UCONN vs. Houston - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UCONN vs. Houston - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Cougars (2-4) at UCONN Huskies (1-5)

College Football: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field)

The Line: UCONN Huskies +23 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Cougars and UConn Huskies meet Saturday in college football action at Pratt & Whitney Stadium.

The Houston Cougars could use a feel good win after losing three of their last four games. The Houston Cougars have lost four of their last five road games. Clayton Tune is completing 53.2 percent of his passes for 308 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. D’Eriq King and Tune have combined for nine touchdown passes and five interceptions. Marquez Stevenson and Keith Corbin have combined for 610 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Jeremy Singleton has nine receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 240.8 yards per contest, and Kyle Porter leads the way with 380 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Houston is allowing 33 points and 475.7 yards per game. Grant Stuard leads the Houston Cougars with 48 tackles, David Anenih has 5.5 sacks and Shaun Lewis has one interception.

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The UConn Huskies also need a win in order to snap a five-game losing streak. The UConn Huskies have lost six of their last seven home games. Jack Zergiotis is completing 58 percent of his passes for 406 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. UConn quarterbacks have combined for five touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. Cameron Ross and Ardell Brown have combined for 459 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Art Thompkins has 21 receptions. The UConn Huskies ground game is averaging 104 yards per contest, and Kevin Mensah leads the way with 439 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, UConn is allowing 40.5 points and 452.7 yards per game. Omar Fortt leads the UConn Huskies with 41 tackles, Lwal Uguak has 3.5 sacks and Tyler Cole has one interception.

The Cougars are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games on grass, 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The Huskies are 16-33-2 ATS in their last 51 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 18-47-2 ATS in their last 67 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Huskies last 7 games overall. The over is 9-3-1 in Cougars last 13 games overall.

The Houston Cougars have split their last 14 games ATS as a double-digit favorite. The UConn Huskies have failed to cover 11 of their last 16 games as a double-digit underdog. Houston has been hit or miss this season, and it seems to be the defense that's taken a back seat, not the offense despite King being ruled out for the remainder of the season. The UConn Huskies are pretty much the same team every week regardless of opponent, and that's a team that doesn't play a lick of defense and doesn't have a competent quarterback. UConn fails to cover games despite being underdogs most weeks. I'll lay whatever number as a simple fade from UConn.

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Randy’s Pick Houston Cougars -23

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