Houston vs. North Texas - 9/26/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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North Texas Mean Green (1-1) at Houston Cougars (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (TDECU Stadium)
The Line: Houston Cougars -22 -- Over/Under: 70.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
UPDATE: This game has been POSTPONED
The North Texas Mean Green and the Houston Cougars meet in college football action from the TDECU Stadium on Saturday night.
The North Texas Mean Green will look to bounce back from their first loss of the season coming in the form of a 65-35 loss to SMU last time out. Austin Aune has thrown for 387 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception on 52.8% passing while Jason Bean’s thrown for 246 yards, 4 touchdowns and a pick on 55.6% passing. Oscar Adaway III has 222 rushing yards with 2 interceptions while DeAndre Torrey has 130 rushing yards and a touchdown. Jaelon Darden leads North Texas in receiving with 137 yards and 5 receiving TDs while Greg White has 3 catches for 104 yards as well this season. Defensively, Kevin Wood has a team-high 17 total tackles with 10 solo tackles while Kyleb Howell has 13 total tackles and Larry Nixon III has 12 tackles and a sack this season.
The Houston Cougars will hope that they finally get to take the field here after having each of their games up to this point postponed due to COVID concerns/testing/quarantine. The Cougars are hoping to improve on a 4-8 record from last year, including a 2-7 mark in AAC play under Dana Holgorsen’s first season at the helm of the Cougars’ sideline. 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.
North Texas is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against the AAC and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 non-conference games. Houston is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against C-USA and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record.
This is a lot of points to be giving to the Cougars, especially when North Texas has already had two games to really shake the rust off at game speed. With that said, I still think no matter which team shows up on either side, we’re going to see points and a lot of them. I mean SMU and North Texas combined for 100 points last week and even though the defense for North Texas was like holding a strainer under water, the offense for the Mean Green still showed up and this is a game that the Mean Green can hang around in. I’ll take the over here.