The Citadel at Army: 10/10/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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The Citadel Bulldogs (0-2) at Army Black Knights (3-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 1:30 pm (Blaik Field at Michie Stadium)
The Line: Army Black Knights -31.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Citadel Bulldogs will travel to Michie Stadium to take on the Army Black Knights this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Citadel Bulldogs dropped to 0-3 (0-0 Southland) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 37-14, this past Saturday. The Citadel was able to pull within a 20-14 margin early in the 2nd quarter, however, the offensive stalled for the remainder of the game and the Bulldogs couldn’t fight back after Eastern Kentucky took a 30-14 lead on a 53-yard TD reception by the Colonels Jacquez Jones early in the 3rd quarter. The Citadel was outgained by Eastern Kentucky by a 428-383 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was RB Emeka Nwanze who had 114 yards on 22 carries.
On the season, The Citadel is averaging 6.7 ppg on 276.3 total yards per game (65.3 passing yds/g; 211.0 rushing yds/g). The Bulldogs are led by the triple-option rushing attack which has been led by Keefe White (23 att, 158 yards), Emeka Nwanze (33 att, 134 yards), Brandon Rainey (52 att, 174 yards, TD), and Jaylan Adams (19 att, 104 yards). QB Brandon Rainey, who leads the team in rushing, has do not much through the air this season as he has completed just 22.2% of his passes for 158 yards, 1 TD, and 2 INT. The top receivers for the Bulldogs have been Ryan McCarthy (4 rec, 90 yards) and Raleigh Webb (2 rec, 50 yards, TD).
Defensively, The Citadel is allowing their opponents to average 37.7 ppg on 412.3 total yards per game (206.3 passing yds/g; 206.0 rushing yds/g).
The Army Black Knights improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating the Abilene Christian Wildcats, 55-23, this past Saturday. Army had their way on the ground agianst the Abilene Christian defense, racking up 441 rushing yards, and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 31-3 lead early in the 3rd quarter. Army outgained Abilene Christian by a 493-388 margin and did not commit a turnover in the victory. Leading the way for the Black Knights was QB Jemel Jones who had 138 rushing yards and 2 TD’s on 14 carries.
On the season, Army is averaging 36.0 ppg on 401.3 total yards per game (50.8 passing yds/g; 350.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Army is led by their outstanding rushing attack that comes into game ranked 2nd in rushing yds/g in the country. Leading the way for the Black Knights rushing attack has been RB Tyrell Robinson (20 att, 253 yards), QB Christian Anderson (55 att, 239 yards, 3 TD), QB Jemel Jones (24 att, 188 yards, 2 TD), Jakobi Buchanan (33 att, 180 yards, 3 TD), Sandon McCoy (41 att, 148 yards, 5 TD), and Anthony Adkins (20 att, 124 yards, 3 TD). QB’s Christian Anderson & Jemel Jones have combined to complete 43.2% of their passes for 203 yards, 1 TD, and an INT. The top receiver for the Black Knights has been Michael Roberts who had 94 yards and a TD on 6 receptions.
Defensively, Army is holding their opponents to an average of 13.5 ppg on 275.8 total yards per game (209.0 passing yds/g; 66.8 rushing yds/g).
The Bulldogs are 2-18 SU in their last 20 games and 0-5 SU in their last 5 games in October. The Black Knights are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
This is a large spread, but I just do not see how I cannot go with Army here. Army’s rushing attack should have a field day agianst The Citadel’s rushing defense which has struggled and as the Black Knights defensive strength is against the run, which is all The Bulldogs really do, I think Army wins this one by 40+. Take Army to cover. Good Luck!