UConn Huskies (0-1) vs Boise State Broncos (1-0)Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 10:15 pm EST
Location : Albertson’s Stadium, Boise, Idaho
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
UConn Huskies vs Boise State Broncos
The Huskies of UConn will make the trip west in week 2 to take on the Boise State Broncos at Albertson’s Stadium in Boise, Idaho, on 9-8-2018, beginning at 10:15 pm EST. In their last outing, the Broncos would pick up the road win over Troy by a 56-20 score last Saturday as they would cash in on the spread (-9) while the over of 48.5 was surpassed. On the other hand, the Huskies would have all sorts of trouble at home versus the Knights of Central Florida as they would go down by a score of 56-17 in week 1 as they would lose out on the spread (+24) while the over was the play with the total being set at 70 points, overall. These two teams would last meet on 9-13-2014 as the Broncos would get the 38-21 road win while cashing in on the spread (+14.5) while the over was the play as the total was set at 51.5 points for the game.
UConn Huskies's Latest Performance :
The Huskies would be outscored 28-7 in the second half of their opening week loss to the UCF Knights at home after going into the half down by 14. Their offense would rack up 266 yards passing and 226 rushing yards along with 27 first downs in the loss with David Pindell going 27 for 41 with 266 yards, TD, and an INT while he would have 22 rushes or 157 yards total on the ground with a TD as well. Kevin Mensah would also get 59 yards on 20 carries for UConn while Kyle Buss would have 7 catches for 113 yards while Aaron McLean and Hergy Mayala would combine for 8 grabs for 73 yards total. Tyler Davis would also have a receiving TD in the game. The defense for UConn would allow the Knights 356 yards passing alongside 296 yards rushing with 31 first downs as Omar Fortt would have 8 tackles to lead the D while Tyler Coyle would have 6 stops and 4 assists. Travis Jones and Ian Sweetney would have 3 stops each for the unit as well.
Boise State Broncos's Latest Performance :
Boise state jumped out on Troy in week 1 as they would usher in halftime with a 35-0 lead en route to an easy win as their offense would pick up 305 passing yards and 110 rushing yards along with 16 first downs as Brett Rypien would go 20 of 28 for 305 yards, and 4 TD’s in the victory. Alexander Mattison would pace the rushing attack with 56 yards on 14 carries and a score while Chase Cord would have a rush for 41 yards and a TD. Sean Modster would lead the receiving corps with 7 grabs for 167 yards and 2 TD’s while CT Thomas and A.J. Richardson would combine for 6 catches for 98 yards with Thomas having a TD grab as well. The defense would hold the Troy offense to 255 passing yards along with 124 rushing yards for the game with 21 first downs as DeAndre Pierce would have 7 tackles along with 5 assists in the win while Desmond Williams would have 5 stops along with a sack for the Broncos.
How UConn Huskies & Boise State Broncos Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Boise State is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 1-0
UConn is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-0
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
As expected the Broncos were able to dominate as expected against the Troy Trojans during opening week. They were able to dish to their playmakers while also having a great day in the defensive secondary. UConn, in the other hand, will attempt to wipe away a terrible home loss to the Knights in week 1 as they will travel to Boise in which to get their rushing game going once again that would exploit the Knights to the tune of 226 yards total. The Broncos will certainly look for this while also attempting to establish themselves in the trenches on the offensive end as well. Look for this to be yet another exciting and interesting week 2 showdown between a team looking to maintain its offensive rhythm versus a team looking to rediscover its offense swagger while shoring up its lackluster defense.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: BSU Broncos -33.5
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Boise State Broncos in this matchup as I believe that they will light up the scoreboard on a UConn defense that is steadily growing in confidence, yet, does not possess the experience needed in which to be consistent on a weekly basis. In all, look for the Broncos to start off early once again to take the Huskies out. Of course, the Huskies would play well in the first half against the Knights, yet, this will be a different story, altogether, as Boise State will be focused on providing another solid performance against a team that is a work in progress.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 64
My reason for the prediction :
I will pick the over in this matchup to be the play as it seems that Boise will certainly be happy to be back home while also have the Huskies as their first opponent at Albertsons Stadium for 2018. The Broncos hung 35 in the first half on the road at Troy last week and while the Huskies will indeed put some points on the board, it will most be after this game has been decided. With that being said, take the over in what will be an outstanding time for Bronco fans on Saturday.
Betting trends for UConn Huskies:
- Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a double-digit loss at home
- Over is 4-0 in Huskies last 4 games in September
- Huskies are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
Betting trends for Boise State Broncos:
- Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games
- Broncos are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win
- Broncos are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 home game