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Armed Forces Bowl College Football Betting Preview and Pick - Houston Cougars Underdogs vs Panthers

Pittsburgh Panthers


Houston Cougars
Friday, January 02, 2015 12:00 PM ET
Amon Carter Stadium

The Houston Cougars will be gunning for their ninth ATS win in their last 11 games as underdogs when they take on the Pittsburgh Panthers in the Armed Forces Bowl. Underdogs have covered in five of the last six Armed Forces Bowls, but the Cougars are just 1-2-1 ATS in their last four games.

The Panthers have struggled as favorites in recent outings, just 2-4 SU and 1-5 ATS in their last six. The total has finished OVER in four of Pittsburgh's last five this season, however the UNDER is 6-2 in the Panthers' last eight bowl game appearances. Overall, Pitt is 3-2 SU and ATS in their last five bowl games.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs Houston Cougars Opening Odds and Betting Line

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Houston Cougars as 2-point underdogs on the opening betting line for this contest.

Computer Prediction: Pittsburgh Panthers vs Houston Cougars Pick

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 32-30 result in favor of the Panthers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs Houston Cougars Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Houston bring a 7-5 record (6-5-1 ATS) to the Bowl game betting matchup against the 6-6 Pittsburgh Panthers, who are 6-6 ATS against the spread. Over under betting has seen Houston go 4-8 so far and the Panthers go 6-5-1. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Houston Cougars rated this week at No. 29 and the Pittsburgh Panthers sitting at No. 57.

How Pittsburgh Panthers vs Houston Cougars Stats Matchup

The game also pits Houston's No. 65-ranked offense, averaging 29.33 PPG, against a Pittsburgh defense that ranks No. 56 this week at 25.58 PPG. The Houston aerial game is averaging 226.58 yards per game, more than the Pittsburgh Panthers secondary allows through the air, 192.67 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Pittsburgh Panthers own the league's No. 45-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 155 yards per game when on the road. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 67 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Panthers were Week 14 winners, coming out on top of the Hurricanes by a score of 35-23.

In Houston's last outing, Greg Ward Jr. threw for 360 yards in a losing cause against the Bearcats, 38-31 at Paul Brown Stadium.

Pittsburgh Panthers vs Houston Cougars Betting Odds Trends

Pittsburgh is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Houston's last 17 games