Eastern Kentucky at Troy: 10/17/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Eastern Kentucky at Troy: 10/17/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY NETWORK

Troy Trojans (1-1) vs Eastern Kentucky Colonels (0-2)

Game Info: Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium)

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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will travel to Veterans Memorial Stadium (AL) to take on the Troy Trojans this Saturday night in College Football action.

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels dropped to 1-3 on the season after being defeated by the Houston Baptist Huskies, 33-30, on October 3rd. Eastern Kentucky fought back to make it game late after trailing by a 24-7 margin at halftime, however, the Colonels couldn’t tie game late after their extra point to tie the game was blocked and returned by the Huskies with just 4:04 left in the 4th quarter. Eastern Kentucky was outgained by Houston Baptist by a 520-480 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Colonels was QB Parker McKinney who completed 25 of 40 passes for 296 yards, 3 TD, and 2 INT.

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On the season, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 19.3 ppg on 320.0 total yards per game (195.2 passing yds/g; 124.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Eastern Kentucky has been led by QB Parker McKinney who has completed 61.3% of his passes for 772 yards, 8 TD, and 4 INT. The top receiving targets for the Colonels have been Keyion Dixon (17 rec, 280 yards, 3 TD), Jackson Beerman (9 rec, 196 yards), Jacquez Jones (15 rec, 180 yards, 3 TD), and Matt Wilcox Jr. (8 rec, 57 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Colonels backfield has been the duo of Alonzo Booth (57 att, 289 yards, 2 TD) & Parker McKinney (38 att, 176 yards).

Defensively, Eastern Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 40.5 ppg on 538.5 total yards per game (264.0 passing yds/g; 274.5 rushing yds/g).

The Troy Trojans improved to 2-1 (1-0 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Texas State Bobcats, 37-17, this past Saturday. Troy was outstanding on both sides of the ball agianst Texas State and had no trouble cruising for victory in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 23-3 lead. Troy outgained Texas State by a 488-254 margin and did not commit a turnover in the victory. Leading the way Trojans was QB Gunnar Watson who completed 33 of 46 passes from 338 yards & 4 TD’s.

On the season, Troy is averaging 30.3 ppg on 388.3 total yards per game (252.0 passing yds/g; 136.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Troy has been led by QB Gunnar Watson who has completed 69.0% of his passes for 748 yards, 6 TD, and an INT. The top receivers for Watson and the Trojans have been Kaylon Geiger (15 rec, 160 yards, TD), Tray Eafford (10 rec, 115 yards, TD), Khalil McClain (11 rec, 110 yards, 2 TD), and Reggie Todd (10 rec, 109 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Trojans backfield has been the duo of Kimani Vidal (25 att, 158 yards, TD) and B.J. Smith (24 att, 110 yards, 2 TD).

Defensively, Troy is allowing their opponents to average 26.3 ppg on 386.3 total yards per game (239.7 passing yds/g; 146.7 rushing yds/g).

The Colonels are 0-2 ATS in their two games this season. The Trojans are 2-1 ATS on the season and 3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Eastern Kentucky put up little fight in their two matchups earlier this season agianst FBS competition as they lost to West Virginia & Marshall by a combined score of 115-10. Troy is one of the better offensive teams in the Sun Belt which should have no trouble piling up points agianst the Colonels and as I expect to see the Trojans win this one by about a 50-14 margin, I’m taking Troy to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

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