NCAA football wagering handicappers are expecting big things from Houston after their CUSA West Division title in the 2009 college football betting online season.
Houston opened as a whopping 18-point favorite at Sports-Gambling.com for this matchup that kicks off at 10:20 PM Eastern.
Houston was 10-4 straight up and 8-5 against the spread last year but one of the low points of the season was a shocking loss at Texas El Paso 58-41 in which they were 14-point chalks. Houston was caught flat by the Miners after beating Big 12 bowl teams Oklahoma State and Texas Tech in successive weeks.
This sets up a solid revenge handicapping angle for Friday’s matchup. Houston has failed to cover the college football odds in their last 3 meetings with UTEP although they won 2 of those games straight up.
The UTEP Miners enter their 7th season under head coach Mike Price, who led them to consecutive 8-4 bowl seasons in his first 2 years on the job but has failed to take them bowling since.
The Miners should have a prolific offense with 7 starters returning led by senior quarterback Trevor Vittatoe, who passed for 3308 yards and 17 touchdowns last year. Senior running back Donald Buckram is another asset with the college football lines as he ran for 1638 yards and 18 TD’s last year.
The defense was lit up for 34 points per game in 2009 and must improve. UTEP is 13-7 against the spread as a road dog with Price. They are coming off a 31-10 win over Arkansas Pine Bluff last week in their opener.
Houston lit up Texas State in their opener 68-28 after taking a 68-7 lead with the starting unit. “Our first units did what we asked them to do,” said 3rd year head coach Kevin Sumlin. “Our guys came out and played well.”
They are favored to again win the CUSA West Division and are led by senior QB and Heisman Trophy candidate Case Keenum, who passed for an unbelievable 5671 yards and 44 TD’s last year. Keenum passed for 274 yards in just one half of action last week.
The Cougars have beaten the NCAA football wagering board in 6 out of their last 7 games as a home chalk.