Saturday, September 24, 2016
Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium
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The Houston Cougars take on the Texas State Bobcats on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium. The opening line for this game has Houston as 33 point favorites. This season the Cougars are 2-1-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 0-3-0. The Bobcats have an over/under record of 1-1-0 and they are 1-1-0 against the spread.
Greg Ward finished with 326 yards through the air for Houston last week. He completed 24 passes out of 36 attempts for a 67% completion percentage. The Cougars were led in rushing by Greg Ward, who finished with 73 yards on 26 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 3 yards per carry. Linell Bonner was the team leader in receiving with a total of 119 yards and 8 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 15 yards per reception. As a team in that game Houston got a total of 28 first downs. Of those first downs, 14 came on the ground while 14 came through the air. They ran 93 total plays for 506 yards for the game. The Cougars ran for 180 yards on 57 attempts.
Tyler Jones finished with 83 yards passing for Texas State last week. He went 11 for 26, resulting in a 42% completion percentage. The Bobcats were led on the ground by Stedman Mayberry, who finished with 34 yards on 10 carries. He ended the game with an average of 3 yards per rush. Elijah King led the team in receiving with 24 yards and 2 catches. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. Texas State had 8 first downs total. 5 came from running the ball and 3 came from a pass. They ran 52 total plays for 105 yards for the contest. The Bobcats ran for 22 yards on 26 carries as a team.
Houston scores 38.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 39th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 20.7 passes on 34 attempts for a 60.8 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 259 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 43rd in college football. The Cougars run for an average of 216.7 yards per game on 56 attempts for an average of 3.9 yards per carry. That ranks them 37th in the nation. They also run 90 plays per contest and average 5.3 yards per play for an average of 475.7 yards per game, ranking their offense 34th overall this season. The Cougars average 26 first downs per game which ranks them 24th in the country. They accumulate 45 penalty yards per game via 4.3 penalties, which ranks 100th in the nation.
Houston allows 219.3 passing yards per game, ranking 64th in D-1, and they allow 13 points per contest on defense, which ranks 14th. They give up 17.7 completions on 28.7 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 61.6. The Cougars allow 38.3 rushing yards per game on 26.3 carries for an average of 1.5 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 1st in the country. Houston allows 257.7 total yards per game including 4.7 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 10th in terms of yards per game. They force 2 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 4.3 penalties for 41.3 yards per game, ranking them 14th among D-1 teams.
Texas State averages 29.5 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 75th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 26 passes per game on 41 attempts for a 63.4 percent completion percentage. They throw for 261.5 yards through the air per game, ranking them 42nd in Division 1. The Bobcats run for an average of 64 yards per game on 34 attempts for an average of 1.9 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 126th on the ground. They also run 75 plays per game and average 4.3 yards per play for a total of 325.5 yards per game, ranking them 113th in the country on offense. The Bobcats get an average of 18.5 first downs per game, which ranks 97th in the nation. They average 50 penalty yards per game via 5.5 penalties, ranking them 86th in college football.
Texas State allows an average of 310.5 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 119th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 48 points per contest, which has them ranked 127th in the nation. They give up 21.5 completions on 33.5 attempts for a completion percentage of 64.2 per game. The Bobcats allow 238 rushing yards per contest on 47.5 carries for a 5 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 113th in the country. Texas State allows 548.5 total yards per game for an average of 6.8 yards per play, which ranks 127th in D-1. They force 1.5 turnovers per contest and 10 penalties for 90.5 yards in each contest, ranking 125th in the nation.
Houston Betting Trends
Houston is 0-3-0 against the over/under this season
Houston has an ATS record of 2-1-0 this season
Texas State Betting Trends
Texas State is 1-1-0 against the over/under this season
Texas State has an ATS record of 1-1-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/18/16 QB Greg Ward Jr. Shoulder probable Saturday vs. Texas State
08/20/16 WR Marquez Stevenson Collarbone expected to miss 6-8 weeks
09/18/16 DB Frankie Griffen Concussion "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
Josh's Pick: Take Texas State
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