Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs Houston Cougars Odds, Prediction, and Pick
This game is one that many people have whispered about throughout this season, but one that has flown under the radar a bit to this point. The Houston Cougars look to be the real deal right now, and they are one of the few undefeated teams this season, as they are sitting at 12-0 overall, 8-0 in conference play, and are ranked 7th in the entire country right now. You can bet that they won't be looking past their opponent in the Conference USA Championship game though this week. They are up against a team in Southern Miss who is 10-2 overall, 6-2 in conference play, and is ranked 24th right now. Southern Miss held off Marshall by one game in the East Division, while Houston had to hold off Tulsa by one game in the West Division. The Golden Eagles are a tough team to figure out, as they are led by a solid pass/run combination, as well as a strong defense which will have their hands full against Houston on Saturday.
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On the other hand there is Houston, who is an incredible offensive team. The stats on this team are beyond impressive, as quarterback Case Keenum is in the Heisman talks with an absurd stat line of 43 touchdowns, and only 3 interceptions total this year. To make things even more incredible for this Houston team, they also have three running back's with over 7 touchdowns in Charles Sims, Michael Hayes, and Bryce Beall. Houston has their eyes on a BCS Bowl game this year, and their best shot to be able to get their is by knocking off the Golden Eagles of Southern Mississippi.
» Odds and Sports Betting Line
- Southern Miss Golden Eagles: +13
- Houston Cougars: -13
» Free Prediction
I'd love to say that I feel confident in the upset here, but this Houston team is really just too scary overall. Their offense can do whatever it wants, whenever it wants. If a team was able to hold them down for one quarter this year, they would just make up for it in the remaining quarters. The Cougars have never scored less than 35 points, and they've only scored below 40 points three total times this year. That spells trouble for any team in College Football, and while I do think this will be a high scoring game; I like Case Keenum and the Houston offense. Don't forget to look at Southern Miss' regular season losses, as they were taken down by a UAB team who was 3-9 overall. Obviously one game doesn't tell a story of a season, but I simply don't think that Southern Miss will have the offense to match Houston. I'll take Houston by more than two touchdowns.
Prediction: Houston Cougars- 49 Southern Miss Golden Eagles- 31
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Picking against Case Keenum to win was the real tough one, and there was no way I could possibly do that with this team so close to a BCS Bowl game. On the other hand though, can Southern Miss get the cover? Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles fans out there, I just can't see them hanging with the Houston offense long enough to be able to keep it within two touchdowns. Keenum will have one of his best games of the year, and I'm definitely expecting to see around four touchdowns from the Heisman hopeful. I'm picking the Houston Cougars to cover as well.
Pick: Houston Cougars -13