USF at Houston: 11/14/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Houston Cougars (2-3) vs USF Bulls (1-6)
Game Info: Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 3:00 pm (TDECU Stadium)
Betting Odds: Houston Cougars -14.5 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The South Florida Bulls will travel to TDECU Stadium to take on the Houston Cougars this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The South Florida Bulls lost their 6th consecutive game and dropped to 1-6 (0-5 ACC) on the season after being defeated by the Memphis Tigers, 34-33, this past Saturday. South Florida looked as if they were going to pick up their first AAC victory of the season after taking a 33-20 lead late in the 4th quarter, however, the Bulls defense had no answers down the stretch for the high-powered Memphis offense and allowed the Tigers to get the come from behind victory after scoring 14 unanswered points over the final 3:19 of the game. South Florida outgained Memphis by a 535-330 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulls was QB Noah Johnson who completed 20 of 29 passes for 217 yards & 2 TD.
On the season, South Florida is averaging 20.1 ppg on 326.1 total yards per game (188.9 passing yds/g; 137.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, South Florida has been led by the RB trio of Johnny Ford (55 att, 285 yards, 3 TD), Kelley Joiner Jr. (61 att, 242 yards, TD), and Brian Battie (18 att, 144 yards). South Florida has used multiple QB’s this season however, it looks as if Noah Johnson (62.3 comp %, 459 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT; 41 att, 106 rushing yards, 3 TD) will be the starter going forward. The top receiving threats for the Bulls have been Omarion Dollison (16 rec, 220 yards), DeVontres Odoms-Dukes (18 rec, 214 yards, 2 TD), Latrell Williams (18 rec, 190 yards), and Mitchell Brinkman (15 rec, 161 yards, TD).
Defensively, South Florida is allowing their opponents to average 35.0 ppg on 413.0 total yards per game (220.0 passing yds/g; 193.0 rushing yds/g).
The Houston Cougars lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 2-3 (2-2 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the 6th ranked Cincinnati Bearcats, 38-10, this past Saturday. Houston was overmatched on both ends of the field agianst the talented Bearcats and could not fight back after a 33-yard FG by Cincinnati’s Cole Smith gave the Bearcats a 31-10 lead midway through the 3rd quarter. Houston was outgained by Cincinnati by a 510-282 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was RB Kyle Porter who had 69 rushing yards & 1 TD on 16 carries.
On the season, Houston is averaging 28.6 ppg on 410.0 total yards per game (284.2 passing yds/g; 125.8 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Houston has been led by RB Kyle Porter who has 324 rushing yards & 4 TD’s on 81 carries. QB Clayton Tune has completed 61.3% of his passes for 1,397 yards, 8 TD, & 5 INT. Tune is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Cougars has he has 113 rushing yards & 2 TD on 42 carries. The top receiving threats for the Cougars have been Marquez Stevenson (16 rec, 278 yards, 3 TD), Keith Corbin (20 rec, 266 yards), Nathaniel Dell (14 rec, 224 yards, 2 TD), and Tre’von Bradley (15 rec, 202 yards).
Defensively, Houston is allowing their opponents to average 35.4 ppg on 450.4 total yards per game (248.6 passing yds/g; 201.8 rushing yds/g).
The Bulls are 5-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The Cougars are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS loss, however, are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Houston is the better team overall team here, but not by two TD’s as the Cougars offense is not as explosive as we have seen in the past few years and come into this game ranked just 88th in scoring defense. South Florida has had a tough season, however, the Bulls played well agianst a good Memphis team on the road last week and as I think their offense will be able to put up some points in this one, I think South Florida does enough to cover. Good Luck!