Houston Cougars vs Baylor Bears Prediction, 9/19/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Cougars vs Baylor Bears
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: McLane Stadium
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+7)
McLane Stadium is the site where Charlie Brewer and the Baylor Bears will take on the Houston Cougars on Saturday. Baylor opens this matchup as 7-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 60.
In their last game of 2019, the Houston Cougars went up against the Navy Midshipmen and left there with a loss by a score of 56-41. Clayton Tune paced the team in rushing for that game. His longest run of the day went for 23 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for a total of 61 yards via 11 carries which had him averaging 5.5 yards per carry. Marquez Stevenson was the receiving yardage leader by earning 133 yards on 8 catches. He had an average of 16.6 yards per reception for that game. Tune went 23/35 with 393 yards through the air and added 4 TD's. He also threw 4 picks in this game.
The Cougars come into this matchup after finishing with a record of 4-8 for the 2019 season. They were one of top scoring teams in the nation with an average of 30.7 points per game, which had them at 50th in the country. As a team, they averaged 189.3 rushing yards per contest which was 5th in the American Athletic Conference. For total yards, they sat at 10th in the American Athletic Conference and 93rd in the country with 4,711 yards. They were a team that had one of the most potent offenses in the AAC and they are capable of putting up big points on any given night.
The Cougars had one of the worst defenses in the nation allowing 34 points per game, putting them 11th in the American Athletic Conference and 112th in the country. In terms of rushing yards, Houston gave up 179.1 yards per contest putting them 7th in the conference and 84th in college football. Opposing teams ran for an average of 5.2 yards per rush ranking them 11th in the American Athletic Conference and 115th in the country overall. Overall, they conceded 2,149 yards rushing through 12 games. When it comes to passing yards, the Cougars allowed 2,440 yards. Teams completed 61.2% of the throws they attempted against them and averaged 8.4 yards per attempt.
In their last outing last season, the Baylor Bears took the field against the Georgia Bulldogs and were on the losing end of this game by a score of 26-14. Trestan Ebner paced the team on the ground for the game. He tore off a long run of 17 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for a total of 23 yards on 5 carries which gave him an average of 4.6 yards per tote. Denzel Mims was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 75 yards on 5 catches. He earned an average of 15.0 yards per catch for the game. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Bears was Charlie Brewer who went 24/41 with 211 yards by way of passing and completed 1 touchdown. He tossed 1 interception for this game.
The Bears step onto the field after holding a record of 11-3. Baylor built a respectable ground game last year by averaging 166.4 yards per contest, which had them at 62nd in the country. As a team, they compiled a total of 2,330 rushing yards through 14 games, so they'll look to the run game to try to keep the opponents off balance so they'll have open receivers. The Bears averaged 421.5 yards per contest overall putting them 51st in college football and 6th in the Big 12. In discussing their scoring prowess, the Bears were ranked 3rd in the conference and 27th out of all the teams in the nation with an average of 33.6 points per game.
The Bears gave up 19.8 points per game which put them at 1st in the Big 12 Conference and 19th in D-1. In discussing points given up, they allowed 277 total points. In discussing yards rushing, they conceded 142.9 yards per game which put them at 49th in the nation and 5th in the conference. For last year, they gave up a total of 2,001 yards rushing. Their passing defense was one of the mediocre units in the nation. They conceded 217.6 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Bears sat in 3rd in the conference.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Bears college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Bears -7
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