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Washington State vs. Houston NCAA Football Week 3 Betting Preview

Posted by: Charlie Smith
Washington State Cougars Vs. Houston Cougars NCAAF Betting odds, picks and preview

It is true that Washington State head coach Mike Leach is on a different wave length. And different is exactly what is needed at the outpost of Pullman, Washington. Leach is leading the Cougars program to its most consistently successful era in history. Wazzu came within one College football betting win of making the Pac 12 Conference title game in 2018. So far, the Cougs look primed to potentially complete that task. Compared to that is a rebuilding system for the Houston Cougars. New head coach Dana Holgorsen inspires confidence that success will come sooner rather than later.

Washington State Cougars Vs. Houston Cougars

When: Friday, September 13, 9:15 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
TV: ESPN
Stream: ESPN

Washington State Cougars Vs. Houston Cougars Betting Odds

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Washington -8½ (-110) -325
Houston +8½ (-110) +265
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Washington State Cougars

Now the Cougars are 2-0 straight up, 1-1 against the spread and 1-1 with totals. Wazzu is coming off a 59-17 win over Northern Colorado as 43-point overlays. Previously Washington State won and covered in a 58-7 home payout over New Mexico State. While the competition has been weak the performance has been what was expected. Senior Quarterback Anthony Gordon is in his first year as starter. Gordon has flashed the presence of a seasoned veteran. Defensively its hard to get a read against such weak opponents. Furthermore, there has been a lot of “garbage time” due to the blowouts.

Players to Watch: QB Anthony Gordon (884 YDS, 81% COMP, 11.9 AVG, 9 TD, 1 INT, 218.8 RTG), RB Max Borghi (17 RSH, 162 YDS, 9.5 YPC, 3 TD, 5 REC, 28 YDS, 5.6 YPC, 1 TD), WR Brandon Arconado (14 REC, 193 YDS, 13.8 AVG, 1 TD), WR Dezmon Patmon (11 REC, 175 YDS, 15.9 YPC, 1 TD), WR Easop Winston Jr (11 REC, 164 YDS, 14.9 YPC, 3 TD)

Houston Cougars

Following a week one 49-31 loss at Oklahoma the Cougars got a good measure of where they really are as a program. In Holgorsen’s home debut Houston failed to cover a 31-17 home win over Prairie View. Dirty Dana arrived to H-Town after a decent but not quite great stint at West Virginia. Specifically, Holgorsen knows the Houston area and has lived there for years. He is also a celebrated quarterback whisperer. Of course, the Houston administration is known for its ambitious expectations. Holgorsen got a Power Five contract to come to this Group of Five school.

Players to Watch: QB D’Eriq King (306 YDS, 55% COMP, 5.8 AVG, 3 TD, 1 INT, 118.1 RTG, 21 RSH, 102 YDS, 4.9 YPC, 3 TD), RB Kyle Porter (19 RSH, 120 YDS, 6.3 YPC, 1 TD), WR Marquez Stevenson (10 REC, 105 YDS, 10.5 AVG, 1 TD), WR Keith Corbin (5 REC, 90 YDS, 18.0 YPC, 1 TD)

Washington State Cougars vs. Houston Cougars Betting Numbers

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Washington State Cougars

6-2 ATS in away games
7-2 over the total in their last 9 games away from home

Houston Cougars

9 payouts in their last 13 home games
3-4 under the total in their last seven home matchups
5-4 ATS in their last nine games against Pac 12 schools
1-4 under the total in action vs. the Pac 12
3 covers in their last 4 home games against Pac 12 Conference teams
2-1 over the total at home vs. the Pac 12

Washington State Cougars vs. Houston Cougars Betting Picks

In this situation we get a Houston program at the beginning stages of a rebuild. Washington State should be a popular pick with the NCAA football odds because of their established success. Holgorsen’s Cougar rebuild may get worse before it gets better. Consider most of his roster was recruited for his predecessor’s different system. Owing to its run under Leach Wazzu is the better choice.

Score Prediction: Washington State Cougars 41, Houston Cougars 21