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Cougars visit Cougars in Week 8 NCAAF clash

BYU CougarsHouston Cougars
3-2October 19, 2013, 03:30 | Reliant Stadium5-0

Reliant Stadium will feature Cougars vs. Cougars on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in Week 8 action.

They battle the Cougars, currently with a 3-2 mark (3-2 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 2-3 for the Cougars and 1-4 for the Cougars.

View BYU Cougars vs Houston Cougars Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as Sportsbook.ag had set the Cougars as 9-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Cougars at No. 66 and the Cougars at No. 10 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 44-35 result in favor of the Cougars.

BYU won its last outing, a 38-20 result against Georgia Tech on October 12. BYU covered in that game as a 7-point favorite, while the 58 combined points took the game OVER the total. The Cougars grabbed a Week 7 victory over the Tigers in their last game, winning 25-15 at Reliant Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 19-ranked offense, averaging 39.8 PPG, against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 16 this week at 17.33 PPG. The Cougars aerial game is averaging 287.8 yards per game, more than the Cougars secondary allows through the air, 195.67 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Cougars feature the league's No. 40-rated road run defense, allowing 147.5 yards per game. Houston, meanwhile, ranks No. 60 in rushing offense at home.

A few Cougars at Cougars trends to consider:
BYU is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
BYU is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of BYU's last 6 games
BYU is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Houston is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
Houston is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
BYU at Boise State, Saturday, October 26th
Houston at Rutgers, Saturday, October 26th