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Louisville Cardinals at Houston Cougars - 11/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisville Cardinals (9-1) at Houston Cougars (8-2)

College Football: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (TDECU Stadium)

The Line: Houston Cougars +14 -- Over/Under: 70 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The Louisville Cardinals will travel to play the Houston Cougars in a non-conference college football game on Thursday night.

The Houston Cougars are 8-2 (5-2) this season after beating Tulane by a score of 30-18 in their last game. Houston hasn’t been as impressive as we expected them to be this season, but is still 2nd in the American West standings. The Houston offense is averaging 37.6 points per game with 168.6 rushing yards and 283.8 passing yards per game. Greg Ward Jr. is completing 68.5% of his passes for 2608 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions for Houston. Greg Ward Jr. has rushed for 429 yards and 9 touchdowns, while Duke Catalon has added 411 yards and 2 scores for the Cougars. Linell Bonner has caught 68 passes for 774 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Chance Allen has added 44 catches for 637 yards and 3 touchdowns for Houston. The Houston defense is giving up 21.3 points per game with 92.8 rushing yards and 210.5 passing yards per game. Matthew Adams has led the Houston defense with 55 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Ed Oliver has added 55 tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks. Ty Cummings has gone 10-14 on field goals, with a long of 47 yards.

Louisville Cardinals at Houston Cougars - 11/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisville Cardinals are 9-1 (7-1) this season after beating Wake Forest by a score of 44-12 in their last game. Louisville started slow in this game but was able to score 34 points in the fourth quarter to pull away for the win. The Louisville offense is averaging 49.6 points per game with 270 rushing yards and 313.2 passing yards per game. Lamar Jackson is completing 58.6% of his passes for 2898 yards, 27 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions for Louisville. Jackson has added 1334 yards and 19 touchdowns, while Brandon Radcliff has added 768 yards and 6 touchdowns for Louisville. James Quick has caught 36 passes for 608 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Jamari Staples has added 34 passes for 585 yards and 2 scores for the Cardinals. The Louisville defense is giving up 20.3 points per game with 102.7 rushing yards and 182.5 passing yards per game. Keith Kelsey has led the Louisville defense with 68 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack, while Stacy Thomas has added 58 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, and 1 interception. Blanton Creque has gone 11-14 on field goals, with a long of 43 yards.

Louisville is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the AAC. The over is 6-1 in Louisville’s last 7 road games. Houston is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on turf and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games. The under is 5-1 in Houston’s last 6 November games. The road team is 5-2 ATS in these two teams last 7 meetings.

Houston has struggled this season and hasn’t been very good against the spread in their recent games. Louisville is having a great season and is competing for a spot in the college football playoff. Louisville has a great offense and should give Houston plenty of trouble. I like Louisville on the road, especially with Houston’s recent struggles against the spread. 

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