College Football Pick Mississippi State at Houston 10-9-10

October 7, 2010


Mississippi State Bulldogs at Houston Cougars

Saturday October 9, 2010 8:00 PM EST

Line: Mississippi State -5

Mississippi State comes into this road game with a 3-2 record, with their 2 losses coming at the hands of ranked Auburn and ranked LSU. They are 0-1 on the road this year and that loss came at LSU 29-7. Houston comes into this game with a 3-1 record and they had an extra week to prepare for this one. They are 3-0 at home so far.

The Bulldogs have been solid on defense to start the year. They are 22nd on defense allowing 16.2 points per game. Their offense has looked average putting up 28.6 points per game, 56th in the nation. A  major reason they have put up so many points has been their rushing game. The rushing game for the Bulldogs is averaging 172.4 yards a game which is 47th best in the nation. Junior RB Vick Ballard has put up monster numbers with 284 yards and 8 TDs so far. A key to this game will be the play of Junior QB Chris Relf who has 618 yards 5 TDs and 3 Ints.He has also rushed for 199 yards this year.

The Cougars defense has not been as great as the Bulldogs defense. The Cougars defense ranks at 77th in the nation allowing 26.5 points a game. The main reason they have looked so good as a team, has been their offense. Their offense has averaged 44.3 points a game, 6th in the nation. Their passing game comes in ranked at 22nd in the nation. The main reason they have had success thru the air is because of the play of Senior QB Chase Keenum. Keenum has 636 yards with 5 TDs and 5 Ints. Their rushing game comes in at 37th in the nation with 185.5 yards a game. Leading the Cougar rushing attack has been Junior RB Bryce Beall. Beall has 418 yards on the season with 9 TDs. Freshman RB Michael Hayes has added 5 TDs as well on the ground.

I look for Houston to stay strong in this football game. Football picks are always made easier when you have a team that has averaged 44.3 points a game. That combined with the home field advantage makes Houston the easy pick with the points.

Free College Football Pick: Houston +5

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