The Connecticut Huskies and the 21st-ranked Missouri Tigers (-21.5) will both be trying to pick up a win on Saturday when they battle at Memorial Stadium. The game kicks off on ESPN this Saturday, Sept 19th at 12:00 PM ET and cord-cutters can stream the game via Watch ESPN.
A Closer Look At How To Bet The Connecticut Huskies vs No. 21 Missouri Tigers College Football Week 3 Line
What: Connecticut Huskies (2-0) at No. 21 Missouri Tigers (2-0)
When: Saturday, Sept 19th, 2015
Kickoff: 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Columbia, MO
Stadium: Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field
Weather: 78 °F/ Storms Early
Wind: Northeast 9mph
Spread: Missouri -21.5
Moneyline: UConn +1250 vs -2000
Game Total: N/A
Watch: ESPN/ESPN 2/ESPN U
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Connecticut Vs Missouri
Missouri (2-0 SU, 0-2 ATS) had to pull off a comeback to beat Arkansas State 27-20 in Week 2, but fell just short of covering the college football betting odds as 9.5-point road favorites.
Missouri struggled mightily to run the ball in the win, but quarterback Maty Mauk led the way with a fine overall performance that included a team-high in rushing.
The junior signal-caller completed just 16 of 36 passes for 148 yards but three of those completions went for touchdowns. Mauk also added 75 rushing yards on 10 carries, though he did toss two interceptions in the closer-than-expected win.
The win extended Missouri’s road winning streak to 11 games, though the Tigers had to rally back from a 17-10 halftime deficit in order to get the ‘W’.
It did so behind the arm and legs of Mauk, who matched the second-highest rushing total of his career with 75 yards on 10 carries.
"We’ve got some severe problems (running the ball)," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "We lean on Maty a lot, and he pulled through."
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Missouri did get another stellar performance from gifted linebacker Kentrell Brothers who led the Missouri defense with 16 tackles and two interceptions one week after setting his career high an identical 16 tackles.
Connecticut (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS) tied its 2014 record for wins and got off to its first 2-0 start since 2008 by squeaking past Army 22-17 in Week 2. The Huskies failed to cover the spread as 7-point home favorites but got a nice measure of revenge after falling to the Black Knights 35-21 at Yankee Stadium last season.
Quarterback Bryant Shirreffs completed 19 of 25 passes for 270 yards and UConn touchdown runs from Ron Johnson and Arkeel Newsome in the win.
"All we want to do is win," said Shirreffs. "It’s, I guess, what we expect. But, it’s really good to see what you envision become a reality."
With Army mounting a late comeback attempt, UConn safety Andrew Adams intercepted a pass with 2:21 remaining. UConn then ran the clock to finish off the confidence-boosting win.
"Adversity isn’t really affecting them for extended periods of time," coach Bob Diaco said. "They’re bought in to, `Hey, somebody make a play, somebody step up.’ "
Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:
- Connecticut Huskies 1-4 On Road since last season
- Connecticut Huskies 2-7 As Underdog or PK since last season
- Connecticut Huskies 0-1 When Line was 38 to 42 since last season
- Connecticut Huskies 1-3 As Road Underdog since last season
- Connecticut Huskies 6-3 O-U When Line is <50 since last season
- Missouri Tigers 4-3 O-U When Line is <50 since last season
- Connecticut Huskies 3-1 O-U vs Teams Averaging 25 to 32 PPG since last season
Betting Analysis: 53 percent of the betting public like Missouri to cover the huge spread as home favorites while 57 percent also like the Over play against the game’s 42.5-point Over/Under Total.
I’m going with the betting public with my pick for Missouri to narrowly cover the spread in this Week 3 showdown. The Tiers have the best quarterback in this pairing and a far superior roster of players, not to mention the edge in coaching.
Missouri is 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record and a value-packed 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 games overall.
With UConn going 1-5 ATS in its last half-dozen games and 3-13-3 ATS in its last 19 road games. I am picking the Missouri Tigers to bet on over UConn. My final score prediction is Connecticut 13, Missouri 41.