Houston vs Army 2018 Armed Forces Bowl Odds & Preview

Houston vs Army 2018 Armed Forces Bowl Odds & Preview

Written by on December 18, 2018

The Houston Cougars may be the 17th-ranked team in the nation, but they’ll be underdogs when they take on the Army Black Knights in the 2018 Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 22, If you’re looking for some expert bowl game picks that can assist you in your efforts to cash in consistently over the course of the coming bowl season, then let’s get to my expert NCAAF odds pick on this matchup right now.

Houston vs Army 2018 Armed Forces Bowl Odds & Preview

Weather Forecast

  • Partly Cloudy: 17°C/62°F
  • Humidity: 40%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Wind: 10 mph NW
  • Cloud Cover: 43%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Why Bet On Houston at +3.5?

Why should you consider betting on the Cougars in this season-ending affair? The best reason would be because the Cougars have the superior offense in this matchup and one of the best in the nation actually. An even better reason might be because they’re completely and utterly desperate after losing three of their last four games including their embarrassing 52-31 smackdown loss against Memphis on Nov. 23. This season, quarterback D’Eriq King completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 2,892 yards with 36 touchdowns and only six interceptions. The Cougars average a stupendous 46.4 points per game to rank fourth nationally in scoring while allowing 34.4 points per contest defensively (107th).

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 46.42
  • Total Yards: 528.75
  • Pass Yards: 300.92
  • Rush Yards: 227.83
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 34.42
  • Total Yards: 488.50
  • Pass Yards: 291.42
  • Rush Yards: 197.08

Why Bet On Army at -3.5?

Why should you consider betting on the Black Knights in this contest? The best reason to back Army is because they have an elite defense that has consistently shut down the opposition this season, although Army’s schedule isn’t exactly what I’d call a Murderer’s Row. Another great reason to back the Black Knights is because they have a ton of momentum coming into this contest riding the wave of an impressive eight-game winning streak. Army finished off the regular season with a hard-fought 17-10 victory against arch rival Navy to finish off their stupendous double-digit winning regular season.

Led by the nation’s second ranked rushing attack (296.2 ypg), the Black Knights average 29.7 points per game (60th) while limiting the opposition to just 18.0 points per contest defensively to rank 13th nationally in points allowed. Darnell Woolfolk rushed for a team-high 885 yards while Kelvin Hopkins Jr. added 852 rushing yards and four other ball-carries also finished between 271-320 rushing yards.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 26.97
  • Total Yards: 375.92
  • Pass Yards: 79.67
  • Rush Yards: 296.25
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 18
  • Total Yards: 293.50
  • Pass Yards: 185.33
  • Rush Yards: 108.17

Houston vs Army 2018 Armed Forces Bowl Betting Trends

  • Houston is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Army
  • Houston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston’s last 6 games
  • Army is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Army is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Expert Analysis and Prediction for Houston vs Army

Houston might be an underdog in this contest, but I like the Cougars to finish off their 2018 season with a feel-good ‘upset’ over an Army team that didn’t play the toughest schedule around. I know the Black Knights are 6-0-1 ATS in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games, but Houston has gone a near-perfect 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points. I think Houston quarterback D’Eriq King will be the best player on the field in this one and that he’s going to lead Houston’s explosive offense to the big win in a shootout.

2018 Armed Forces Bowl Pick: Houston 35 Army 31