Free Week 11 Prediction: Owls vs Cougars Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 11
(5-4) Temple Owls vs. Houston Cougars (7-2)
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
NCAA Football Spread: Houston -4.5
NCAA Betting Total: 69.5
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The Temple Owls look to become bowl eligible, as they take on the Houston Cougars on Saturday at TDECU Stadium.
Temple fell to undefeated Central Florida last weekend, 52, 40, while proceeding to let a 34 – 28 halftime lead evaporate in the second half. Owls QB Anthony Russo had one of his best days as a collegiate in the loss, accounting for all 5 touchdowns.
The Houston Cougars find themselves on top of the AAC West Division standings entering week 11 of the season. With a 4 – 1 conference record and at 7 – 2 overall, the Cougars lost to SMU last weekend, 45 – 31.
The Houston defense has had issues stopping the pass al season long, and it continued to be a thorn in the Cougar’s side against SMU. Mustang QB Ben Hicks threw 4 TD passes to 4 different receivers, and put up 318 passing yards.
Temple QB Anthony Russo had the Owls rolling in the first half against UCF last weekend, but the defense was unable to stop the Knights from winning their 21st consecutive game, dating back to last season. Russo ended the game going 31 for 52 with 444 passing yards, while tossing for 4 TD passes and 2 INTs. His rushing TD in the 2nd quarter gave Temple a 10-point lead, as he added 46 yards in the ground game on the night.
The Owls relinquished the their six-point halftime lead against UCF just 50 seconds into the 3rd quarter, and the Knights never trailed again. Temple found themselves down 42 – 34 entering the final stanza, but did pull it to within 2 points to make it 42 – 40 with 9:44 left to go.
Temple failed the two point conversion, but McKenzie Milton only needed 1:30 to put UCF back up, 49 – 40. Taj McGowan’s second rushing TD of the night for UCF put the game away, as Temple only managed to score 6 points in the entire 2nd half.
The Owls offense was held to 4 of 16 3rd down conversion attempts, but still amassed an impressive 670 total yards in the loss. Temple committed 14 penalties that accounted for 149 yards of field position, although their defense did hold UCF to 1 of 8 on 3rd down, respectively. Despite the offense being on the field for 38 minutes, Temple found themselves backing up to penalties all too often.
The Cougars are 4 – 0 at home this season, and have scored 213 points from those 4 games. Houston had won their last five games entering last weekend’s road game against SMU, but the Mustangs jumped out to an early lead and never let Houston back in the game.
As I pointed out last weekend in my preview for the SMU vs. Houston game, the Cougars passing defense ranks 130th out of 130 Division 1 FBS teams. Those numbers certainly did not improve against SMU, as the Mustangs accumulated 514 total yards to pull within a game of the Cougars in the division battle.
While the defense continues to learn under Major Applewhite, the offense has not been a concern at all.
The Cougars rank 5th in the nation in scoring, and 4th in total yards per game. Balance has been the key to the Cougar success in 2018, as the run game ranks 18th in the nation while also having the 13th ranked passing attack.
All-world DT Ed Oliver has missed the last two games with a knee injury, and his status shows him questionable to return this weekend. He was reportedly going to be in the lineup against SMU last weekend, but there was no #10 on the field last Saturday.
Oliver has already announced that this will be his final season as a collegiate, although his presence this season has not really helped the Cougars statistically.
Despite the Temple offense getting shut down in the 2nd half against UCF last weekend, this should still be a high scoring game. Houston’s defense is a complete mess, and the Temple defense isn’t exactly playing lights out either.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
- Under is 14-6 in Cougars last 20 games in November.
- Owls are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games in November.
- Owls are 22-6 ATS in their last 28 conference games.
- Houston is 6-0 in the all-time series vs Temple..
- Cougars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Free Week 11 NCAA Football Pick
The play goes towards the total in this one, as the 4* pick of the day goes to the Over 69.5. Temple and Houston will end up in a race to 40, and the points might not stop there.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: The Houston Cougars are favored at -4.5, with a 69.5 showing on the total. Free ATS or O/U final score pick provided below!
Houston loves playing at home, and scores in droves in front of their home fans. The line might be tricky at -4.5, considering that both teams have a lot at stake this weekend. Houston needs to keep SMU and Tulane behind them in the division standing, while Temple is looking to secure a bowl bid.
Week 11 Free Score Prediction: Temple 44 – Houston 48
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