San Diego St. vs. Utah St. Pick
San Diego State looks to stay unbeaten in the Mountain West Conference when it hits the road to face Utah State on Friday at 8PM ET.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, San Diego State is favored on the road, as the Aztecs are getting odds of -6 points against Utah State. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 44.5 points. San Diego State has won and covered the spread in the last two meetings with the Aggies.
San Diego State has been playing quite well lately. The Aztecs picked up a 42-3 win over San Jose State last week to improve to 6-1 on the year and 3-0 in the Mountain West. San Diego State is 3-3-1 against the spread this season as well. The Aztecs have a great defense, giving up just 13 total points over their last three games. They are allowing just 17.6 points and 284.6 yards per game. On offense, SDSU is averaging 32.4 points and 418.3 yards per game, including 252.7 rushing yards per contest. Donnel Pumphrey is leading the nation in rushing with 1,246 yards and 13 touchdowns. Quarterback Christian Chapman has thrown for 1,151 yards and nine touchdowns.
Utah State is coming off a 38-20 win over Fresno State last week to snap a three-game losing streak. The Aggies are now 3-4 on the season, 1-3 in the MWC and 3-4 against the spread. Utah State has a respectable defense that is holding opponents to just 24.3 points and 359.6 yards per game, but they are giving up 151.6 rushing yards per contest. On offense, the Aggies are posting 25.4 points and 391.4 yards per contest. They rely heavily on the run as well, rushing for 177.6 yards per game. Unlike San Diego State, who uses one back heavily, Utah State goes with a team effort. Three different players have over 230 yards, led by Tonny Lindsey, who has run for 442 yards and three scores. Kent Myers has thrown for 1,485 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Aztecs have really hit their stride the last few weeks. Their defense has been dominant in Mountain West action and Utah State isn’t an offense that should change that much. While the Aggies have been respectable against opposing offenses, they are going to struggle to stop Pumphrey. Look for him to have another big game and lead the Aztecs to a win and cover.
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