Houston Cougars vs Kansas State Wildcats Prediction, 10/28/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Houston Cougars vs Kansas State Wildcats
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2023
Location: Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, KS
Odds/Point Spread: Wildcats (-13)
The Houston Cougars (3-4) are on their way to Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday, October 28, 2023 where they will meet the Kansas State Wildcats (5-2). Kansas State opens as 13-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The over/under comes in at 60.5.
The Houston Cougars come into this matchup with a record of 3-4 for this year. In their last contest, the Cougars faced the Texas Longhorns and went home with a loss by a final score of 31-24. Parker Jenkins led the offense in rushing for the Cougars with 9 attempts for 23 yards (2.6 yds per carry). Donovan Smith went 32/46 with 378 yards passing and 3 TDs. He had a quarterback rate of 155.8 and finished the contest with 1 interception. Against the run, the Cougars conceded 141 yds on 37 tries, which averages out to 3.8 yards per run allowed. Houston conceded 25 completions on 32 attempts for 219 yards, and a completion rate of 78.1%. When all was said and done, they tallied 65 plays which totaled 392 yds. The Houston Cougars ended up rushing 19 different times and accounted for 14 yds, earning them an average of 0.7 yards per tote.
The Cougars have earned 2,855 yards in total for this campaign. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Houston has compiled 17 passing touchdowns and 8 touchdowns via the ground. They have surrendered the football 5 times. Houston has tallied 151 first downs, and they have been flagged for 39 penalties for 356 yds. As a team they average 116.9 yards on the ground which has them sitting 108th in the nation. In terms of scoring, the Houston Cougars have an average of 28.9 points per game.
The Cougars are ranked 113th in college football when it comes to their opponents scoring, giving up 31.3 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.3 yards per tote and 159.1 rushing yards per game on the year. During this campaign, they have given up 1,114 rushing yards through 7 contests. When it comes to yards through the air, the Cougars have conceded 1,821 yards which ranks them 103rd in the nation. They are conceding 260.1 yards per contest through the air and giving up a completion percentage of 62.6%. For the season, they have allowed 419.3 yards/contest ranking them 113th in D-1. They have relinquished 12 touchdowns via the pass and 15 touchdowns via the ground game.
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The Wildcats come into this matchup with a record of 5-2 for this year. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Wildcats walked away with a victory by a final of 41-3 when they faced the TCU Horned Frogs. Treshaun Ward carried the football 17 times for 89 yds, finishing the game with 5.2 yds per carry for Kansas State. Will Howard (3 touchdowns) ended the game with 154 yards on 10/16 passing while his quarterback rating was 205.2. He didn't toss any interceptions and his average yards per attempt was 9.6. Kansas State gave up 22 attempts on the ground for 113 yds (5.1 yards per carry). The Wildcats pass defense conceded a completion rate of 53.5%, surrendering 187 yds on 23 out of 43 passing. The Wildcats finished the contest with a total of 587 yards while they ran 78 plays (7.5 yards per play). Kansas State ran for 6.6 yards per attempt, finishing the game with 343 yds on 52 attempts.
The Kansas State Wildcats maintain an average of 474.7 yards/contest, ranking them 13th in the country. The Kansas State offense has 331 penalty yards on 36 violations, which has them sitting 103rd in D-1 in terms of giving up free yards. They are averaging 232.7 run yards per game and have run for 1,629 yards in total. They have given away 7 interceptions while letting opponents recover 0 fumbles and they have been able to tally 170 first downs. In relation to their ability to score points, the Wildcats are 13th in D-1 averaging 36.9 points per outing. Over the course of the season so far, the Wildcats have thrown for 1,694 yards through the air as well as an average of 242.0 throwing yards per contest, putting them at 57th in college football.
Kansas State has yielded a total of 762 yards on the ground (108.9 yards per outing) as well as 5 touchdowns on the ground for the season. They have conceded 7 touchdowns through the air and 254.3 yards/outing, ranking them 111th in the nation. Their defense has tallied 2 fumbles and 6 interceptions so far this season. The Wildcats defense has taken part in 472 plays, which is good for 59th in the nation. The Wildcats are surrendering 18.1 PPG, which puts them 19th in college football. This year, they have surrendered 127 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Cougars/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Cougars +13
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