Houston Cougars (2-0) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-1)Date : 09/15/2018
Time : 4:30 pm EST
Location : Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Houston Cougars vs Texas Tech Red Raiders
The Houston Cougars will take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday afternoon at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas, in week 3 college football action. The last time the two of these teams would get together would be on September 23, 2017, when the Red Raiders would get the 27-24 road win as they would cash in on the spread as 7-point underdogs while the under was the play with the total being set at 68 points for the game. Texas Tech would roll in week 2 with a 77-0 victory over the Lamar Cardinals to where they would cash in on the spread as 49-poiont favorites while there was no total set for the game. The Houston Cougars would get a 45-18 home win over the Arizona Wildcats as they would also cash in on the spread as 3-point favorites while the under was the play with the total being set at 71 runs.
Houston Cougars's Latest Performance :
The Houston Cougars would not get much of a challenge from the Arizona Wildcats last Saturday as they would go up 30-0 at the half en route to a huge 45-18 victory as D’Eriq King would have 4 TD passes on the night along with 246 passing yards in the game as Romello Brooker, Keith Corbin, Marquez Stevenson, and Bryson Smith would each have a score for the home team. An outing such as this will do wonders for a passing attack that will be going up against the 66th ranked defense in the nation in Texas Tech as they are allowing 208 yards per game. Texas Tech would also allow 156 yards per game on the ground which could also serve the Cougars well in that Terrance Williams, Patrick Carr, and Marquez Stevenson would each pace the rushing attack in week 2. Much like the matchup versus the Red Raiders offense versus the Cougar defense, it will also be interesting to witness if/how the Cougars offense, which averages 45 points per game, will matchup up with Texas Tech’s defense which allows only 23.5 points per contest.
Texas Tech Red Raiders's Latest Performance :
The Texas Tech Red Raiders would go up 42-0 at the half on the Lamar Cardinals and would not look back as they would pick up a 77-0 home blowout win last week thanks to Allen Bowman who would throw for 2 scores along with 282 yards for the game while his main targets would be Antoine Wesley, KeSean Carter, along with TJ Vasher. I can see them having much success on Saturday against a Cougars defense that ranks 121st in the nation in allowing 336.5 passing yards per game to their opponents. Houston is much better stopping the run as they are ranked 72nd in the country while allowing 148.5 rushing yards per game, which could potentially allow running backs Da’Leon Ward (Questionable with groin injury) and Demarcus Felton of the Red Raiders to somehow exploit some holes up front in which to gain some solid yardage on the ground. It will be interesting to see if the Red Raiders can maintain their ability to score (52 ppg, 12th in nation) versus a Cougar defense that is only allowing 22.5 ppg to their opponents.
How Houston Cougars & Texas Tech Red Raiders Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Texas Tech is 1-1 ATS while the O/U is 2-0
Houston is 1-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will be yet another high-scoring affair during week 3 as the Cougars hope to continue their momentum early on while the Red Raiders look to show and prove once again at home in getting a much-needed victory. While I would give the edge to the home team in this matchup, there are many positives for Houston that one could ponder as well. In all, just sit back and enjoy and offensive minded battle that will certainly have fans on the edge of their seats for the full 60 minutes.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Texas Tech +1
My reason for the pick :
The offenses for both these teams will be off the charts on Saturday afternoon as both should be able to move the ball against their opponent for much of the game, however, I happen to believe that the winner of his game will come down to the most experience defense which happens to be the Red Raiders. D’Eriq King and his playmakers will certainly make an impact in this contest, yet, Texas Tech not only possess a solid quarterback in Bowman, but, also a group of playmakers that can make a difference in the game as well. In all, this will be a back and forth affair to where momentum will jump from one sideline to the other, however, I expect the home team to pull out a squeaker in what will be a high-scoring affair on Saturday.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 71.5
My reason for the prediction :
While both defenses have seemingly improved from last year, I happen to believe that the over will be the strongest play in this matchup, particularly, when you consider the offenses involved. King and Bowman have shown that they possess a solid knowledge of their offenses along with its various playmakers. With that being said, the scoreboard will light up constantly as each offense will each be difficult to stop. It is for this reason that I will back the over in what will be an exciting game from start to finish.
Betting trends for Houston Cougars:
- Cougars are 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games on fieldturf
- Cougars are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points
- Under is 4-0 in Cougars last 4 vs. Big 12.
Betting trends for Texas Tech Red Raiders:
- Over is 4-0 in Red Raiders last 4 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game
- Under is 4-0 in Red Raiders last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record
- Over is 4-0 in Red Raiders last 4 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.