Memphis Tigers vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 11/19/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Memphis Tigers vs Houston Cougars
Date: Friday, November 19, 2021
Location: TDECU Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Cougars (-9.5)
TDECU Stadium is the location where the Houston Cougars (9-1) will meet the Memphis Tigers (5-5) on Friday. Houston opens this matchup as 9.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 60.
The Memphis Tigers come into this game with a record of 5-5 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Tigers played the East Carolina Pirates and earned the victory with a final of 29-25. Seth Henigan finished 15/26 with 233 yds passing and 3 TDs. He had a QB rate of 96.1 and finished the game with 1 pick. Seth Henigan was the rushing leader for the Tigers with 12 totes for 61 yards (5.1 yards per attempt). In all, they tallied 53 plays which gave them 341 yds. The Memphis Tigers ran the football 25 different times and compiled 108 yds, earning them an average of 4.3 yards per attempt. Against the run, the Tigers gave up 61 yds on 29 tries, which averages out to 2.1 yards per rush allowed. Memphis conceded 19 completions on 28 tries for 262 yards, and a completion percentage of 67.9%.
The Tigers currently have 4,512 total yards for the year. When it comes to scoring, Memphis has earned 22 touchdowns through the air and 17 rushing touchdowns. They have given the ball to the opposition 17 times. Memphis has tallied 222 first downs as a team, and they have been hurt by 49 infractions for 414 yds. As a team they maintain an average of 147.9 yards via the ground game which is 80th in college football. When it comes to putting points on the board, the Memphis Tigers are sitting at 31.5 points per game.
When it comes to yards through the air, the Tigers are giving up 2,600 yards which has them ranked 119th in the nation. They have allowed 260.0 yards per game through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 65.6%. During this campaign, they are giving up 410.8 yards per outing which puts them 102nd in college football. They have surrendered 20 touchdowns by air in addition to 16 touchdowns running the ball. They are giving up an average of 3.7 yards per rushing attempt and 150.8 rushing yards per game on the year. Over the course of this year, they have conceded 1,508 yards on the ground through 10 contests. The Tigers are ranked 99th in the nation regarding their opponents scoring, conceding 29.2 PPG.
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The Cougars head into this matchup 9-1 this season. For their last game, the Cougars walked away with a loss by a score of 42-37 when they played the Temple Owls. Clayton Tune (2 TDs) finished the game with 224 yards on 21/34 passing while his quarterback rating was 136.5. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 6.6. Alton McCaskill ran the football 21 times for 129 yds, finishing the game with 6.1 yds per carry for Houston. The Cougars finished the game with a total of 446 yards and they ran 81 plays (5.5 yds per play). Houston ran the ball for 4.8 yards per tote, finishing the contest with 217 yds on 45 attempts. Houston conceded 27 attempts on the ground for 110 yards (4.1 yards per rush). The Cougars secondary conceded a completion percentage of 47.8%, relinquishing 289 yds on 22 for 46 passing.
Regarding the points being put on the board, the Cougars currently sit 10th in Division 1 holding an average of 38.9 PPG. For the year to this point, the Cougars have compiled 2,682 yards via the pass in addition to holding an average of 268.2 passing yards per contest, which ranks 31st in D-1. The Houston Cougars are averaging 412.7 yards per outing, which is good for 60th in D-1. The Houston offense has racked up 598 yds of penalties on 62 violations, which is 65th in the country in terms of giving up free yards.
The Cougars are relinquishing 20.8 PPG, ranking them 38th in the nation. Houston has allowed the opposition a total of 992 yards rushing (99.2 yards per game) and 11 touchdowns rushing for the year. This year, they have conceded 208 points. They have allowed 12 touchdowns from the passing game and 193.2 yards/outing, which has them sitting 32nd in college football. The Cougars defense has participated in 606 plays, which ranks them 23rd in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Tigers/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Tigers +9.5
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