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These teams have not met in 25 years, and all it took was a global pandemic. Jokes aside it is kind of fun that they scheduled this one so quickly.
Baylor has new coaching leadership and hoping to not slide too far from where they were a year ago. A slide of some sort was always expected.
Houston kind of punted last year so it will be interesting to see what they have going on this season. There is talent there for sure.
Houston only won four games in the debut season of Dana Holgorsen. They did some weird stuff with redshirts and they lost D’Eriq King.
Clayton Tune returns as the starter at quarterback. Last year he was just OK but he is surrounded by a bunch of returning talent.
Ditto for the defense where there are more returnees than not this season. That group needs to improve a lot though. Baylor is a solid test I guess.
Houston may be an upstart in the AAC this season but I am not sure we see it right away in this game. They do have a continuity edge though.
Houston is one of a bunch of teams I am taking a wait and see approach on. I would rather miss a play then get burned early on.
Baylor won 11 games last season and looked so good doing so they lost their coach to the NFL. New coach Dave Aranda was most recently at LSU but he has never been a head coach before. Now is hardly the best time to be starting from zero.
There are some quality pieces in place, most obvious senior starting quarterback Charlie Brewer. He can be very efficient and a sneaky runner.
On defense is where the big concerns are. They were first in the Big 12 in scoring defense a year ago but only two starters return. Aranda will earn his money if he can keep this group at a high level.
Baylor was rebuilt by former coach Matt Rhule. He seems to have gotten out at the right time though. This will be the first chance we have to see this team and it is hard to know what to expect.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 7-2-1 in HOU last 10 road games.
- Under is 6-2-1 in HOU last 9 games on grass.
- Over is 6-2 in HOU last 8 games as an underdog.
- Over is 6-2 in BAY last 8 non-conference games.
Free Week 3 NCAA Football Pick
The Bears from the bigger conference deserve to be the favourite, maybe. This game has so many question marks on both sides.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Houston +3.5
I have no clue what kind of offense Baylor is going to have for this one. Last year they were pretty balanced but would play smashmouth sometimes. That would seem to be the way a defensive coach would go.
Houston is a big question mark, as is the fact that these teams were not supposed to play then bam. It is week one for both so really any outcome is possible.
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