Texas Tech at Houston College Football Picks & Predictions 9/23/2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Get todays College Football Odds & Lines on this game
The Texas Tech Red Raiders travel to TDECU Stadium to take on the Houston Cougars on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The opening line for this game has Houston as 7 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 72. The Red Raiders have an ATS record of 2-0-0 while their over/under record is 1-1-0. The Cougars have an over/under record of 0-2-0 and they are 2-0-0 against the spread.
Valuable Texas Tech Red Raiders Betting Trends
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are 1-1-0 against the over/under
The Texas Tech Red Raiders are 2-0-0 against the spread
Important Houston Cougars Betting Trends
The Houston Cougars are 0-2-0 against the over/under
The Houston Cougars are 2-0-0 against the spread
Key Texas Tech Red Raiders Injuries
09/17/17 OL Travis Bruffy Illness "?" Saturday vs. Houston U
08/30/17 LB D'Vonta Hinton Left Team out for season
08/30/17 RB Da'Leon Ward Academics out indefinitely
Key Houston Cougars Injuries
09/17/17 WR/QB D'Erig King Knee "?" Saturday vs. Texas Tech
09/14/17 WR Ellis Jefferson Knee out indefinitely
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 Texas Tech Red Raiders are 35th in Division 1 in points scored with 108. They have run 154 plays this season for 1,241 yards, which ranks them 16th in the nation in total offense. The Red Raiders average 8.1 yards per play, which is 7th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 65 1st downs this year, placing them 51st overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Texas Tech has run for 249 yards as a team, which ranks 117th in the country. They've run 69 times, averaging 3.6 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Red Raiders have been penalized on offense 17 times for 187 yards so far this season, which has them 70th in the nation in penalties. Nic Shimonek has thrown for 927 yards this season. He has completed 63 passes on 80 attempts for a completion percentage of 78.8%. His quarterback rating this year is 213.2. He averages 11.6 yards per pass attempt and 13.8 adjusted yards per throw.
Texas Tech is 44th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 55. They have surrendered a total of 795 yards on D, which is 26th in Division 1. The Red Raiders are ranked 55th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Opposing offenses have completed 50 passes on 77 attempts against the Texas Tech Red Raiders defense this season, placing them 50th and 35th in the country. The Texas Tech pass defense has also given up a total of 546 yards through the air, which is 47th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 80 attempts for 249 yards this year, putting them in 18th place in D-1 against the run. The Red Raiders have committed 9 penalties for 92 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 17th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Texas Tech is ranked 72nd in the nation in punt returns with 4. They've accumulated 23 punt return yards and average 5.8 yards per return, which is 70th in college football. They are 89th in the country in all-purpose yards with 1,264. Texas Tech Red Raiders kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 15 for 15 this year. Their punters have totaled 228 yards on 6 punts, averaging 38 yards per punt. That places them 113th in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cougars have run for 288 yards as a team, which ranks 111th in the nation. They've run 74 times, averaging 3.9 yards per rush as a unit. The Cougars have been penalized on offense 12 times for 120 yards so far this year, which has them 106th in the country in penalties. They are 107th in Division 1 in points scored with 57. They have run 144 plays this year for 867 yards, which ranks them 83rd in the nation in total offense. The Houston Cougars average 6 yards per play, which is 56th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 40 1st downs this season, ranking them 116th overall as an offensive unit. Kyle Allen has completed 56 throws while attempting 65 passes for a completion percentage of 86.2%. He has passed for 534 yards this year. He averages 7.8 adjusted yards per throw and 8.2 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 164.2.
The Houston Cougars rush defense has given up 74 attempts for 281 yards this season, putting them in 34th place in the country against the run. They have had 6 penalties for 50 yards on defense this year. That places them 3rd in Division 1. Houston is 5th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 19. They have given up a total of 613 yards on D, which is 12th in the nation. The Cougars are 29th in yards per play allowed with 4.5. Opponent offenses have completed 33 throws on 62 attempts against the Houston defense this season, ranking them 21st and 17th in the country. The Houston Cougars pass defense has also surrendered a total of 332 yards in the air, which is 15th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Houston Cougars have tried 4 field goals this year and made 2, which is 92nd in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 50%. Houston kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 7 for 7 this season. Their punters have accumulated 381 yards on 9 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That ranks them 57th in the NCAA in punting average. Houston is 69th in the country in punt returns with 4. They've totaled 12 punt return yards and average 3 yards per return, which is 94th in D-1. They have returned 3 kicks for 140 yards on special teams, which puts them 74th in kick return yardage. The Cougars average 47 yards per kick return and they are 112th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,019.
Who will win tonight's Red Raiders/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Red Raiders +7
Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. No Obligation. No Salesman. No Credit Card. Fast Sign up with Instant Access Click Here
Read more articles by Tony Sink
Get all of this Weeks College Football Picks
Get all of this Weeks guaranteed Expert College Football Picks