Oklahoma State Cowboys (7-3) vs. Houston Cougars (4-6)
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Houston Cougars 11/18/23 – As we head into Week 12 of the NCAAF season, a matchup between Oklahoma State Cowboys and Houston Cougars is garnering significant attention. Set for Saturday night, this game marks an important moment for both teams; the Cowboys with 7-3 standing look to solidify their position while the Cougars 4-6 look for redemption with victory on their side of the field. NCAAF Team Insights suggests this match-up not only matters in terms of winning but also sets an expectation.
Ollie Gordon II and Rashod Owens are at the core of Dallas Cowboys’ successful offense, leading the charge with impressive 1250 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns respectively, showing incredible consistency on the ground. Owens provides support as a wide receiver, tallying 530 receiving yards with one touchdown reception that highlights this team’s versatility in offense.
Houston Cougars quarterback Donovan Smith and wide receiver Samuel Brown lead an explosive offense to challenge Dallas Cowboys defense. Smith holds an impressive passer rating of 136.5 and can connect effectively with Brown, who has amassed 776 receiving yards. Their teamwork on the field will be key in facing off against a formidable Dallas defense.
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Houston Cougars 11/18/23 Game Info
|When:||Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 4:00 PM ET|
Alan Bowman QB vs. Donovan Smith QB
Alan Bowman, quarterback for Oklahoma State Cowboys, brings both talent and challenges to the field. His season statistics, with 2139 passing yards and 8 touchdowns, demonstrate his capacity to lead an explosive offense. But there are areas of concern; his eight interceptions and passer rating of 116.7 indicate an insensitivity to defensive pressures. Bowman’s playing style includes quick reading defenses and making decisive throws quickly – 6.6 yards per pass attempt indicates this tendency for shorter, controlled passes while connecting deeper routes as evidenced by his longest pass of 67 yards!
Donovan Smith of the Houston Cougars stands in stark contrast to Bowman with an exceptionally reliable season, amassing 2405 passing yards and 20 touchdowns with an outstanding passer rating of 136.5. Smith excels at accuracy and decision-making, evidenced by his 65.2% completion rate. He excels at devising varied offensive strategies spanning short to long range passes – his longest pass being 53 yards! But Smith has been vulnerable to sacks this season, having surrendered 134 yards across 21 sacks; something the Cowboys’ formidable defensive line will likely exploit. Tactically speaking, Smith’s game revolves around reading defenses and adapting accordingly.
NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Oklahoma State Cowboys -265, Total Odds: 59
Oklahoma State Cowboys are clear favorites with a moneyline of -265 in this game, reflecting their strong overall performance and higher standing in the season. Total odds set at 59 points indicate expectations of an anticipated high-scoring game due to offensive capabilities of both teams; it also signals confidence in Oklahoma State Cowboys’ ability to not only win comfortably but do so by an expansive margin.
Oklahoma State Cowboys Betting Trends
The Cowboys have shown a strong trend in beating the spread, being 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games. Their defensive prowess is highlighted by the total going UNDER in 12 of their last 16 games, indicating their ability to limit opponents’ scoring.
Houston Cougars Betting Trends
Houston’s recent performance has been inconsistent, with a 3-6 SU in their last 9 games. However, they have a strong record in November games, going 8-3 SU in their last 11. The total going UNDER in 4 of their last 5 games suggests a strong defense but also highlights challenges in scoring.
Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. Houston Cougars 11/18/23 Betting Picks
In this matchup, the Oklahoma State Cowboys seem to have the upper hand, thanks to their more consistent performance throughout the season. Their robust defense, combined with a versatile offense, gives them an edge over the Cougars.
The Cougars, while underdogs, should not be underestimated, especially with their history of stepping up in November games. However, the Cowboys’ ability to control the game’s tempo and their strong record against teams from the American Athletic Conference make them the safer bet. Top Multi-handicapper picks suggest a low-scoring matchup that favorable with the Cowboys.
Free Pick and Prediction: Oklahoma State Cowboys 31, Houston Cougars 21