Arkansas State at Georgia Southern: 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Arkansas State at Georgia Southern: 10/2/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia Southern Eagles (1-3) vs Arkansas State Red Wolves (1-3)

Game Info: Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Allen E. Paulson Stadium)

Betting Odds: Georgia Southern Eagles -3.5 -- Over/Under: 64.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Arkansas State Red Wolves and Georgia Southern Eagles face off on Saturday in a Week 5 college football showdown at Paulson Stadium. When these two teams faced off in 2019, Arkansas State won 38-33. 

The Arkansas State Red Wolves opened up their season with a win over Central Arkansas, but since that point, they have lost three games in a row. In the last game against Tulsa, the offense was strong scoring 34 points, but their defense gave up 41 points. Arkansas State is averaging 31.7 points per game while their defense is giving up 42.2 points. Under center for Arkansas State is James Blackmon who has thrown for 972 yards, six touchdowns, and one interception. Arkansas State doesn’t have a great running game and with the defense struggling, this one will probably come down to James Blackmon and how many touchdowns he can throw. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Georgia Southern Panthers who fired their head coach and this will be the first game with Kevin Whitley taking over. Georgia Southern won their first game of the season over Gardner Webb, but since that point, they have lost three games in a row. In the last game against Louisiana, Georgia Southern is a run-first team and in the last game, Gerald Green rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns. Georgia Southern is averaging 16.5 points while their defense is giving up 34 points. Green overall has rushed for 279 yards and Logan Wright has rushed for 268 yards. In this game, Starting quarterback Justin Tomlin has thrown for only 240 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. 

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Arkansas State is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall. Georgia Southern is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall. The over is 7-3 in Arkansas State’s last 10 road games. The under is 10-4 in Georgia Southern’s last 14 games on grass. 

Arkansas State is the better offensive team and even on the road, they can find success. Georgia Southern is averaging 16.5 points per game, and Arkansas State is going to run up the score in this game. Georgia Southern isn’t going to keep up, and Arkansas State will cover the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Arkansas State +1.5

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