College football betting expectations continue to grow for the Aztecs and 2nd year head coach Brady Hoke as college football gambling improvement has been slow but steady.
Sports-Gambling opened with San Diego State as a 10.5-point favorite at New Mexico State for Saturday. The game will begin at 8:05 PM Eastern.
San Diego State is shooting for their first bowl season since 1998 and has 16 starters back this year led by junior quarterback Ryan Lindley. SDSU scored a most impressive 47-0 win over 1-AA Nicholls State last week.
While the win was against a team one level below them the Aztecs did what they had to do and Lindley led the way with 303 yards and 2 TD passes. Senior wideout DeMarco Sampson, a 1st team Mountain West performer last year, had 179 yards on 7 catches and 2 TD’s.
San Diego State has traditionally not fared well after a straight up win, however, as they have covered just 10 out of their last 31 games with the NCAA football betting lines in that situation since 2000.
New Mexico State will be opening their 2010 season in this matchup after going 3-10 in head coach DeWayne Walker’s first year on the job in 2009 in which they went 5-6-1 with the NCAA football betting odds.
The Aggies are hoping to emerge out of the Western Athletic Conference with a bowl bid as they have 15 starters returning to action for this season led by senior running back Seth Smith, who rushed for 1086 yards last year.
Junior college transfer Matt Christian beat out Jeff Fleming for the starting QB job and will try to end a 51-year bowl drought, the longest in the country. Walker put the QB change succinctly as he said that “Guys want to play for him (Christian).”
The Aggies have gone 2-7 against the spread as home dogs since 2008 and have covered just 2 out of their last 10 non conference games.
In last year’s college football betting matchup between these two teams San Diego State scored a 34-17 win as a 17-point home chalk as the game ended in a push that went over the total of 46.5.