BBVA Compass Bowl: Vanderbilt at Houston Preview and Pick
The BBVA Compass Bowl will kick off on January 4th and will be the last college football game on a Saturday afternoon until the regular season kicks off in 2014. The Vanderbilt Commodores will bring their eight wins into this game against the Houston Cougars with hopes of leaving with a bowl game victory.
BBVA Compass Bowl: Vanderbilt at Houston Preview
The college football bowl odds for this game opened up with the Commodores listed as (-1.5) point favorites. The college football betting public is on board with the Commodores as over 63 percent is on Vanderbilt to win and cover in this big game. Due to the loyal following and early bets that have come in, this point spread has moved and it can now be found at (-2.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
Vandebilt has become a team to watch in college football. After playing in four bowl games over the program’s first 120 years, head coach James Franklin will bring his team to their third bowl game in as many years. However they will be missing a key player going into this bowl game. Carta-Samuels underwent knee surgery following the conclusion of the regular season to repair a torn ACL suffered in a win over then-No. 15 Georgia on Oct. 19. The injury forced him to miss two games but he was able to start the team’s final three regular season contests. The latest college football betting trends heading into this bowl game have a positive upside for this team. The Commodores are 6-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 8 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss against the spread. The Commodores will have to be ready on defense.
They will go up against a Houston team that knows how to score the football. They averaged 33.9 points, and freshman quarterback John O’Korn had a strong year, throwing for 26 touchdowns to just eight interceptions. The Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game, 11-3 ATS in their last 14 games following a SU win of more than 20 points and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games following a straight up win.
BBVA Compass Bowl: Vanderbilt at Houston Pick
The Commodores are a feel good story about a football program that has turned things around, but Houston will steal the spotlight with a big game on offense. The Cougars pull off the upset and win outright.