West Virginia Mountaineers vs Houston Cougars 10/12/2023 – West Virginia Mountaineers will hit the road again, this time to Houston to take on the Houston Cougars. West Virginia comes into this matchup riding an impressive streak having secured four consecutive victories including an exciting three-point win against TCU last time out. Their offense has been nothing but impressive throughout this year. The Cougars will not have an easy time this matchup and will struggle. The top Week 7 NCAAF betting picks predict the West Virginia Mountaineers winning in this game.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Houston Cougars 10/12/2023
|When:||Thursday, October 12, 2023|
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West Virginia Mountaineers enter this week’s matchup on an impressive four-game winning streak, highlighted by their thrilling three-point win against TCU. A key contributor to their impressive success has been an exceptional offensive performance this season.
West Virginia’s offense has been remarkable this season, averaging 347.4 yards per game on average and 191.8 of that coming via ground gain – evidence of their powerful ground game – keeping opponents guessing and leading them down the path towards victories. This balanced attack has kept opponents at bay while fuelling West Virginia’s successful winning streak.
Garret Greene’s Key Performance
Garrett Greene has taken control of West Virginia’s offense this season as quarterback Garrett Greene amasses 544 passing yards and four touchdowns through 36 completions, making him an invaluable asset in the passing game. West Virginia doesn’t just excel with their air attack either; CJ Donaldson Jr. leads their running game with 348 rushing yards and four touchdowns while Garrett Greene adds versatility with 33 carries totaling 185 rushing yards and three scores, which presents opposing defenses with significant challenges.
Hudson Clement has been the Mountaineers’ most prolific receiver, amassing 239 yards on 10 receptions this season and scoring three touchdowns – an essential component to their success. His ability to make big plays and reach the end zone has contributed immensely towards their triumphant campaign.
West Virginia to Bank on Their Defense
West Virginia’s defense has been strong, holding opponents to just 17 points per game on average and average yards total of 335.4 per game, demonstrating their ability to prevent opponents from scoring while keeping scoreboard numbers under control.
Houston Cougars Seek Redemption
On the other side of the field, the Houston Cougars have experienced a remarkable season so far. After suffering three losses in four games including an unexpected 21-point blowout against Texas Tech, they return home one game under 500 with no guarantees they’ll get any wins this time around.
Texas Tech provided the Cougars with an offensive test, scoring 28 points despite going scoreless in the second half and amassing 489 total yards of offense. But defense was their Achilles’ heel as Texas Tech managed 49 points on 400 total yards of offense and exposed vulnerabilities that must be addressed immediately by their opponent.
Donovan Smith has led Houston’s offense with precision, completing 30 passes for 336 yards and four touchdowns – an invaluable asset for their passing game. Parker Jenkins leads Houston in rushing yards per carry with 13 attempts amassing 71, while Donovan Smith continues to provide significant ground game contributions with nine attempts amassing 58 total. Samuel Browns and Joseph Manjack IV combined have 15 receptions resulting in 194 total yards and scored on two separate occasions adding depth and versatility to Houston’s offensive arsenal.
While their offense shows great promise, the Cougars’ defense faces difficulty in stopping opponents from scoring big points. Addressing defensive vulnerabilities will be key if they hope to regain winning form.
NCAAF Latest Odds: WVU -3 ; O/U 52.5
West Virginia Mountaineers have excelled throughout this season and look to continue this dominating performance against Houston’s challengers in Week 7. Mountaineers should continue dominating both on offense and defense to record yet another win against a Houston squad who have their own issues to deal with.
West Virginia Mountaineers Betting Trends
West Virginia is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of West Virginia’s last 9 games.
West Virginia are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games.
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of West Virginia’s last 7 games on the road.
West Virginia is 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the American Athletic Conference conference.
West Virginia are 10-4 SU in their last 14 games played in week 7.
Mountaineers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games played on a Thursday.
West Virginia are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games played on a Thursday when playing on the road.
Houston Cougars Betting Trends
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Houston’s last 18 games.
Houston is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games at home.
Houston is 0-8 SU in their last 8 games against an opponent in the Big 12 conference.
Cougars is 7-0 SU in their last 7 games played in October.
Houston is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games played in week 7.
West Virginia Mountaineers vs Houston Cougars Betting Pick
West Virginia Mountaineers and Houston Cougars will meet in an intriguing clash that showcases both teams’ distinct strengths and challenges. Mountaineers boasts an explosive offense while Houston aims to improve their defensive issues. The Houston Cougars will be defeated in this matchup as predicted by the latest sports betting odds.
Score Prediction: Mountaineers 37, Cougars 21.