Houston Cougars at Baylor Bears Betting Preview and Pick

Baylor Bears vs. Houston Cougars Betting Preview

“Why do athletic departments schedule opponents 10+ years in advance, when you can throw a game together in a week?” College football cynics are asking that question this week after Baylor and Houston put this game together in a matter of days. Both teams’ opponents had to postpone their respective contests, so the two Texas schools shook hands and said, “let’s play.” Tune in as the WagerTalk TV crew offers their Baylor vs. Houston preview, in addition to other college football predictions for this upcoming weekend.

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Event: (143) Houston Cougars +4.5 at (144) Baylor Bears (o/u 62)
Date/Time: Saturday, September 19 at 12:00 p.m. EDT

The Dana Holgorsen era got off to a rocky start in Houston last year after D’Eriq King transferred and a handful of other players elected to sit out for the Cougars. Houston ended up playing six ranked teams last year, which is pretty unheard of for an AAC school. But things have settled down in Houston and Holgorsen has attracted a number of respected transfers. The Cougars were able to get eight spring practices in before the Covid-19 shutdown, while Baylor did not have any spring practices.

Dave Aranda will make his head coaching debut for Baylor after Matt Rhule left Waco for the Carolina Panthers. Aranda was the defensive coordinator at LSU and Wisconsin, but he has his work cut out for him on a defense that returns just two starters from last year.

A few trends, courtesy of The Gold Sheet:

  • Baylor is 3-8 against the spread as a home favorite over the last two seasons.
  • Houston is 11-2-1 against the spread in their last 14 games as a road underdog.

Houston Cougars at Baylor Bears Preview and Pick

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