Inside the numbers: Houston

Posted: October 28, 2014 in Football

Houston has struggled at times this season on offense, forcing them to make a quarterback change. Yet, despite the struggles to move the ball, their defense has been stout, shutting nearly everyone down all year. Let’s look at the numbers the two sides are putting up and what the Bulls are facing in this game. 

Offense

The Houston offense is averaging 28.1 PPG this season. They average 158.9 yards per game on the ground, rushing for 4.4 yards per carry and have a total of 12 rushing touchdowns. With Greg Ward Jr. at quarterback, the Bulls defense could see a lot more of the zone read in the run game, giving them something else to worry about. Houston averages 222.3 yards per game through the air, averaging 10.3 yards per catch (9 passing touchdowns this season as well). The passing attack has struggled to find consistency this year. Getting pressure on the Houston QBs and getting their timing off will be key in stopping them from getting into rhythm in this game. Overall, they average 381.1 yards per game on offense. They have struggled and will be relying on Ward to give them the spark. The USF defense has to stay sound in this game, play their assignments, and not allow the big plays that can take them out of the game early. They have struggled against spread systems all year and will be facing another one with Houston.

Defense

On defense, Houston is allowing just 17.9 PPG. They are holding opponents to 149.7 yards per game on the ground and just 3.6 yards per carry (9 touchdowns given up overall). For the USF ground game to get going in this one, they will need the offensive line to get the big push up front to help spring Marlon Mack and the other backs. They are allowing just 177.9 yards passing per game, 11.4 yards per catch (6 touchdowns given up). The Cougars have a very fast and aggressive secondary that will make it hard for Mike White to find his targets down the field. He will need the quick throws and the running game to give him more time and help get the safeties to take a step back. Overall, they allow 327.6 yards per game. This could be a very low scoring game and this defense could be a big reason for it. USF has to find some kind of consistency out of the quarterback position if they hope to move the ball against the Cougars defense.

 

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