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Cougars vs Roadrunners Game Preview

Houston CougarsUTSA Roadrunners
3-0September 28, 2013, 04:00 | Alamodome2-2

A key Week 5 battle has the visiting Cougars travelling to UTSA on Saturday to face the Roadrunners.

They bring a 2-2 record (3-0-1 ATS) to the Week 5 battle against the 3-0 Cougars, who are 3-0 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen UTSA go 1-3 so far and the Cougars go 1-2.

View Houston Cougars vs UTSA Roadrunners Odds and Stats.

The Roadrunners were listed as 2.5-point Underdog at sportsbooks such as Bovada on the college football lines.

The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 64-rated Cougars taking on the No. 102-rated Roadrunners in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 45-21 win for the Cougars on Saturday.

Houston won its last outing, a 31-26 result against Rice on September 21. Houston covered in that game as a 3-point favorite, while the 57 combined points took the game UNDER the total. The Roadrunners grabbed a Week 4 victory over the Miners in their last game, winning 32-13 at Sun Bowl.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up UTSA's No. 82-ranked offense (25.25 PPG) against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 29 at 17.33 PPG. The Roadrunners passing attack has averaged 271.75 yards per game, more than the Cougars give up through the air (252.33 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Cougars feature the league's No. 60-rated road run defense, allowing 185.33 yards per game. UTSA, meanwhile, ranks No. 96 in rushing offense at home.

A few Cougars at Roadrunners trends to consider:
Houston is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
Houston is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
UTSA is 7-0-1 ATS in its last 8 games
UTSA is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
UTSA is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Memphis, Saturday, October 12th
UTSA at Marshall, Saturday, October 5th