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The (1-3) SU/ATS Tulsa Golden Hurricane have lost three in a row SU since their season opener victory over Central Arkansas who’s in the FCS. Tulsa last played on September 20th, a 31-17 road loss to AAC East opponent Temple staying UNDER the total for the third time this season. Tulsa looked impressive in a 28-21 week two loss at Texas and played Arkansas State as well as Temple close before losing.
The UNDER is has cashed in for the betting public Tulsa last five games following an ATS loss, and the UNDER is also 5-0 the Golden Hurricane last five vs. Teams with a winning record.
Tulsa is 4-0 ATS their last four in Houston and 4-1 ATS their last five overall vs. The Cougars.
The (3-1) SU, 2-2 ATS Houston Cougars, will face their first American Athletic Conference foe tonight. The OVER is 3-1 for Houston this season. They’re coming off of a 70-14 win against Texas Southern who’s also in the College Football subdivision. Head coach Major Applewhite is putting his signature on the program with one of the most prolific offenses in College Football
Houston 4-0 ATS in their last four at home vs. teams with a losing road record.
The Cougars are 0-5 ATS their previous five following an SU win of more than 20 points.
Thursday’s game is at 8:00 PM EST at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas. The ESPN Television Network will be broadcasting.
The Opening Betting Line has Houston as an eighteen and a half point home favorite against the spread. The total is seventy and a half points for Thursday Night’s contest.
Tulsa Golden Hurricane head coach Philip Montgomery followed up a 2016 regular season by winning the Miami Beach Bowl. He’s feeling the pressure after posting a 2-10 SU record in 2017, 1-7 in Conference play with their lone win a 45-17 home victory over Houston.
The Tulsa offense is scoring 24.0 ppg with quarterback Luke Skipper throwing for 716 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions. Running Back, Shamari Brooks has 375 of the 838 yards on the ground for a rushing attack that averages 209.5 ypg.
The Golden Hurricane defense has given up 115 points which rank 61st in the nation, and they’ve surrendered 1,434 total yards, 31st in the FBS. Defensive coordinator Bill Young knows he must have his unit ready against a high-powered Houston offense.
The defensive line must win the battle in the trenches if they’re to have success. There’s also a revenge factor after the Cougars were embarrassed in Tulsa.
Bovada.Lv, list the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at +1,600 to win the 2018 AAC West Division title.
As bad as the Tulsa defense is against the run the Houston Cougars rushing offense has the 14th best running game in College Football averaging 253 yards per game. The Houston Cougars ground game averages 6.4 yards per attempt. Quarterback D’Eriq King has thrown for 1,997 yards with 15 touchdowns and just one interception. The Cougars score 52.2 ppg which ranks second in division 1. Houston ranks 20th in the nation in total offense with 2,428 yards on 324 plays. However, they must cut down on penalties which have stalled drives; the unit has been flagged 23 times for 172 yards, 100th in the FBS.
The Houston defense is led by a sure-fire first-round NFL draft pick if he decided to forgo his final season in tackle Ed Oliver. Houston allows opponents 114.0 yards per game on the ground which ranks 29th in the nation. However, the 389.0 yards per contest by opponents is last in the NCAA Football landscape.
The Cougars have had this game circled since fall camp, and you can bet fans will get involved.
Bovada.Lv, list the Houston Cougars at +300 to be the 2018 American Athletic Conference West.
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