Houston Cougars 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Breaking Down The Houston Cougars Win Total For The 2020 Season

2020 College Football Season

Over/Under: 5.5 Wins -- Odds to Win National Title: +25000

The Houston Cougars packed in early last season redshirting key players in hopes of a better 2020.

The Houston Cougars come into the 2020 season looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2019 season that saw the Cougars suffer their first losing season since joining the AAC Dana Holgorsen’s first year as head coach of Houston saw the team finish at 4-8 with a 2-6 record in AAC play. It may have been a rebuild year, but Houston expects to come back better than before after last season. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

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Let’s take a look at Houston’s schedule for the 2020 college football season.

Thursday, Sept. 3 vs. Rice

Saturday, Sept. 12 at Washington State

Saturday, Sept. 19 at Memphis

Saturday, Sept 26 vs. North Texas

Thursday, Oct. 8 vs. Tulane

Friday, Oct. 16 at BYU

Saturday, Oct. 24 at Navy

Saturday, Oct. 31 vs. UCF

Saturday, Nov. 7 at Cincinnati

Saturday, Nov. 14 vs. USF

Saturday, Nov. 21 at SMU

Saturday, Nov. 28 vs. Tulsa

 

Everything just seemed to go wrong for Houston last season, as Holgorsen was expected to partner up with D’Eriq King after logging 571 points in 2018, but that didn’t happen and now King is at Miami-Florida. Clayton Tune is back to take over QB duties for Houston after getting some experience and throwing for 1,533 yards and 11 touchdowns last season. Tune also get some bodies to throw to as Marquez Stevenson is back as well as the other top three targets from last year. Kyle Porter and Mulbah Car are back after combining for almost 1,000 rushing yards while the offensive line is only missing Josh Jones from last year’s squad with Jones now in the NFL. On defense, Grant Stuard is back at safety/linebacker after leading the Cougars with 97 tackles including 9.5 tackles for a loss last season and a ton of the top tacklers for the Cougars from last season are back as well. Damarion Williams and Gervarrius Owens are both back as well to anchor the secondary for Houston as well.

The total for Houston in terms of wins this season is set at 5.5, and that number makes it difficult to cap this team. I think the Cougars are and are going to be better than what we saw last season, but the schedule isn’t overly kind to Houston. I expect the game against Rice to be a win for Houston right out of the gate, but all four of their conference road games are against teams that went to bowl games last season with a combined record of 44-10 last season. I still think though that the Cougars can get the job done for the most part at home and maybe pick up the road win at BYU so scrape by at 6-6 so I’ll side with the over 5.5 wins for Houston this season.

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Chris’s Pick Over 5.5 Wins

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.