We love NCAAF college football action and we have our best expert NCAAF picks and predictions for three games this Saturday.
It’s Bowl season for the next two weeks, which means plenty of big games to close the season. Sunday has a triple-header, which includes two nationally ranked teams.
Our NCAAF selections include; Louisiana vs. UTSA, Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State, and Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina.
Saturday College Football Picks
Louisiana vs. UTSA @ Gerald J Ford Stadium
Louisiana crept into the top 20 with a win over Appalachian State and it’s the first time they have been ranked for a long time.
It’s credit to their 9-1 season where the Ragin’ Cajuns have gone on a lengthy winning streak. The #19 team has scored an average of 33.9 points per game and limited their opponents to only 21.8 points per game.
That is a huge reason why they have secured a winning record and they deserve to be the –13.5 favourites over UTSA.
The Roadrunners finished with a 7-4 record after beating North Texas 49-17 and it was a tremendous victory for a once struggling unit.
They are another good defensive team and despite facing a tough Louisiana side, they are good enough to cause an upset. UTSA doesn’t deserve to be paying over $5 to win and they could keep it close.
Look for Louisiana to come out of the gates firing on all cylinders, but for UTSA to keep this to within a two-touchdown game.
Bet: UTSA Roadrunners +13.5
Western Kentucky vs. Georgia State @ Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Two evenly-matched teams do battle for the LendingTree Bowl and the bookmakers have the Georgia State Panthers are slight favourites.
The Panthers have a 5-4 record after playing only nine games this season. They didn’t start overly well but scored three wins from their last four games. Two of their recent losses came to the highly-ranked Coastal Carolina and the other came to a solid Appalachian State team.
Western Kentucky has a similar story and ended their season with three consecutive wins. The Hilltoppers suffered back-to-back losses before beating Southern Mississippi, Florida International, and Charlotte.
The problem for the Hilltoppers has been offense, which is arguably non-existent. They average only 18.8 points per game, but to their credit, they scored 37 and 38 points in their last two games.
Offense isn’t so tough for Georgia State, which averages 32.7 points per game. They aren’t as efficient defensively, but Bowl games often go to the teams with the best scoring power.
Just like the bookmakers, we give the edge to Georgia State. They are capable of throwing their way to a win and punters are getting a good line.
Bet: Georgia State Panthers –3.5
Liberty vs. Coastal Carolina @ Camping World Stadium
The Cure Bowl features two teams with only one loss between them. Liberty is 9-1 after beating Umas 45-0 and Coastal Carolina scored a tough win over Troy.
Coastal Carolina has been in the top 20 for some time now and despite a scare last time out, they have been a better team than Liberty.
Wins over #13 BYU and Appalachian State look good on the CV and they are 11-0, so they haven’t had a slip-up all season. They also boast a quarterback who has had 23 touchdowns and only two interceptions.
Grayson McCall has been impressive for the Chanticleers, but opposing QB Malik Willis has been equally as impressive. He owns 20 touchdowns and only four intercepts, so there isn’t much between the two playmakers.
Statistically, there’s little separating them. There is a 0.8-point edge to Liberty on offense and a 0.5-point advantage to Coastal Carolina on the defense.
However, we are going with Coastal Carolina to cover the –7.5 spread. They have played in much bigger games this season and beating BYU 22-17 showed they deserve to be a ranked team.
Liberty is exceeded expectations but they could crash back down to earth on Sunday. The game could be close at the half, but expect the Chanticleers to pull away in the final stanza.
Bet: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers –7.5
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