Houston at Navy Week 6 Betting Pick & Prediction

Posted by Peter Boysen on October 6, 2016 in

The Houston Cougars head to the Naval Academy with a perfect 5-0 record and the #6 ranking in the national polls. Houston routed Connecticut at home last Thursday in their last contest, while Navy went down 28-14 to the Air Force Academy. Last year, Navy was a player in the American Athletic Conference’s Western Division, almost qualifying for the title game but finishing behind Houston in the division standings. In 2015, Navy fell to Houston in a 52-31 rout. Check out all of our college football betting lines.

Houston at Navy Week 6 Betting Pick, Prediction & TV Info

When: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 3:00pm ET
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD
TV: CBSSports
Radio: Houston / Navy
Live Stream: CBS Sports Live
NCAA Football Odds: Houston (-17)

Why Should You Bet on the Cougars?

Houston came out firing on all cylinders once again last Thursday night, taking revenge on Connecticut for their lone loss of the season last year, which happened up in Hartford. Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. went 32 for 38 for 389 yards and three scores. He now has piled up 1,325 passing yards in six games and has an 8-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio. His favorite target was wideout Linell Bonner, who caught 12 balls for 159 yards and made a one-handed catch reminiscent of Odell Beckham, Jr.

The defense limited Connecticut to just 62 rushing yards, and by holding the Huskies to just 14 points, they kept their average points permitted at just 11.2, good for third best in the nation.

Why Should You Put Your Money on the Midshipmen?

Quarterback Will Worth has a talented arm, but his penchant for turning the ball over has proven costly for Navy at times. He picked up 260 passing yards against Air Force, but he threw two big picks. Navy normally focuses on the run, but they only picked up 57 yards on the ground. They have to find ways to open up the running attack to keep the Houston offense off the field.

The Navy defense has only permitted 20.5 points per game, but they gave up 173 ground yards to Air Force a week ago. They need find ways to keep Ward from taking off from the Houston backfield while also covering his targets down the field.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Houston won this game by 21 points a year ago at home, and they play at a higher level this year. Even though this game takes place up in Annapolis, I like the Cougars to steamroll a team that has struggled with Connecticut and Tulane this year. I predict a 41-14 Houston win.