Free College Football Picks Today: Independence Bowl 2022

Free College Football Picks Today: Independence Bowl 2022
Fri 23rd December 2022

The University of Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns (6-6, 2-4 Away) travel to face the No. 25 University of Houston Cougars (7-5, 3-3 Home) at Independence Stadium on Friday.

The Cougars are seven-point favorites, and the total is 57. Louisiana is coming off a runaway 41-13 win over Texas State at Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium on November 26.

Chandler Fields was 16 of 26 for 187 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Dre’lyn Washington ran 10 times for 73 yards and a touchdown. Michael Jefferson caught six passes for 81 yards.

Houston lost 37-30 to Tulsa at TDECU Stadium on November 26. Clayton Tune threw for 386 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. Ta’Zhawn Henry carried nine times for 54 yards. Nathaniel Dell scored once. He hauled in nine receptions for 161 yards.

TALE OF THE TAPE

The Ragin’ Cajuns are averaging 27.0 points per game for the season, 77th in FBS, and they are facing a Cougars defense that has surrendered 33.5 PPG (117th). Meanwhile, Houston has scored 37.2 points a game this season, 14th in the country, and Louisiana is allowing 22.8 PPG (39th).

The Ragin’ Cajuns rank 73rd in the country in passing yards per game (224.9) and 75th in rushing (142.9). The best opportunities are likely to come through the air, as the Cougars are 126th in the country in passing yards allowed per game (285.7). Against the run, Houston is 61st (144.2).

Houston has been one of the country’s top passing teams, averaging 321.1 passing yards per game (7th), while ranking 78th in rushing yards (142.8). The Ragin’ Cajuns are allowing 219.3 passing yards (60th) and 142.3 rushing yards per game (51st).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through 10 games, Ben Wooldridge has thrown for 15 touchdowns (5 INT) and 166.1 yards per game to lead Louisiana in passing.

In four games away from home this season, he has four TDs (3 INT) and an average of 178.2 yards passing. Chris Smith leads the team in rushing with an average of 58.0 yards a game over 10 games.

He has three touchdowns on the ground and one through the air. Michael Jefferson is the Ragin’ Cajuns’ leading receiver with 67.5 yards a game and seven TDs.Clayton Tune has 37 passing touchdowns (10 INT) with 320.4 yards per game through 12 games to lead Houston.

Clayton Tune also leads the team in rushing with an average of 41.0 yards per game. He has five touchdowns on the ground. Nathaniel Dell has been a star in the Cougars’ passing game. He has 15 touchdowns and a 112.8 yard per game average through 12 appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

Houston (-250)

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