Air Force Falcons vs San Jose State Spartans 9/22/2023 – Friday night college football action is heating up as the Air Force Falcons prepare to invade CEFCU Stadium to take on the San Jose State Spartans. Get ready for a thrilling showdown with our in-depth college football predictions.
The Air Force Falcons have been soaring high this season, boasting an undefeated record through three games. They’ve particularly shone on the defensive front, leading the Mountain West Conference in total defense, allowing a mere 179.3 yards per game. In their last outing, the Falcons showcased their defensive prowess by rattling off 29 unanswered points to kickstart the game, eventually securing a comfortable 39-21 victory over Utah State on their home turf.
On the other side of the gridiron, the San Jose State Spartans haven’t had the smoothest start to their season. Facing two formidable Pac-12 Conference opponents in their opening games, they managed to secure only one victory against Cal Poly in their first four matchups. In their most recent outing, a road game against Toledo, the Spartans faced a heartbreaking 21-17 loss despite holding a ten-point lead in the second half. The football week 4 picks and predictions are updated below for this entertaining game.
Air Force Falcons vs San Jose State Spartans 9/22/2023
|When:||Friday, September 21, 2023 10:30 PM ET|
|Falcons||-3.5 (-105)||-165||47 o (-110)|
|Spartans||+3.5 (-115)||+145||47 u (-110)|
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During this impressive victory, Air Force’s running back, Emmanuel Michael, stole the show with three short rushing touchdowns and a total of 106 rushing yards on 28 carries. Quarterback Zac Larrier contributed 84 passing yards and added 56 yards on the ground. The Falcons collectively rushed for an astonishing 344 yards, highlighting their ground dominance.
Quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, who completed 24 of 42 passes for 228 yards, connected with Dominick Mazotti for a crucial 20-yard touchdown. Kairee Robinson added a 15-yard rushing touchdown for the Spartans, but their offense struggled, managing just 268 total yards. Notably, San Jose State faced a significant challenge on the ground, being outgained by a staggering 229-40 margin.
The last time these two teams clashed was in 2020 when San Jose State managed to grind out a 17-6 home victory. In this upcoming matchup, Air Force’s ground game, averaging an impressive 320 yards per game, poses a significant threat, especially against a San Jose State defense that has struggled to stop the run.
Air Force Falcons’ Strong Start vs. San Jose State Spartans’ Mixed Performance: 2023 Season Overview
Considering their recent performances, the Falcons enter this game as favorites. Let’s delve into their 2023 season to better understand their journey so far. Air Force initiated their campaign with a resounding 42-7 win over Robert Morris, amassing 469 total yards (with 374 rushing) while stifling their opponents to just 156 total yards.
In their second game against Sam Houston, the Falcons continued their ground dominance, tallying 244 rushing yards and restricting the Bearkats to a mere 80 yards. Game three brought another triumph for Air Force as they raced to a 32-7 halftime lead and ultimately cruised to a 39-21 victory over Utah State. Quarterback Zachary Larrier may have completed just three passes for 84 yards, but he contributed a rushing touchdown. Owen Burk chipped in with 110 rushing yards on 15 carries, while Emmanuel Michel added 106 rush yards with three touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the San Jose State Spartans have completed four games so far this season. They began their campaign with a tough matchup against USC, resulting in a 56-28 loss. The following week saw them face Oregon State, where they struggled again, succumbing to a 42-17 defeat. However, the Spartans bounced back with a convincing 59-3 victory over Cal Poly, posting 472 total yards (with 267 rushing) to secure the win.
NCAAF Latest Odds: AFA -3.5 ; O/U 47
Their latest battle, against Toledo, was a closely contested affair. San Jose State went into halftime with a three-point lead but ultimately fell short, losing 21-17. Quarterback Chevan Cordeiro showcased both his talent and adversity management skills during this game, finishing with 228 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception. Running back Kairee Robinson contributed 50 rushing yards and a touchdown, while Nick Nash added 80 receiving yards from six catches.
Air Force Falcons vs San Jose State Spartans Betting Numbers
Air Force Falcons Betting Trends
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Air Force’s last 10 games.
Air Force are 8-0 SU in their last 8 games.
Air Force are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against San Jose State.
Falcons are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games against San Jose State.
Air Force are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games on the road.
Air Force are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Mountain West conference.
San Jose State Spartans Betting Trends
San Jose State are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Jose State’s last 5 games.
San Jose State are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
Spartans are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games at home.
San Jose State are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against an opponent in the Mountain West conference.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Jose State’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Mountain Division.
Air Force Falcons vs San Jose State Spartans Betting Picks
In conclusion, this Friday night MWC clash promises a thrilling battle between an Air Force team focused on ground dominance and a resilient San Jose State squad seeking redemption. Recent history adds an extra layer of anticipation, with the Falcons aiming to avenge their 2020 loss.
College football enthusiasts should mark their calendars for this compelling matchup. Our free college football predictions will keep you updated on all the exciting action at CEFCU Stadium. As per the college football betting lines, the Falcons are favored to secure a victory against the Spartans. Take the Falcons to secure a victory as per the online sports betting trends.
Stay tuned for what promises to be a captivating encounter between two determined MWC teams, and may the best side emerge victorious under the Friday night lights.
Score Prediction: Falcons 27, Spartans 20.