Last Updated: 2019-09-10
The No. 20 Washington State Cougars (-9.5) are heading neutral to take on the Houston Cougars at NRG Stadium. This showdown will kick off pretty late for those on the East Coast (9:15 p.m. ET) and fans can catch the action by tuning in to ESPN.
No. 20 Washington State vs. Houston Betting Odds 9/13/2019
Houston is entering this game as a significant underdog and is currently getting 9.5 points. Washington State is receiving -370 moneyline odds while Houston is +290. If one team gets out in front early it will create a worthwhile live betting opportunity. Oddsmakers have determined the over/under (O/U) to be 74.5 points.
Square bettors are siding with Washington State. The line opened at 6, while the game’s O/U hasn’t changed after being set initially at 74.5.
Washington State has gained 0.0 units so far and is 1-1 against the spread (ATS). The team has posted an O/U mark of 1-1.
Houston is 1-1 ATS and has an O/U record of 0-2. It has gained 0.0 units this season.
Washington State is 2-0 straight up (SU) in 2019 while the Cougars are 1-1 SU.
Washington State is hoping to stay undefeated following a 59-17 win over Northern Colorado last week where Anthony Gordon completed 31 passes on 39 attempts for 464 yards, four scores and one interception. Max Borghi (34 yards on seven rush attempts, two TDs) and Deon McIntosh (52 yards on four carries, one TD) led the ground attack while Brandon Arconado (eight receptions, 127 yards, one TD) and Easop Winston Jr. (six catches, 113 yards, two TDs) shared the receiving duties in the win.
Houston is coming off of a sound 37-17 win over Prairie View A&M. The team’s allowed the Panthers to pass for 248 yards and rush for 95 more. Tristen Wallace was a bright spot in the defeat, recording 77 yards and a score on five catches for Prairie View A&M. For Houston, D’Eriq King completed 15-of-26 passes for 139 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Kyle Porter (120 yards on 19 rush attempts, one TD) and Chandler Smith (90 yards on 10 carries) mounted the running game as Jeremy Singleton (four receptions, 28 yards) and Keith Corbin (four catches, 62 yards, one TD) led the receiving corps in the win.
Washington State’s run the ball on 27.8 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Houston has a rush percentage of 60.9 percent. The Cougars has run for 112 yards per game and has four scores on the ground this year. Houston is totaling 239 rush yards per game and has five total rushing TDs.
If the results so far this season can translate to this game, then it seems like Washington State ought to hold an advantage in terms of RB effectiveness. Its running backs has generated 6.4 yards per carry while the defense is allowing 3.9 YPC to opponents. Houston has ran for 5.7 yards per carry and given up 6.3 YPC to opponents.
The Washington State offensive scheme has logged a ridiculous 494 yards per contest in the air overall and has 11 passing TDs so far. Houston has put up 156 pass yards per contest and has three total pass scores.
Defensively, Washington State appears to have the upper hand in both facets. The team has allowed 156 rush yards and 180 pass yards per game. The Houston D has allowed 290 yards per game to opposing passers and 224.5 yards per game on the ground. Washington State is giving up an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of just 3.85 to opponents, while Houston has allowed a staggering 9.48 ANY/A.
Gordon likely has the advantage over King in this matchup, as his adjusted net yards per pass attempt sits at 12.79for the season and 13.48 over his last two outings. King’s ANY/A is 3.13 for the season and 4.83 over his last two games.
Washington State Cougars at Houston Cougars Free Prediction
SU Winner – Washington State, ATS Winner – Washington State, O/U – Over
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The Washington State defense has sacked opposing QBs four times this season. Houston has produced three sacks.
Houston has lost one fumble this season while the Washington State offense has not lost any.
The Washington State offense has produced three pass plays of 40 yards or more, while Houston has accounted for zero such plays.
The Washington State defense has allowed zero pass plays of 40 or more yards, while Houston has given up four such plays.
The Washington State offense has created three rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while Houston has created six such runs.
The Washington State defense has allowed three rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while Houston has given up seven such runs.