HOUSTON over Arizona by 7
We thought the Wildcats would play like 60-minute men in new head coach Kevin Sumlin’s debut at Tucson last week but they looked more like two-pump chumps in a shocking 28-23 loss to BYU as 11-point chalk. As a result, they’ve been ordered to report to the to begin serving their penance. Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate’s big night on the stage never materialized: his passing stats were okay –17 of 34 for 197 yards, 1 TD each passing and rushing, 0 interceptions – but we’re still wondering how the Heisman hopeful managed only 14 rushing yards on 8 carries. Hey, things were so bad that even with the Cougars flagged for a whopping 94 yards in penalties, BYU had a 14 minute edge in time of possession. WTF? Sorry, but taking a team like that on the road is not the place to start fixing X’s and O’s. While it’s true that Houston has struggled against Pac-12 foes (4-18 SU), the Cougars have been strong starters of late, going 10-2 SU in their last 12 home openers. Arizona’s Sumlin does boast an impressive 9-1 SU and 5-1 ATS effort in this last ten Game Twos but he’s a money-burning
following his last 17 SU losses. While this is not normally our style of play, we simply can’t challenge the Sagacious Square today by going against a Houston team that is 20-2 SU in its last 22 home contests! A weird 12:00 noon ET start only adds to the intrigue.