While there are plenty of great teams in the college football odds competition in the state of Texas the University of Houston Cougars and the UTEP Miners are not two of those teams. Second class citizens in their own state this game will likely even be over shadowed by the Friday Night Lights of Texas’ beloved high school football action. But the for the fans that do turn out to watch this game or bet on the results they’re liking to see a high scoring track meet with the two teams trading scores for most of the night.
Kickoff for this Friday matchup is set for 7:05 Eastern Time and sbgglobal opened with the Cougars as a 20-point favorite with an over/under total at an eye-popping 73.5.
That last bit is not a misprint. It really is a 73.5 over/under which is currently the highest on the board entering the weekend and a good indication of what fans can expect.
Obviously the Cougars are the better team here. This is a team that led the NCAA in scoring last season at 46 points a game and returns a school record setting QB –which is saying something considering former Heisman Trophy winner and NCAA record holder Andre Ware played for the Cougars. Senior QB Case Keenum was nearly perfect in the season opener of the college football betting season completing 17 of 22 of his passes and tossing 5 TDs in two quarters of action (he also had 2 INTs) to lead the team to a 68-28 rout of unheralded Texas State University.
He’s to put even bigger stats against UTEP as he should see substantially more playing time in what’s expected to be a bit better matchup, but still a relatively easy Cougars win.
Last season when these Conference USA foes met up the Miners derailed Houston’s chances of climbing up the polls when it pulled off a stunning upset, 58-41upset over the then highly ranked (12th) Cougars. Houston’s defense collapsed that game and the Miners, led by RB Donald Buckram, ran wild over this team.
But it seems unlikely this will happen again when these two meet up on Friday. The Cougars are the better team and will be looking for revenge and have home field advantage. Additionally the health of Buckram, a 1,500 yard rusher last season, is in question and if he does play likely won’t be at full speed in this sports betting matchup.