College Football: New Mexico vs. Fresno State

Jeff Grant

Friday, November 22, 2013 6:19 PM GMT

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Mountain West Conference matchup at Bulldog Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on ESPN News.
 
Missing key players
 
New Mexico is gonna have a hard time trying to pull off a monumental upset, as it will have to play one of the top teams in the country with the services of quarterback Cole Gautsche and running back Kasey Carrier.
 
It’s important to point out that the team has still managed to tie a school record by scoring 30 or more points seven times in a season, as it ranks second in the country in averaging 323.8 yards per game, but it will still be difficult for them to earn a spot amongst bettors college football picks.
 
Perfection
 
According to sportsbooks statistics Fresno State is 9-0 SU and 3-6 ATS through nine games this season, which has led to a No. 15 ranking in the current BCS standings.
 
The Bulldogs have won 14-straight regular season games, while also capturing their last 11 home games against conference opponents.
 
Little resistance
 
College football handicappers are going to have a hard time backing the road underdog in this affair, considering the Lobos rank 117th in the country in allowing 494 yards per game, as they prepare to face an offense that gains 546.6 a contest.
 
New Mexico is also a less-than-inspiring 7-51 SU against nationally ranked opponents, including a 2-26 mark on the road.
 
Final home game
 
In five home games this season, Bulldogs quarterback Derek Carr has averaged 404.0 passing yards per game, while throwing 19 touchdowns and just a single interception.
 
The Heisman Trophy candidate is five touchdowns shy of becoming the 18th player in FBS history to throw for over 10,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in a career.
 
Prediction
 
I’m going to recommend that readers back the Bulldogs, as the college football odds have the Lobos at 7-17 ATS in their last 24 games after allowing 40 or more points.
 
College Football Pick: Fresno State Bulldogs -31.5 

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