Friday Night Double Play on Road Favorites Marshall & CSU

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Swinging Johnson

Thursday, October 19, 2017 2:04 PM GMT

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 2:04 PM GMT

Although the big games won’t occur until Saturday, we see two golden opportunities in our college football picks for Friday night. Let’s get a jump on the weekend and begin cashing right away!

Marshall (5-1 SU, 5-1 ATS) at Middle Tennessee (3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS)

Don’t let Middle Tennessee’s win over Syracuse fool you. The Orange delivered a stunning upset of Clemson last week but strange things happen in sports, which is why they play the games on the field and not on paper. That has become the Blue Raiders' signature win in a season of more lowlights than highlights. In addition, Middle Tennessee will again be under the command of sophomore QB John Urzua, who continues to toil in the injured Brent Stockstill’s stead. The Blue Raiders have a pattern of covering the number when they win and flaming when they lose. They traveled to UAB last week and lost 25-23 as 4-point dogs.

Marshall has been a cash cow for those who have blindly backed the Herd in their college football picks. Headed into this road clash they stand atop the Conference USA standings and have covered in five of six outings. The team’s only setback was a 37-20 defeat at NC State as double-digit dogs. The Herd check all the boxes in this game with a better defense, better quarterback and better line protection. Middle Tennessee’s backup quarterback has looked overwhelmed at times but has shown flashes of potential at others. I don’t believe the Blue Raiders have the chops to put up enough points on a stout Marshall defense, which is why the Herd will win the game and easily cover the college football odds.

Free NCAAF Pick: Marshall -2½Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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Colorado State (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS) at New Mexico (3-3 SU, 3-3 ATS)

Colorado State held on for dear life last week against a game Nevada squad to claim a 44-42 victory after rallying late. The Rams were installed as 24-point home chalk, and if not for the aerial heroics of quarterback Nick Stevens, who tossed four TD strikes, Colorado State would have suffered an ignominious defeat. But as good as Stevens has been, his battery mate Michael Gallup has been even better with 948 receiving yards on the season, which leads the nation. Stevens, with an enormous assist from Gallup, commands the 12th-ranked passing offense in the country averaging over 322 yards per game.

New Mexico doesn’t do a whole lot very well, but it does boast a rather impressive rushing attack. The Lobos average more than 240 yards per game on the ground, but that won’t be a viable strategy against a team like Colorado State that torches defenses with its high-octane passing attack. In addition, the New Mexico quarterback situation is unsettled, so trying to counterstrike with a passing attack of their own simply won’t cut it. Colorado State is 4-0-1 ATS in its last five meetings with New Mexico and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 conference games. I wish we could get the Rams at under a touchdown, but I don’t think we’ll need it as this looks like a mismatch on Friday night in Albuquerque.

Free NCAAF Pick: Colorado State -7½Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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