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Cougars Aim for Perfect 2011 Season

The Houston Cougars can wrap up their perfect regular season this Friday with a win on the road over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

Tulsa could provide a challenge as they are 8-3 SU this season and are 3-1 ATS in their last four games against Houston.

Houston is 11-0 SU and 9-2 ATS this season. Case Keenum threw for 318 yards and a touchdown in Houston’s 37-7 win over SMU last Saturday.

Supporters of the Cougars have seen them go 11-0 and 9-2 ATS so far this season, while the Golden Hurricane are at 8-3 and 7-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Golden Hurricane are 4-7, while the Cougars are 7-4. [ Best Houston spread was -3, +100 at 5Dimes ]

View Houston vs Tulsa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: On the opening line for this matchup the Golden Hurricane sat as 3-point underdogs . The total, meanwhile, sat at 75, typical of a Houston game where their offense runs very hot. The best total early in the week was at BetOnline where special college football betting bonuses are available.

Power Rankings / Prediction: It's a betting matchup between the No. 68-rated Golden Hurricane and the No. 28-ranked Cougars, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 66-44 result in favor of the Cougars.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Tulsa's No. 19-ranked offense (35.7 PPG) against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 31 at 21.4 PPG. The Golden Hurricane passing attack has averaged 255 yards per game, more than the Cougars give up through the air (211.8 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Cougars feature the league's No. 77-rated road run defense, allowing 184.8 yards per game. Tulsa, meanwhile, ranks No. 15 in rushing offense at home.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 37-7 winner as they battled Southern Methodist at home. Houston covered in the match as a 19.5-point favorite, while 44 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Tulsa was a 57-28 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Texas El Paso. They covered the 14–point spread as favorites, while the total score (85) made winners of OVER bettors.

Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing in November are 5-5
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing within the conference are 7-3

Tulsa Golden Hurricane Trends:
When playing in November are 8-2
When playing on turf are 8-2
After outgaining opponent are 9-1
When playing within the conference are 10-0

A few Cougars at Golden Hurricane trends to consider:
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Tulsa
Tulsa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Tulsa is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tulsa's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tulsa's last 6 games at home

 

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