Free Week 1 Prediction: Cougars vs Roadrunners Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Houston Cougars vs. UTSA Roadrunners (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 6:00 pm EST
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
NCAA Football Spread: Houston -13
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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We have finally reached week one of the college football season with a full plate of games. The best part of a new season is that every team feels like they can have a good season, and that this is the season where they can reach all their goals.
One of the games to take place in week one takes place at The Alamodome in San Antonio. The Houston Cougars come to town to take on the University of Texas- San Antonio Roadrunners.
This is the first meeting between the teams since 2014 when the Roadrunners won by a final score of 27-7.
The UTSA Roadrunners had a nice improvement last season finishing with a 6-7 record 2nd in the West division of Conference-USA. Those six wins allowed them to get back to a bowl game, and really give this program heading into this season.
This team is going to be more experienced this year, with 13 starters coming back for Frank Wilson’s second year as the head coach.
Quarterback Dalton Sturm is back for his Senior year, and will really look to be more consistent this year. Last year he was good at times, but there was a lot of games where he would really struggle.
If this team wants to make another step forward, they need Sturm to take another step forward this season.
The offensive line needs to improve this year too. They weren’t good last year and it led to some of the inconsistency for Strum.
He didn’t have much time in the pocket, and when he did have a little time it still usually ended with him getting hit.
On the defensive side of the ball the Roadrunners made huge strides last year, and with seven returning starters, they should be able to take another step forward this year.
In this game they are going to need the defense to be good and try to slow down a Houston offense that has been historically good.
This Houston Cougars team is going to look a lot different this year, and it all starts with the man in charge.
Major Applewhite takes over for Tom Herman who left to take the job at Texas. This fans expect success now with this program, so the pressure is on him right away.
The former number one recruit in the country quarterback Kyle Allen sat out last year, and now will have the keys to the offense handed to him.
Instead of a duel threat quarterback like they had with Greg Ward Jr, they have a traditional quarterback with a strong arm, and a good presence in the pocket.
On the defensive side of the ball. the guys up front are the key. They have had one of the best pass rushes for the last few years and that is expected to continue in this one.
Ed Oliver was a freshman all american last year, and will anchor the middle of the line. He consistently needs double teams, and should wreck havoc against most teams.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- HOU are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- HOU are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games on grass.
- HOU are 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 road games.
- Over is 7-3 in UTSA last 10 games in September.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
The better team in this match up is Houston, but the Road runners will have their fans behind them.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: UTSA ATS
I think the Cougars will try to run up the score, but the Roadrunners will be able to keep it close enough to cover the spread.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Cougars 37 – Roadrunners 27
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