Pac-12 Betting Preview: San Jose State Spartans at Fresno State Bulldogs

Big South Tournament
Fresno State is 2-point favorites at home vs. a 3-5 San Jose team.

San Jose State at Fresno State
Time: 10:30 PM ET
Spread: FS -2
Total: 59

Betting odds courtesy of Bovada

San Jose State fell from a .500 record by losing its past two games to fall to 3-5 on the season. This week, the Spartans will enter its matchup against 3-6 Fresno State as 2-point underdogs to the hosting Bulldogs.

San Jose State has benefitted from a great pass attack, but its rush offense provides only 145.5 yards per game. The offense, accordingly, is subpar. The Spartans average 24.3 points and allow 27.9.

Junior QB Joe Wolf has been decent. He’s sporting a 129.6 passer rating with a solid 65 percent completion ratio in his five starts this season. The Spartans have won just two of those matchups, over woeful UNLV and Wyoming on Oct 4. and Oct. 18.

RB Tyler Ervin has been good for San Jose, averaging 6.1 yards per carry on 88 attempts this season. The Spartans should look to him more often considering his three TDs match No. 2 WR Hansell Wilson. Ervin himself has got in on the pass attack as a dual-threat, with 266 receiving yards, including a 75-yard TD play.

Fresno has dropped three straight to UNLV, Boise State and Wyoming. The Bulldogs have been competent offensively but have one of the worst defenses in college football. Fresno surrenders 36.8 points per game, and in the past three weeks has allowed 30 point, 37 and 45 point outbursts.

Fresno’s top two rushers, Marteze Waller and QB Brian Burrell, have rushed for 941 and 253 yards respectively, and Walker has eight TDs on the season. Burrell is just not as good putting it in the air, with a 56.3 percent completion ratio and just 5.94 yards per catch. He’s also thrown nine INTs with just 13 TDs to offset it.

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