Houston Baptist at Eastern Kentucky - 10/3/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
Photo by Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Houston Baptist Huskies (0-3) at Eastern Kentucky Colonels (1-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 3, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Roy Kidd Stadium)
The Line: Eastern Kentucky -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Houston Baptist Huskies will travel to Roy Kidd Stadium to take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonials this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Houston Baptist Huskies dropped to 0-3 on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 66-38, this past Saturday. Houston Baptist was able to keep the game close early as the Huskies trailed by just a 17-14 margin at the end of the 1st quarter, however, the Huskies had no answers defensively for the Bulldogs and couldn’t fight back after Louisiana Tech took a 45-24 lead with 7:50 left in the 3rd quarter. Houston Baptist outgained Louisiana Tech by a 542-501 margin and committed 2 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Huskies was QB Bailey Zappe who completed 37 of 58 passes for 406 yards, 5 TD, and an INT.
On the season, Houston Baptist is averaging 34.0 ppg on 556.7 total yards per game (486.0 passing yds/g; 70.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Houston Baptist has been led by QB Bailey Zappe who has competed 62.72% of his passes for 1453 yards (484.3 yds/g), 12 TD, and an INT. The top receiving targets for Zappe and the Huskies has been Jerreth Sterns (37 rec, 361 yards, 4 TD), Ben Ratzlaff (23 rec, 350 yards, 3 TD), Josh Sterns ( 9 rec, 307 yards, 3 TD), and DJ Dormeus (8 rec, 113 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Huskies backfield has been Ean Beek who has 130 yards on 34 carries.
Defensively, Houston Baptist is allowing their opponents to average 52.7 ppg on 629.0 total yards per game (383.7 passing yds/g; 245.3 rushing yds/g).
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels picked up their 1st win of the season and improved to 1-2 on the season after defeating The Citadel Bulldogs, 37-14, this past Saturday. Eastern Kentucky was sold on both ends of the field against the Bulldogs and had no trouble picking up the victory after taking a 30-14 lead with 13:39 in the 3rd quarter off a 53-yard TD reception by Jacquez Jones. Eastern Kentucky outgained The Citadel by a 428-383 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Colonels was QB Parker McKinney who completed 16 of 26 passes for 4 TD’s.
On the season, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 16.7 ppg on 266.7 total yards per game (161.7 passing yds/g; 105.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Eastern Kentucky has been led by QB Parker McKinney who has completed 60.4% of his passes for 476 yards (158.7 yds/g), 5 TD, & 2 INT. McKinney is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Colonels as he has 108 rushing yards on 26 carries. The top targets for McKinney and the Colonels have been Keyion Dixon (11 rec, 168 yards, 2 TD), Jacquez Jones (8 rec, 126 yards, 3 TD), and Jackson Beerman (3 rec, 112 yards). Leading the way for the Eastern Kentucky backfield has been Alonzo Booth who had 181 yards (56.3 yds/g) and a TD on 40 carries.
Defensively, Eastern Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 43.0 ppg on 544.7 total yards per game (225.3 passing yds/g; 319.3 rushing yds/g).
Trends will be provided when released.
Houston Baptist has not been able to pick up a win, however, I have been impressed by the Huskies especially after almost upsetting Texas Tech on the road. Eastern Kentucky looked better than expected against The Citadel, however, I think the Colonels are going to struggle finding ways to slow down the Huskies offense and QB Bailey Zappe who has been outstanding for the Huskies. I am not sure what the line is going to be, however, as I expect it to be somewhat close, my initial lean is to take Houston Baptist in this one. Check back later for my official pick when/if the line is released.