Oklahoma at Houston Free College Football Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 8/28/2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016
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The Oklahoma Sooners take on the Houston Cougars on Saturday, September 3, 2016 at TDECU Stadium. The opening line for this game has Oklahoma as 10.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 68. Last season the Sooners were 9-4-0 against the spread and their over/under record was 8-5-0. The Cougars had an over/under record of 6-7-1 and they were 9-5-0 against the spread.
Oklahoma scored 43.5 points per game on offense last season, which ranked 4th in Division 1. In the passing department, they averaged 22.5 passes on 33.8 attempts for a 66.5 percent completion percentage last season. They threw for a total of 308.2 yards per game through the air as well, which ranked them 17th in college football. The Sooners ran for an average of 222.1 yards per game on 44.2 attempts for an average of 5 yards per carry. That ranked them 23rd in the nation. They also ran 77.9 plays per contest and averaged 6.8 yards per play for an average of 530.2 yards per game, ranking their offense 7th overall last season. The Sooners averaged 27.2 first downs per game which ranked them 6th in the country. They accumulated 61.5 penalty yards per game via 6.2 penalties, which ranked 36th in the nation.
Oklahoma allowed 202.8 passing yards per game, ranking 33rd in D-1, and they allowed 22 points per contest on defense, which ranked 29th. They gave up 17.7 completions on 33.6 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 52.6. The Sooners allowed 161.7 rushing yards per game on 42.5 carries for a 3.8 average per play, which ranked their rush defense 52nd in the country. Oklahoma allowed 364.5 total yards per game including 4.8 yards per play, which ranked their overall defense 39th in terms of yards per game. They forced 2.1 turnovers per contest and got flagged for 5.9 penalties for 52.4 yards per game, ranking them 51st among D-1 teams.
Houston averaged 40.4 points per game last season on offense, which ranked them 10th in the country. In the passing department, they completed 20.3 passes per game on 30.9 attempts for a 65.7 percent completion percentage. They threw for 248.3 yards through the air per game last year, ranking them 44th in Division 1. The Cougars ran for an average of 236.3 yards per game on 47.8 attempts for an average of 4.9 yards per carry last season, which ranked them 13th on the ground. They also ran 78.6 plays per game and averaged 6.2 yards per play for a total of 484.6 yards per game, ranking them 20th in the country on offense. The Cougars got an average of 23.7 first downs per game, which ranked 22nd in the nation. They averaged 56.7 penalty yards per game via 6.1 penalties, ranking them 55th in college football.
Houston allowed an average of 274.7 passing yards yards per game, which ranked 116th in Division 1. Their defense overall allowed 20.7 points per contest, which had them ranked 20th in the nation. They gave up 19.9 completions on 35.7 attempts for a completion percentage of 55.6 per game. The Cougars allowed 108.9 rushing yards per contest on 34.3 carries for a 3.2 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 8th in the country. Houston allowed 383.6 total yards per game for an average of 5.5 yards per play, which ranked 54th in D-1. They forced 2.5 turnovers per contest and 6.9 penalties for 55.4 yards in each contest, ranking 68th in the nation.
Baker Mayfield finished his last game of last season with 311 yards through the air for Oklahoma. He completed 26 passes out of 41 attempts for a 63% completion percentage. The Sooners were led in rushing by Samaje Perine, who finished with 58 yards on 15 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Sterling Shepard was the team leader in receiving with a total of 87 yards and 7 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. As a team in that game Oklahoma got a total of 24 first downs by way of 6 rushing, 16 passing, and 2 by penalty. They ran 76 total plays for 378 yards for the game. The Sooners ran for 67 yards on 33 attempts.
Greg Ward finished his last game of last season with 238 yards through the air for Houston. He completed 25 passes out of 41 attempts for a 61% completion percentage. The Cougars were led in rushing by Greg Ward, who finished with 67 yards on 20 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 3 yards per carry. Demarcus Ayers was the team leader in receiving with a total of 82 yards and 9 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 9 yards per reception. Houston got a total of 27 first downs by way of 10 rushing, 14 passing, and 3 by penalty. They ran 99 total plays for 448 yards for the game. The Cougars ran for 187 yards on 53 attempts.
Oklahoma Betting Trends
Oklahoma were 8-5-0 against the over/under last season
Oklahoma had an ATS record of 9-4-0 last season
Houston Betting Trends
Houston were 6-7-1 against the over/under last season
Houston had an ATS record of 9-5-0 last season
Injuries to Watch
08/20/16 RB Rodney Anderson Neck out for season
08/20/16 WR Marquez Stevenson Collarbone expected to miss 6-8 weeks
Josh's Pick: Take Houston
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