Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Houston Cougars Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Houston Cougars
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Cougars (+2)
NRG Stadium is where the Houston Cougars (3-5 last year) will compete against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-6 last season) on Saturday. Houston opens this contest as 2-point underdogs. The betting total comes in at 68.5.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders wrapped up their year with a 4-6 record. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Red Raiders played against the Kansas Jayhawks and notched a win by a score of 16-13. Alan Bowman went 15/26 with 117 yds through the air. He had a quarterback rating of 87.8 and finished the game with 1 interception. Tahj Brooks led the offense in rushing for the Red Raiders with 16 totes for 79 yards (4.9 yards per attempt). The Texas Tech Red Raiders ran the ball 43 times and tallied 293 yds, which earned them an average of 6.8 yds per carry. In the game, they ran 69 plays which gave them a total of 410 yds. Texas Tech relinquished 17 pass completions on 29 attempts for a total of 102 yards, and a completion rate of 58.6%. Against the run, the Red Raiders conceded 112 yds on 44 tries, which averages out to 2.5 yards per rush surrendered.
Concerning putting points on the board, the Texas Tech Red Raiders held an average of 29.1 points per outing. As a team they held an average of 163.4 yards rushing, ranking this team 63rd in D-1. The Red Raiders earned 4,295 total yards for last season. Texas Tech amassed 18 touchdowns via the pass and 17 rushing touchdowns. Texas Tech compiled 214 1st downs as a team, and they were hurt by 67 penalties for 577 yards. They surrendered the football 19 times.
The Red Raiders sat in 121st in college football concerning the opposition scoring, allowing 36.7 PPG. They allowed teams to run for an average of 4.4 yards per rushing attempt and 186.4 yards on the ground per game last season. Over the course of last year, they allowed 1,864 rushing yards through 10 contests. When it comes to passing yards, the Red Raiders gave up 2,585 yds which had them ranked 107th in the nation. Over the course of their 10 games, they gave up 258.5 yards per outing via the pass as well as relinquishing a completion percentage of 63.6%. They conceded 17 throwing touchdowns as well as 24 touchdowns on the ground. They surrendered 444.9 yards per outing which had them sitting 112th in Division 1.
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The Cougars ended the year holding a 3-5 mark. The last time they took the field, the Cougars walked away with a loss by a score of 28-14 when they played the Hawaii Warriors. Clayton Tune (2 touchdowns) finished the contest with 216 yds on 20/38 through the air while his quarterback rate was 102.0. He threw 3 interceptions and his average yards per pass attempt was 5.7. Mulbah Car carried the rock 15 times for 47 yds, ending the game with 3.1 yds per carry for Houston. The Cougars finished the game with a total of 307 yards while they ran 81 plays (3.8 yds per play). Houston ran the ball for 1.5 yards per tote, finishing the contest with 58 yds on 38 carries. Houston surrendered 34 attempts on the ground for 131 yds (3.9 yards per rush). The Cougars pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 65.2%, relinquishing 136 yds on 15 for 23 through the air.
The Houston Cougars maintained an average of 408.9 yards per outing which was good for 54th in D-1. They threw 10 interceptions while letting opponents recover 6 fumbles and they tallied 183 first downs. They held an average of 143.1 rushing yards per game and ran for 1,145 yards for the year. The Houston offense compiled 546 yards of penalties on 61 infractions, which had them ranked 45th in college football in terms of hurting your team. Last year, the Cougars compiled 2,126 yards through the air not to mention averaging 265.8 passing yards per game, which had them ranked 35th in the nation. In relation to how much they scored, the Cougars had a ranking of 54th in Division 1 holding an average of 30.0 PPG.
Houston allowed a total of 1,340 yards via the ground game (167.5 yards per outing) in addition to 12 touchdowns via the rush throughout last season. Their defense compiled 3 fumbles recovered and 3 interceptions in the previous season. They surrendered 16 touchdowns through the air and 231.0 yards/outing, which had them sitting 78th in the country. The Cougars defense took the field for 552 plays, which ranked 60th in college football. Overall, they surrendered 256 points in total. The Cougars conceded 32.0 points per game, which had them ranked 93rd in the nation.
Who will win tonight's Red Raiders/Cougars college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Red Raiders -2
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