Postponed: Tulsa at Houston: 11/28/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Houston Cougars (3-3) vs Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-1)
Game Info: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 12:00 pm (TDECU Stadium)
Betting Odds: Houston Cougars -1.5 -- Over/Under: 58 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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This game has been postponed.
The 24th ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to TDECU Stadium to take on the Houston Cougars this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The 24th ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricane won their 5th straight game and improved to 5-1 (5-0 AAC) on the season after defeating the Tulane Green Wave, 30-24 2OT, this past Thursday. In one of the most exciting games of the week, Tulsa was able to force OT on a hail mary pass and then sealed the victory after a pick-six in double-OT. Tulsa outgained Tulane by a 522-302 margin, however, did commit three turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Hurricane was QB Davis Brin who completed 18 of 28 passes for 266 yards & 2 TD.
On the season, Tulsa is averaging 29.2 ppg on 430.3 total yards per game (265.7 passing yds/g; 164.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Tulsa has been led by the RB trio of Deneric Prince (71 att, 356 yards, 2 TD), T.K. Wilkerson (73 att, 300 yards, 4 TD), and Corey Taylor II (44 att, 260 yards, 2 TD). QB Zach Smith (60.5 Comp %, 1,266 yards, 10 TD, 6 INT) is questionable after leaving the game against Tulane with a rib injury and was replaced by Davis Brin (19 of 29 for 268 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT). The top receiving threats for the Golden Hurricane have been Keylon Stokes (31 rec, 446 yards, 2 TD), Josh Johnson (32 rec, 408 yards, 5 TD), JuanCarlos Santana (23 rec, 353 yards, 3 TD), and Sam Crawford Jr. (20 rec, 249 yards, TD).
Defensively, Tulsa is holding their opponents to an average of 22.2 ppg on 358.8 total yards per game (210.3 passing yds/g; 148.5 rushing yds/g).
The Houston Cougars had their game last week against SMU postponed due to Covid-19 and come into this game with an overall record of 3-3 (3-2 AAC) on the season after defeating the South Florida Bulls, 56-21, on November 14th. Houston had its way on offensively against the Bulls and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 35-0 lead on a 72-yard punt return TD by Marcus Jones early in the 3rd quarter. Houston outgained USF by a 505-359 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was QB Clayton Tune who completed 14 of 25 passes for 165 yards, 3 TD, & 1 INT while also adding 120 yards & 2 TD’s on the ground.
On the season, Houston is averaging 33.2 ppg on 425.8 total yards per game (267.8 passing yds/g; 158.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Houston has been led by QB Clayton Tune who has completed 60.6% of his passes for 1,562 yards, 11 TD, & 6 INT. Tune is also the 2nd leading rusher for the Cougars as he has 233 yards & 4 TD’s on 52 carries. The top receiving threats for the Cougars have been Keith Corbin (24 rec, 333 yards, TD), Marquez Stevenson (16 rec, 278 yards, 3 TD), and Nathaniel Dell (17 rec, 252 yards, 2 TD). Leading the way for the Cougars backfield has been Kyle Porter who has 324 rushing yards & 4 TD’s on 81 carries.
Defensively, Houston is allowing their opponents to average 33.0 ppg on 435.2 total yards per game (244.3 passing yds/g; 190.8 rushing yds/g).
The Golden Hurricane are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games. The Cougars are 2-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win.
Tulsa is a great defensive football team, however, Houston is a team that certainly can put up points and I am not sure I like backing a Golden Hurricane offense without Zane Smith behind center. As good as the Golden Hurricane defense is, this is still the same team that struggled slowing East Carolina a few weeks ago and as I think Houston offense has finally found its rhythm, I think the play here is to take Houston to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!