Houston over TEXAS TECH by 3

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The well-bal­anced Cougs have tal­lied 45 points and more than 550 yards in each of their first two wins this sea­son, and were es­pe­cially im­pres­sive while jump­ing out to a 31-0 lead over Khalil Tate and his Ari­zona Wild­cats. QB D’Eriq King ac­counted for 6 TDs in the de­struc­tion, and while Tate fi­nally got things rolling in the sec­ond half, it was way af­ter the game was out of hand. It’s hard to find a story about Houston that doesn’t men­tion DT Ed Oliver, but the ju­nior wasn’t much of a fac­tor against the Wild­cats, con­tribut­ing just 5 tack­les af­ter record­ing 13 in the opener. We’ve talked about the tri­als and tribu­la­tions of Kliff Kings­bury in Lub­bock over the past four years (just one win­ning sea­son since 2013), but with his 0-3 ATS record as a fa­vorite ver­sus foes com­ing off con­sec­u­tive wins, along with the ques­tion­able day-to-day sta­tus of QB McLane Carter (high an­kle sprain in­jury), this game is not high on our list. In ad­di­tion, re­venge for the Cougars from a 27-24 home loss to the Red Raiders as 6.5-point home chalk last sea­son (Cougs are on the road) will have Houston fo­cused. Lay­ing the points is still a pos­si­bil­ity when we re­visit this game later in the week.

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