Houston Cougars (8-3) at Memphis Tigers (7-4)
|Date & Time||Friday November 23, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Memphis Tigers -7.5 -- Over/Under:
The Houston Cougars and Memphis Tigers meet Friday in college football action at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
The Houston Cougars look to end the season with a victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Houston Cougars have split their last four road games. D’Eriq King is completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 2,982 yards, 36 touchdowns and six interceptions. King has three or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 11 games. Marquez Stevenson and Keith Corbin have combined for 1,500 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns while Courtney Lark has 32 receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 235.8 yards per contest, and Patrick Carr leads the way with 733 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 32.8 points and 477.9 yards per game. Austin Robinson leads the Houston Cougars with 105 tackles, Isaiah Chambers has 4.5 sacks and Garrett Davis has two interceptions.
The Memphis Tigers also look to stay hot after winning six of their last nine games. The Memphis Tigers have won five of their last six home games. Brady White is completing 63.7 percent of his passes for 2,738 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. White has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games. Damonte Coxie and Tony Pollard have combined for 1,375 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Darrell Henderson has 15 receptions. The Memphis Tigers ground game is averaging 264.5 yards per contest, and Henderson leads the way with 1,521 yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Memphis is allowing 29.4 points and 397.5 yards per game. Curtis Akins leads the Memphis Tigers with 72 tackles, Bryce Huff has 8.5 sacks and Tito Windham has two interceptions.
The Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 road games and 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games on fieldturf. The Tigers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 conference games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The over is 15-4 in Tigers last 19 home games.
The Houston Cougars continue to play this hit or miss football that makes them tough to back given that you have no idea which team is going to show up. The Memphis Tigers are riding a solid three-game winning streak and have played their best ball at home where they're outscoring teams by 28.7 points on the season. The Houston Cougars are 10-0-1 ATS in their last 11 games as an underdog of at least seven points. The Memphis Tigers have covered their last four games as a favorite of at least seven points. Considering I have no idea which Houston team is going to show up and the fact Memphis has been a scoring machine and will blow you out if you don't come to play, I'm going to back the Tigers in a comfortable victory.