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Zach Abey, Navy vs. Florida Atlantic: O/U 69
The Owls ranked among the bottom-dwellers against the run in the FBS last season, surrendering over 250 yards per game and 37 rushing touchdowns. Abey easily scores twice on the ground Saturday.
Nick Stevens, Colorado State vs. Colorado: O/U 65
The Rams visit the Buffaloes in an inter-state rivalry. Stevens torched Oregon State for 334 yards and three touchdowns to kickoff the 2017 season. The senior continues his impressive start with another 300-yard performance on Saturday.
Tyler Rogers, New Mexico State vs. Arizona State: O/U 70.5
One of the highest point totals on the board this week. Last season, Arizona State allowed well over 350 passing yards per game. The Senior Aggie chucks the pigskin more than 35 times and surpasses 300 yards passing for the tenth time during his career.
Benny Snell, Jr., Kentucky vs. Southern Mississippi: O/U 61.5
The Wildcats are a 10-point favorite on the road and projected to score 36 points. The 5’11”, 223-pound sophomore rushed for over 100 yards five times last year and exceeds the century mark once again.
L.J. Scott, Michigan State vs. Bowling Green: O/U 56.5
The Spartans are 17-point favorites at home against a C-USA opponent: the Falcons finished 113th in Total Defense last year. Spartans’ coach Mike Dantonio seeks to establish a powerful run game, and feeds the punishing ball carrier at least 25 touches on Saturday.
Jordan Brown & Michael Carter, North Carolina vs. California: O/U 65
Both are listed as co-starters on the Tar Heels’ depth chart and likely to share carries in the season opener. On the ground last year, opponents bludgeoned the Bears for over 270 rushing yards per game and 32 touchdowns. Look for each tailback to total over 75 yards from scrimmage and cross the finish line.
John Ursua, Hawaii vs. Western Carolina
Against Massachusetts during Week Zero, the sophomore exploded for 272 yards receiving and a touchdown on 12 receptions. An FCS program, the Catamounts posted a 2-9 mark last season and travel to Hawaii to open the campaign. Play the hot hand on Saturday and insert Ursua into lineups.
Jalen McCleskey, Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa: O/U 72
Named to the Biletnikoff watch list, McCleskey led the Cowboys in receptions (73) last season. James Washington demands the attention of defensive coaches, and McCleskey sees many one-on-one matchups, which he can exploit with his elusiveness and speed.
Sergio Bailey, Eastern Michigan vs. Charlotte
The senior wide out led the Eagles in receptions (60), yards (868) and touchdowns (7) last year. The 49ers pass defense failed to contain opponents who totaled over 300 yards per game and 29 aerial strikes. Bailey accumulates over 10 targets versus Charlotte.
Defensive Rankings to Exploit: 2017 Final Ratings
|Total Defense||Passing Defense||Rushing Defense|
|1||Texas Tech||43.5||Arizona State||357.4||33||Nevada||297.6||32|
|4||Texas State||41.1||Texas Tech||315.8||28||Louisiana Monroe||263.4||31|
|6||Florida Atlantic||39.8||Louisiana Tech||283.6||32||San Jose State||246.7||33|
|7||Louisiana Monroe||39.1||WKU||268.7||21||Fresno State||246.6||25|
|8||New Mexico State||38.8||Rice||287.7||25||Oregon||246.5||38|
|9||Syracuse||38.6||Washington St.||283.6||19||Ole Miss.||246.3||31|
|10||Arizona||38.3||Mississippi St.||283.1||31||Florida Atlantic||245.4||37|
Highest Over/Under Totals
|1||Tulsa||Oaklahoma St.||72||OK St. -17|
|2||New Mexico St.||Arizona State||70.5||ASU. -23|
|3||Navy||Florida Atlantic||70||Navy -11|
|5||Louisiana Monroe||Memphis||67||MEM -23|
|6||Vanderbilt||Middle Tennessee||59.5||VAN -5|