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Houston is on an ATS Skid Ahead of Las Vegas Bowl

The 2016 edition of the Las Vegas Bowl will feature the Houston Cougars and the San Diego State Aztecs, and sports bettors looking to get in on the action will find no shortage of angles for the tilt on December 17.

Shark Bites
  • San Diego State is 2-6 ATS in its last eight games in December.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Houston's last six games in December.
  • Houston is 7-0 SU in its last seven games after losing as a favorite.

OVER bettors will be lining up at the betting window for this one. San Diego State has gone above the closing total in five of its last six games. The Aztecs’ success on the ground has been a big factor, as the squad ranked seventh in the nation in rushing yards per game (273.3).

If you’re fading the Cougars based on the last month and a half alone, I wouldn’t blame you. Houston opened the year on a tear by covering in four of its first five contests but has since gone 1-6 ATS. The Cougars’ only ATS win came in the form of a 36-10 triumph over Louisville as 17-point underdogs on November 17.

Considering that highly sought-after coach Tom Herman is set to depart Houston for the University of Texas, the Cougs may want to give it their all for him. Herman was perceived as the top available coaching candidate in the country after bringing Houston’s program to the forefront in the last few years.

San Diego State Aztecs vs Houston Cougars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the San Diego State Aztecs have seen them go 10-3 and 6-6-1 ATS so far this season, while the Houston Cougars are at 9-3 and 5-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Cougars are 5-7, while the Aztecs are 8-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs San Diego State injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 17-rated Houston Cougars and the No. 25-ranked San Diego State Aztecs, according to the NCAA College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Houston Cougars No. 21-ranked offense (38 PPG) against a San Diego State Aztecs defense that ranks No. 20 at 21 PPG. The Houston Cougars passing attack has averaged 301.92 yards per game, more than the San Diego State Aztecs give up through the air (208.85 YPG on average).

Defensively, the San Diego State Aztecs feature the league's No. 6-rated road run defense, allowing 111.86 yards per game. Houston, meanwhile, ranks No. 93 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Rashaad Penny tore up the turf for 117 rushing yards in the latest Aztecs game, a 27-24 win over the Cowboys at War Memorial Stadium.

In their last game, Houston's aerial attack generated 487 yards but it was the Tigers coming away with a 48-44 victory over Houston at Liberty Bowl.

Betting Trends
  • San Diego State is 15-7-1 ATS in its last 23 games
  • San Diego State is 20-3 SU in its last 23 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Diego State's last 6 games
  • Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Houston is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games