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Tigers visit Cougars in Week 7 battle

Memphis Tigers Houston Cougars
1-3 October 12, 2013, 12:00 | Reliant Stadium 4-0



The Cougars will try to win and cover the spread at Reliant Stadium on Saturday when they get a visit from the Tigers in Week 7 action.

The Tigers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 3-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Cougars are 4-0 ATS. Memphis is 0-4 against the total, while Houston is 2-2 versus the number.

View Memphis Tigers vs Houston Cougars Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup, the Cougars sat as -11-point favorites, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 61-rated Tigers taking on the No. 55-rated Cougars in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 45-24 win for the Cougars on Saturday.

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In their last action, Memphis was a 24-17 loser at home against Central Florida. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (41) was profitable news for UNDER bettors. John O'Korn led the way last time out for the Cougars, connecting for 312 passing yards and a 59-28 victory over the Roadrunners at Alamodome.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 14-ranked offense, averaging 43.5 PPG, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 23 this week at 19 PPG. The Cougars aerial game is averaging 307.5 yards per game, more than the Tigers secondary allows through the air, 215.5 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Tigers own the league's No. 31-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 114 yards per game when on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 24 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Tigers at Cougars trends to consider:
Memphis is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Memphis is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Memphis's last 6 games
Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games


Next up:
Memphis at Southern Methodist, Saturday, October 19th
Houston at BYU, Saturday, October 19th