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Houston vs. Arizona - 9/8/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Arizona Wildcats (0-1) at Houston Cougars (1-0)
Date & Time Saturday September 8, 2018, 12:00 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Houston Cougars -4.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Arizona Wildcats (0-1) at Houston Cougars (1-0)
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The Arizona Wildcats and Houston Cougars meet Saturday in college football action at TDECU Stadium.

The Arizona Wildcats look for a bounce back victory after being upset by the BYU Cougars, 23-28. The Arizona Wildcats have lost each of their last three road games. Khalil Tate is completing 50 percent of his passes for 197 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Tate has one or less touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Shawn Poindexter and Tony Ellison have combined for 113 receiving yards and one touchdown while J.J. Taylor has four receptions. The Arizona Wildcats ground game is averaging 129 yards per contest, and Taylor leads the way with 85 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Arizona is allowing 28 points and 392 yards per game. Colin Schooler leads the Arizona Wildcats with 16 tackles, Anthony Pandy has one tackle for loss and Lorenzo Burns has three pass deflections. 

The Houston Cougars look for their fourth straight 2-0 start after beating the Rice Owls, 45-27. The Houston Cougars have won 10 of their last 12 home games. D'Eriq King is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 320 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. King has five combined touchdown passes in his last three games. Marquez Stevenson and Keith Corbin have combined for 200 receiving yards and one touchdown while Courtney Lark has four receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 257 yards per contest, and Patrick Carr leads the way with 74 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Houston is allowing 27 points and 439 yards per game. Ed Oliver leads the Houston Cougars with 13 tackles, Isaiah Chambers has three sacks and Emeke Egbule has one interception.

The Wildcats are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 road games, 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games in September and 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Cougars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on turf, 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games in September and 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The under is 14-5 in Cougars last 19 games overall and the over is 7-3 in Wildcats last 10 games overall.

The Arizona Wildcats are capable of playing much better football than what they showed in their opener, and they finished the fourth quarter strong to at least build positive vibes heading into this week. The Houston Cougars beat Rice, but who doesn't? Last years game between Arizona and Houston was decided by three points, and that game featured Brandon Dawkins, not a Heisman candidate in Tate, who will play better in this contest. The Arizona Wildcats are just 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite of at least three points. The Houston Cougars are just 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games as a favorite of at least three points. You can make a case Arizona is the better team here and certainly has the better quarterback. Getting a decent sized number, I'll take Arizona and the points.

Arizona Wildcats +4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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