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College Football Betting Preview: Houston Cougars vs. Texas Longhorns

October 21, 2023


The 8th-ranked Texas Longhorns will travel to Houston, Texas to face the Houston Cougars at TDECU Stadium on Saturday at 4:00 PM ET in a battle of two Big 12 teams with the game airing nationally on Fox in week 8 of the college football season.

The Texas Longhorns enter this game ranked 8th in the AP Poll and 8th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 5-1 following a 30-34 loss in the Red River Rivalry against the Oklahoma Sooners in week 6 of the college football season. Texas scored 30 points while compiling a total of 527 yards offensively which included 371 passing yards and 156 rushing yards while allowing 34 points and 486 total yards defensively which included 285 passing yards and 201 rushing yards. Quinn Ewers led the team in passing, completing 31 of 37 attempts for 346 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Jonathan Brooks led the team in rushing with 22 carries for 129 yards and a touchdown while adding five receptions for 34 yards. Jordan Whittington led the team in receiving, catching all ten targets for 115 yards.

Houston enters this game with a record of 3-3 following a 41-39 loss at home against the West Virginia Mountaineers while covering the 3-point spread as a home underdog by winning the game outright in week 7 of the college football season. The Cougars scored 41 points while compiling a total of 393 yards offensively which included 253 passing yards and 140 rushing yards while allowing 39 points and 546 total yards defensively which included 391 passing yards and 155 rushing yards. Donovan Smith led the team in passing, completing 21 of 27 attempts for 253 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 34 yards and a touchdown. Stacy Sneed led the team in rushing with seven carries for 78 yards while adding a reception for 21 yards and a touchdown. Stephon Johnson led the team in receiving, catching all four targets for 96 yards and two touchdowns.

BookMaker has the Texas Longhorns listed as 23.5-point favorites on the road against the Houston Cougars on Saturday afternoon in week 8 of the college football season. Texas has won all four games all-time in the series while winning by an average margin of 34.25 points per game all-time and 35 points per game in the last three meetings. Both teams are 2-2 ATS all-time while the Houston Cougars are 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Texas Longhorns are 3-3 ATS overall, 2-0 ATS on the road, 2-3 ATS as a favorite, and 2-1 ATS in conference games this season while the Houston Cougars are 3-3 ATS overall, 3-1 ATS at home, 2-2 ATS as an underdog, and 1-2 ATS in conference games on the year.

Texas is coming off a devastating loss against the Oklahoma Sooners which was their first loss of the season, however, the Longhorns are still in the Big 12 Conference Championship picture since that has been their only loss and should have an easier game against the Houston Cougars and if the previous matchups in the series are any indication they should win by a huge margin as they have won by an average of 34.25 points per game all-time and 35 points in the last three meetings. Buy the .5 point and lay the 23 points as the Texas Longhorns will bounce back in a big way on Saturday when they travel to face the Houston Cougars.

Spooky Express Pick: Texas Longhorns -23