Arkansas Razorbacks (1-0) vs Colorado State Rams (0-2)Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : Canvas Stadium, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Arkansas Razorbacks vs Colorado State Rams
Canvas Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be the location when the Razorbacks of Arkansas will travel to meet the Rams of Colorado State on 9-8-2018 in week 2 college football action beginning at 7:30 pm EST. The last meeting amongst these two teams date back to 9-29-1990 when the Razorbacks would get the 31-20 home victory to where they would not cash in on the spread (-12.5). The Rams are coming off their second loss of the season after being blown out by in-state rival Colorado last Saturday by a 45-13 score as they would not cover the spread (+7) while the under of 65.5 points were not surpassed. The Razorbacks would beat Eastern Illinois by a 55-20 score in their opener as the spread would be a push (-35) while the over would be the play with the total being set at 60.5 points.
Arkansas Razorbacks's Latest Performance :
The Razorbacks cruised in a 55-20 win over the Panthers of Eastern Illinois last Saturday as the offense would pick up a total of 18 first downs along with 80 rushing yards compared with 353 yards in the air. Ty Story would go 12 for 17 with 261 yards and 3 scores while backup Cole Kelly would go 9 of 12 for 92 yards and a TD in the win. Devwah Whaley would have 10 rushes for 28 yards and a TD to pace the rushing attack while Story would also rush 3 times for 15 yards and a score in the contest. Jordan Jones (5 rec, 132 yds, TD), Chase Harrell (4 rec, 60 yds), La’Michael Pettway (5 rec, 93 yds, 2 TD’s), and Austin Cantrell (2 rec, 53 yds, TD) would lead the receiving corps for Arkansas in the win. The defense would allow 21 first downs along with 127 yards rushing and 230 passing yards for the game to the Panthers as Santos Ramirez (5 tackles) and De’Jpn Harris (4 tackles/5 assists) would lead the defensive charge. Dre Greenlaw would also have 3 tackles and 7 assists in the victory.
Colorado State Rams's Latest Performance :
The Rams would put up 181 yards passing against the Buffaloes last week along with 109 yards on the ground with 20 first downs as KJ Karta Samuels would throw for 176 yards, TD, and an INT on 18 for 33 passing for the game while Marcus McElroy would run for 61 yards on 14 attempts to pace the rushing attack. Olabisi Johnson along with Preston Wilson would combine for 12 catches for 131 yards total in the loss. The defense for CSU would allow 283 yards on the ground combined with 338 passing yards on 23 first downs as Josh Watson would lead the defense with 7 tackles along with 8 assists while Ellison Hubbert along with Jan-Phillip Bombeck would each have 3 stops in defeat.
How Arkansas Razorbacks & Colorado State Rams Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Colorado State is 0-2 ATS while the O/U is 1-1
Arkansas is 0-0-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-0
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
The Rams have indeed struggled thus far in allowing their opponents to pass the ball all over the yard in their recent matchups. Of course, this will not fare well against an Arkansas team that excelled in the air in their last time out. With that being said, it will be interesting to see how the Rams will shore up their defensive secondary for a game that will likely determine their season. Of course, the offense for CSU could pick things up as well, however, against a Razorback team with confidence along with a stout defensive front, this does not seem very likely.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Arkansas Razorbacks -13.5
My reason for the pick :
The Razorbacks should have enough to come into Colorado Springs to get a win in this contest. Their offense is clicking at this point and while the running game picked up less than 100 yards last week, the Rams would give up close to 300 yards total to the Buffs in their loss which can certainly have the Backs licking their chops. With that being said, I expect the Razorbacks to roll over the Rams at home while also covering the 2-touchdown spread.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under 70
My reason for the prediction :
With the weapons that the Razorbacks possess on offense along with the playmakers that CSU have at their disposal, most will go with the over in this matchup. Nonetheless, I will go so far as to say that they Razorbacks will come to Colorado Springs with a business-like mentally in playing sound football in which to pick up a victory over a team that is very desperate for a win. The Razorback defense will indeed keep CSU’s offense in check at home while the Arkansas offense will score just enough to get a huge win on the road on Saturday. In all, take the under of 70 to be the strong play in this matchup.
Betting trends for Arkansas Razorbacks:
- Under is 5-0 in Razorbacks last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record
- Razorbacks are 0-5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game
- Razorbacks are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
Betting trends for Colorado State Rams:
- Rams are 0-9 ATS in their last 9 games overall
- Rams are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf
- Under is 5-0 in Rams last 5 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game