Arizona Wildcats vs Houston Cougars 9-8-2018

Arizona Wildcats vs Houston Cougars 9-8-2018

Arizona Wildcats (0-1) vs Houston Cougars (1-0)

Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston, Texas

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Arizona Wildcats vs Houston Cougars

The Arizona Wildcats will attempt to regroup after their opening week loss at home to battle the Houston Cougars at Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas in week 2 college football action.  As stated, the Wildcats were heavily favored against the BYU Cougars at home last Saturday, only to lose by a 28-23 score to where they would not cover (-11.5) while the under was the play with the total being set at 58.5 for the game.  The Cougars, on the other hand, would have their way with the Rice Owls in getting the 45-27 win on 9-1-2018 to where they would not cash in on the spread as 25.5 favorites while the over was the result as the total was set at 55.5 points for the game.  The last meeting between these two teams was on 9-9-2017 as the Cougs would pull out the 19-16 win on the road along with cash out on the spread as slight dogs (+1.5) while the under was the play with the total being sett at 65 points for the game.

Arizona Wildcats 's Latest Performance :

The Wildcats would gain 197 yards in the air versus BYU last Saturday while racking up only 129 yards rushing along with 22 total first downs in the game.  Khalil Tate would go 17 for 34 with 197 yards and a TD for Arizona while he would also rush for 14 yards on 8 attempts for a TD as well.  JJ Taylor had 85 yards rushing on 18 attempts and a TD while Shawn Poindextor would have 4 receptions for 68 yards in the loss.  Tony Ellison would also have a decent day for the receiving corps with 45 yards on 4 catches and a touchdown catch.  The D would allow BYU to put up 209 total passing yards while allowing 183 yards rushing for the game with 23 first downs.  Isiah Hayes (11 tackles) and Tony Fields II (8 tackles) along with Colin Schooler (6 tackles) would lead the defensive unit in defeat while Tom Hough would also have 4 stops also.

Houston Cougars's Latest Performance :

The Cougars would outscore the Owls 28-3 in the second half to put the game out of reach last Saturday on the road as they would rack up a total of 257 yards rushing alongside only 72 yards on the ground for 23 total first downs.  D’Eriq King would go 17 for 24 for 320 yards, 3 TD’s in the win while Patrick Carr would spearhead the rushing attack with 74 yards on 8 rushes and a TD.  King would also rush 7 times for 33 yards and a score in the win as well.  The receiving corps was led by Marquez Stephenson who would have 5 catches for 107 yards and a TD while Courtney Lark would also have 4 catches for 82 yards and 2 TD’s.  Houston’s D would give up some yards on the ground to Rice (292) while the offense would have 148 yards passing for the day with 22 first downs.  Joel Williams would lead the D in tackles with 6 total while Ed Oliver would have 6 tackles along with 8 assists.  Isaiah Chambers would have 3 sacks in the contest for Houston.

How Arizona Wildcats & Houston Cougars Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Houston is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 1-0

Arizona is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 0-1

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Sumlin and crew would suffer a huge setback versus BYU at home last Saturday, however, will set out for Houston, Texas, to battle a Cougars team that are high on momentum after their stellar 2nd half versus the Owls.  This will be an up and down affair where both teams will certainly score some points.  And while I am sure that both will attempt to shore up their vulnerabilities simply for this game, I expect the middle of both defenses to be exploited by smart offenses that simply know how to move the ball effectively.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Houston Cougars +4.5

My reason for the pick :

I will back the Cougars in this matchup in that they really seemed to get things going in the 2nd half against Rice during opening week.  This type of momentum should really translate into their next matchup versus an Arizona team that was blasted on defense by a BYU team that ran the ball successfully and at will.  The Wildcats will certainly need to shore up these deficiencies for a Houston team that also had a decent day running the ball against their prior opponent.  In all, Arizona will get a huge dose of the run game in this contest, yet, will certainly score some points.  With that being said, the home team will keep this close in the end as they will also have a great night against a shaky defense while covering the spread as home dogs.

Totals Selection: Pick: Over

My reason for the prediction :

I will pick the over in this contest as Rice was able to find some openings in the run defense for Houston in opening week while, as we know, Arizona was carved up by BYU as it relates to run defense as well.  Nonetheless, both teams will have yet another decent day on the ground which will certainly open up their passing attack, thus allowing the total to skyrocket in what will be an offensive display for both teams, particularly due to defenses that are a work in progress.

Betting trends for Arizona Wildcats :

    • The Wildcats are 1-4 in last 5 games
    • The Wildcats are 1-3 in last 4 road games
    • The Wildcats are 1-4 ATS in last 5 road games

Betting trends for Houston Cougars:

    • The Cougars are 4-2 in last 6 games
    • The Cougars are 3-1 in last 4 home games
    • The cougars are 1-3 ATS in last 4 games


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