Colorado State at Utah State: 10/22/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Utah State Aggies (4-2) vs Colorado State Rams (3-3)
Game Info: Friday, October 22, 2021 at 9:30 pm (Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium)
Betting Odds: Utah State Aggies +3.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Colorado State Rams will travel to Maverik Stadium to take on the Utah State Aggies this Friday night in College Football action.
The Colorado State Rams won their 2nd straight game and improved to 3-3 on the season after defeating the New Mexico Lobos, 36-7, this past Saturday. Colorado State was lights on the defensive end against New Mexico and had no trouble securing the victory after going into the 4th quarter with a 23-7 lead. Colorado State outgained New Mexico by a 452-69 margin and won the turnover battle by a 3-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Rams was TE Trey McBride who had 7 receptions for 135 yards.
On the season, Colorado State is averaging 24.7 ppg on 396.2 total yards per game (227.0 passing yds/g; 169.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Colorado State has been led by TE Trey McBride who has 49 receptions for 593 yards & 1 TD. QB Todd Centeio has completed 60.0% of his passes for 1328 yards, 6 TD, & 1 INT. The other top receivers outside of McBride have been Ty McCullouch (11 rec, 202 yards, 1 TD), E.J. Scott (12 rec, 155 yards), & Dante Wright (10 rec, 146 yards). Leading the way for the Colorado State backfield has been David Bailey who has rushed for 318 yards & 4 TD while also hauling in 8 receptions for 68 yards & 2 TD.
Defensively, Colorado State is holding their opponents to an average of 19.5 ppg on 285.5 total yards per game (187.7 passing yds/g; 97.8 rushing yds/g).
The Utah State Aggies snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 4-2 on the season after defeating the UNLV Rebels, 28-24, this past Saturday. Utah State trailed by a 24-21 margin entering the 4th quarter and looked like they were trouble, however, the Aggies were able to pull out the victory after a game-winning 11-yard TD rush by Elelyon Noa with just :35 seconds left in the game. Utah State outgained UNLV by a 440-330 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Aggies was WR Deven Thompkins who had 12 receptions for 180 yards, & 2 TD.
On the season, Utah State is averaging 29.0 ppg on 486.3 total yards per game (315.2 passing yds/g; 171.2 rushing yds/g). Leading the way for the Aggies was WR Deven Thompkins who has 50 receptions for 819 yards & 6 TD. QB Logan Bonner has completed 59.3% of his passes for 1533 yards, 11 TD, & 7 INT. The other top receivers outside of Thompkins have been Brandon Bowling (25 rec, 400 yards, 3 TD), Derek Wright (20 rec, 303 yards, 2 TD), & Justin McGriff (17 rec, 196 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Aggies backfield has been Calvin Tyler Jr. who has 477 rushing yards & 4 TD on 96 carries.
Defensively, Utah State is allowing their opponents to average 29.5 ppg on 441.5 total yards per game (235.0 passing yds/g; 206.5 rushing yds/g).
The Rams are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 October games. The Aggies are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 October games.
Utah State is a tough place to play, however, this is a team that struggled putting of points at home against both Boise State & BYU and I think the Aggies offense could struggle against a Colorado State defense that has been lights out over their last 4 games, allowing just an average of 12.8 ppg. Colorado State has enough offensive weapons to do some damage against Utah State’s 91st ranked scoring defense and as I think they continue their recent run of solid play, I think the Rams do enough on the road to win this one by a TD and cover this small road spread. Good Luck!