USF vs Houston NCAA Football Week 9 Odds & Preview

USF vs Houston NCAA Football Week 9 Odds & Preview

Written by on October 24, 2018

The streaking Houston Cougars will look to pull off the big upset when they host the unbeaten, 21st-ranked South Florida Bulls when the two teams square off in their intriguing Week 9 AAC matchup on Saturday. If you’re ready to find out if Houston can cover the chalk as a decisive home underdogs or whether the Bulls are the pick in this one, then let’s get to my expert college football Week 9 odds pick right now.

USF vs Houston NCAA Football Week 9 Odds & Preview

Weather Forecast

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  • Humidity: 45%
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  • Wind: 7 mph WNW
  • Cloud Cover: 0%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Why Bet On South Florida?

Why should you bet on the unbeaten Bulls to get it done in Week 9? Well MYBookie collegiate gridiron gamers, there are handful of great reasons, starting with the fact that South Florida has won all three of their road games this season. The  there’s the fact that South Florida has the better statistical defense in giving up four fewer points per game (25.7 ppg) than Houston does (29.1 ppg). Last but not least, South Florida wants revenge for their heartbreaking 28-24 home loss against the Cougars last season. South Florida got past UConn 38-30 last weekend after narrowly escaping at Tulane 25-24 in Week 7.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 35.57
  • Total Yards: 505
  • Pass Yards: 267.43
  • Rush Yards: 237.57
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 25.71
  • Total Yards: 409.72
  • Pass Yards: 180.29
  • Rush Yards: 229.43

Why Bet On Houston Cougars?

Is Houston a safe bet for NCAA Football Week 9?

Why should you bet on the Cougars in Week 9? Well, there are a lot of good reasons to back the Cougars starting with the fact that Houston averages a phenomenal 48.7 points per game to rank second nationally in scoring. While South Florida puts up 35.5 points per game, clearly, the Cougars are the far more explosive offensive team in this contest.

Then, there’s the fact that Houston has a star in dual-threat quarterback D’Eriq King. The athletically-gifted King has completed 63.5 percent of his passes for 1,984 yards with 23 touchdowns and just three interceptions. King has also rushed for an additional 281 yards and nine TDs to give him a whopping 32 total scores to lead the nation. King went 25-of-38 for 413 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for an additional 56 yards and one score in Houston’s 49-26 beatdown of Navy last weekend.

Last but not least, another great reason to back Houston is that, despite their excellence this season, South Florida has a turnover-prone quarterback. Blake Barnett has thrown a whopping seven interceptions so far this season to nearly cancel out his 10 TD passes, making him vulnerable to the untimely interception that his team can’t overcome.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 48.71
  • Total Yards: 555.29
  • Pass Yards: 321.29
  • Rush Yards: 234
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 29.14
  • Total Yards: 482.14
  • Pass Yards: 333.57
  • Rush Yards: 148.57

USF vs Houston NCAA Football Week 9 Betting Trends

  • South Florida is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • South Florida is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Houston’s last 25 games

Expert NCAA Football Prediction for USF vs Houston

I know South Florida is unbeaten, but the Bulls haven’t exactly looked unbeatable in their 25-24 Week 7 win over Tulsa or their 20-13 Week 4 win over East Carolina. Not only that, but the Bulls are an uninspiring 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. On the flip side of the coin, Houston has gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on turf and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games.

While the road team in this rivalry has gone 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings, I’m going with Houston to not only cover the spread as 8-point home underdogs, but to do so by getting the outright win.

NCAA Football Week 9 Pick: Houston 35 South Florida 27
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