College Football Betting: Navy at San Jose State

College Football Betting:  Navy at San Jose State

Friday night college football features a non conference battle between Navy and San Jose State. Independent Navy is having a good season with a 6-4 record going 7-3 against the spread. Mountain West Conference entrant San Jose State is 5-5 SU/ATS on the season and trying to become bowl eligible. This is the only college football game on deck for tonight so it’ll have widespread media attention and will be nationally televised on ESPN 2 in the United States.

Navy’s triple option offense which is always a tough tactical matchup for opponents and they’ve got a very talented quarterback running it. Sophomore Keenan Reynolds has drawn comparisons to another Navy QB, Dallas Cowboys’ legend Roger Staubach. Reynolds has been excellent this year but San Jose State won’t be completely clueless facing the triple option since Mountain West Conference rival Air Force runs it. The Navy defense is nothing special, however, and that puts a lot of pressure on the offense to keep the chains moving and keep scoring points. San Jose State also has a very talented quarterback in David Fales– Fales is very good and deserves commendation for his decision making–he throws very few interceptions.

On paper Navy is probably the better team but there’s a couple of compelling reasons to back San Jose State. Not only are they the home team and not only are they looking to become bowl eligible they catch a Navy team having to travel coast to coast off a short ‘work week’. Navy is already bowl eligible and although there’s a couple of weeks break before the big matchup against Army but that could be weighing on Navy’s mind as well. Fales could be putting up an early NFL audition here and should be able to add to his highlight reel against a porous Navy defense. Not sure that Navy is good enough to lay points on the load and conversely San Jose State is a team worth taking points with at home. Some interest in the ‘Over’ with a couple of decent offenses against marginal defenses but taking SJSU plus the points is likely the better play. All they need to do to cash a ticket is to win straight up.