Houston @ BYU College Football Odds Preview
The Houston Cougars are trying to build on their first win of the season, by defeating the 25th ranked BYU Cougars, who are coming off an impressive win against the Texas Longhorns for the second straight year. This will be the second meeting between these two teams, and college football betting fans are hoping it will be as exciting as the 47-46 shootout that BYU won last season. Keep on reading for all the details on this match.
How to bet the Houston Cougars @ BYU Cougars NCAA Football Spread & Game Info
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah.
Date: Thursday September 11, 9 PM. ET.
NCAAF Spread: Houston Cougars 18.5 point underdogs
Let’s Break Down the Cougars vs Cougars Betting Match Up & Tips
The University of Houston got off to a bad start this season, losing at home to the University of Texas: San Antonio in their season opener. The Cougars rebounded the next week by defeating FCS school Grambling State 47-0, but still have a lot of work to do to convince people that their loss to UTSA was a fluke.
A lot of the starters from both teams will play in this game, last season, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, threw for a career high 417 yards, with four passing touchdowns, including the game winning score with 1:08 left in the game, and he also ran for 128 yards. He will be Houston’s top priority in this game, if they want to avoid him hurting their defense like he did last season.
Houston’s quarterback Jeff O’Korn also had a big game when they played last season, throwing for 363 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also threw 3 interceptions, which cost his team the game, and he will need to protect the ball better this time around. The sophomore hasn’t looked very good so far this season, and has thrown for 404 yards, with 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions. The Houston Cougars will be in for a long night if he can’t protect the ball better than he has so far.
It is still early, but some experts believe BYU has a chance of making the four team playoff, if they can maintain their level of play and go undefeated this season, but I don’t see it happening, because of the strength of schedule that they have this year, which isn’t very tough. They can still make it to one of the four major bowls if they do remain undefeated, which should still be good news for a team that was unranked and wasn’t expected to do much prior to the season.
My Expert Prediction & Final Score
From a betting perspective, BYU is the safe bet, because they are 2-0 against the spread, while Houston is 0-2 against the spread. Also, BYU has looked impressive so far this season, with victories against University of Connecticut, and the University of Texas. Although neither team was ranked in the top 25 when they played them, BYU was very dominant in the games, especially on defense, and have allowed only 17 points this season, and are averaging 8.5 points per game, which is the 6th best in the nation. Unfortunately for football fans, this game won’t be as close as it was last year, with the final score being
BYU 38, Houston 10.