Free Week 5 Prediction: Huskies vs Cougars Odds
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(2-2) Connecticut Huskies vs. Houston Cougars #7 (4-0)
Date: Thursday September 29th
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Houston -28
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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Is revenge in the air?
After providing the Cougars their lone loss last season, the Connecticut Huskies will try to do it again to them on Thursday night.
The Huskies had the advantage of Cougars QB Greg Ward Jr. being out in last season’s matchup.
However, that means nothing to them as they notched the only loss on the Cougars schedule as they took them down in Connecticut 20-17.
This season will be a little tougher for the Huskies, who enter play 2-2 on the season as they’ve alternated wins and losses.
Connecticut fell to Syracuse thanks to a late pick six 31-24 on Saturday as their offense continues to be shaky.
Uconn is averaging just 21.2 points per game and averaging just 354 yards per game. Both rank near the bottom in the NCAA standings as QB Bryant Shirreffs has thrown for just 2 touchdowns to 2 interceptions.
With how good the Cougars defense has been this season, it will be extremely important for Shirreffs to not turn the ball over here. Setting up Houston with any type of short field situation is the recipe for disaster.
Expect them to use the run game a lot here as they’ll try to chew clock and keep Houston and Greg Ward Jr. off the field.
The Cougars have been nearly perfect this season in terms of their play on the field, not making many mistakes and not giving the opposition any sort of chance to stay in the game.
Their latest win was a walk through over Texas State, but the impressive wins for the Cougars have already racked up. However, they haven’t gotten help from their quality wins.
Both Oklahoma and Cincinnati have struggled this season, meaning the Cougars must continue to win games in impressive fashion as their schedule looks much weaker with those team’s struggles.
The good news for them is that they’ll another chance at a top team later in the season in Louisville, but for now, making sure there is no letdowns is the most important thing.
QB Greg Ward Jr. has been doing it all this season. Ward Jr. has racked up 936 yards through the air, but his dual threat ability has been the biggest key to his success.
On the ground, Ward Jr. has compiled 113 yards with 3 touchdowns.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Huskies are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games.
- Huskies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- Huskies are 15-34-3 ATS in their last 52 games overall.
- Cougars are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Cougars are 26-10-1 ATS in their last 37 games following a ATS win.
- Cougars are 8-18 ATS in their last 26 games on turf.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Prediction
This is a solid revenge spot.
Connecticut is just too weak offensively and Houston knows winning and winning big is important.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick:Houston -28
The Coogs get out early as they turn this into a track meet Uconn simply cannot keep up with.
Week 5 Free Score Prediction: Houston 60 – Connecticut 20
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