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Texas Tech vs. Houston - 9/15/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Cougars (2-0) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-1)
Date & Time Saturday September 15, 2018, 4:15 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -3 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FOX
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CFB | Houston Cougars (2-0) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-1)
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The Houston Cougars and Texas Tech Red Raiders meet Saturday in college football action at Jones AT&T Stadium.

The Houston Cougars look for their second road win of the season to start 3-0 for the third time in the last four years. The Houston Cougars have won four of their last six road games. D’Eriq King is completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 566 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. King has nine combined touchdown passes in his last four games. Marquez Stevenson and Keith Corbin have combined for 284 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Courtney Lark has eight receptions. The Houston Cougars ground game is averaging 277 yards per contest, and Patrick Carr leads the way with 136 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Houston is allowing 22.5 points and 485 yards per game. Austin Robinson leads the Houston Cougars with 19 tackles, Isaiah Chambers has three sacks and Garrett Davis has two interceptions. 

The Texas Tech Red Raiders look for a big victory here to get a game above a .500 record. The Texas Tech Red Raiders have lost four of their last five home games. Alan Bowman is completing 68.9 percent of his passes for 555 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Bowman enters this game with 74 career pass attempts under his belt. Antoine Wesley and T.J. Vasher have combined for 269 receiving yards and one touchdown while KeSean Carter has 10 receptions. The Texas Tech Red Raiders ground game is averaging 214 yards per contest, and Da'Leon Ward leads the way with 90 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Texas Tech is allowing 23.5 points and 364 yards per game. Riko Jeffers leads the Texas Tech Red Raiders with 13 tackles, Tony Jones has two sacks and Adrian Frye has two interceptions.

The Cougars are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 games in September, 13-6 ATS in their last 19 non-conference games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Red Raiders are 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games in September, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 17-8 in Red Raiders last 25 home games and the under is 15-5 in Cougars last 20 games overall.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders don't get points for beating up on Lamar. We need to see Texas Tech actually show up against a quality team before laying chalk with them, even at home where they don't cover games. Texas Tech continues to struggle defensively and looks lost when it plays a decent team time and time again. The Houston Cougars have not only been one of the more cosnsitent teams overall, but they have been very solid ATS and they play defense. It's much easier to trust Houston, and you can argue we're getting free points with the better team. So, give me Houston and my free field goal.

Pick:
Houston Cougars +3

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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