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2018: CUSA Week Five

ODU @ ECU 230pm ESPN3

How do you follow up the biggest win in program history? Well a matchup against the struggling pirates of East Carolina is a good start. There are a lot of questions about the Monarchs that were not necessarily answered by the win over Virginia Tech. Bobby Wilder has an opportunity to answer them here.

Line: ODU + 6.5 O/U: 60.5
Pick: ODU 28 ECU 21

Rice # Wake Forest 230pm ACC RSN / FoxSportsGo / Watch ESPN

Intellectual Brutality has had a nice-ish start. Bloomgren is dissatisfied with the good showing in the loss to Southern Miss which bodes well for the program as a whole. I do not know that that will pay off this week.

Line: Rice +27.5 O/U: 65
Pick: Wake Forest 38 Rice 17

Southern Miss @ Auburn 3pm SEC Network

This is the first really talented team USM has faced. The cancelled App State game would have been some good preparation. USM probably cannot compete with the Tigers at this point.

Line: USM +27 O/U: 53
Pick: Auburn 45 USM 17

UTEP @ UTSA 6pm ESPN+

I think perhaps we all expect this game to be an ugly-fest and so I half expect these two to score 100 between them. UTEP is coming to San Antonio to face a team that is struggling at the same level. There is maybe a quarterback to be had between the two teams.

Line: UTSA -11 O/U: 45
Pick: UTEP 17 UTSA 15

FAU @ MTSU 6pm ESPN+

Time was this would be a juicy matchup the equal of the Tech-UNT one out west. Unfortunately no one believes in the Blue Raiders anymore. It is a shame, because FAU is a little more vulnerable this season. Chris Robison will try to find a nice balance between his talent and his limited experience.

Line: FAU -3 O/U: 60.5
Pick: FAU 37 MTSU 27

Charlotte @ UAB 6pm ESPN3

Remember that brief time when the 49ers had overtaken the ODU Monarchs? Well that changed quickly. Last year, Charlotte beat UAB unexpectedly and the Blazers want revenge. This should be a rout.

Line: UAB -16.5 O/U: 53.5
Pick: UAB 42 Charlotte 7

Marshall @ WKU 630pm Stadium / Facebook

Time was this was a good game between a couple of high-powered offenses or a high-powered offense and a good defense. Now? Well Marshall is the better team and WKU is hoping last week’s run game appearance is for good.

Line: Marshall -8 O/U: 51.5
Pick: Marshall 27 WKU 10

Ark-Pine Bluff @ FIU 630pm ESPN+

There is no line at the moment — at least not one I see anywhere easily. FIU should run away with this one, however.

Line: FIU 50 – APB 10

LA Tech @ UNT 630pm BEIN

The game of the week should be fun. J’Mar Smith is a different challenge for this tough NT defense that has not played a QB that can move and throw to talented wide receivers. Tech just played a really tough team on the road in a hostile stadium, so the 25K+ in Apogee should not be intimidating. I think NT’s pass game is too much for the Tech secondary, however.

Line: NT -7 O/U: 64
Pick: NT 38 LT 24

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