Free College Football Picks Today: Navy Midshipmen vs Houston Cougars 10/22/22

Free College Football Picks Today: Navy Midshipmen vs Houston Cougars 10/22/22
Sat 22nd October 2022

The No. 25 University of Houston Cougars (3-3, 1-1 AAC) travel to take on the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen (2-4, 2-2 AAC) at Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday. The Cougars are three-point favorites, and the total is 51.5. Houston is coming off a close 33-32 win over Memphis at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium on October 7.

Clayton Tune threw for 366 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Brandon Campbell ran 12 times for 53 yards. Samuel Brown caught nine passes for 116 yards. Navy lost 40-34 to SMU at Gerald J. Ford Stadium last Friday. Tai Lavatai was 9 of 21 for 138 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. He added 120 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Jayden Umbarger added a touchdown of his own. He caught five receptions for 59 yards.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

The Cougars won the only game between the teams last season, a 28-20 victory in September. Clayton Tune threw one touchdown for Houston.

TALE OF THE TAPE

The Cougars are averaging 31.3 points per game for the season, 57th in FBS, and they are facing a Midshipmen defense that has surrendered 24.2 PPG (53rd). Meanwhile, Navy has scored 23.0 points a game this season, 102nd in the country, and Houston is allowing 33.7 PPG (116th).The Cougars rank 50th in the country in passing yards per game (261.2) and 79th in rushing (142.0).

They will be facing a tough test on the ground, as the Midshipmen are seventh in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game (89.5). Against the pass, Navy is 111th (274.5).Navy has been one of the nation’s top rushing teams, averaging 255.2 yards per game (5th), while ranking 126th in passing yards (114.7). The Cougars are allowing 275.0 passing yards (112th) and 138.7 rushing yards per game (59th).

TOP PERFORMERS

Through six games, Clayton Tune has thrown for 12 touchdowns (4 INT) and 261.2 yards per game to lead Houston in passing. In three away games this season, he has seven TDs (2 INT) and an average of 279.3 yards passing. Brandon Campbell leads the team in rushing with an average of 59.2 yards a game over five games. He has three touchdowns on the ground and two through the air. Nathaniel Dell is the Cougars’ leading receiver with 89.0 yards a game and six TDs.

Tai Lavatai has four passing touchdowns (1 INT) with 110.3 yards per game through six games to lead Navy. In three home games this season, he has thrown for one TD and an average of 81.0 yards. Daba Fofana has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 56.0 yards a game through six games. He has three touchdowns. Vincent Terrell II has been a key target in the Midshipmen’s aerial attack. He has two touchdowns and a 28.3 yard per game average through six appearances.

SportsTips’ College Football Pick:

Houston (-150)

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