Free Week 2 Prediction: Cougars vs Wildcats Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(0-0) Houston Cougars vs. Arizona Wildcats (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 10:30 pm EST
Venue: Arizona Stadium, Tucson, Arizona
NCAA Football Spread: Houston -1
NCAA Betting Total: 70
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Houston is one of only a couple of FBS teams that has yet to play a game this season. They were supposed to open with UTSA but it was postponed. No doubt they would have loved a tuneup before heading to Arizona.
The Wildcats had little difficulty winning against Northern Arizona last week. 9 penalties show they were a little sloppy though. It was what a tune up game is supposed to be.
The expectations for this season are much more measured in Houston. Tom Herman is now at Texas but also gone is versatile QB Greg Ward Jr. Everything is in place to continue having success but they are not going to storm the playoffs.
It says a lot about this program that they can go on the road, cold, and still be a small favourite. The best player on either team is on the Houston side in DT Ed Oliver, one of the best prospects out there. He is a game changer.
Even though Herman is gone do not expect a ton of changes schematically. They elevate the OC Major Applewhite. Its is his first HC gig and this is his first game so we will have to wait and see.
It feels like RichRod is one ATS loss away from losing his job. Arizona has underperformed over the last couple of seasons and if they lose a game “leadership” feels they shouldn’t he could be out the door. This is quite possibly a home loss which never sits well with the brass.
Arizona ran roughshod over Northern Arizona last week. They piled up 500 yards on the ground averaging more than 10 yards per carry. They should probably expect to get about half of that in this one, maybe less. Brandon Dawkins is going to have to make a few plays with his arm.
Even though Arizona won easily they gave up a ton of yards and the Lumberjack had two 100+ yard rushers. The Wildcats have enough talent to win at home but they are going to have to actually play. Houston is not going to gift it to them.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Cougars are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Cougars are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games on grass.
- Cougars are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games in September.
- Over is 8-0 in Wildcats last 8 games following a straight up win.
- Over is 5-0 in Wildcats last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points.
- Wildcats are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
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Houston is a bit unknown so you have to rely on your preseason work in this spot. Even though there is new leadership I like the fact that they have been good against the Power 5 the last few seasons.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Houston -1
The big question mark for the Cougars is whats going on at QB. They do not have to be great at that position to win this one, this Arizona team is not Oklahoma of a year ago.
If all the Wildcats can do well is run the ball it is going to be a long season. I think this might be a preview to that.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Houston 38 – Arizona 28
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