Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
When: Saturday, November 10, 7:00 PM. ET.
The Houston Cougars will be trying to bounce back from their surprising loss to SMU when they take on the Temple Owls on Saturday night.
Owls Looking For Fourth Win In Five Games
Temple had its three-game losing streak snapped by 12th ranked UCF in its last game, and the team will be trying to bounce back with a win over the Cougars, who are sitting on top of the American Athletic Conference West standings. A win over the Cougars will give the Owls their fourth win in their last five games and keep them one game behind UCF in the East Division.
— Temple Football (@Temple_FB) November 1, 2018
The Owls have played well offensively this season, averaging 30.9 points per game, which is 54th in the country. The Owls have done a great job throwing the ball this season, averaging 261.9 passing yards per game.
Anthony Russo has completed 57.2 percent of his passes for 1,854 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. He also has two rushing touchdowns this season. The Owls have also been solid on the ground this season, averaging 144 yards per game. They are led by Ryquell Armstead, who has 768 yards and six touchdowns this season.
Defensively, the Owls are giving up 24.8 points per game, which is 53rd in the country. They will have their hands full with D’Eriq King, but if they can keep him in check, they should be able to pull off the win.
Cougars Need Defense To Step Up
The Cougars were upset by the Mustangs in their last game because their defense failed to show up again and it finally caught up with the team. With the Owls and their potent offense coming into town, the Cougars will need their defense to play well if they want to avoid losing consecutive games for the first time this season.
— #HTownTakeover (@UHCougarFB) November 4, 2018
Houston’s offense continues to play well, averaging 47.7 points per game, which is fifth in the country. With their latest loss, D’Eriq King’s Heisman chances took a big hit, but he should be able to have a big game against the Owls on Saturday.
King has completed 63.4 percent of his passes for 2,578 yards, 30 touchdowns, and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 467 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Cougars are averaging 232.2 rushing yards per game, which is 18th in the country. Patrick Carr leads the way with 550 yards and two touchdowns.
If the Cougars continue playing well on offense and their defense plays better than it has in their last three games, they should be able to get the win on Saturday.
- 5-0 in its last five games following an ATS loss.
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.
- 13-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Both teams have played well against the spread, but the Cougars have a slight edge in this game because they are perfect after an ATS loss and the Owls are 2-2 on the road this season.
Prediction: Houston Cougars -4
Full-Game Total Pick
The total has gone over in Temple’s last five November games and in five of the team’s last six games following a straight up loss. The total has also gone over in four of Houston’s last five games after allowing more than 280 passing yards in its previous game and in five of the team’s last seven overall.
Prediction: Over 70.5
Full-Game Prop Bet
The Cougars are averaging 47.7 points per game, and they should be able to go over the total in this game against a Temple team that gave up 52 points in their last game.
Prediction: Houston – Total Points Over 37.5
Half-Time Side Pick
The Cougars will win the first half of this game because they are averaging 21 points per game in the first half of their last three games, while the Owls average 17 points per game.
Prediction: Houston Cougars -3
Half-Time Total Bet
The Owls and Cougars will play over the total in the first half because they have struggled defensively over their last three games, giving up 41.3 combined points at the half.
Prediction: Over 36
Half-Time Prop Prediction
The Owls are averaging 17 points per game in the first half of their last three games and they will go over 16.5 points in this game because the Cougars are giving up 25.3 points in the first half of their last three games.
Prediction: Temple – 1st Half Total Points Over 16.5