The Houston Cougars (3-7) travel to Oklahoma this weekend for an American West showdown against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (3-7). Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM EST on November 23rd from Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium and the game will be televised on ESPNU.
Taking a look at the Week 13 college football odds, Tulsa opened as a 2.5-point home favorite earlier this week. The spread hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Golden Hurricane are currently available at -2.5. The total for the game is sitting at 59 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Tulsa vs Houston
Houston lost their third straight game last weekend, falling 45-27 on the road against #18 overall Memphis to drop to 3-7 on the season overall. The Cougars jumped out to an early 17-7 lead but fell apart in the second quarter, giving up three touchdowns en route to a double-digit defeat. QB Clayton Tune went 14/22 for 157 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while also adding 65 rushing yards and a score on the ground. Marquez Stevenson led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in five catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Overall, Houston generated around 250 total yards and found the end zone twice on offense in the loss.
The Cougars had a rough outing on the other side of the ball against Memphis, surrendering well over 500 total yards of offense and six touchdowns. Houston had no answer for Tigers QB Brady White, as he threw for 341 passing yards and five touchdowns.
Tulsa snapped a five game losing slide last weekend after upsetting UCF 34-31 at home to improve to 3-7 on the season overall. The Golden Hurricane trailed 28-17 at the half but pulled off an impressive comeback over the final two quarters, outscoring the Knights 17-3 down the stretch. QB Zach Smith went 10/14 for 127 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while Shamari Brooks and T.K. Wilkerson both found the end zone on the ground. Keenen Johnson and Sam Crawford Jr. also chipped in, combining for 126 receiving yards and two touchdowns on ten catches. As a whole, Tulsa gained well over 300 total yards of offense and scored four touchdowns in the victory.
The Golden Hurricane weren’t great defensively against UCF, allowing over 450 total yards of offense and four touchdowns. Tulsa had a tough time slowing down Adrian Killins and Otis Anderson on the ground, as they racked up 161 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: OVER 59
I don’t really have a strong lean against the spread in this American West clash on Saturday evening, as this game could easily go either way. Both schools are currently hovering around the .500 mark against the spread through their first ten games, going a combined 11-9 ATS. While Tulsa has covered the number in seven out of their last ten meetings with the Cougars overall, they are also just 1-3 against the spread over their last four home outings. I think my favorite play from this matchup is clearly the OVER on 59 total points scored, as both defenses have given up at least 38 points twice over the last three weeks.
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Both offenses have also been firing on all cylinders as of late, scoring at least four touchdowns in two out of their last three games. It is also important to note that the total has gone OVER in six out of the last seven games that Houston has played on the road. On the other side, the OVER has come through in four out of Tulsa’s last six games overall. I’m going to avoid throwing darts against what looks to be a pretty efficient spread in favor of the OVER on 59 total points scored in what should be a fast-paced, exciting American West battle.