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    The West Virginia Mountaineers (4-1) play on Thursday at 7:00 PM ET against the Houston Cougars (2-3) at John O’Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium.

    The Mountaineers are favored, but by less than a field goal (-2.5), against the Cougars. The over/under for this game is 51.5 points.

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    Game Info for West Virginia vs. Houston

    • Game Day: Thursday, October 12, 2023
    • Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
    • Location: Houston, Texas
    • Stadium: John O’Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium
    West Virginia vs Houston Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    West Virginia -2.5 -110 -110 51.5 -110 -110 -145 +122

    West Virginia Pick Insights

    • West Virginia is 4-1-0 ATS this season.
    • West Virginia is a perfect 2-0 against the spread when favored by 2.5 points or more this season.
    • West Virginia has hit the over in two of five games with a set total (40%).

    West Virginia Stats & Insights

    • West Virginia is totaling 347.4 yards per game on offense this season (99th in the FBS), and are giving up 335.4 yards per game (36th) on defense.
    • On offense, West Virginia ranks 85th in the FBS with 26.4 points per game. Meanwhile, the team’s defense ranks 31st in points allowed (335.4 points allowed per contest).
    • West Virginia ranks 12th-worst in passing offense (155.6 passing yards per game), but thas been a little better on defense, ranking 63rd with 220.6 passing yards allowed per contest.
    • West Virginia ranks 32nd in run offense (191.8 rushing yards per game) and 35th in run defense (114.8 rushing yards allowed per game) this year.
    • West Virginia has the 11th-best third-down defense this season (27.8% third-down conversion rate allowed), but ranks 16th-worst offensively (32.3% third-down conversion rate).
    • West Virginia has forced five total turnovers (109th in the FBS) this season and have turned it over five times (16th in the FBS) for an even turnover margin, 67th-ranked in college football.

    West Virginia’s Best Players

    • Garrett Greene has thrown for 544 yards, completing 52.9% of his passes and collecting four touchdowns this season. He’s also run for 185 yards (37 ypg) on 33 carries with three rushing touchdowns.
    • CJ Donaldson has racked up 348 yards on 86 carries while finding the end zone four times as a runner.
    • Hudson Clement has hauled in 10 receptions for 239 yards (47.8 yards per game) to lead the team so far this season. He’s found the end zone three times as a receiver.
    • Kole Taylor has caught 13 passes for 166 yards (33.2 yards per game) and two touchdowns this year.
    • Devin Carter has been the target of 16 passes and racked up nine grabs for 141 yards, an average of 28.2 yards per contest.
    • Tomiwa Durojaiye has three sacks to lead the team, and also has three TFL and eight tackles.
    • Lee Kpogba is the team’s top-tackler this year. He’s totaled 29 tackles, two TFL, and one sack.
    • Beanie Bishop has picked off a team-high two passes. He also has 19 tackles, one TFL, and two passes defended to his name.

    Houston Betting Insights

    • Houston has covered the spread once in four games this year.
    • Houston is winless against the spread (0-2) when playing as at least 2.5-point underdogs.
    • Houston hase hit the over in two of four games with a set total (50%).

    Houston Pick Insights

    • Houston is posting 414 total yards per contest on offense this season (53rd-ranked). Meanwhile, it is surrendering 405.8 total yards per contest (106th-ranked).
    • From an offensive standpoint, Houston is posting 27.4 points per game (81st-ranked). It ranks 99th in the FBS on defense (29.8 points allowed per game).
    • Houston’s passing attack has been leading the way for the team, as it ranks 25th-best in the FBS with 281 passing yards per contest. In terms of defense, it is surrendering 242.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 92nd.
    • From an offensive angle, Houston is accumulating 133 rushing yards per contest (94th-ranked). It ranks 98th in the FBS defensively (163.6 rushing yards surrendered per game).
    • With a 45.3% third-down conversion percentage on offense, Houston ranks 33rd in the FBS. Defensively, it ranks 90th, giving up a 40.9% third-down rate.
    • Houston has produced nine forced turnovers this season and have turned it over three times, leading to a +6 turnover margin, which ranks eighth-best in the FBS.

    Houston’s Best Players

    • Donovan Smith has been a dual threat for Houston this season. He has 1,347 passing yards (269.4 per game) while completing 64.4% of his passes. He’s tossed nine touchdown passes and three interceptions this season. On the ground, he’s compiled 163 yards (32.6 ypg) on 55 carries with three rushing touchdowns.
    • Parker Jenkins has carried the ball 41 times for 218 yards, with three touchdowns.
    • Sam Brown has racked up 518 receiving yards on 33 receptions to pace his team so far this season while scoring one touchdown as a receiver.
    • Joseph Manjack IV has 25 receptions (on 33 targets) for a total of 292 yards (58.4 yards per game) and two touchdowns this year.
    • Matthew Golden’s 24 receptions (on 42 targets) have netted him 261 yards (52.2 ypg) and four touchdowns.
    • Nelson Ceaser leads the team with 4.5 sacks, and also has five TFL and 20 tackles.
    • Malik Robinson, Houston’s tackle leader, has 31 tackles this year.
    • Malik Fleming has a team-high three interceptions to go along with 17 tackles and three passes defended.
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