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BBVA Compass Bowl Predictions and Game Prognosis on 1/4/14

Cougars Vs Commodores Football

The Houston Cougars showed marked improvement this year as their offense was back on track as one of the best in college football. The Cougars had a successful first season as members of the new American Athletic Conference and will be counted on to become one of the marquee brands of that struggling league. The Vanderbilt Commodores have reached a level of success never achieved before in their program as head coach James Franklin has done in just three years what no other coach before him was ever able to achieve as Vandy is bowling for the third straight season despite playing in a Southeastern Conference that has been the toughest league in the nation during that span. The Houston Cougars will meet the Vanderbilt Commodores in the BBVA Compass Bowl at Legion Field in Birmingham, AL on January 4 with coverage on ESPN starting at 1 PM ET.

Strong Showing

The Houston Cougars finished 8-4 straight up and 10-2 against the spread with the CFB odds as 7 of their games went under the total. Houston ended their season with a 34-0 home payout over SMU. QB John O’Korn threw for 2889 yards and a 26/8 TD/INT ratio while Deontay Greenberry had 1106 yards receiving with 10 TD’s. Houston’s defense ranked 16th in the nation for points allowed.

Vandy is Dandy Again!

The Vanderbilt Commodores are 8-4 SU and 6-6 ATS with 7 of their games going over the total. Vanderbilt finished strong with 4 wins in their final 4 games while getting the money 3 times. WR Jordan Matthews finished with 1334 yards receiving and 5 TD’s.

The Pick!

Vanderbilt is 10-3 against the spread after a straight up win. Houston has covered 6 straight non-conference games and are 5-1 ATS in neutral site games. The Cougars have paid out in 4 out of their last 5 games vs. teams with a winning record. Houston has gotten the money in 16 out of their last 21 games that follow a straight up win. Houston has gone over the total in 7 of their last 10 nonconference games while Vandy is 5-2 over the total in nonconference action. Vanderbilt and over the total is the call!

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