Houston at Navy: 10/24/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Navy Midshipmen (3-1) vs Houston Cougars (1-1)
Game Info: Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium)
Betting Odds: Navy Midshipmen +13.5 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Houston Cougars will travel to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium to take on the Navy Midshipmen this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Houston Cougars dropped to 1-1 (1-0 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the 14th ranked BYU Cougars, 43-26, this past Friday. Houston looked in control of the game after scoring 24 unanswered points to take a 26-14 lead late in the 3rd quarter, however, the Cougars defense struggled down the stretch and allowed BYU to get the come from behind victory after scoring 29 unanswered points to close out the game. Houston was outgained by BYU by a 478-438 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was QB Clayton Tune who completed 21 of 31 passes for 310 yards & 2 TD’s while also adding a rushing TD.
On the season, Houston is averaging 37.5 ppg on 457.0 total yards per game (314.5 passing yds/g; 142.5 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Houston has been led by QB Clayton Tune who has completed 64.1% of his passes for 629 yards, 4 TD, and 2 INT. Tune is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Cougars as he has 40 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 22 carries. The top receiving threats for Tune and the Cougars have been Marquez Stevenson (6 rec, 137 yards, TD), Keith Corbin (8 rec, 104 yards), Tre’Von Bradley (4 rec, 77 yards), and Christian Trahan (4 rec, 72 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Cougars backfield has been Kyle Porter who has 151 yards & 1 TD on 31 carries.
Defensively, Houston is allowing 37.0 ppg on 344.5 total yards per game (270.5 passing yds/g; 74.0 rushing yds/g).
The Navy Midshipmen won their 2nd straight game and improved to 3-2 (3-0 AAC) on the season after defeating the East Carolina Pirates, 27-23, this past Saturday. Navy was able to generate plenty of offense behind their rushing attack and held off a late charge from the Pirates after taking a 27-13 lead at the end of the 3rd quarter. Navy was outgained by East Carolina by a 372-318 margin, however, did force the Pirates into committing two turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Midshipmen was RB Nelson Smith who had 157 rushing yards & 2 TD’s on 17 carries.
On the season, Navy is averaging 19.0 ppg on 271.4 total yards per game (81.0 passing yds/g; 190.4 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Navy is a run first team and has been led on the ground this season by Nelson Smith (55 att, 342 yards, 6 TD), Jamale Carothers (75 att, 311 yards, 2 TD), Myles Fells (11 att, 94 yards), CJ Williams (8 att, 36 yards), and Dalen Morris (39 att, 30 yards, TD). QB Dalen Morris has completed 13 of 21 passes for 233 yards, 1 TD, & 1 INT. The top receivers for the Midshipmen have been Mychal Cooper (6 rec, 94 yards, TD), Mark Walker (5 rec, 87 yards), and Myles Fells (2 rec, 79 yards, TD).
Defensively, Navy is allowing their opponents to average 34.2 ppg on 428.4 total yards per game (154.6 passing yds/g; 273.8 rushing yds/g).
Houston is 1-1 ATS on the season, however, are just 4-9 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Midshipmen are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 conference games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Houston let one slip away against BYU last week, however, this is still a very talented football team that should have plenty success agianst a Navy defense that is giving up over 34 ppg. Navy comes into this game with a winning record, however, I cannot say I have been overly impressed by the Midshipmen’s victories this season. Navy lost BYU by a 55-3 margin earlier in the season and as I think their rushing attack will have some trouble agianst the Houston defense, I think the Cougars do enough on the road and cover this double-digit spread. Good Luck!