Central Arkansas at Arkansas State - 9/19/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Central Arkansas Bears (0-1) at Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Centennial Bank Stadium)
The Line: Arkansas State Red Wolves -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Central Arkansas Bears will travel to Centennial Bank Stadium to take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves this Saturday night in College Football action.
The Central Arkansas Bears dropped to 1-1 (0-0 Southland) on the season after being defeated by the UAB Blazers, 45-35, on September 3rd. Central Arkansas kept the game close after back-to-back TD’s late in the 2nd quarter had the Bears trailing by just a 28-21 margin at halftime, however, Central Arkansas couldn’t fight back after UAB took a 45-21 lead with 8:12 left in the 4th quarter. Central Arkansas was outgained by UAB by a 459-293 margin and committed three turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Bears was QB Breylin Smith who completed 25 of 46 passes for 193 yards and 3 TD’s.
On the season, Central Arkansas is averaging 29.5 ppg on 376.5 total yards per game (138.5 rushing yds/g; 238.0 passing yds/game). Offensively, Central Arkansas has been led by QB Breylin Smith who has completed 53.7% of his passes for 4 TD’s & 3 INT while averaging 238.0 passing yds/game. The top receiving targets for Breylin Smith have been Lujuan Winningham (12 rec, 133 yards, 3 TD) and Tyler Hudson (7 rec, 105 yards). Leading the way for the Bears backfield has been the duo of Kierre Crossley (22 att, 187 yards, TD) & Cameron Myers (18 att, 109 yards, TD).
Defensively, Central Arkansas is allowing their opponents to average 31.0 ppg on 396.0 total yards per game (192.5 rushing yds/g; 203.5 passing yds/g). Leading the way for the Bears defense has been Cameron Godfrey (17 tackles) & Dre Matthews (15 tackles).
The Arkansas State Red Wolves improved to 1-1 (0-0 Sun Belt) on the season after upsetting the Kansas State Wildcats on the road, 35-31, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game in the 4th quarter, Arkansas State was able to secure the upset victory after a 17 TD catch by Jonathan Adams Jr. with :38 seconds left in the 4th quarter gave the Red Wolves the lead for good. Arkansas State outgained Kansas State by a 489-374 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Red Wolves was WR Jonathan Adams Jr. who had 98 yards and 3 TD’s on 8 receptions.
On the season, Arkansas State is averaging 29.5 ppg on 456.5 total yards per game (142.0 rushing yards/g; 314.5 passing yds/g). Arkansas State has used two QB’s so far this season in Logan Bonner (60.8 comp %, 337 yards, 3 TD, 3 INT) & Layne Hatcher (67.9 comp %, 227 yards, 2 TD). The top receiving threats for the Red Wolves have been Jonathan Adams Jr. (14 rec, 163 yards, 3 TD), Roshauud Paul (6 rec, 102 yards, TD), and Dahu Green (5 rec, 99 yards). Leading the way in the Red Wolves backfield has been Jamal Jones who has 159 rushing yards on 31 carries this season.
Defensively, Arkansas State is allowing their opponents to average 34.0 ppg on 438.0 total yards per game (156.5 rushing yds/g; 281.5 passing yds/g).
This game has yet to be lined, but after upsetting Arkansas State, you must expect the Red Wolves to be a decent favorite agianst Central Arkansas. I'm expecting Arkansas State to be targeted heavily by the public after their upset win against Kansas State, which is going to drive up this line higher than I'm going to want it to be. I like how Central Arkansas was competitive agianst a good UAB team and as Breylin Smith will be able to put some points on the board for Central Arkansas, I'm initially leaning on taking the Bears with the points. Please check back for my official pick once the line is released.