Friday Night College Football: Navy vs. San Jose State

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 4:22 PM GMT

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 4:22 PM GMT

The San Jose Spartans need one more victory to become bowl eligible, as they prepare to host the Navy Midshipmen Friday night. Find out where we believe the best value lies.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football betting odds for this non-conference matchup at Spartan Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Already qualified

Navy has qualified to play in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl this year, as it improved to 6-4 SU and 7-3 ATS on the year with a 42-14 victory over South Alabama as seven-point home favorites last Saturday.

The Midshipmen will be playing in their 10th bowl game in the last 11 seasons, but they still have two games remaining on their regular season schedule, including a finale against Army on Dec. 14.

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Must-win situation

San Jose State is 5-5 SU/ATS through 10 games this season, as the program needs to pick up one more win to become bowl eligible for a second straight year for the first time since 1986-87.

The Spartans are likely in a must-win situation this week to accomplish that feat, as they host the unbeaten Fresno State Bulldogs in their regular-season finale.

Last year’s meeting

College football handicappers need to take a long look at last year’s meeting between these two teams, as the Midshipmen were shut out for the first time since Oct. 14, 2006—being held to 144 yards of total offense.

It’s important to point out that the game served as San Jose’s first shutout since the 2003 campaign.

Throwing the ball around

The Spartans rank 11th nationally in averaging 325.4 passing yards per game, but they’ll need to focus on trying to get the running game going, as they’ve lost all four games this season when failing to hit the century mark in that category.

San Jose State quarterback David Fales ranks among the top active FBS players in numerous statistical categories—entering with 7.395 career passing yards and 55 touchdowns.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Spartans for their college football picks, as they’ve gone 5-1 SUATS with a betting line of +3 to -3 in their last six opportunities.

College Football Pick:  San Jose State Spartans -1.5

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