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Cougars vs Scarlet Knights Game Preview

Houston CougarsRutgers Scarlet Knights
5-1October 26, 2013, 12:00 | High Point Solutions Stadium4-2

The visiting Cougars hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at High Point Solutions Stadium against the Scarlet Knights.

The Scarlet Knights currently sport a record of 4-2, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 3-3 ATS. The Cougars are 5-1 and 6-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Scarlet Knights post a 3-3 over under record this season, while the Cougars have gone 3-3 against the number.

View Houston Cougars vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds and Stats.

The Cougars were listed as 9.5-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Scarlet Knights rated this week at No. 62 and the Cougars sitting at No. 56. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 45-37 result in favor of the Cougars this week.

Houston was a 47-46 loser in their most recent outing at home against BYU. They covered the 10-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (93) made winners of OVER bettors. In their last game, the Scarlet Knights were Week 7 losers coming out on the wrong end of 24-10 score against Louisville.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Rutgers's No. 38-ranked offense, averaging 35 PPG, against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 49 this week at 23.67 PPG. The Scarlet Knights aerial game is averaging 240.67 yards per game, less than the Cougars secondary allows through the air, 293.5 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Cougars own the league's No. 23-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 114 yards per game when on the road. Rutgers, on the other hand, rates No. 74 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Cougars at Scarlet Knights trends to consider:
Houston is 4-1-1 SU in its last 6 games
Houston is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Houston is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
Rutgers is 5-11-1 SU in its last 17 games
Rutgers is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Rutgers is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rutgers's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Houston at South Florida, Thursday, October 31st
Rutgers at Temple, Saturday, November 2nd