Alcorn State vs. North Carolina A&T - 12/21/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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North Carolina A&T Aggies (8-3) vs. Alcorn State Braves (9-3)
College Football: Saturday, December 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Mercedes-Benz Stadium)
The Line: North Carolina A&T PK -- Over/Under:
The North Carolina A&T Aggies and Alcorn State Braves meet Saturday in the college football Celebration Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The North Carolina A&T Aggies look for a victory to end their season with nine victories. The North Carolina A&T Aggies have split their last six non-home games. Kylil Carter is completing 53.9 percent of his passes for 1,856 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Kylil and Jalen Fowler have combined for 15 touchdown passes. Elijah Bell and Zachary Leslie have combined for 1,353 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Korey Banks has 28 receptions. The North Carolina A&T Aggies ground game is averaging 241.3 yards per contest, and Jah-Maine Martin leads the way with 1,336 yards and 21 touchdowns. Defensively, North Carolina A&T is allowing 18.6 points and 270.1 yards per game. Kyin Howard leads the North Carolina A&T Aggies with 70 tackles, Devin Harrell has seven sacks and Joseph Stuckey has two interceptions.
The Alcorn State Braves look for another victory to finish their season with 10 victories. The Alcorn State Braves have lost three of their last five non-home games. Felix Harper is completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 2,613 yards, 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Harper has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 10 games. Chris Blair and LeCharles Pringle have combined for 1,543 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns while Juan Anthony Jr. has 36 receptions. The Alcorn State Braves ground game is averaging 158.3 yards per contest, and Niko Duffey leads the way with 790 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Alcorn State is allowing 19.6 points and 336 yards per game. Solomon Muhammad leads the Alcorn State Braves with 81 tackles, Malik Holbert has 3.5 sacks and Qwynnterrio Cole has five interceptions.
The North Carolina A&T Aggies are 3-0 SU in their previous appearances in the Celebration Bowl and two of those wins actually came against Alcorn State. However, the Aggies aren't as good as they were the last two seasons, and they actually wouldn't even be playing in this game if Florida A&M didn't have a postseason ban. The Alcorn State Braves may be shaky at times defensively, but they have the better quarterback and have consistently put up explosive numbers on the offensive end, which usually translates well to the fast track of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Last years game came down to the wire, and with NC A&T not as good as it was last year, the Braves get their revenge and win the Celebration Bowl.