Houston +9 2.2% play
Houston has gone 4-2 the last 3 years against the Power 5, with their only losses coming to in-state Texas Tech by 3 and 14 points. The AAC is 5-2 vs. the PAC 12, and that includes Houston defeating Arizona the last two seasons by 27 and 3 points. Washington State has opened it up against two weak opponents and have looked great offensively it just looks like they can plug any QB they want into the system as Anthony Gordon 9 passing TD's to 1 INT, which came against the likes of New Mexico State and Northern Colorado. I think Houston is a bit under the radar here, as they shut down the offense in the second half against Praire View A&M, and they opened against Oklahoma in week1. It's like everyone forgot about D'Eriq King and this offense that I think Washington State is going to have problems with.
Houston ranked top 25 in rushing yards per carry, and QB rating. Washington State did not face a single team last year that had top 50 rushing and passing, and they did not face a single team with a top 25 offense in either category. The last time they did face a team like this on the road was Arizona in 2017, which was when Khalil Tate was taking college football by storm. Arizona beat Washington State 58-37. Washington State won 11 games last year, and I feel like they are getting far too much credit, and the PAC 12 is just not really good lets be honest. Washington STate has struggled at home against bad offenses stopping the run. They gave up over 200 yards rushing and 2 TD's to Northern Colorado last week. Northern Colorado could not get the running game going against San Jose STate in week 1 who held them to 2.68 ypc and 110 yards. The last time Washington State faced a mobile QB it was the Utah QB Huntley who is not nearly as mobile as King. Huntley had 88 yards rushing and although Utah lost that game 24-28 they should have won. I think Washington State has trouble here, and if they do get a big lead early on the road the back door should be wide open. Houston always plays well when they step up in competition
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