Louisville Cardinals (9-1) at Houston Cougars (8-2)
College Football: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (TDECU Stadium)
Odds: Houston +14
Louisville vs Houston Free College Football Pick by Makana of Documented Handicappers
The 6th ranked Louisville Cardinals, lead by Heisman hopeful Lamar Jackson, will travel to Houston to take on the Cougars. Louisville won their 5th straight game and improved to 9-1 (7-1 AAC) on the season after defeating the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, 44-12, this past Saturday. Louisville was down by a 12-3 margin at halftime however, scored 34 points in the 4th quarter to help pull away from Wake Forest. On the season, Louisville is averaging 49.6 ppg on 583.2 yards per game (313.2 passing, 270.0 rushing). QB Lamar Jackson has accounted for 46 touchdowns, 27 passing and 19 rushing – a clear indication as to why he is considered the top pick for the Heisman Trophy.
Houston was a top ranked team after their opening season win over Oklahoma and after they rattled off 5 straight wins. A loss to Navy and SMU pushed them out of the top 25. However, the Cougars are still a very good team that should provide quite the challenge for Louisville.
The Houston Cougars won their 2nd straight game and improved to 8-2 (5-2 AAC) on the season after defeating the Tulane Green Wave, 30-18, this past Saturday. Houston is averaging 37.6 ppg on 452.4 total yards per game (283.8 passing, 168.6 rushing). The Cougars are lead by QB Greg Ward Jr who has passed for 16 touchdowns and rushed for 9 more.
Houston has the 9th ranked defense and they will need to play their best game of the season to contain the 1st ranked Louisville Cardinals offense. Houston seems to have lost their early season motivation but this could be a good spot for them to jump back into the mix for a respectable bowl game. In the end, Louisville’s offense will be too much and their top ranked defense will be able to slow down the cougars to break open this game.
Cardinals are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games
Cardinals are 21-6 ATS in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
Cardinals are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. AAC
Cougars are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. ACC
Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games
Louisville vs Houston Free College Football Pick: Louisville -14