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    Ismail Mahdi will lead the Texas State Bobcats (4-2) into their matchup versus the UL Monroe Warhawks (2-3) at Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium on Saturday at 7:00 PM ET.

    The Bobcats are very heavy favorites (currently -17) in their matchup against the Warhawks, with the over/under being 64 points. (In terms of the moneyline, the Bobcats are -880 and the Warhawks are +586.)

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    Game Info for Texas State vs. UL Monroe

    • Game Day: Saturday, October 14, 2023
    • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ESPN+
    • Location: San Marcos, Texas
    • Stadium: Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium
    Texas State vs UL Monroe Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Texas State -17 -110 -110 64 -110 -110 -880 +586

    Texas State Pick Insights

    • So far this season, Texas State has compiled a 3-2-0 record against the spread.
    • Texas State is winless against the spread (0-1) when playing as at least 17-point favorites.
    • Texas State has hit the over in two of five games with a set total (40%).

    Texas State Stats & Insights

    • While Texas State ranks 20th-worst in the FBS in total defense with 430.3 yards allowed per game, it’s been a different situation on the other side of the ball, as the Bobcats rank 13th-best in the FBS (481.3 yards per game).
    • Offensively, Texas State has been a top-25 unit, ranking eighth-best in the FBS by putting up 41.2 points per game. The Bobcats rank 99th on defense (29.8 points allowed per game).
    • Texas State owns the 33rd-ranked passing offense this year (276.2 passing yards per game), and has been less effective on defense, ranking 20th-worst with 264.3 passing yards allowed per game.
    • Texas State ranks 104th in run defense this year (166 rushing yards allowed per game), but has been thriving on the offensive side of the ball, ranking 16th-best in the FBS with 205.2 rushing yards per game.
    • Despite having a bottom-25 defense on third down that ranks fourth-worst in the FBS (52% third-down conversion rate), Texas State has had more success on offense, ranking 62nd in the FBS by posting a 41.2% third-down conversion rate.
    • Texas State has the 53rd-ranked turnover margin in college football at +1, forcing 11 turnovers (16th in the FBS) while turning it over 10 times (91st in the FBS).

    Texas State’s Best Players

    • TJ Finley has 1,620 yards passing for Texas State, completing 73.3% of his passes and throwing 12 touchdowns and two interceptions this season.
    • Mahdi has racked up 676 yards on 84 carries while finding paydirt eight times.
    • Malik Hornsby has been handed the ball 14 times this year and racked up 165 yards (27.5 per game) with four touchdowns.
    • Joey Hobert’s team-high 502 yards as a receiver have come on 38 catches (out of 46 targets) with four touchdowns.
    • Ashtyn Hawkins has caught 30 passes for 380 yards (63.3 yards per game) and one touchdown this year.
    • Kole Wilson’s 27 grabs are good enough for 348 yards and four touchdowns.
    • Ben Bell paces the team with three sacks, and also has seven TFL and 28 tackles.
    • Texas State’s leading tackler, Brian Holloway, has 47 tackles, five TFL, 0.5 sacks, and one interception this year.
    • Shawn Holton has a team-high one interception to go along with 37 tackles and one pass defended.

    UL Monroe Betting Insights

    • UL Monroe has covered the spread twice in four opportunities this season.
    • UL Monroe has not yet covered the spread as underdogs of 17 points or more this year (0-1).
    • Two of UL Monroe’s four games with a set total have hit the over (50%).

    UL Monroe Pick Insights

    • UL Monroe has been unproductive on both offense and defense this season, ranking 19th-worst in total offense (325.2 total yards per game) and seventh-worst in total defense (455.2 total yards allowed per game).
    • UL Monroe has lots of room to improve, as it ranks eighth-worst in points per game (18.2) this season and 16th-worst in points surrendered per game (34).
    • In terms of passing, this season has been difficult for UL Monroe on both offense and defense, as it is averaging just 133.2 passing yards per contest (fifth-worst) and allowing 283.6 passing yards per game (12th-worst).
    • UL Monroe ranks 30th in the FBS with 192 rushing yards per game on offense, and it ranks 107th with 171.6 rushing yards surrendered per game on the defensive side of the ball.
    • UL Monroe has lots of room to get better on third down, as it ranks 11th-worst in third-down conversion rate (31.3%) and are fifth-worst in third-down rate allowed (51.4%).
    • UL Monroe has a top-25 turnover margin this season, ranking 13th-best at +5.

    UL Monroe’s Best Players

    • Jiya Wright has racked up 545 yards on 51.6% passing while tossing five touchdown passes with five interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for 196 yards with one score.
    • Hunter Smith is his team’s leading rusher with 38 carries for 277 yards, or 55.4 per game. He’s found paydirt two times on the ground, as well.
    • Isaiah Woullard has racked up 259 yards on 43 carries with one touchdown.
    • Tyrone Howell paces his team with 275 receiving yards on 27 catches with five touchdowns.
    • Dariyan Wiley has 10 receptions (on 20 targets) for a total of 142 yards (28.4 yards per game) and one touchdown this year.
    • Devaughn Mortimer’s three catches (on nine targets) have netted him 68 yards (13.6 ypg).
    • James Smith has racked up 2.5 sacks to lead the team, while also recording three TFL and seven tackles.
    • UL Monroe’s tackle leader, Michael Batton, has 35 tackles and 0.5 sacks this year.
    • Jaterious Evans has a team-leading two interceptions to go along with 23 tackles, four TFL, and two passes defended.
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