilson.

All the cards are pointing towards a romp for the Buckeyes in Bloomington. It’s odd for OSU to not open up at the ‘Shoe, but we suspect it isn’t going to make any difference. We’d lay 30 in this game if we were forced to do so. Giving just three touchdowns will look like a steal at halftime, and it’s only going to get worse from there for the hosts.

College Football ATS Pick: Ohio State -21 at

College Football Score Prediction: Ohio State 56, Indiana 17

College Football Odds, Wisconsin Badgers Football Preview Lines

2015 Wisconsin Badgers Season Preview – Betting Futures Odds and Win Total

Written by FairwayJay of North Shore Sports, INC

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Following Gary Anderson’s departure to take the head coaching job at Oregon State, Wisconsin brought back a former colleague and offensive coordinator at Wisconsin. Paul Chryst is the new head coach, and he was born in Madison and played QB for the Badgers.
Chryst was the head coach at Pittsburgh the past three seasons and inherits a team that is favored to win the Big Ten West division again after going 7-1 in conference play last season. Don’t buy the hype.
9/5: vs. Alabama (Arlington)
9/12: vs. Miami, Ohio
9/19: vs. Troy
9/26: vs. Hawaii
10/3: vs. Iowa
10/10: at Nebraska
10/17: vs. Purdue
10/24: at Illinois
10/31 vs. Rutgers
11/7: at Maryland
11/21: vs. Northwestern
11/28: at Minnesota
Wisconsin’s schedule is pretty ordinary again despite opening with Alabama as a 9-point underdog on a neutral field at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. The Badgers will be huge favorites in their next three home games and play a fourth-straight at home to open Big Ten play against Iowa as a likely inflated double-digit favorite.
The next week it’s to Nebraska in a near pick ‘em and ‘Husker nation will be ready for redemption following a pair of blowout losses to the Badgers the past three seasons.
Five more weeks lie ahead as favorites and some sizeable, but an upset or two wouldn’t surprise before they close at Minnesota over Thanksgiving and the Gophers will get the Axe back.
Wisconsin’s season over/under win total is 9.5 with -140 juice to the over. The Badgers also opened 65-1 to win the National Title despite being the favorite to win the Big Ten West division.
Don’t buy into this Badgers team as top-tier, as this is an over-rated Wisconsin team and ‘under’ the season win total must be bet. They’re a definite candidate to start the season ranked in the top-15 and be out of the top-25 by mid-October.
Senior QB Joel Stave returns as the starter, but last year he completed just 53 percent of his passes for 1,350 yards and a 9/10 TD-to-INT ratio. He handed the ball to the Big Ten’s best back often last season and the Badgers had one of the league’s very best offensive lines.
That’s not the case this season, as coach Chryst noted at the start of fall camp, “Right now, today, I couldn’t tell you who the starting five are.” The only sure starters if healthy are senior LT Tyler Marz and center Dan Voltz. So don’t expect the Badgers to come close to last year’s 320 rushing yards per game and note they have their fifth offensive line coach since 2011.
New running backs and a sub-par receiving corps outside of top returning WR senior Alex Erickson makes the Badgers over-valued on offense and perhaps their most inefficient offense in the past seven seasons.
Wisconsin outgained Big Ten opponents by 215 yards per game last season and the defense allowed less than 300 yards per game but 21 points per game. However, with the offense controlling the ball, clock and chains, the defense was fresher and better than projected with limited starters returning.
This year five starters are back and the Badgers are more experienced overall on this side of the ball. The strength is in the secondary which should be one of the Big Ten’s best. Top tackler and senior strong safety Michael Caputo was second team All-American, but teams are still likely to run the ball better on the Badgers, who allowed 126 rushing yards per game last season.
If Wisconsin wins 10 games, which I don’t see, it won’t be because they’re real good. Rather, the schedule isn’t tough, but with the offensive line weakness against Alabama’s strong defensive front seven, I don’t see an upset coming opening week.
Road games at Nebraska and Minnesota could well be losses, so right there the ‘under’ season win total is cashed. But clearly this team could be upset along the way with a stagnant offense and more pressure put on the defense to perform.
Wisconsin might be the favorite to win the Big Ten West, but they’re not nearly as strong nor a worthy wager to make it to the Big Ten title game or attain double-digit victories.
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NCAAF Picks, Ohio State Buckeyes Football Preview Predictions

2015 Ohio State Buckeyes Season Preview – Betting Futures Odds and Win Total

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The defending national champs are expected to contend for the national title again as Ohio State is a 3-1 choice to repeat. The Buckeyes are supremely talented with balance and strength on offense that can overpower teams and allow the improved defense to deliver stronger stats this season.
9/7: at Virginia Tech
9/12: vs. Hawaii
9/19: vs. Northern Illinois
9/26: vs. Western Michigan
10/3: at Indiana
10/10: vs. Maryland (Homecoming)
10/17: vs. Penn State
10/24: at Rutgers
11/7: vs. Minnesota
11/14: at Illinois
11/21: vs. Michigan State
11/27: at Michigan
The Big Ten East division remains the strongest and Ohio State plays their toughest two games at home against Michigan State and Penn State. The Buckeyes do not play three of the strongest teams from the West division in Wisconsin, Nebraska or Iowa.
The Buckeyes are lined at 11.5 wins with heavy juice on the under at -180. It will take an undefeated regular season to cash an over season win ticket, but the Buckeyes get their two toughest opponents at home.
However, recall their one loss last season was at home to Virginia Tech as a 11-point favorite.
Early lines show Ohio State laying over two TDs to Virginia Tech along with their closest rivals in the Big Ten East division Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan. The Buckeyes are a heavy favorite to make a return trip to the NCAA playoffs and final four, but there is no value betting on or against Ohio State this season.
The Buckeyes averaged 45 points per game and 512 yards offense each of the past two seasons and did so last season despite losing preseason Big Ten Player of the Year QB Braxton Miller. He returns, but so too does last year’s star starter and third team All American quarterback JT Barrett. Cardale Jones was the third string QB last year and all he did was guide the Buckeyes to three-straight wins to close the season over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon.
Jones has a rocket arm and passed for over 200 yards in playoff victories over Alabama and Oregon, but Barrett will get first crack to remain the starter in a heated battle with three talented quarterbacks.
Ohio State returns more and is stronger this season, and regardless of who is under center, the Buckeyes are loaded at every position and should once again be an elite offensive team that may both run and pass for an average of over 250 yards per game.
Seven starters return on defense and head coach Urban Meyer’s team is stockpiled with talent. The linebacker unit is elite, and junior All-American DL Joey Bosa is a projected No. 1 overall pick in next year’s NFL draft. Senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington may also be a first round pick and their pressure on opposing QBs will be fierce again after dropping opposing QBs 45 times last season.
That pressure will make an already talented and top-tier secondary even better. Junior safety’s Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell combined for 10 INTs last season.
Still, Ohio State did get gashed on the ground last season by Navy (370) and Indiana (288).
Against quality QBs, they allowed high passing yards and production against Cincinnati (352), Michigan State (358) and Oregon (333). This is a team that allowed at least 24 points in four of their final five games before holding Oregon to 20 in the national title game. The Buckeyes have room to grow and will be better if the run defense improves as expected. There’s too much talent here to not be among the Big Ten’s best.
The Buckeyes again face a very modest schedule as the Big Ten has not been strong the past few seasons and their toughest opponents travel to the Horseshoe in Columbus, where Ohio State fans led the nation in attendance last season (105,000/game).
Last year’s projected dominant team Florida State did go undefeated in the regular season but was very fortunate and struggled against a handful of teams. Ohio State will be powerful again and coach Urban Meyer is the best in the business and willing to pound teams and put them away.
He’ll have plenty of opportunities to do so again this season, but there is no value at all betting on Ohio State to win the national title, so I can’t recommend betting on an undefeated season either.
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