Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls Prediction, 11/13/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Cougars vs Temple Owls
Date: Saturday, November 13, 2021
Location: Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Owls (+24.5)
The Temple Owls (3-6) are welcoming the Houston Cougars (8-1) at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday. Houston opens this game as 24.5-point favorites. The betting total is set at 58.
The Houston Cougars come into this game with a record of 8-1 for this year. The last time they took the field, the Cougars went up against the USF Bulls and walked away with a win by a score of 54-42. Clayton Tune finished 21/26 with 385 yards passing and 3 TDs. He had a QB rating of 243.2 and ended the contest without throwing a pick. Alton McCaskill was the rushing leader for the Cougars with 22 totes for 125 yards (5.7 yds per attempt). The Houston Cougars ended up rushing 39 times and amassed 261 yds, which earned them an average of 6.7 yards per carry. When the final whistle blew, they ran 65 plays which totaled 646 yds. Houston relinquished 22 pass completions on 46 tries for 289 yds, and a completion rate of 47.8%. In the running game, the Cougars conceded 110 yds on 27 tries, which averages out to 4.1 yards per rush surrendered.
The Cougars currently have 3,681 total yards this season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Houston has totaled 21 touchdowns through the air and 19 touchdowns via the ground. They have turned the football over 8 different times. Houston has accumulated 192 first downs, and they have committed 60 penalties for 573 yards. As a team they maintain an average of 136.4 yards on the ground giving them a rank of 93rd in college football. Concerning getting in the endzone, the Houston Cougars have an average of 39.1 points per game.
Regarding yards through the air, the Cougars have given up 1,813 yards which puts them in 46th in the nation. They are conceding 201.4 yards per outing through the air as well as conceding a completion percentage of 56.9%. In total, they have yielded 300.7 yards per contest which puts them 24th in college football. They have surrendered 12 touchdowns by air as well as 10 touchdowns on the ground. They are giving up an average of 2.9 yards per attempt on the ground and 99.2 rushing yards per contest so far this season. For the year, they have given up 893 running yards through 9 games. The Cougars are ranked 51st in D-1 when it comes to team defense, giving up 22.2 points per game.
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The Owls come into this game with a record of 3-6 for this season. For their last game, the Owls went home defeated by a final of 45-3 when they played the East Carolina Pirates. Justin Lynch finished the contest with 20 yards on 6/20 through the air while his QB rating was 38.4. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 1.0. Justin Lynch carried the ball 8 times for 54 yds, finishing the game with 6.8 yds per attempt for Temple. Temple ran for 3.7 yards per tote, totaling 111 yds on 30 attempts. The Owls finished with 168 yards on 63 plays (2.7 yards per play). The Owls pass defense gave up a completion rate of 64.0%, relinquishing 198 yds on 16 out of 25 passing. Temple conceded 42 running attempts for 246 yds (5.9 yds per rush).
Regarding this team's ability to score points, the Owls rank 121st in the country with an average of 18.2 points per outing. For the year to this point, the Owls currently sit at 1,735 passing yards in addition to an average of 192.8 passing yards per game, which has them sitting 101st in the country. The Temple Owls average 306.2 yards per outing, which ranks them 120th in college football. The Temple offense has totaled 414 yds of penalties on 54 infractions, which is good for 74th in D-1 in terms of helping out the opposition.
Temple has given up a total of 2,004 yards on the ground (222.7 yards per contest) and 24 touchdowns via the rush on the campaign. They have surrendered 19 touchdowns from the passing game and 167.3 yards per outing, which puts them in 19th in the country. The Owls defense has taken the field for 628 plays, which ranks 90th in the country. The Owls are conceding 36.8 PPG, which has them ranked 135th in Division 1. This season, they have conceded 331 total points.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Owls college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Owls +24.5
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