North Texas Mean Green vs Houston Cougars Odds
The Cougars will do battle with the visiting North Texas Mean Green on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.
Supporters of the Mean Green have seen them go 2-3 and 2-3 ATS so far this season, while the Cougars are at 1-3 and 1-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Cougars are 1-3, while the Mean Green are 2-2.
Betting Line: On the opening line for this matchup, the Cougars sat as 12-point favorites, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.
Power Rankings / Prediction: According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 114-rated Cougars and the No. 31-rated Mean Green in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 22-17 win for the Mean Green on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 77-ranked offense (25.8 PPG) against a Mean Green defense that ranks No. 50 at 22.2 PPG. The Cougars passing attack has averaged 350.2 yards per game, more than the Mean Green give up through the air (198.4 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Mean Green feature the league's No. 80-rated road run defense, allowing 206 yards per game. Houston, meanwhile, ranks No. 108 in rushing offense at home.
North Texas was a 20-14 winner in its last match on the road against Florida Atlantic. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 34 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. In their last gridiron battle, Brelan Chancellor did much of the damage, producing 135 receiving yards as North Texas beat the Owls 20-14 at FAU Stadium.
Last time out for Houston, they were a 35-14 winner as they battled Rice on the road. Houston covered in the match as a 9.5-point favorite, while 49 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. In their last game, Houston's aerial attack generated 361 yards and the Cougars came away with a 35-14 victory over Rice at Reliant Stadium.
North Texas Mean Green Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on grass are 2-8
After outgaining opponent are 1-9
When playing outside the conference are 2-8
Houston Cougars Trends:
When playing in October are 8-2
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 8-2
When playing outside the conference are 5-5
A few Mean Green at Cougars trends to consider:
North Texas is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
Houston is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games
Houston is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
Houston is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
North Texas home to Louisiana-Lafayette, Tuesday, October 16
Houston home to UAB, Saturday, October 13