Free 2017 College Football Expert Picks, and Odds: Houston Cougars Preview.

Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for Football Betting news and notes.

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The Best Sports Handicapper believes the Houston Cougars could take a few steps back in the upcoming season due to the loss of Tom Herman.

However, the Athletic department did the best they could in replacing the new Texas Longhorns head coach with another offensive mind.

Major Applewhite is the new head coach of the Houston Cougars football team and has strong ties in the talent rich Lone Star State.

Houston looks to get back to dominance in the American Athletic Conference West division. Houston began the 2016 season with a 5-0 start including a season opening win over Oklahoma.

However it went south after a road loss against Navy, the Cougars went on the lose their remaining road games, including a bowl defeat in Las Vegas against San Diego State.

Houston begins the 2017 season with two consecutive road games at Texas San Antonio and Arizona.

The Cougars get AAC opponents SMU, Memphis, and Navy at home this season.

 

The 2017 Houston Cougars offense led by former Texas A&M signal caller Kyle Allen who replaces dual threat Greg Ward Jr.

Houston put up an average of (296.3) yards of offense per game through the air last season, and the number should improve with Allen under center.

Running Back Duke Catalon (528) rushing yards in 2016 returns and he also caught forty-four passes out of the backfield.

Wideouts Linell Bonner (1,118) receiving yards last year and Steven Dunbar return and both are excellent route runners.

First Year offensive coordinator Brian Johnson has weapons at his disposal; the only question is how long will it take for the players to learn a new system.

Junior center Will Noble and sophomore tackle Braylon Jones are two promising young players on the offensive line which did a mediocre job last season; Ward was constantly in trouble in the passing game.

All five starters return, and they should be much better with a year of experience.

The coaching staff must create a way to attract talent from the Houston area, which, is loaded with high school stars.

 

The Houston Cougars defense led by first-year co defensive coordinators Mark D’Onofrio and Clay Jennings.

Mark D’Onofrio, a former Al Golden disciple at Temple and Miami must prove himself again.

Sophomore All American Defensive Tackle Ed Oliver who is a Houston area breed stand out. Oliver has a combination of size, strength and, quickness at 300 pounds.

Houston ranked fourth in the FBS, allowing opponents just (100.2) yards per contest on the ground last season.

All American Athletic Conference linebacker Matthew Adams will scrape and make plays from sideline to sideline; he also has useful cover skills.

Safety Garrett Davis leads the secondary and is coming off of an All Conference performance in 2016.

However, two talented cornerbacks must be replaced, and the coaching staff believes they have the next William Jackson 111 on the roster.

The key to success for the Houston defense this season is how well they defend against high powered offenses of AAC opponents. Penetration from the defensive line will be huge.

Bovada.Lv lists the Houston Cougars at +600 to win the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championship.

Winning, NCAA Football Betting News, and Notes.

Free Betting Odds Prediction: The 2017 Houston Cougars will go 9-3 and finish second the American Athletic Conference West, Division.

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