Your weekly underdog ML play(s) of the week. This piece will feature College and NFL picks along with other BRKDWN writers!
Utah St. vs Wake Forest
Aug 30, 8 p.m. EST
Line: Utah St. (+165), Wake Forest (-195)
A road dog caught my eye in Week 1. This line should be closer to a pick ‘em than the current juice on Wake Forest. According to S&P+ projections for the season, Utah State should be a favorite by 0.5 points when taking home field advantage into consideration.
The key advantage will be the time Jordan Love will have in the pocket. Wake Forest returns one starter on the defensive line and projects to have the weakest unit in the ACC. In last season, Love showcased his ability where he threw for 32 touchdowns and lead the Aggies to 11 wins. Additionally, they averaged 47.5 points per game. He is a dominant pocket passer while proving he is accurate when rolling out of the pocket. Also, Utah St.’s offensive line ranked 4th overall in sacks allowed per game at 0.8. Look for him to get his name on the casual fan’s radar and be a top 5 QB prospect heading into next year’s draft.
One other advantage Utah St. has is their defensive line. They return 3 of 4 starters where Tipa Galeai sacked the quarterback 10 times last season. As a unit, they ranked 37th overall in sack rate so, Jamie Newman could be in for a long night.
The Pick: Utah St. ML (+165)
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