Where: McColl-Richardson Field, Charlotte, NC
When: Saturday, September 14, 6:00 PM. ET.
The Charlotte 49ers will be trying to bounce back from their loss to Appalachian State when they take on the UMass Minutemen on Saturday night.
Minutemen Looking For First Win
The Minutemen seem to have picked up where they left off last season and have lost their first two contests of the year. With the two losses, their losing streak now stands at four games dating back to the final two games of last season. They will try to snap their losing streak with a win over the 49ers, but they will have to play much better defense than they have in the first two games to get the win.
— UMass Football (@UMassFootball) September 7, 2019
UMass hasn’t played well offensively, averaging 20.5 points per game, which is 103rd in the country. They finished their last game with 321 total yards and will need to play significantly better to keep up with the 49ers on Saturday.
Quarterback Randall West completed 9 of 17 passes for 125 yards and one interception while running back Bilal Ally added 87 yards on the ground. With the team going up against a defense that is giving up 42 points per game, they should be able to move the ball with ease on Saturday.
49ers Trying To Avoid Trap Game
The 49ers were unable to pull off the win at Appalachian State after falling behind early in the game. Their defense didn’t do them any favors in the game, giving up 14 points in each quarter. They will be trying to bounce back from the disappointing loss with a win over the Minutemen, which will give them their second win in their last three games.
— Charlotte Football (@CharlotteFTBL) September 8, 2019
On paper, the 49ers are the better team, but with the team facing the Clemson Tigers after this game, there is a chance that they may overlook their opponents and drop a game they are expected to win.
Charlotte’s offense is one of the best in the country, averaging 45 points per game. The team has been able to create balance on offense and can beat their opponents on the ground and through the air. The 49ers are averaging 276 rushing yards per game, which is 14th in the country, and 241 passing yards per game, which is 61st.
Chris Reynolds completed 20 of 31 passes for 296 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception in the loss to the Mountaineers, while Benny LeMay led the ground attack and finished with 118 yards and two touchdowns. The team will need their two stars to continue playing well and lead them to victory on Saturday.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. CUSA.
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games.
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
- 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.