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Sport UTSA vs. Middle Tennessee odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from model on 13-1 run

16:41  25 september  2020
16:41  25 september  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

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After being blown out in their first two games, the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders will look to turn their fortunes around when they take on the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners in the Conference USA opener on Friday. The Blue Raiders are off to a rough start after being crushed 42-0 by Army on Sept. 5 and 47-14 by Troy last week. UTSA, meanwhile, outlasted Texas State 51-48 in double overtime on Sept. 12 and followed that up with a 24-10 win over Stephen F. Austin last week. UT-San Antonio is seeking its first 3-0 start since 2017 and just the second in its 10-year history.

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Kickoff from the Alamodome in San Antonio is set for 8 p.m. ET. The all-time series is tied 1-1. The Roadrunners are seven-point favorites in the latest UTSA vs. Middle Tennessee odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 60. Before making any Middle Tennessee vs. UTSA picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $3,800 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 13-1 on top-rated picks through three weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $900 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

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Now, the model has set its sights on MTSU vs. UTSA. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for UTSA vs. MTSU:

  • Middle Tennessee vs. UTSA spread: UTSA -7
  • Middle Tennessee vs. UTSA over-under: 60 points
  • Middle Tennessee vs. UTSA money line: Middle Tennessee +205, UTSA -245
  • MTSU: K Crews Holt is 30-for-39 on field goals in his career
  • UTSA: Junior QB Frank Harris leads the FBS in rushing TDs (5).

Why UTSA can cover

The Roadrunners, who are receiving votes in the AP Top 25 poll for the first time, are led by Harris, who has completed 46 of 67 passes (68.7 percent) for 438 yards and two touchdowns. He has also carried 28 times for 155 yards and five scores. Last season, Harris started the first four games before suffering a season-ending arm injury. He completed 66 of 91 passes for 486 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing 39 times for 126 yards.

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Sophomore wide receiver Joshua Cephus is Harris' top target with 14 receptions for 133 yards (9.5 average) and two touchdowns. Last season, Harris played in all 12 games, earning a start in five. He finished with eight catches for 153 yards (19.1) and a touchdown. His best game was against Southern Mississippi on Nov. 16 when he had a season-best 95 receiving yards on just three catches, including a 75-yard TD.

Why MTSU can cover

Redshirt junior quarterback Asher O'Hara drives the Blue Raiders' offense, leading the team in rushing and passing. He has completed 25 of 37 passes (67.6 percent) for 155 yards, while rushing 24 times for 63 yards (2.6 average) and one score. Last year, O'Hara became just the second quarterback in school history to reach 1,000 yards rushing in a season, and first since Dwight Dasher in 2009. O'Hara led MTSU in rushing in 11 of 12 games in 2019, including the last 10. He has led the team once in two games this year.

Also powering the offense is senior wide receiver Jarrin Pierce, who leads the team with 15 receptions for 114 yards (7.6 average). In 2019, Pierce played in all 12 games, earning starts in 10, and finished second on the team with 42 receptions for 562 yards and four TDs. In a game against Michigan on Aug. 31, he had three receptions and caught his first touchdown pass as a Blue Raider. He also led the team with a career-best six catches at Iowa on Sept. 28.

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How to make UTSA vs. MTSU picks

SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says Harris will throw for fewer than 200 yards and one TD, while O'Hara will throw for two touchdowns. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins MTSU vs. UT-San Antonio? And which side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the UT-San Antonio vs. MTSU spread to back, all from the advanced model that is up over $3,800 on its top-rated college football spread picks, and find out.

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