San Jose State Spartans vs. Auburn Tigers: Betting Odds, Analysis and Prediction

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistSeptember 3, 2014

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2014, file photo, Auburn's Nick Marshall (14) gets past Florida State's Telvin Smith (22) for a touchdown run during the first half of the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in Pasadena, Calif. Marshall is expected to have another big season after passing for 1,976 yards, running for 1,068 and accounting for 26 touchdowns while leading the Tigers to the final BCS national championship game last year. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
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The San Jose State Spartans and the Auburn Tigers will both be looking to improve to 2-0 after each turned in similar dominant performances in their season openers.

The Spartans and the Tigers are riding impressive streaks against the spread (ATS) as well, with the former covering nine straight games on grass and the latter going 8-0 ATS in their past eight against teams with winning records.


Point spread: The Tigers opened as 29-point favorites; the total was 65 at Jordan-Hare Stadium, according to sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark. (Line updates and matchup report)


Odds Shark computer prediction: 46.9-19.5 Auburn


Why the San Jose State Spartans can cover the spread

The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last four after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game, although it remains to be seen whether or not beating North Dakota 42-10 last week will give the defense any major confidence before going up against a very good Auburn offense.

San Jose State had given up 34 points or more in five of the team’s previous six games, so at least it’s a good place to start. The Spartans are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 road games and 17-8 ATS in their past 25 overall, which also bodes well heading into Jordan-Hare Stadium.


Why the Auburn Tigers can cover the spread

The Tigers have covered their last 12 games, including five in a row at home after crushing Arkansas 45-21 last week. Auburn did not need to see much of quarterback Nick Marshall against the Razorbacks either, as he threw for just 50 yards in relief of Jeremy Johnson after being benched for disciplinary reasons.

Running back Cameron Artis-Payne followed nicely in the footsteps of the departed Tre Mason with 177 rushing yards and one touchdown while Corey Grant also added 87 yards and a score on the ground.

If the Tigers can continue to get that kind of production from their offensive backfield, they will have no problem covering the spread.


Smart Pick

Auburn has not been favored by this many points since beating Western Carolina 62-3 in Week 7 last year to cover the 41.5-point spread. But the Tigers know what it takes to beat a big number like that and have not shown any signs of letting up, averaging nearly 45 points in their last 10 games.

The over has cashed in each of Auburn’s last five games, although San Jose State has seen the total stay below in its last two road games. The Spartans do not want this to be a high-scoring game since it will be difficult for them to keep up with the Tigers.

Either way, look for Auburn to take care of business at home and cover its 13th straight game.



  • San Jose State is 12-2 ATS in its last 14 games on the road.
  • Auburn has covered 12 straight games.


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