Saturday, December 17, 2016
Las Vegas Bowl
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The Houston Cougars take on the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday, December 17, 2016 in the Las Vegas Bowl. The opening line for this game has Houston as 3 point favorites. This season the Cougars are 5-7-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-7-0. The Aztecs have an over/under record of 8-5-0 and they are 6-6-1 against the spread.
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Greg Ward finished with 487 yards through the air for Houston in his last game. He completed 47 passes out of 67 attempts for a 70% completion percentage. The Cougars were led in rushing by Greg Ward, who finished with 65 yards on 16 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Linell Bonner was the team leader in receiving with a total of 235 yards and 17 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 14 yards per reception. As a team in that game Houston got a total of 33 first downs. Of those first downs, 10 came on the ground while 20 came through the air. They ran 101 total plays for 624 yards for the game. The Cougars ran for 137 yards on 32 attempts.
Christian Chapman finished with 85 yards passing for San Diego State in his last contest. He went 6 for 13, resulting in a 46% completion percentage. The Aztecs were led on the ground by Rashaad Penny, who finished with 117 yards on 16 carries. He ended the game with an average of 7 yards per rush. Mikah Holder led the team in receiving with 56 yards and 2 catches. He finished the game with an average of 28 yards per reception. San Diego State had 16 first downs total. 11 came from running the ball and 4 came from a pass. They ran 66 total plays for 327 yards for the contest. The Aztecs ran for 242 yards on 53 carries as a team.
Houston scores 38 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 21st in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 27.3 passes on 40.8 attempts for a 66.9 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 301.9 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 15th in college football. The Cougars run for an average of 157.3 yards per game on 43.3 attempts for an average of 3.6 yards per carry. That ranks them 87th in the nation. They also run 84.1 plays per contest and average 5.5 yards per play for an average of 459.2 yards per game, ranking their offense 34th overall this season. The Cougars average 24.8 first downs per game which ranks them 16th in the country. They accumulate 45.3 penalty yards per game via 4.7 penalties, which ranks 98th in the nation.
Houston allows 227.1 passing yards per game, ranking 67th in D-1, and they allow 22.6 points per contest on defense, which ranks 27th. They give up 18.8 completions on 33.8 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 55.6. The Cougars allow 97.9 rushing yards per game on 34.2 carries for an average of 2.9 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 3rd in the country. Houston allows 325 total yards per game including 4.8 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 14th in terms of yards per game. They force 1.5 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 5.9 penalties for 50.6 yards per game, ranking them 53rd among D-1 teams.
San Diego State averages 35.3 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 32nd in the country. In the passing department, they complete 11.2 passes per game on 18.6 attempts for a 59.9 percent completion percentage. They throw for 145.8 yards through the air per game, ranking them 119th in Division 1. The Aztecs run for an average of 273.3 yards per game on 46.1 attempts for an average of 5.9 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 7th on the ground. They also run 64.7 plays per game and average 6.5 yards per play for a total of 419.1 yards per game, ranking them 63rd in the country on offense. The Aztecs get an average of 20.4 first downs per game, which ranks 82nd in the nation. They average 62.9 penalty yards per game via 7.3 penalties, ranking them 24th in college football.
San Diego State allows an average of 208.8 passing yards per game, which ranks 40th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 21 points per contest, which has them ranked 19th in the nation. They give up 16.6 completions on 31.7 attempts for a completion percentage of 52.4 per game. The Aztecs allow 111.9 rushing yards per contest on 33.8 carries for a 3.3 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 11th in the country. San Diego State allows 320.8 total yards per game for an average of 4.9 yards per play, which ranks 12th in D-1. They force 1.9 turnovers per contest and 5.5 penalties for 51 yards in each contest, ranking 58th in the nation.
Houston Betting Trends
Houston is 5-7-0 against the over/under this season
Houston has an ATS record of 5-7-0 this season
San Diego State Betting Trends
San Diego State is 8-5-0 against the over/under this season
San Diego State has an ATS record of 6-6-1 this season
Injuries to Watch
12/05/16 WR Linell Bonner Shoulder probable Saturday vs. San Diego State
11/14/16 QB Kyle Postma Arm out for season
09/21/16 WR Tren'Davian Dickson Personal left the team
San Diego State
11/08/16 CB Billy Vaughn, Jr. Suspension out for season
11/08/16 CB Derek Babiash Suspension out for season
11/08/16 DL Fred Melifonwu Suspension out for season
10/27/16 TE Kahale Warring Knee out for season
10/27/16 RB Marcus Stamps Knee out for season
10/10/16 S Na'im McGee Foot out for season
10/10/16 DL Randy Ricks Toe out for season
10/04/16 C Turner Bernard Knee out for season
08/29/16 OL Joe Salcedo Knee out for season
08/29/16 OL Ryan Pope Lung out indefinitely
Guy's Pick: Take San Diego State +3
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