Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Houston Cougars Armed Forces Bowl Free Pick

Published January 2, 2015.
Check out our Uncategorized for similar articles.

Play On: Houston Cougars +4. 

I’m going to grab Houston at +4 now that the public have pushed them to this key number.  This is a road game for Pitt as the game will be played in Fort Worth, Texas and they are doing so with a very young team.  Nearly 80% of this roster are underclassmen whom were recruited by Paul Chryst who left for Wisconsin.  This is the 4th time since 2010 that Pitt has lost their coach and I just think this is a difficult spot going up against Houston in their home state who have as much talent as Pitt.

Houston lost their coach too but in a different way as the head man was fired.  Now their defensive coordinator which is the strength of this football team will take over and I think that is a positive.  They will play agressive football which should lead to turnovers.  Houston forced 30 turnovers this year and has the ability to stop John Conner with their front seven led by a next level nose tackle in Joey Mbu.  On offense Houston definitely improved down the stretch when they made the switch to Greg Ward at QB.  Ward went 5-2 as a starter and gives Houston a nice run and pass option.  In fact this unit rushed for 200+ yards with 5.5+ yards per carry in each of their last 3 games.  This is key, because Pitt’s defense has struggled at time this year against the run allowing 5.60 ypc in their 6 losses and 2.76 in their wins.  Houston is absolutely capable of winning this game and I’ll grab it at 4.5.

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Enter your email below to receive free picks and special offers straight to your inbox.