Cincinnati Bearcats vs. Houston Cougars
Saturday, 11/23/13, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Houston -2.5
Current Betting Line: Houston -2.5
Opening Total: 58
Current Total: 58.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Cincinnati has won five games in a row, including a 52-17 victory over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights as a pick ‘em last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the fourth time in five contests. The Bearcats are 13-8 all-time against the Cougars, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions in Week 13. The program has won 65 games since the start of the 2007 campaign, which is the most among current American Athletic Conference participants. Cincinnati is 5-3 SU and 5-2-1 ATS when the betting line is +3 to -3 the last two-plus seasons.
The Bearcats are eighth in major college football in allowing just 30.48 yards per game, while they are one of only four teams among FBS automatic qualifiers to win 10 games in five of the past six seasons. Cincinnati is also getting it done on the offensive end, as it has gained 340 or more yards in 23 consecutive games. Quarterback Brendon Kay ranks second in the country in completing 72.6 percent of his passes—sitting just behind Texas A&M star Johnny Manziel.
Houston returns home after dropping back-to-back road games, including a 20-13 setback to the Louisville Cardinals as 16.5-point underdogs last Saturday, while going UNDER the total in each of those affairs. The Cougars lead the nation with a plus-22 turnover margin and have forced opponents into committing multiple miscues in 17 of their last 18 games. The team has also managed to outscore the opposition by a 172-82 margin in the second half of games during the 2013 campaign. Houston is 5-5 SU and 8-2 ATS in November the last two-plus seasons.
The Cougars are led offensively by quarterback John O’Korn, who leads all true freshmen nationally with 23 passing touchdowns and an efficiency rating of 144.2. Since 2006, no team in college football has racked up more offensive yards than Houston who has 52,753 yards in that time. The team has scored in 35 of 40 quarters this season, while just 35 of its 141 offensive drives have resulted in a three-and-out.
Sports bettors will likely back the Cougars due to the home team being 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings in this series.
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