College football betting handicappers know not to overlook Houston as they have already scored a huge upset win against the NCAA football odds vs. a Big 12 team. This figured to be a rebuilding season for the Texas Tech Red Raiders as they had only 4 starters returning on offense and 7 on defense but head coach Mike Leach has had his team in top form to start the college football betting season as they are 2-1 straight up and 2-0 against the NCAA football odds.
Last week Tech impressed the college football betting world with a tough 24-34 win at Texas, easily covering the spread as 19.5-point college football betting dogs. What was most impressive in that payoff was the Red Raiders’ defensive unit, which looks to be a college football betting asset for 2009.
As always with Texas Tech, you must first look at the offense and junior quarterback Taylor Potts, who has thrown for 70% completions with 1281 yards and 12 touchdowns with 4 interceptions.
The Houston Cougars are 2-0 straight up and 1-0 against the spread. Houston stunned the college football betting world in their 2nd game of the season at Oklahoma State, who was ranked in the top 10 at the time, as the Cougars scored a 45-35 win over the Cowboys as 15.5-point dogs.
The Houston offense is ranked atop all of college football betting for scoring and is ranked 5th nationally for total yards. The unit returns 8 starters led by junior quarterback Case Keenum who has thrown for 72% completions with 725 yards and 7 touchdowns with just 1 interception.
Texas Tech is a dangerous team when coming off a straight up loss as they have covered 38 of their lasts 52 games against the college football betting board in that role. The Red Raiders have lost just 2 out of their last 8 games against the spread versus Conference USA.
Houston is just 3-9 against the spread when coming off a straight up win and just 17-35 against the board following a payoff in their previous game.