Houston vs. Sam Houston: College Football Betting Picks, Predictions and Tips – September 23, 2023

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 17, 2023

The Sam Houston Bearkats (0-2) will look to upset the Houston Cougars (1-2) on Saturday, September 23, 2023 at TDECU Stadium. The Cougars are considerable favorites in this one, with the spread posted at 11.5 points. The over/under in this contest is 37 points.

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Houston vs. Sam Houston Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Houston -11.5 -110 -110 37 -112 -108

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Computer Pick

Predictions are calculated by a data-driven algorithm (raw power score) that ranks head-to-head matchup results within a closed network of games. Prediction confidence is determined by the delta between each team’s raw power score.

Team Stat Comparison

Houston Sam Houston
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 23.7 (96) 1.5 (76)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 31.0 (102) 13.5 (7)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 3 (33) 3 (67)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 7 (12) 1 (31)

Houston vs. Sam Houston Betting Insights

Houston Stats and Trends

  • Houston has won one game against the spread this season.
  • Houston games have hit the over once this season.
  • The Cougars and their opponents have scored a combined total of more than 37 points two times this season (in three games).
  • UH has an average point total of 58.2 in their contests this year, 21.2 more points than this matchup’s over/under.

Sam Houston Stats and Trends

  • Sam Houston has covered in each of its two games with a spread this season.
  • The Bearkats have won each of their two games this year when playing as at least 11.5-point underdogs.
  • So far this year, no Sam Houston game has gone over the point total.
  • Sam Houston’s games this year have had a 41.3-point total on average, 4.3 more points than this matchup’s over/under.

Houston Players to Watch

  • This year, Donovan Smith has collected 718 passing yards (239.3 yards per game) while completing 63 of 111 passes (56.8% completion percentage), with four touchdowns and three interceptions. He has added 78 rushing yards on 41 carries (plus three touchdowns), averaging 26.0 yards per game.
  • Stacy Sneed has run for a team-high 103 yards on 26 carries (34.3 yards per game) and one touchdown.
  • Tony Mathis has run for 98 yards on 16 carries (49.0 yards per game) this year.
  • Sam Brown has 20 catches and paces his team with 343 receiving yards (114.3 ypg).
  • Joseph Manjack IV has chipped in with 152 yards (on 14 catches) and one touchdown.
  • Matthew Golden is averaging 50.7 yards per game, racking up 13 receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

Sam Houston Players to Watch

  • Keegan Shoemaker has passed for 191 yards while completing 55.3% of his throws (26-of-47), with zero touchdowns and three interceptions (95.5 yards per game).
  • Zach Hrbacek has run for a team-high 30 yards on 15 carries (15.0 yards per game) and zero touchdowns.
  • John Gentry has rushed for 25 yards on 10 carries (12.5 yards per game) this year.
  • Noah Smith has grabbed six passes for a team-high 56 yards. He averages 28.0 yards per game.
  • Ife Adeyi’s stat line this year shows six catches for 48 yards. He puts up 24.0 receiving yards per game.
  • Malik Phillips has caught one pass for 20 yards, averaging 20.0 yards per game this year.

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