Houston vs. Florida State - 12/31/15 College Football Peach Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida State Seminoles (10-2) vs. Houston Cougars (12-1)
College Football: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Georgia Dome)
The Line: Florida State Seminoles -7 -- Over/Under: 53 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Cougars and Florida State Seminoles play New Year's Eve in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome.
The Houston Cougars look to win back-to-back bowl games for the first time since Bill Yeoman in the late 70s. Greg Ward Jr. is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 2,590 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Ward has three passing touchdowns in his last four games. Chance Allen and Demarcus Ayers have combined for 1,833 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Steven Dunbar has 27 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 239.5 yards per contest, and Ward leads the way with 1,041 yards and 19 touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 20.5 points and 381.3 yards per game. Elandon Roberts leads the Cougars with 132 tackles, Adrian McDonald has four interceptions and Steven Taylor has nine sacks. Colton Freeman, Jeremy Winchester and Kyle Postma are questionable.
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The Florida State Seminoles hope to win their seventh bowl game in the last eight years. Sean Maguire is completing 62.1 percent of his passes for 1,128 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Maguire has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Kermit Whitfield and Travis Rudolph have combined for 1,457 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Jesus Wilson has 50 receptions. The Florida State Seminoles ground game is averaging 180.9 yards per contest, and Dalvin Cook leads the way with 1,658 yards and 18 touchdowns. Defensively, Florida State is allowing 15.8 points and 327.7 yards per game. Reggie Northrup leads the Seminoles with 87 tackles, Lamarcus Brutus has three interceptions and DeMarcus Walker has 10.5 sacks. Jeremy Kerr, Marcus Lewis and Reggie Northrup are questionable.
This will easily be the most talented team Houston has faced all season. There's a big advantage that goes to Florida State in that department. However, Houston has a stud at the quarterback position and a guy who can takeover a game with his arm and legs. You also have to think that the Cougars are going to be far more excited for this game than the Noles, a team with playoff hopes heading into the season.
I can't lay a free touchdown on the table when considering all the factors.