Houston Cougars vs UTSA Roadrunners Prediction, 9/3/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Houston Cougars vs UTSA Roadrunners
Date: Saturday, September 3, 2022
Location: Alamodome in San Antonio, TX
Odds/Point Spread: Roadrunners (+6.5)
The Houston Cougars (12-2 last season) are en route to Alamodome on Saturday where they will meet the UTSA Roadrunners (12-2 last year). UTSA opens this matchup as 6.5-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is 56.5.
The Houston Cougars finished the season with a 12-2 mark. In their last game, the Cougars played the Auburn Tigers and walked away with a win by a score of 17-13. Alton McCaskill was the rushing leader for the Cougars with 14 attempts for 78 yards (5.6 yards per carry). Clayton Tune went 26/40 with 281 yards passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 135.5 and finished the game with 1 pick. Against the run, the Cougars conceded 125 yds on 29 tries, which averages out to 4.3 yards per rush allowed. Houston conceded 19 pass completions on 37 tries for a total of 227 yds, and a completion percentage of 51.4%. Once the final whistle blew, they ran 67 plays for 398 yds. The Houston Cougars ran the football 26 different times and tallied 115 yards, which came out to an average of 4.4 yards per attempt.
In terms of getting in the endzone, the Houston Cougars averaged 35.9 points per game. As a unit they held an average of 142.4 yards on the ground, giving them a rank of 86th in college football. The Cougars tallied 5,795 total yards over the course of last season. Houston compiled 32 touchdowns through the air and 27 rushing touchdowns. Houston recorded 304 1st downs as a team, and they were called for 90 penalties for 855 yards. They turned the ball over 14 different times.
In terms of yards through the air, the Cougars gave up 2,722 yards which had them ranked 49th in Division 1. Over the course of their 14 games, they surrendered 194.4 yards per contest via the pass as well as surrendering a completion percentage of 55.3%. They gave up 302.6 yards per contest which put them 7th in college football. They gave up 18 touchdowns via the pass as well as 13 touchdowns via the ground game. They allowed an average of 3.4 yards per rush and 108.2 yards on the ground per contest over the course of last season. Over the course of last year, they allowed 1,515 rushing yards through 14 games. The Cougars ranked 19th in D-1 in terms of the opposition scoring, allowing 20.4 PPG.
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The Roadrunners ended the year with a 12-2 record. In their last game, the Roadrunners took a loss by a final score of 38-24 when they played the San Diego State Aztecs. Brenden Brady carried the football 16 times for 76 yards, walking away from the game with 4.8 yds per carry for UTSA. Frank Harris (2 touchdowns) walked away from the contest with 271 yards on 22/36 through the air while his quarterback rate was 137.1. He had 1 pick and his average yards per pass attempt was 7.5. UTSA surrendered 40 running attempts for 156 yds (3.9 yards per rush). The Roadrunners passing defense conceded a completion percentage of 66.7%, relinquishing 333 yards on 24 out of 36 through the air. The Roadrunners ended up finishing with 388 yds and they ran 62 plays (6.3 yards per play). UTSA ran for 4.9 yds per carry, totaling 117 yds on 24 attempts.
In relation to how much they scored, the Roadrunners had a ranking of 12th in the country by scoring 36.9 points per contest. Last year, the Roadrunners compiled 3,577 yards through the air along with an average of 255.5 passing yards per game, which was ranked 44th in the country. The UTSA Roadrunners had an average of 439.4 yards per outing, ranking them 34th in college football. The UTSA offense accrued 713 yds of penalties on 71 violations, which ranked 75th in the country in terms of giving up free yards.
The Roadrunners gave up 24.6 points per contest, which had them ranked 50th in D-1. UTSA gave up a total of 1,602 yards rushing (114.4 yards per game) in addition to 15 touchdowns via the rush throughout last year. Last year, they surrendered 344 points in total. They surrendered 27 touchdowns via the pass and 258.0 yards/outing, which put them in 106th in Division 1. The Roadrunners defense took the field for 923 plays, which was good for 108th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Roadrunners college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cougars -6.5
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