Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Utah State Aggies Betting Preview
Where: Maverik Stadium, Logan
When: Saturday, October 22, 7:30 PM ET
Line: Fresno State Bulldogs (-2) vs. Utah State Aggies (+2);total: 51.5 – view all NCAA Football odds and lines
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Betting on the Fresno State Bulldogs (+16.5)
After getting beat up good by San Diego State, 17-3, last week, Fresno State can’t take a break it obviously needs, as the Bulldogs trek to Logan, where they’ll play Utah State.
The loss to San Diego State was the Bulldogs’ fifth straight, which were moistly brought about by a bad defense that ranks 105th in the nation in points against per game (33.6) and 101st in total yards allowed per game (439.0). The Bulldogs, however, have shown improvement defensively in the San Diego State game, limiting the Aztecs’ formidable offense to a season-low.
That’s an encouraging sign for the Bulldogs, who’ll be facing Utah State’s unimposing offense that is last in the Mountain West Conference with just 20.6 points per game.
On the flipside, the Bulldogs offense mostly relies on a passing game that generates 232.6 yards per game—second best in the conference. Hopefully, though, they’ll execute better this time around than in the San Diego game in which quarterback Chason Vigil passed for only 139 yards without finding anyone in the end zone and getting picked off twice.
Fresno State is 3-1 ATS in its last four games overall.
Betting on the Utah State Aggies (-16.5)
The Aggies are also looking to snap a losing streak after suffering their third-consecutive setback on October 8 at the hands of Colorado State, 31-24. An extra week of rest and a light opponent, however, could just be the combination the Aggies need to get back in the win column again.
Moreover, the Aggies will get back one of their best offensive weapons this Saturday in senior running back Devante Mays. Mays missed three of the past four games, including the meeting with Colorado State, with a leg injury. Mays’ return will definitely be a shot in the arm of the Aggies’ rushing offense that ranks just ninth in the MWC with only 173.17 rushing yards per game.
In his first game back, Mays will get a tasty matchup with Fresno State’s leaky defense against the run, one that allows opponent to average 274.86—the worst in the conference.
Utah State is 2-1 ATS in its last three home games.
Utah State (-16.5) wins, 31-19.
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