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    Star runner Jonathon Brooks and the Texas Longhorns (5-1) meet the Houston Cougars (3-3) on Saturday at 4:00 PM ET at John O’Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium.

    The Longhorns are very heavy favorites (currently -23.5) in their matchup against the Cougars, with the over/under being 61 points. (On the moneyline, the Longhorns are -2092 and the Cougars are +1051.)

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    Game Info for Texas vs. Houston

    • Game Day: Saturday, October 21, 2023
    • Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: FOX
    • Location: Houston, Texas
    • Stadium: John O’Quinn Field at TDECU Stadium
    Texas vs Houston Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Texas -23.5 -110 -110 61 -111 -109 -2092 +1051

    Texas Pick Insights

    • Texas is 3-3-0 ATS this season.
    • Texas has not yet covered the spread as favorites of 23.5 points or more this season (0-2).
    • Texas has hit the over in two of six games with a set total (33.3%).

    Texas Stats & Insights

    • Texas has been shining on both sides of the ball, ranking 13th-best in total offense (486.5 yards per game) and 25th-best in total defense (323.3 yards allowed per game).
    • Texas ranks 27th in points scored this year (35 points per game), but has been thriving on the defensive side of the ball, ranking 15th-best in the FBS with 16.3 points allowed per game.
    • Texas has the 43rd-ranked defense this year in terms of passing yards (211 allowed per game), and has been more effective on the other side of the ball, ranking 21st-best with 300.7 passing yards per game.
    • Texas is putting up 185.8 rushing yards per game on offense (32nd in the FBS), and ranks 28th defensively with 112.3 rushing yards allowed per game.
    • On the defensive side of the ball, Texas has been a top-25 unit in terms of third-down efficiency, ranking seventh-best by allowing a 28.4% third-down percentage. The team’s offense ranks 62nd (41% third-down percentage).
    • With eight forced turnovers (80th in the FBS) against seven turnovers committed (35th in the FBS), Texas (+1) owns the 50th-ranked turnover margin in college football.

    Texas’ Best Players

    • Quinn Ewers has thrown for 1,704 yards (284 ypg) to lead Texas, completing 69.6% of his passes and tossing 11 touchdown passes compared to three interceptions this season.
    • Brooks has 725 rushing yards on 107 carries with six touchdowns. He’s also tacked on 10 catches for 121 yards (20.2 per game) and one touchdown through the air.
    • CJ Baxter has been handed the ball 45 times this year and racked up 176 yards (29.3 per game) with one touchdown.
    • Xavier Worthy’s 453 yards as a receiver lead the team. He’s been targeted 46 times and has registered 34 catches and three touchdowns.
    • Adonai Mitchell has hauled in 25 passes while averaging 59 yards per game and scoring four touchdowns.
    • Ja’Tavion Sanders’ 14 receptions have yielded 291 yards and one touchdown.
    • Anthony Hill Jr. has racked up three sacks to pace the team, while also picking up three TFL and 19 tackles.
    • Texas’ top-tackler, Jaylan Ford, has 32 tackles, three TFL, and two interceptions this year.
    • Jerrin Thompson has a team-high two interceptions to go along with 11 tackles and two passes defended.

    Houston Betting Insights

    • Houston is 2-3-0 against the spread this year.
    • In Houston’s five games with a set total, three have hit the over (60%).

    Houston Pick Insights

    • Houston’s defense has been a bottom-25 unit in total defense this season, ceding 429.2 total yards per game, which ranks 17th-worst. On the offensive side of the ball, it ranks 56th with 410.5 total yards per contest.
    • In terms of points scored Houston ranks 64th in the FBS (29.7 points per game), and it is 107th on the other side of the ball (31.3 points allowed per game).
    • Houston’s defense has been a bottom-25 unit in pass defense this season, ceding 267 passing yards per game, which ranks 17th-worst in the FBS. Offensively, it ranks 33rd with 276.3 passing yards per contest.
    • Houston ranks 95th in the FBS with 134.2 rushing yards per contest on offense, and it ranks 98th with 162.2 rushing yards given up per game on defense.
    • Houston has been struggling on third down, ranking 11th-worst with a 47.1% third-down conversion rate allowed per game. It has been more productive offensively, generating a 44% third-down rate (40th-ranked).
    • Houston has excelled in terms of turnovers, as the team’s turnover margin of +7 ranks ninth-best in the FBS, with 10 forced turnovers (46th in the nation) and three turnovers committed (second in the nation).

    Houston’s Best Players

    • Donovan Smith has recored 1,600 passing yards, or 266.7 per game, so far this season. He has completed 66.1% of his passes and has collected 13 touchdowns with three interceptions. He’s also contributed on the ground with 32.8 rushing yards per game while scoring as a runner four times.
    • Parker Jenkins has rushed 47 times for 242 yards, with three touchdowns.
    • Stacy Sneed has piled up 37 carries and totaled 206 yards with one touchdown.
    • Sam Brown has collected 36 receptions this season and his team-high yardage total sits at 549 (91.5 yards per game). He’s been targeted 54 times and has two touchdowns.
    • Joseph Manjack IV has caught 29 passes and compiled 347 receiving yards (57.8 per game) with three touchdowns.
    • Matthew Golden’s 46 targets have resulted in 27 grabs for 295 yards and four touchdowns.
    • Nelson Ceaser has collected 4.5 sacks to pace the team, while also recording five TFL and 23 tackles.
    • Malik Robinson is the team’s top-tackler this year. He’s picked up 38 tackles.
    • Malik Fleming leads the team with three interceptions, while also collecting 21 tackles and three passes defended.
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