Central Arkansas vs Austin Peay pick against the spread: College football is back!
Finally, football is back. College football is coming back and everyone will be excited to see the action on the gridiron. Normally it may be difficult to get excited to make a Central Arkansas vs Austin Peay pick against the spread, but not today. This game will be on ESPN and college football fans will be eager to watch and bet on this game.
Central Arkansas vs. Austin Peay odds and consensus pick
Normally a game featuring these two teams will not attract a huge amount of sports betting action. But this game is different. It’s the season opener and with the pandemic, this game may be one of the most anticipated games of the season. This is true for both college football fans and people who like to bet on sports. Central Arkansas is (-4.5) according to the few sportsbooks that are posting a line for this opener with the over/under set at 44.5. The early consensus numbers show that over 60% of the bets are on the favorite in this game. The total opened at 42.5 and moved up to 44.5 with early betting coming in on the over.
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Offense vs Defense
The Central Arkansas Bears boast a high powered offense. This offense led this team to a 7-2 conference record and a Southland title. The Austin Peay Governors are all about defense. It was that defense that led this team to an 11-4 record on the way to winning the Ohio Valley Conference. IN short, college football is kicking off the season with one hell of a game.
Breylin is back
For the Bears, it is Breylin Smith under center. Last year he led a Bears offense that averaged 292 yards per game. His main connection is Southland Freshman of the year, Tyler Hudson who had 12 touchdowns a year ago. This offense can pile up points and bring back experience and depth, but it will not be easy to beat the defense of Austin Peay.
Defense wins ballgames
Austin Peay won a school-record 11 games last season and will be looking to improve this season. The Governor’s defense is powered by Josephus Smith who is the nucleus of a defense that led all FCS teams in scoring defense with 20.6 points per contest. This defense is the strength of this team, but the quarterback may be the player to watch. Jeremiah Oatsvall was injured a year ago and did not get much playing time, but he showed his potential when he won the 2017 OVC Freshman of the Year award. If he can return to form, this will be a very good team this year.
Central Arkansas vs. Austin Peay pick against the spread
So who wins? Early in the season the defense always has the edge. Bears coach Nathan Brown admitted that the offense is struggling early and being dominated by the defense in scrimmages leading up to this game. Austin Peay has an interim coach in Marquase Lovings who stepped in when Mark Hudspeth resigned to spend time with his family. Expect a rain-soaked field with the defense dominating. The big difference in this game is the return of Jeremiah Oatsvall. Oatsvall will lead this team to multiple scores and the defense will do the rest.