Expert Capper Advises To Add Navy To Your Week 2 NCAA Football Picks

Navy Midshipmen take the field

Willie Bee

Friday, September 9, 2016 8:57 PM GMT

After opening as a touchdown favorite in the college football odds, Navy saw that spread cut in half with news of its starting QB unable to answer the bell this week vs. UConn.

The legend of the 12th man is very much alive and well in Annapolis. What is not well, however, is the first string quarterback for Navy, and it remains to be seen just how the Midshipmen will fare the rest of the way as they dive into American Athletic Conference action this Saturday.

Navy's first full test without starting QB Tago Smith comes this Saturday in Annapolis as the Connecticut Huskies come to visit in both teams' conference opener. The Midshipmen are holding as 3½ point favorites at BetOnline, one of the A+ sports books at SBR. The same shop started Navy as a touchdown favorite before word that Smith would not only miss this game with a knee injury but the remainder of the season as well.

CBS Sports Network will carry the 3:30 PM (ET) broadcast from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and 45½ is the current total.

It's the second time Navy and UConn have met as AAC foes and ninth overall meeting with the first five of those clashes coming in successive years during the 70s. The Midshipmen traveled up to East Hartford last season as 7 point favorites and left town with a convincing 28-10 victory that just stayed 'under' the NCAA football odds total of 48½.

That win left Navy with a 7-1 lead in the all-time series; Connecticut's only triumph over the Midshipmen came in 2002, a 38-0 whitewashing against a particularly bad Navy squad.

 

Huskies Stave Off Upset-Minded Maine
Bob Diaco's Huskies were on the good side of what was a very successful first week for the AAC, the conference going 10-2 and getting a huge lift when Houston upset then-No. 3 Oklahoma. It was very close to only being nine wins for the league as Connecticut was very sluggish in knocking off its rust with a 24-21 win vs. Maine.

The Huskies were favored by almost four touchdowns at the closing bell and needed to score 10 points in the final 6½ minutes to avert the upset. Connecticut won most of the statistical battles, including a 12½ minute edge in time of possession and 200-40 advantage in rushing. The Huskies were unable to score, however, the same problem last season when they ranked 107th nationally averaging 20.6 PPG.

UConn also has a couple of injuries heading into this week, most notably starting left guard Thomas Hopkins who is questionable with a bum leg. Backup linebacker Jon Hicks (leg) is also questionable.

 

Warm & Humid The Forecast For Kickoff
After the 52-16 win over Fordham, Ken Niumatalolo got emotional talking about the injury to Smith who helped stake the Midshipmen to an early lead with a pair of 1st-quarter touchdown runs. Smith tore an ACL early in the second quarter and was replaced by senior Will Worth who completed all three of his passes, one for a touchdown and ran for another score.

At halftime, Niumatalolo and his coaches made the call to the stands to get Malcolm Perry out of his dress whites and into a football uniform. Officially listed as the 4th-string QB, Perry made his way into the game in the fourth quarter and ran for 30 yards on seven carries. Worth will start this week, and Perry should be suited up on the sidelines instead of in his other naval uniform in the stands.

There is a very slight chance of rain in the area on Saturday, but none is really expected at this time. The thermometer is expected to reach 90ºF when the teams kick things off, humidity levels pushing the heat index into the mid-to-upper 90s with a light southerly breeze.

Midshipmen are trained to not only deal with adversity, such as the loss of their QB but overcome it. I like them to not miss a beat for my free college football pick.

Be sure to drop by SBR's Best Sportsbook Bonuses before you place your bets this weekend. It is a great tool to know where you can make the most of your hard earn dollars.

 

Free College Football Pick: Navy -3½ 
Best Line Offered: at BetOnline
Season: 7-4 (+3.25)

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