CFB Picks: Houston vs BYU College Football Picks, Predictions 10/16/20
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BYU Cougars (3-0) at Houston Cougars (1-0)
College Football: Friday, October 16, 2020 at 9:30 pm (TDECU Stadium)
The Line: Houston Cougars +4.5 -- Over/Under: 60.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The BYU Cougars and the Houston Cougars meet in college football action from TDECU Stadium on Friday night.
The BYU Cougars come into this game at 4-0 after picking up a 27-20 win over UTSA last time out. Zach Wilson has thrown for 1,241 yards, 8 touchdowns and an interception on 81.2% passing while Tyler Allgeier has 391 rushing yards with 4 rushing TDs and Lopini Katoa has 215 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Gunner Romney leads BYU in receiving with 20 grabs for a team-high 453 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Dax Milne has 366 receiving yards and Neil Pau’u has 154 receiving yards. Katoa also has a pair of receiving touchdowns as well. Defensively, Keenan Pili and Isaiah Kaufusi each have a team-high 24 total tackles with Kaufusi logging 17 solo tackles and a pair of sacks. Tyler Batty has a team-high 4 sacks while Khyiris Tonga has a pair of sacks as well.
The Houston Cougars will look to build on their season-opening win over Tulane last time out by a final score of 49-31. Clayton Tune threw for 319 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 20 of 33 passing while also rushing for a score as well. Kyle Porter had a team-high 57 rushing yards and a score on 11 carries while Kelan Walker had 32 rushing yards and Mulbah Car had 30 rushing yards and a pair of scores. Marquez Stevenson had a team-high 5 catches for 118 yards and a touchdown and Ke’Andre Street had a receiving score as well while Keith Corbin and Tre’von Bradley each have 45 receiving yards for Houston. Defensively, Grant Stuard leads Houston with 9 total tackles while Payton Turner had a team-high 5 solo tackles with a pair of sacks and 4.5 tackles for a loss.
BYU is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a win and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games as a favorite while the under is 21-5 in their last 26 games following a win. Houston is 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 games as an underdog and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Friday games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record.
There's no denying how impressive BYU's looked early on. However, BYU may have been looking ahead to this game when they were playing UTSA but how close that game was was a bit eye-opening regardless of BYU's mindset/focus. Houston was dynamic on offense against Tulane and I can't help but feel like that offense could carry over here against BYU, especially when getting points at home. Give me Houston and the points in this one.