Texas Tech vs. Houston Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Texas Tech vs. Houston fearless prediction and game preview.
Texas Tech (2-0) vs. Houston (2-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23rd
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
The two former Southwest Conference brothers are currently in the We Beat Pac-12 Teams From Arizona club, with Houston getting by Arizona on the road in its opener, and Texas Tech winning a shootout over Arizona State last week.
But now the Cougars need step things up.
Going 2-0 is good, and beating Arizona was great, but can Houston get by on defense against a devastating Texas Tech offense that can – as always – wing it around the yard?
There’s a date at South Florida ahead along with a home game against Memphis, but realistically, if the Cougars want to be in the mix for the Group of Five’s automatic bid into the New Year’s Six, they have to win this.
Texas Tech starts out the Big 12 season with Oklahoma State next week before going on the road for three games in four weeks. Beating the Cougars wouldn’t necessarily generate a massive national buzz, but it would prove that things might really be on the right track under Kliff Kingsbury.
One Reason Why Texas Tech Will Win
The Houston offense has been solid and efficient, but it hasn’t been dominant quite yet. Can it suddenly flip the switch and start bombing away to keep up with what the Red Raiders do?
Nic Shimonek isn’t Pat Mahomes in terms of talent, but he knows how to get the O moving, throwing for 543 yards and six touchdowns last week against ASU. Granted, you and a few friends could throw for 400 on the Sun Devil defense, but the machine is rolling again.
Keke Coutee caught 12 passes for 186 yards and a score and Dylan Cantrell made eight grabs for 160 yards and two touchdowns as five Red Raiders scored.
The Houston defense is about to get tested by a passing game. Finally.
One Reason Why Houston Will Win
Kyle Allen might just be pretty good.
Everything the Cougars could’ve asked for out of the Texas A&M transfer happened against Rice last week. The former superstar recruit hit 31-of-33 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns for an offense that put up 38 points in the first half against Rice.
Yeah, Houston can keep up with Texas Tech.
The Cougar defense has shown up large so far, especially in the backfield with 15 tackles for loss. That doesn’t matter all that much against a Red Raider offense that gets the ball out of the quarterback’s hands in a hurry, but Shimonek can’t get comfortable.
What’s Going To Happen
Get ready for the Houston offense to break out.
Every once in a while – like at times in the second half against ASU – the Texas Tech attack bogs down. It’ll have just enough problems against the Cougar defense early, while Allen will take target practice against the Red Raider secondary.
Texas Tech vs. Houston Prediction
Houston 41, Texas Tech 23
Houston -6 o/u: COMING
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