James Madison at Arkansas State - 10/8/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The James Madison Dukes and Arkansas State Red Wolves face off on Saturday in a college football showdown at Centennial Bank Stadium. This is the first meeting played between the two teams in recent history. 

James Madison comes into this game with a 4-0 record and they have gone 4-0 against the spread. In the last game against Texas State, James Madison had a big game scoring 40 points and the defense gave up only 13 points. Under center for James Madison is Todd Centeio and he completed 15 of his 25 passes for 257 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception. This is the same James Madison team that beat Middle Tennessee 44-7. James Madison is averaging 44.8 points while their defense is giving up 13.8 points per game. The defense and offense are both ranked 8th in college football. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Arkansas State Red Wolves who sit with a 2-3 record but they are coming off a win in their last game. Against Louisiana-Monroe, Arkansas State scored 45 points and secured an easy victory. Under center for Arkansas State is James Blackman and in the last game, he completed 25 of his 32 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Brian Snead finished with 17 carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns. Arkansas State is averaging 34.6 points while their defense is giving up 29.8 points per game. The offense is ranked 43rd in the league, and they need the offense to be good here. 

James Madison is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games. Arkansas State is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games. The over is 5-1 in James Madison’s last six games. Arkansas State is 8-1 in the Red Wolves last nine conference games. 

With how impressive James Madison has been, it’s hard to bet against them right now. The Dukes are an elite offensive team, and in the last game they gave up only 13 points. Look for Arkansas State to really struggle to score here, and that will be the difference as James Madison gets the job done. Back James Madison against the spread. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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