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In a faceoff scheduled for Friday night on ESPN, the 2-2 Utah State Aggies take on the 1-2 San Jose State Spartans in a highly anticipated Mountain West Conference showdown. Here’s a preview and free college football pick for this Friday night’s game.

Utah State Aggies vs. San Jose State Spartans College Football Preview

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College Football Betting Favorite: Utah State -9.5

Total: 61

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Utah State Aggies:

The Aggies enter this game with a 1-0 conference record in the Mountain West; however, the team has struggled to put together consistent play thus far this season. In their two victories, the Aggies have scored a total of 122 points and allowed only 26 points. However, in their two losses to Utah and USC the Aggies have only scored 40 points and allowed 47.

Currently, Utah State is ranked 25th in the nation for passing yards at 293.3 per contest and 57th in rushing yards at 190.8 per game. The Aggies are led at the quarterback position by junior Chuckie Keeton who will look to exploit the weaknesses in the San Jose State defense by continuing his hot start to the season. Thus far Keeton has thrown for 1102 yards and 14 touchdowns against only one interception.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Utah State secondary needs to do a much better job against San Jose State. This year, the Aggies’ secondary has given up four touchdowns and has yet to intercept a pass. In last year’s matchup against the Spartans, the Aggies allowed QB David Fales to pass for 467 yards and three touchdowns.

San Jose State Spartans:

After shutting out Sacramento State 24-0 in the first game of the season, the San Diego Spartans have lost their last two games to #5 Stanford and Minnesota. In the two losses, the Spartans have allowed 828 yards of total offense by their opponent. Against Minnesota, the Spartans run defense was downright awful with the Golden Gophers rushing for 6 touchdowns on 67 carries for a whopping 353 yards. Given the dynamic dual threat ability of the Aggies’ QB, the Spartans are in for a real test on Friday.

Despite the struggles on defense, the Spartans passing attack led by QB David Fales has helped lead the team to the 24th best passing yards in college football with 293.3 yards per game.

Free Pick: Over 61

The Spartans passing offense should move it easily against the Utah State secondary for a second straight year. Chuckie Keeton and the Aggies offense shouldn’t have a problem moving it up and down the field consistently against a mediocre San Jose State defense either. Look for a lot of points to be scored here. Take the over.

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