West Virginia vs Houston Prediction - College Football Picks 10/12/23

Houston Cougars (2-3) vs West Virginia Mountaineers (4-1)

Game Info: Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm (TDECU Stadium)

Betting Odds: Houston Cougars +3 -- Over/Under: 51.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The West Virginia Mountaineers and Houston Cougars face off on Thursday in a college football showdown at TDECU Stadium.

Houston Looks to Bounce Back

Houston will move back to .500 with a win in this game, but they really looked bad in the last game. Houston scored 28 points, but the defense gave up 49 points to Texas Tech. Donovan Smith did have a big game completing 29 of his 40 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns. Samuel Brown also caught nine catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. Houston is averaging 27.4 points while their defense is giving up 29.8 points per game. Smith has thrown for 1,348 yards, nine touchdowns, and three interceptions. 

Houston Betting Trends

  • Houston has won 12 of its last 13 October games against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Houston has failed to cover the spread in each of its last five games against conference opponents at TDECU Stadium.
  • Six of Houston's last seven games in October have gone OVER the total points line.

West Virginia Looks for Another Big Win

West Virginia comes into this game with a 4-1 record and they are coming off another big victory in the last game. In the last game West Virginia scored 24 points against TCU and that was enough for the three point victory. Garrett Greene wasn’t dynamic through the air but he did rush it 12 times for 80 carries and two touchdowns. West Virginia is averaging 26.4 points while their defense is giving up 19 points per game. The offense is ranked 85th, and in this game the offense needs to be better. 

West Virginia Betting Trends

  • Houston has won 12 of its last 13 October games against non-AP-ranked teams.
  • Houston has failed to cover the spread in each of its last five games against conference opponents at TDECU Stadium.
  • Six of Houston's last seven games in October have gone OVER the total points line.

Shane's Free Pick

Houston is going to keep this game close, and they might win this game outright. West Virginia hasn't been blowing teams out as of late, and I don't trust them again here. West Virginia's offense isn't going to be running up the score and that will be the difference. Look for Houston to find enough offensive success, and that will be enough for them to cover the spread. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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