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Team to Watch: Houston Cougars
This week: -11 vs. Vanderbilt Commodores
The Houston Cougars are one of the best teams in the country that no one is really talking about. They’re an incredibly balanced team and have one of the best players in college football in Greg Ward Jr. leading them. Ward is a dynamic playmaker that is just as dangerous on the ground as he is through the air. We have seen time and time again this season, his ability to make plays, extend drives and lead his team to victory. While a lot of the talk surrounding the QB in line for the Heisman trophy being Trevone Boykin, Ward has put up similar numbers with less recognition.
Ward and his Houston Cougars will have a chance to push themselves into the national spotlight in this game as they take on Vanderbilt. While Vandy is certainly not a great team this season, the Commodores are a member of the SEC which is the supposed toughest conference in the nation. A win over a Power Five team will surely put Houston on the map.
Team to beware of: Appalachian State Mountaineers
This week: -24 vs. Troy Trojans
The Appalachian State Mountaineers are coming off a big win over the Georgia Southern Eagles which now puts them in the driver’s seat for a potentially Sun Belt Championship. A lot of talk is being made about Appalachian State and rightfully so. The Mountaineers are arguably the most balanced team in the Sun Belt with Taylor Lamb at the helm. They employ an extremely effective stretch-running game which is designed to spread defenders thin and open up running lanes.
The Mountaineers now have to be worried about a potential letdown as they face a Troy Trojans team who are coming off an impressive 52-7 win over New Mexico State. Troy is in a rebuilding year but has shown the ability to move the ball down the field. Over three touchdowns is a lot of points to lay in a potential letdown spot.
Total team: Georgia Southern Eagles
This week: 71.5 vs. Texas State Bobcats
Georgia Southern is coming off what can only be considered an embarrassing loss to the Appalachian State Mountaineers. The once-potent Eagles offensive attack, which came into that game averaging 399 yards on the ground, was held to just over 200 yards in the loss. This week, the Eagles actually catch a break and should have a much easier time moving the ball against a Texas State team that gives up nearly 260 yards per contest on the ground and an average of 44 points per game.
While the Texas State defense has been absolutely terrible, their offense isn’t half bad. The Bobcats averaging 34 points per game and run a balanced playbook. The potency and efficiency of the Eagles offense has somewhat masked their lack of true defensive playmaking ability and that will likely be shown in this contest. The Eagles will be looking to make up for their last performance and we expect them to pile up the yards (and points) in this one.
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