College football and the National Football League are both offering some action for Thursday night and all three games could give you some opportunities to make amends for a rough weekend. Check out the three games below.
Virginia Tech (+7) at Georgia Tech – The 3-1 Hokies are struggling despite their only loss coming to top-ranked Alabama. Last week, Marshall took them into overtime before the Hokies finally emerged victorious. Quarterback Logan Thomas entered this season with hopes he would be in the running for the Heisman Trophy. Instead he has thrown six interceptions to just four touchdowns.
The Yellow Jackets meanwhile are scoring a boat load of points. Georgia Tech is scoring 45 points per game but the number is a bit inflated by the 70-0 win over Elon in the opener. The running game is its’ usual tremendous self. The Jackets are fourth in the country at over 345 yards per game.
This one may be decided by the defenses however. Georgia Tech is giving up just over 11 points per game while the Hokies are giving up about 17 per game. The Hokies are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games. Georgia Tech is 1-5 in their last six games with Va Tech. I think this one will be tight so I love the Hokies getting seven.
Iowa State (+3) at Tulsa – The Cyclones are coming off a bye week which followed a tough loss to rival Iowa. Their other loss is to in-state Northern Iowa in the opener. ISU doesn’t do anything offensively ‘great’ and that’s part of the problem. The running game is 99th in the country and the passing attack is 50th. Pair that with a defense that is giving up 28 points per game and there’s your 0-2 record.
The Golden Hurricane aren’t sitting much better though. They rank in the bottom half of FBS schools in both rushing and passing and defensively they are giving up over 37 points per game. Over their last seven games, Iowa State is just 1-6 against the spread while Tulsa is 2-4 over the same span.
This is the type of game where I really think the stats speak for themselves. Take the Cyclones and those three points in this one.
San Francisco (-3.5) at St. Louis – For the first time in the tenure of Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, the San Francisco 49ers are coming off back-to-back losses. His team entered last Sunday’s home contest with Indianapolis 8-0 in games following losses or ties under Harbaugh but that stat was crushed by the Colts’ defense.
Now the Niners must travel to St. Louis to play a Rams team that gave them fits last year. The only good news for San Francisco is that the Rams are coming off a horrible loss in Dallas where they were never in the game from the outset. With both teams at 1-2 and Seattle firmly in command of the NFC West at 3-0, this game takes on huge significance.
The 49ers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five games in St. Louis. Straight up, the Niners are 4-2 in their last six in the show-me state. Over their last 25 games at home against San Francisco, the Rams are 7-16-2 against the spread. This game should depend most heavily on who can run the football.
The Rams are 28th in the league while the 49ers defense is a shocking 29th in the NFL against the run. Something will have to give here to be sure. Colin Kaepernick has struggled in the last two weeks and he’ll need to get off to a good start. Relying on Frank Gore early could help that situation. I really like the 49ers giving the 3.5 in this one.