After having five games postponed or cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Houston Cougars will finally begin their 2020 college football season on Thursday night at home against the Watch Live Free Tulane Green Wave. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. ET at TDECU Stadium and the AAC rivals will be meeting for the 25th time in the series. Houston holds a 17-7 edge all-time but it’s been Tulane that has won two of the last three matchups. The Green Wave are coming off an impressive 66-24 blowout of Southern Mississippi.
Tulane is 2-1 and the Green Wave’s only loss came in the only other conference matchup it’s had against Navy on Sept. 19. The latest Houston vs. Tulane odds from William Hill list the Cougars as 6.5-point favorites, down half a point from the opener. The over-under for total points expected is set at 59. Before making any Tulane vs. Houston picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Houston vs. Tulane. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Tulane vs. Houston:
Houston vs. Tulane spread: Houston -6.5
Houston vs. Tulane over-under: 59 points
Houston vs. Tulane money line: Houston -250, Tulane +210
HOU: The Cougars are 1-4 in their last five games against the spread.
TUL: The Green Wave are 4-11-1 against the spread in their last 16 games against Houston.
Why Houston can cover
Former West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen’s first season at the helm in Houston didn’t go as planned in 2019 as Houston finished with a 4-8 record. However, programs typically make their biggest jump in the second season when they get comfortable with the system and Holgorsen will welcome back starting quarterback Clayton Tune, starting running back Kyle Porter and No. 1 wide receiver Marquez Stevenson.
Stevenson has 127 catches for 1,962 yards and 18 touchdowns in the last two seasons and has also added 215 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. He’ll be a matchup nightmare for a Tulane secondary that has given up 8.8 yards per passing attempt so far in 2020 and that has allowed four passing touchdowns of at least 30 yards in the first three games.
Why Tulane can cover
Tulane has gone bowling in each of the last two years under Willie Fritz and is off to a 2-1 start after throttling Southern Mississippi 66-24 on Sept. 26. The Green Wave ran for 430 yards in that victory with Cameron Carroll and Stephon Huderson both topping the 100-yard mark.
The Green Wave are averaging over 300 yards per game so far this season and 6.7 yards per carry. Expect them to keep the ball on the ground against a Houston defense that gave up 5.2 yards per carry in 2019 and that allowed 447 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on the ground in their last game against Navy in 2019.
How to make Houston vs. Tulane picks
SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total as both quarterbacks throw for well over 200 yards in the simulations. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Houston vs. Tulane? And which side of the spread hits well over 60 percent of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Tulane vs. Houston spread to back, all from the advanced model that is up over $4,200 on its top-rated college football spread picks, and find out.