An expected high scoring affair is scheduled for Friday, October 16, 2020, when the #15 BYU Cougars (4-0) visits the Houston Cougars (1-0). The Houston Cougars are tied for second in the American Athletic Conference and BYU is tied with Liberty as the best Independent school in 2020. This game will air live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m. EST.
The BYU offense is rolling as they are averaging 43.8 points per game and 556.8 yards per game, 342.0 through the air and 214.8 on the ground. Defensively, BYU is allowing just 11.0 points and 250.5 yards, 179.5 passing and 71.0 rushing.
Houston has only played one game this season and are averaging 49.0 points per game and 476.0 yards per game, 319.0 through the air and 157.0 on the ground. Defensively, the Cougars are allowing 31.0 points and 211.0 yards, 141.0 passing and 70.0 rushing.
Below is my pick for the #15 BYU Cougars at Houston Cougars. All odds are from BetRivers Sportsbook.
#15 BYU Cougars (-4.0) at Houston Cougars: O/U 61.0 (-110/-110)
BYU hosted the UTSA Roadrunners and came away with a close 27-20 victory. The scoreboard made this game look closer than it was as BYU led 14-3, 21-6 and 27-13 throughout the night. QB Zach Wilson threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver Dax Milne hauled in seven balls for 102 yards. Running back Tyler Allgeier rushed the ball 19 times for 116 yards and one touchdown on the night. BYU totaled 470 total yards and the defense forced one Roadrunner turnover.
Houston finally got their season started last weekend and came away with a strange 49-31 victory. The Cougars had five turnovers, and allowed the Tulane defense to score two touchdowns, but somehow Houston was able to come back from a 24-7 deficit to comfortably win. QB Clayton Tune threw for 319 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions, and one rushing touchdown on the night. Wide Receiver Marquez Stevenson hauled in five receptions for 118 yards and one touchdown in his season debut.
Series History: BYU has won the only two meetings between these two schools.
Football Picks: Give me BYU -4 Friday night.
2020 CFB Picks Results: 15-8