Memphis vs. Connecticut Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Memphis is favored on the road, as the Tigers are getting odds of -14.5 points against the Huskies. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 72 points. The home team has won and covered the spread in the last two meetings between these two. Tonight’s game takes place from Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The game will air live on ESPN.
Connecticut is 1-3 on the season thanks to a three-game losing streak. The Huskies suffered a 49-28 loss at SMU last weekend. The Huskies are 0-2 in conference play and they have failed to cover the spread in any game this season. UConn is struggling on defense, allowing 37 points and 541.8 yards per game. Their pass defense is giving up 379.8 yards per contest. On offense, the Huskies are averaging 27.8 points and 467 yards per game. Bryant Shirreffs is leading the offense with 1,165 yards and eight touchdowns. Arkeel Newsome is adding 15 receptions for 311 yards while Nate Hopkins has run for 223 yards and five touchdowns.
Memphis is coming off its first loss, 40-13 at UCF, last weekend. The Tigers are now 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. Memphis is just 1-3 against the spread so far. Memphis is giving up 36.3 points and 513.5 yards per game on defense this season, including 321.3 passing yards per contest. Offensively, Memphis is putting up 35.5 points and 459 yards per game this year. Riley Ferguson has thrown for 1,104 yards and nine touchdowns with five interceptions while Darrell Henderson has run for 393 yards and three touchdowns.
Memphis is coming off a pretty big loss, but I expect the Tigers to bounce back tonight. Memphis is 7-3 against the spread in seven of their last 10 games after a loss. The Tigers are also 12-1 ATS in their last 13 road games against a team with a losing record at home. Connecticut is just 7-19 ATS in their last 26 conference games and 5-16-1 ATS in their last 22 home games.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: MEMPHIS -14.5