Cardinals & Middies Cash in Thursday’s College Football Picks

Navy Midshipmen

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, November 2, 2017 2:45 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 2:45 PM GMT

Let's get a jump on the weekend's action as we peruse tonight's college football odds and isolate a pair of sides destined to destroy your bookie. 

6:00 PM ET Ball State (2-6 SU, 2-5-1 ATS) vs. Eastern Michigan (2-6 SU, 6-2 ATS)

Eastern Michigan may only be 2-6 overall and winless in the MAC but they have been a cash cow for those blindly backing them in their college football picks. The Eagles have covered the number in six of eight contests this season including last week's 30-27 overtime loss to Northern Illinois as 7 ½ point road dogs. Tonight they battle a conference rival with an identical 2-6 overall mark who are also winless in the MAC, yet find themselves slated as a whopping 24-point home favorite. Huh?!

That's what I said and what I continue to say despite the fact that Ball State has serious issues under center as they head into this contest. Both Jack Milas and Riley Neal are out so the ball will be handed to third-stringer Drew Pitt. The true freshman had his first taste of collegiate football experience in last week's 58-17 loss to Toledo. That was a baptism by fire as the Rockets are the best team in the conference and easily outclassed the Cardinals on both sides of the ball. But Pitt was serviceable, completing 15 of 34 for 97 yards with no TD's and zero picks. His backup Zack Blair was 3-for-3 for eight yards.

The bottom line is that Eastern Michigan has at least been competitive in defeat while Ball State has gotten blown out in more than a few games this season. That said, Eastern Michigan should not be better than three-touchdown favorites over anyone, especially a conference foe. The Eagles' offense is averaging just 21 points per game (115th in the nation) and you want me to lay 24? No thanks, I'll grab the points and cross my fingers as I back Ball State in my college football picks.

Free NCAAF Pick: Ball State +24Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker

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8:00 PM ET Navy (5-2 SU, 4-2-1 ATS) vs. Temple (3-5 SU, 3-5 ATS)

The case to be made for a Temple cover is that they previously faced a tremendous rushing attack based team in Army and were able to hang tough in a 31-28 loss as seven-point home underdogs. Now they are set to do battle against the No. 1 ranked rushing team in the nation and are given approximately the same head start by the college football odds makers, thus the conventional wisdom is that they cover again. That thinking will have you burn through more cash than a sailor on leave.

The difference between Army and Navy is that the Midshipmen score more points and are less prone to mistakes. The Owls kept it close against Army last week in their 31-28 overtime loss but won’t be able to catch their breath against a relentless Navy rushing assault. Lay the lumber and back the road chalk here.

Free NCAAF Pick: Navy -8Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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