AAA’s THURSDAY NIGHT NCAAF LINE-CRUSHER!
Arizona vs. UTSA,
09/04/2014 20:00 EDT,
Score: 26 - 23
Point Spread: -7/-110 Arizona
This is an 8* LINE-CRUSHER on Arizona.
I think the “better” team comes in focused and takes care of business here, pulling away down the stretch for the comfortable ATS cover. UTSA will hardly be a push over though, it’s lineup is filled with seniors which will be out for revenge after the Wildcats hammered them 38-13 in Tuscon in 2013: “I told our team right after the (first) game that we're going to have a tougher opponent on the road," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said earlier in the week. "We have a lot of respect for them in how hard they play." In all, 21 returning starters are back for the Roadrunners and coach Larry Coker. Last week UTSA would beat Houston 27-7, but I think it will have its hands full with this dynamic Arizona offense. The Wildcats would annihilate UNLV 58-13, racking up a record 787 yards in the process. Redshirt frehman QB Anu Solomon was fantastic, he threw for 425 yards and four TDs; in all Arizona had three scores of 60 yards or more. So while the home side does possess a great defensive unit, I feel that over the course of a full four quarters, that it’s going to get worn down and that the visitors depth on offense will ultimately prove to be too much. Also note that UTSA does not have an experienced player in the most important position of all, as the team entered the season with five combined games between their returning QB’s (all by Tucker Carter); Carter certainly wasn’t spectacular last week, he was 15 of 24 for 121 yards. The biggest question mark for the Wildcats heading into this season was would they be able to replace two-time All-American and all-time team leading rusher Ka-Deem Carey, but that was certainly answered last week as Terris Jones-Grigsby had 124 yards and a major score on 13 carries, while freshman Nick Wilson would power for an 85-yard TD run in the third quarter. Already 1-0 ATS in non-conference games this year, note that Arizona is 6-2 ATS in the same position over the last two. I think ARIZONA holds enough significant advantages across the board and therefore have no problem laying the points in this situation.