Washington State vs. Houston fearless prediction and game preview.
Washington State vs. Houston Broadcast
Date: Friday, September 13
Game Time: 9:15 ET
Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Washington State (0-0) vs. Houston (0-0) Game Preview
Why Washington State Will Win
Anthony Gordon has been beyond brilliant so far as the new main man for the Wazzu passing game. So far the senior has hit 81% of his passes for 884 yards and nine touchdowns and a pick, and now he gets to go up against a Houston secondary that’s been carved up in the first two games.
Jalen Hurts looked like Aaron Rodgers in the opener against the Cougar defense, and last week Prairie View was able to get 248 passing yards and keep things moving a little bit.
But the Pac-12’s Cougars are more than just a strong passing game. They’ve been solid in turnover margin, they’re doing a decent job defensively, and it’s been a no-stress season so far as the team got two games to tune up, but …
Why Houston Will Win
New Mexico State and Northern Colorado. That’s who Wazzu has faced so far without a lick of adversity of pressure. Now the defense gets to go up against an offense that has yet to break out.
Dana Hologrsen has the offensive chops to take the Cougars to another level, but so far the offense has played it relatively close to the vest. D’Eriq King wasn’t used much last week against Prairie View – the game was over in the first quarter – but he was okay against Oklahoma. The ground attack has been moving just fine, and now it’s about to push the Wazzu defense a bit.
The offensive line has been a plus so far, controlling the clock shouldn’t be too much of an issue – Houston has held the ball for close to 33 minutes so far – and again, at some point, King is going to go off. The passing game has too many good parts to be kept under wraps for too much longer.
What’s Going To Happen
It’s the showcase game for Houston. It’s in NRG Stadium, it’s a Power Five program in its city, and it’s the moment to show that it belongs among the bigger boys.
The AAC’s Cougars were okay in the loss to Oklahoma – considering that’s a College Football Playoff-caliber Sooner team – but they need a win on national TV over a dangerous team like this to kickstart the dreams of getting into New Year’s Six bowl contention.
But Washington State is better than you think.
Again, the schedule hasn’t been a test so far, but it was what was needed to get Gordon going and the timing down. It’ll show this week, the Wazzu defense will step up and prove that it’s in for another good year, and even though it’ll be a bit of a shootout in the second half, the Pac-12’s Cougars will come away with an impressive performance.
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Washington State vs. Houston Prediction, Line
Washington State 41, Houston 30
Line: Washington State -8.5, o/u: 75.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 3
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