Free Week 2 Prediction: Wildcats vs Cougars Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-0) Arizona Wildcats vs. Houston Cougars (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 8th 2018
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Houston -4.5
NCAA Betting Total: 106
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This is game two of a scheduled home and home series between these two schools. Houston came out on top last year down in Tuscon, but that was then, and new Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin will look to get his Wildcats into the win column for the first time this year against his former employer.
With Arizona losing a nail biter last week at home against BYU, this is a must win game for the Wildcats if they want to keep up with the rest of the conference. While Houston is coming off a rather lopsided win against cross town rivals Rice last weekend and hope to keep up the high powered offense that was too much for the Owls to compete with.
Last season the Wildcats saw a lot of success on the ground via their Heisman Trophy candidate Khalil Tate, but through week one of this year, it looks like Sumlin may be abandoning Rich Rodriquez’s game plan of literally running the offense through Tate.
The offense as a whole seemed a bit lethargic, only tallying a total of 326 yards. Tate ran for a whopping 14 yards on only eight carries. A major difference than what Wildcat fans came to expect from the young QB last season.
The first game after a tough loss is always the most important. Look for Arizona to come out with a bit more pep this week.
The Cougars ran rough shot over the Owls last week, despite the offense being on the field nearly 20 minutes less than Rice was.
Best bet for the Cougars is to follow a similar game plan that BYU used last week as Squally Canada got into the endzone three times against the Wildcats. Houston had similar success against Rice as they averaged 7.1 yards per carry en route to 257 total yards on the ground.
With a grand total of 577 offensive yards tallied against Rice, I would expect Houston to take chances downfield early and often against an Arizona defense that seems to have quite a few holes in it.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Houston leads all time series 2-1
- Houston is 16-24 all time vs. Pac-12.
- Houston beat Arizona 19-16 last season.
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This one could get ugly early. But you can never rule out the power of emotion in a football game. Arizona will use last weeks tough loss to help motivate them into the winning column.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Houston -4.5!
I’m going to go with the line in this one. Houston’s offense should be too much for Arizona’s defense to compete with.
The Cougars ground attack should be able to give Arizona nightmares of last week against BYU, and I expect them to exploit the Wildcats all afternoon long en route to high scoring victory.
I think the only chance that Arizona has to win this game is if Kevin Sumlin opens up his trust in Khalil Tate, and lets his qb take over the game the way he did so many times last season. If he gets out in the open and uses his speed, it will be the difference in this game.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Houston 45 – Arizona 38
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