Utah State vs San Jose State Prediction - College Football Picks 10/21/23

San Jose State Spartans (2-5) vs Utah State Aggies (3-4)

Game Info: Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 7:00 pm (CEFCU Stadium)

Betting Odds: San Jose State Spartans -4.5 -- Over/Under: 66.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Utah State Aggies will play the San Jose State Spartans in a Mountain West game on Saturday night at CEFCU Stadium in San Jose, California. Utah State has won two of their last three games, while San Jose State has only won one of their last four. 

Utah State Preview

The Utah State Aggies are 3-4 (1-2) this season after they lost to Fresno State by a score of 37-32 last week. Utah State was tied at the half and they actually had a lead in the fourth quarter, but Fresno State scored with two minutes left for the win. The Aggies out gained Fresno State by a total of 568-461, but they turned the ball over two times in the game. Prior to that loss, Utah State defeated UConn and Colorado State. The Utah State offense is scoring 37.3 points per game with 305.6 passing yards per game and 172.3 rushing yards per game, while going 37.5% on third downs. Cooper Legas has thrown for 1,338 yards, 13 touchdowns, and six interceptions for the Aggies this year. Davon Booth has rushed for 446 yards and four touchdowns, while Jalen Royals has caught 39 passes for 647 yards and nine scores. The Utah State defense is giving up 32.9 points against per game this year. 

San Jose State Preview

The San Jose State Spartans are 2-5 (1-2) this year after they defeated New Mexico by a score of 52-24 in their last game. San Jose State trailed 17-14 at the half, but they scored the first 38 points of the second half for the blowout win. The Spartans out gained New Mexico by a total of 531-391 and really benefitted from New Mexico’s 120 penalty yards in the game. San Jose State’s only other win this year came against Cal Poly, but they have played a very difficult schedule. The San Jose State offense is averaging 31.4 points per game with 242.7 passing yards per game and 148.4 rushing yards per game, while going 39% on third downs. Chevan Cordeiro has thrown for 1,619 yards, eight touchdowns, and three interceptions for the Spartans this year. Kairee Robinson has rushed for 471 yards and 10 scores, while Nick Nash has caught 30 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns. The San Jose State defense is allowing 32.3 points against per game this season.

San Jose State Spartans Team Facts

  • San Jose State has won each of its last six October home games against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • San Jose State has failed to cover the spread in each of its last four home games against conference opponents.
  • Each of the last five games between Utah State and San Jose State have gone OVER the total points line.

Utah State Aggies Team Facts

  • Utah State has lost each of its last six games as a road underdog.
  • Utah State has failed to cover the spread in each of its last seven road games in October.
  • Each of Utah State's last six games against conference opponents have gone OVER the total points line.


San Jose State comes into this game trying to build on their first win against a FBS team this season, but they will play a very high scoring Utah State team here. Utah State has scored 32+ points in four straight games, while the San Jose State defense has allowed 24, 35, and 45 points in their last three. Both defenses have been pretty bad this year, but I like what the Utah State offense has done in recent games. Take Utah State and the points here. 

David’s Pick Utah State +4.5

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