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#383 Memphis -10 vs.
#384 Houston 71.5
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 3:30pm EST
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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Memphis Tigers vs. Houston Cougars

Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX

When: Saturday, November 16, 3:30 PM. ET.

The Houston Cougars will be trying to snap their two-game losing streak when they take on the Memphis Tigers on Saturday afternoon.

Tigers Going For Fourth Consecutive Win

The Tigers are having a great season and have won eight of their nine games so far. They are coming off a big win over SMU and will be trying to extend their winning streak to four games when they face the Cougars on Saturday.

Memphis is one of the best offensive teams in the country, averaging 41.1 points per game. The team has been successful in moving the ball through the air and on the ground, which has made them very difficult to defend against.

Brady White has done a good job throwing the ball this year, completing 67.5 percent of his passes for 2,511 yards, 23 touchdowns, and three interceptions. Kenneth Gainwell leads the team on the ground with 1,067 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.

Memphis has also played well defensively, holding opponents to 25.8 points per game. However, the team has struggled in its last two games and is giving up 44.5 points per game during that span. They will need to play better than they did in their last two games if they want to avoid the upset.

Cougars Going For Fourth Consecutive Win Over Tigers

The Cougars have lost their last two games and three of their last four games, but they will go into this matchup with a lot of confidence because they have beaten the Tigers three consecutive times. They will try to make it four wins in a row on Saturday but will need to play better than they did in their last two games to pick up the win.

Houston is a good offensive team, averaging 30.7 points per game. They have one of the better ground games in the country, averaging 210.4 rushing yards per game. They should be able to move the ball on the ground against the Tigers, who are giving up 178.6 rushing yards per game.

Quarterback Clayton Tune has filled in well for D'Eriq King, who decided to redshirt the rest of the season earlier in the year. He has completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 894 yards, six touchdowns, and five interceptions. Kyle Porter leads the team on the ground with 525 yards and three touchdowns.

Defensively, Houston hasn’t looked very good, giving up 32.6 points per game. They have given up 33.2 points per game in their last four games and will need to do a better job to get past the Tigers on Saturday.

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The Tigers are the pick in this game because the Cougars have one of the worst defenses in the country and are going up against one of the best offenses. Memphis is averaging 41.1 points per game and dropped 54 points on SMU in their last game, going up against a defense that is giving up 32.6 points per game. Houston’s defense is giving up 289.6 passing yards per game, which is 122nd in the country, and will struggle against Memphis, which is averaging 290 passing yards per game. The Cougars also struggle against the run, giving up 171 rushing yards per game, and will have trouble slowing down the Tigers, who are averaging 185.4 rushing yards per game. With their defense clearly overmatched by Memphis’ offense, the Cougars don’t have much of a chance in this game.

Prediction: Memphis Tigers -10.5

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The Tigers have a potent offense that is averaging 41.1 points per game and will score well over 40 points against the Cougars, who are giving up 32.6 points per game. They also allow a whopping 290 yards per game in the air, which Brady White will take advantage of. Even though Memphis is giving up 25.8 points per game, they have allowed over 40 points per game in their last two games and will likely give up at least 30 points to the Cougars, which will push the score over the total.

Prediction: Over 69

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The Tigers will cover the first-half spread in this game because they have outplayed the Cougars in the first half of their last three games, averaging 28.3 points per game while the Cougars average 15.3 points per game.

Prediction: Memphis Tigers -6

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The Cougars and Tigers are averaging 43.6 combined points per game in the first half of their last three games and will go over the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over 35.5
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

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