Memphis at Houston College Football Picks & Predictions 10/20/2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
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The Memphis Tigers travel to TDECU Stadium to take on the Houston Cougars on Thursday, October 19, 2017. The opening line for this game has Houston as 3.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 62. The Tigers have an ATS record of 2-3-1 while their over/under record is 4-2-0. The Cougars have an over/under record of 0-6-0 and they are 3-3-0 against the spread.
Valuable Memphis Tigers Betting Trends
The Memphis Tigers are 4-2-0 against the over/under
The Memphis Tigers are 2-3-1 against the spread
Important Houston Cougars Betting Trends
The Houston Cougars are 0-6-0 against the over/under
The Houston Cougars are 3-3-0 against the spread
Key Memphis Tigers Injuries
10/15/17 QB Riley Ferguson Knee injured last game, probable Thursday vs. Houston U
10/15/17 DB Tim Gordon Undisclosed "?" Thursday vs. Houston U
10/14/17 DL Ernest Suttles Suspension out indefinitely
09/29/17 DB Shaun Rupert Dismissed out for season
09/07/17 LB Darian Porter Undisclosed out for season
09/06/17 LB Jackson Dillon Head out for season
09/05/17 DL Jared Gentry Leg out for season
08/14/17 WR Sam Craft ACL out for season
Key Houston Cougars Injuries
10/15/17 S Collin Wilder Knee "?" Thursday vs. Memphis
10/15/17 DB Grant Stuard Knee out indefinitely
09/28/17 DB D.J. Small Undisclosed out for season
09/08/17 OL Alex Fontana Foot out for season
08/16/17 DE Jerard Carter Foot out indefinitely
08/16/17 OL Kameron Eloph Back out indefinitely
08/16/17 RB Kevrin Justice Ankle out indefinitely
08/16/17 WR Marquez Stevenson ACL out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Memphis Tigers are 22nd in Division 1 in points scored with 242. They have run 451 plays this season for 2,950 yards, which ranks them 18th in the nation in total offense. The Tigers average 6.5 yards per play, which is 23rd in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 150 1st downs this year, placing them 26th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Memphis has run for 1,087 yards as a team, which ranks 53rd in the country. They've run 207 times, averaging 5.3 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Tigers have been penalized on offense 53 times for 458 yards so far this season, which has them 13th in the nation in penalties. Riley Ferguson has thrown for 1,814 yards this season. He has completed 140 passes on 236 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.3%. His quarterback rating this year is 146.2. He averages 7.7 yards per pass attempt and 8.3 adjusted yards per throw.
Memphis is 96th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 203. They have surrendered a total of 2,865 yards on D, which is 101st in Division 1. The Tigers are ranked 88th in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Opposing offenses have completed 126 passes on 215 attempts against the Memphis Tigers defense this season, placing them 87th and 91st in the country. The Memphis pass defense has also given up a total of 1,615 yards through the air, which is 99th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 272 attempts for 1,250 yards this year, putting them in 95th place in D-1 against the run. The Tigers have committed 48 penalties for 437 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 106th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Memphis is ranked 27th in the nation in punt returns with 13. They've accumulated 65 punt return yards and average 5 yards per return, which is 88th in college football. They have returned 19 kicks for 544 yards on special teams, ranking 12th in kick return yardage. The Tigers average 29 yards per kick return and they are 17th in the country in all-purpose yards with 3,559. The Memphis Tigers have attempted 8 field goals this season and made 7, which is 58th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 88%. Memphis Tigers kickers have made 97% of their extra points, going 29 for 30 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,002 yards on 24 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That places them 71st in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cougars have run for 971 yards as a team, which ranks 77th in the nation. They've run 223 times, averaging 4.4 yards per rush as a unit. The Cougars have been penalized on offense 40 times for 362 yards so far this year, which has them 58th in the country in penalties. They are 93rd in Division 1 in points scored with 153. They have run 450 plays this year for 2,549 yards, which ranks them 55th in the nation in total offense. The Houston Cougars average 5.7 yards per play, which is 65th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 141 1st downs this season, ranking them 42nd overall as an offensive unit. Kyle Postma has completed 80 throws while attempting 122 passes for a completion percentage of 65.6%. He has passed for 805 yards this year. He averages 5.4 adjusted yards per throw and 6.6 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 123.6.
The Houston Cougars rush defense has given up 223 attempts for 1,058 yards this season, putting them in 83rd place in the country against the run. They have had 49 penalties for 415 yards on defense this year. That places them 94th in Division 1. Houston is 35th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 126. They have given up a total of 2,418 yards on D, which is 69th in the nation. The Cougars are 54th in yards per play allowed with 5.4. Opponent offenses have completed 132 throws on 226 attempts against the Houston defense this season, ranking them 96th and 107th in the country. The Houston Cougars pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,360 yards in the air, which is 60th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Houston Cougars have tried 8 field goals this year and made 6, which is 78th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 75%. Houston kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 19 for 19 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,176 yards on 30 punts, averaging 39 yards per punt. That ranks them 103rd in the NCAA in punting average. Houston is 81st in the country in punt returns with 8. They've totaled 25 punt return yards and average 3.1 yards per return, which is 116th in D-1. They have returned 16 kicks for 430 yards on special teams, which puts them 35th in kick return yardage. The Cougars average 27 yards per kick return and they are 70th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 3,004.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Tigers +3.5
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