Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl - Florida State Seminoles vs. Houston Cougars - 12/31/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Cougars (12-1) at Florida State Seminoles (10-2)
College Football: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Georgia Dome)
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -6.5 -- Over/Under: 53 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Cougars will play the Florida State Seminoles in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.
The Florida State Seminoles were 10-2 this season and finished second in the ACC Atlantic Division standings. The Florida State offense is averaging 35.3 points per game with 244 passing yards per game and 180.9 rushing yards per game. Sean Maguire is the Florida State quarterback who is completing 62.1% of his passes for 1128 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. Dalvin Cook has 1658 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns for Florida State. Jacques Patrick has 315 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns for the Seminoles. Kermit Whitfield has 742 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, while Travis Rudolph has 715 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns for Florida State. The Florida State defense is giving up 15.8 points per game with 185.8 passing yards and 141.8 rushing yards per game. Reggie Northrup has 87 tackles, DeMarcus Walker has 10.5 sacks, and Lamarcus Brutus has 3 interceptions for Florida State. Florida State is +4 in turnover margin this season.
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The Houston Cougars were 12-1 and beat Temple in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game by a score of 24-13. The Houston offense is averaging 40.6 points per game with 247.4 passing yards per game and 239.5 rushing yards per game. Greg Ward Jr. is the Houston quarterback who is completing 68.1% of his passes for 2590 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. Ward Jr. also has 1041 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns for Houston. Kenneth Farrow has 949 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns for the Cougars. Demarcus Ayers has 1140 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns, while Chance Allen has 693 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for Houston. The Houston defense is giving up 20.5 points per game with 265.3 passing yards per game and 116 rushing yards per game. Elandon Roberts has 132 tackles, Steven Taylor has 9 sacks, and Adrian McDonald has 4 interceptions for Houston. Houston is +17 in turnover margin this season.
Houston had a great season and was crowned the American Athletic Conference Champions. Houston has a very good offense behind quarterback Greg Ward Jr., who is a threat in the air and the ground. Houston also played good defense against some high scoring teams, which they will have to do against a good Florida State team. Florida State also had a good season, with one loss coming against the #1 team in the country and the other loss coming on a returned blocked field goal. Florida State has played great defense all year long, but will have their hands full with a potent Houston offense. I think this will be a close game, so I am going to take Houston in this one.