Point spread favors Cougars in battle with Blazers
UAB Blazers vs Houston Cougars Odds
The visiting Blazers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at John O`Quinn Field at Robertson Stadium against the Cougars.
The Cougars sit at 2-3 (2-3 ATS) on the season; in comparison, the Blazers are currently 1-4 (3-2 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Houston is 2-3 OU, and UAB is 3-1 OU.
Betting Line: Bettors looking to back the visiting Blazers in this one found them as 12.5-point underdogs on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.
Power Rankings / Prediction: This game matches up the No. 108 (Cougars) and the No. 47 (Blazers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 29-26 result in favor of the Cougars is predicted by handicapping models.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 60-ranked offense (29.4 PPG) against a Blazers defense that ranks No. 101 at 33.8 PPG. The Cougars passing attack has averaged 344.4 yards per game, more than the Blazers give up through the air (194.2 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Blazers feature the league's No. 80-rated road run defense, allowing 191.5 yards per game. Houston, meanwhile, ranks No. 66 in rushing offense at home.
UAB was a 52-3 winner in its last match at home against Southeastern Louisiana. The game involved a non-board team, hence there was no line or total on it. Southeastern Louisiana didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Blazers as UAB blasted them 52-3 in Week 6 action.
Houston won its last outing, a 44-21 result against North Texas on October 6. Houston covered in that game as a 10-point favorite, while the 65 combined points took the game OVER the total. David Piland throttled the Mean Green defense in his team's most recent action, throwing for 321 yards as Houston handed North Texas a 44-21 defeat.
UAB Blazers Trends:
When playing in October are 4-6
When playing on grass are 1-9
After outgaining opponent are 2-8
When playing within the conference are 3-7
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 within the conference are 9-1
A few Blazers at Cougars trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UAB's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UAB's last 5 games when playing Houston
UAB is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Houston
UAB is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing UAB
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing UAB
Houston is 15-4 SU in its last 19 games
Houston is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
UAB home to East Carolina, Saturday, October 20
Houston at Southern Methodist, Saturday, October 20