Saturday afternoon College Football and we will see the San Jose Spartans travel to Annapolis, Maryland to take on the Navy Midshippmen. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 PM (Eastern) start time and it will be televised live on CBSSN. Currently the odds for the game have San Jose State favored by 2.5 points, while the total sits at 58. Currently 63% of the Public is on San Jose State, while 75% is on the OVER. Find out what side the Public is taking on all the games by clicking HERE.
Free Analysis: For the first time since 2003, the San Jose State Spartans are paying a visit to the Eastern Time Zone. Last weekend, the Spartans assured themselves a winning record heading into the month of October for the first time since 2008, thanks in part to a 38-34 road win over San Diego State at Qualcomm Stadium. San Jose State has rattled off three straight wins since being downed by Stanford in the opener by a mere three points. A victory against the Midshipmen would give SJSU four wins before the end of September for the first time in program history. A 14-yard TD pass from David Fales to Chandler Jones with 50 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter was just what the Spartans needed as the score pushed the visitors over the top in the four-point win against San Diego State. Fales finished the meeting 21-of-31 for 260 yards and four scores to four different receivers. The San Jose State defense was left on the field for nearly 39 minutes, exposing the group to constant run plays from the Aztecs which generated 271 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Vince Buhagiar used his time on the field to register a game-high 11 tackles, making three behind the line of scrimmage, including one sack in the close call.
As for Navy, it finally landed in the win column last weekend with a 41-3 romp over VMI in its home opener. Prior to that, the Midshipmen had bowed to Penn State (34-7) and suffered an awkward 50-10 setback at the hands of Notre Dame in Ireland. Predominantly a running team like the other two service academies (Army and Air Force), Navy rambled for 403 yards and four touchdowns against VMI on 51 rushing attempts, with quarterback Trey Miller doing quite a bit of damage with 116 yards and three TDs on 17 carries. Miller also tried to keep the VMI defenses on its toes by converting 7-of-14 passes for another 107 yards. Averaging 265.7 ypg on the ground, Navy ranks ninth in the nation in that category and has a host of players to thank for that. Three players are averaging at least 51.0 ypg on the ground and while Miller is the one with the most TDs (three), it is Gee Gee Greene who tends to pick up the most yards on a consistent basis, averaging 9.6 per carry. Despite being one of the weakest teams in the nation in terms of turnover margin at this stage of the season, Navy was able to end consecutive drives by VMI in the fourth quarter by intercepting passes, one of those being returned seven yards for a score by Matt Warrick. One of the more dominant players on the defensive side of the ball for Navy through three games is Keegan Wetzel, who is third on the team in total tackles with 17 and is first in both sacks (three) and tackles for loss (four) for a group that tends to struggle in those areas.
Free Pick: Tough one to call here, but I will side with Navy as they get the situational edge in this one. San Jose is a good team and they are off off to a solid start, but they are off a late come from behind win over rival San Diego State and must now make that long trek across the country. Not an easy trip for these smaller schools. Navy has not gotten off to a great start but they generally play well at home and their triple option is hard for teams to defense, especially with just a week to prepare. Look for Navy to get back to .500 with a solid win for the home crowd.
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