Navy Midshipmen vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 9/25/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Navy Midshipmen vs Houston Cougars
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Location: TDECU Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Cougars (-21)
The Navy Midshipmen (0-2) are headed to TDECU Stadium on Saturday where they will take on the Houston Cougars (2-1). Houston is 21-point favorites. The total is set at 49.5.
The Navy Midshipmen come into this game with a record of 0-2 for this season. In their last contest, the Midshipmen went up against the Air Force Falcons and took a loss by a score of 23-3. Maasai Maynor went 3/5 with 32 yards passing. He had a QB rating of 113.8 and ended the contest without throwing a pick. Xavier Arline was the best rusher for the Midshipmen with 16 carries for 31 yards (1.9 yds per attempt). In the game, they tallied 44 plays for 68 yards. The Navy Midshipmen ran the ball a total of 34 different times and totaled 36 yds, which came out to an average of 1.1 yds per attempt. On the ground, the Midshipmen gave up 176 yds on 59 attempts, which is 3.0 yds per rush allowed. Navy allowed 3 pass completions on 10 attempts for a total of 49 yds, and a completion rate of 30.0%.
The Midshipmen have racked up 466 total yards over the course of this season. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Navy has totaled no touchdowns through the air and 1 touchdown on the ground. They have turned the ball over 3 times. Navy has tallied 30 first downs, and they have been hurt by 6 penalties for 49 yds. As a team they're averaging 186.5 yards in the run game which ranks them 44th in Division 1. When it comes to scoring points, the Navy Midshipmen hold an average of 5.0 points per game.
The Midshipmen are ranked 130th in college football concerning team defense, giving up 36.0 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.1 yards per rushing attempt and 138.5 yards on the ground per contest so far this season. Over the course of this year, they have given up 277 rushing yards through 2 outings. In terms of passing yardage, the Midshipmen are giving up 412 yds which has them sitting in 24th in college football. They are allowing 206.0 yards per game through the air as well as conceding a completion percentage of 55.8%. Over the course of this season, they are surrendering 344.5 yards/game putting them 69th in college football.
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The Cougars come into this matchup with a record of 2-1 for this year. When they last stepped on the field, the Cougars walked away with a victory by a final of 45-0 against the Grambling State Tigers. Alton McCaskill ran the football 16 times for 114 yards, finishing the contest with 7.1 yards per attempt for Houston. Ike Ogbogu (2 TDs) finished the game with 196 yards on 14/22 through the air while his quarterback rating was 168.5. He kept the ball away from the defense with no interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 8.9. Houston gave up 34 attempts on the ground for 53 yds (1.6 yards per carry). The Cougars passing defense gave up a completion percentage of 41.7%, surrendering 49 yds on 5 out of 12 through the air. The Cougars finished the game with 422 yds and they ran 74 plays (5.7 yds per play). Houston ran the football for 3.6 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 164 yds on 45 carries.
When discussing their scoring prowess, the Cougars are 40th in the country holding an average of 36.7 PPG. For the year so far, the Cougars have thrown for a total of 681 passing yards in addition to holding an average of 227.0 throwing yards per game, putting them at 71st in Division 1. The Houston Cougars maintain an average of 355.3 yards per outing, which is good for 94th in Division 1. The Houston offense has accrued 174 yds of penalties on 18 infractions, which ranks them 70th in the country in terms of making mistakes.
Houston has allowed a total of 324 yards rushing (108.0 yards/game) and 3 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the season. They have surrendered 2 touchdowns from the passing game and 122.0 yards per game, which puts them in 15th in college football. The Cougars defense has been on the field for 153 plays, which has them sitting 19th in the country. The Cougars are conceding 15.0 points per contest, which has them 32nd in the nation. In total, they have allowed 45 points.
Who will win tonight's Midshipmen/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Midshipmen +21
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