HOUS­TON over Ari­zona by 7

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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.

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