San Diego is one game removed from having its record-setting winning streak snapped. The Toreros will try to bounce back when they host Stetson on Saturday afternoon. Stetson has lost all three of its games this spring, including a 26-3 loss to Presbyterian last week.
Hatters coming off deceiving blowout lossStetson has had a disappointing spring thus far. The Hatters opened with a 26-20 loss to Davidson before losing at Morehead State in a 31-14 final. They were scheduled to face Drake the following week, but that game was canceled due to COVID-19. Their season got back underway last week, where Presbyterian blew them out in a 26-3 final. Presbyterian scored in several different ways, including a pair of pick-sixes. The Blue Hose also notched a kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Despite the final score, Stetson played its best defensive game of the season. The Hatters held the Presbyterian offense out of the end zone. The Blue Hose had just 284 total yards on offense, which was their lowest output of the season. Junior quarterback Alex Piccirilli has completed 52.0% of his attempts for 333 yards. He has thrown just two touchdowns and six interceptions, so giveaways have been a major issue. Running back Jordan Younge-Humphrey leads Stetson with 45 carries for 309 yards, averaging 6.9 yards per carry. Piccirilli has added 178 rushing yards and three scores.
San Diego has record-setting streak snappedSan Diego will be in a position that it has not been in since 2015. The Toreros rattled off 39 consecutive Pioneer Football League victories prior to last week’s 31-25 loss to Davidson. Their streak began on Oct. 17, 2015. They have the longest win streak in the FCS and the third-longest in NCAA history. Davidson jumped out to a 28-10 lead at halftime of last week’s game. San Diego got back into the game with a pair of touchdowns in the second half, but Davidson added a late field goal and held off the Toreros down the stretch.
As a new week begins, we take a look back and celebrate the truly remarkable achievement of @USDFootball ⤵️— San Diego Toreros (@USDToreros) April 5, 2021
One of consistency and resilience, that spanned 6⃣seasons and secured a place in NCAA football history.#GoToreroshttps://t.co/olyWQUOuOk
Quarterback Mason Randall has been excellent this season, completing 68.1% of his attempts for 1,106 yards. He has a 6-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio heading into this game. Running back Emilio Martinez has carried the ball 67 times for 343 yards and a touchdown. He is averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Wide receiver Michael Carner has caught a team-high 26 passes for 329 yards and two scores. Tight end Derek Kline has added 22 receptions for 287 yards and three touchdowns.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Stetson is in a decent spot heading into this game as far as the spread is concerned. The Hatters are coming off a super deceiving final score from their blowout loss last week. They allowed a pair of defensive touchdowns and a kickoff return for a touchdown, but their defense played very well. Then there is San Diego, who is having to deal with an emotional letdown that it is not used to experiencing. The Toreros had their record-setting streak snapped last week and now have to bounce back against an opponent that they are expected to dominate.
Full-Game Total Pick
This is shaping up to be a game that goes under the total. San Diego has been consistent on the offensive side of the ball this season, scoring right around 20 points per game. The Toreros are going to be facing a Stetson defense that is coming off its best performance of the spring and will be fired up to play against one of the best teams in the FCS. Stetson has not been able to manage much on the offensive end of the field, though, which is why the under is a solid play on Saturday afternoon.