College Football Pick Houston at Southern Miss 11-20-10

November 17, 2010


Houston Cougars at Southern Miss Golden Eagles

Saturday November 20, 2010 8:00 PM EST

Line: Southern Miss -4

Houston has lost their last 2 games by a TD or less. Both those games were at home, and it could turn into a bad road trip to end their season. Southern Miss has strung 2 good road games back to back and that accounts for their 2 game win streak. This is the last Southern Miss home game of the season.

Stats to consider:

Houston Cougars:

  • Houston is 5-5 with a 4-3 C-USA record.
  • They are 2-2 on the road.
  • Points against per game: 29.2 (84th)
  • Points for per game: 39.1 (10th)
  • Passing yards a game: 301.9 (9th)
  • Rushing yards a game: 167.1 (42nd)

Southern Miss Golden Eagles:

  • Southern Miss is 7-3 with a 4-2 C-USA record.
  • They are 3-2 at home.
  • Points against per game: 25.6 (61st)
  • Points for per game: 34.2 (24th)
  • Passing yards a game: 239.3 (46th)
  • Rushing yards a game: 190 (29th)

What to watch for:

  • Houston Freshman QB David Piland has played out of his mind with 1,733 yards 18 TDs and 10 Ints. He is coming off his worst game of the year as he threw for 3 TDs and 5 Ints. Piland has been helped out by Junior WR Patrick Edwards who leads the team with 798 yards and 11 TDs.
  • Houston Junior RB Bryce Beall has 805 yards and 12 TDs. Freshman RB Michael Hayes has 524 yards and 8 TDs. Neither RB has a TD in the last two weeks.
  • SoMiss Junior QB Austin Davis has 2,234 yards 14 TDs and 5 Ints. He is coming off his best game last week where he went 21-34 for 264 yards and 4 TDs.

Houston might look like the better football pick at first glance, but looking further into this one I like Southern Miss. They have competed really well all year. 2 of their 3 loses this year came by a point. They are going to come into this game very confident and will play lights out as Houston will continue to struggle.

Free College Football Pick: Southern Miss -4

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