Houston over TEXAS TECH by 3
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.