Friday Night's College Football Betting Predictions

Darin Zank

Friday, August 29, 2014 1:14 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 1:14 PM UTC

We kicked off this College Football season with a three-for-three effort with our free NCAAF picks Thursday night. Sure, we got a little lucky, but three wins is three wins. Now we go looking for more. Here's our take on three of Friday night's College Football games.

Colorado -3 vs. Colorado State (in Denver)
The Buffs and Rams butt heads in the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Mile High.

Even as Colorado has struggled through recent seasons it's continued to dominate the rivalry with Colorado State, winning eight of the last 11 meetings.

Last year the Buffs beat the Rams 41-27, winning outright as three-point dogs, although that game was up for grabs into the fourth quarter. Colorado State was driving to take the lead early in the fourth but fumbled around mid-field, and had it returned for a Buffaloes touchdown.

Colorado out-gained the Rams that night 509-295 and held the ball for over 33 minutes.

This year the Buffs return eight starters on each side of the ball from a team that went 4-8 last year, including three on both lines, while the Rams return five starters on offense and seven on defense, but just one on each line, from a team that went 8-6. Also, CSU will miss RB Kapri Bibbs, who ran for 1,700 yards and 31 touchdowns last year, then left school early for a shot at the pros.

Colorado owns the upper hand in this rivalry, and has more experience up front. So we'll go with the Buffaloes for our College Football pick.

Free College Football Pick: Colorado

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BYU  -16.5 at Connecticut
The Cougars head cross-country to battle the Huskies in Storrs.

BYU returns 14 starters from a team that went 8-5 last year, including QB Taysom Hill (19/14 TD/INT, 1,300 rushing yards last season), the entire offensive line and six on defense. However, the Cougars will play Friday night without RB Jamaal Williams (1,200 yards last year), who's suspended for this game.

Connecticut gets back 13 starters after going 3-9 last year, including QB Casey Cochran (63 percent completions as a freshman last season), thousand-yard receiver Geremy Davis and six on defense. But it's got three holes to fill along the offensive line and at linebacker.

UConn is playing its first game under new head coach Bob Diaco, who most recently served as the DC at Notre Dame. The Irish played and beat BYU each of the last two seasons, holding them to 14 points and 330 yards per game.

Also, the Huskies are 6-2 ATS as home dogs over the last two seasons. So we'll take the points with the home dogs at Bet365.

Free College Football Pick: UConn

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Houston  -10.5 vs. UT-San Antonio
The Cougars host the Roadrunners in the first game at the new TDECU Stadium in Houston.

Houston returns 17 starters from a team that went 8-5 last year. Eight starters are back on offense, led by QB John O'Korn (28/10 TD/INT as a true freshman last year), last year's top two receivers and three along the line. And nine starters are back on defense, including the entire front seven.

UTSA gets back 20 starters, most in all of FBS, including 17 seniors, from a team that went 7-5 last year. Ten starters are back on offense, including the entire receiving corps and all five along the offensive line. And ten are back on defense.

This is a rematch of a game from last September, a 59-28 Houston victory. But that game was closer than that score might indicate. The 'Runners only trailed 24-21 late in the third quarter, but had a field-goal attempt blocked and returned for a score. The Cougars then scored four more times in the fourth quarter to pull away.

UTSA out-gained Houston that day 493-491 and held the ball for over 34 minutes, but turned it over five times.

In the last two seasons the Road Runners are 8-4 SU, 9-3 ATS on the road. So we'll take the points and go with UTSA.

Free College Football Pick: UT-San Antonio. 

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