Houston Cougars vs. BYU Cougars Free Pick 10/19/13
BYU Cougars (4-2) at Houston Cougars (5-0)
NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Reliant Stadium)
The Line: Houston Cougars 9 -- Over/Under: 54 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN News
The 5-0 Houston Cougars look to become bowl eligible as they host the 4-2 BYU Cougars Saturday at 3:30 PM on ESPN news.
BYU comes to town after an impressive week 7 victory over Georgia Tech 38-20. After some early touchdown exchanges, the Cougars took control for good with a Taysom Hill TD run late in the second quarter that gave them a two touchdown advantage. In addition to his 65 yards on the ground and rushing TD, Hill threw for 244 yards through the air and added a TD there as well. Jamal Williams led the way with 86 yards on the ground and added his first TD of the year as well. Alani Fua added a 51 yard interception return in the second half and although the Yellow Jackets racked up 224 yards on the ground, they Cougars did a great job of getting them to stall on drives. With the win, the Cougars now find themselves two games away from bowl eligibility.
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Houston kept their undefeated season alive with a somewhat underwhelming win over a scrappy Memphis team a home 25-15. The Cougars struggled offensively all game long as the surprisingly strong Memphis defense held them to 247 total yards for the game -- well below their season average. Kenneth Farrow rushed for 33 yards and 2 touchdowns late to seal the game and the Cougars routinely stalled the Memphis offense for FG’s all game long. In addition, the Cougars forced 4 fumbles for the game and were able to recover all of them. John O’Korn finished with just 198 yards through the air -- a number he will have to improve on if the Cougars want to notch their 6th win this weekend.
Some trends to consider - BYU is 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games in October and Houston is 5-0 against the spread in their last 5 non-conference contests.
Houston struggled on offense this past week but all in all have been pretty solid throughout the year. I think BYU will give them some trouble and expect this one to be close from start to finish. The Houston home field advantage and some more opportunistic play from their defenses are the difference here as Houston gets the cover and the narrow win at home.