Houston vs. Tulane NCAA Football Week 5 Odds

Houston vs. Tulane College Football Betting

Houston Cougars NCAA Football Betting

As the 2022 college football season kicked off, the Houston Cougars were one of the hottest brands on the future market. Houston was a top pick to win the American Athletic Conference. Instead, the Cougars stumbled out of the gate with losses to the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Kansas Jayhawks. Two teams that head coach Dana Holgorsen was supposed to beat. Holgorsen was hired after Houston administrators bragged that they fired 8-win football coaches. Well, Dirty Dana looks like he will struggle to get the mandatory six wins for a minor bowl bid.

NCAA Football Week 5 Betting Odds

Tulane Green Wave +2.5

Houston Cougars -2.5

Houston Cougars Weekly Matchup

On Friday, September 30, 2022, the Houston Cougars of the American Athletic Conference will host the Tulane Green Wave of the American Athletic Conference. Kickoff time at TDECU Stadium in Houston, Texas, is 7 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN.

The Tulane Green Wave brings a dangerous challenge to the Houston Cougars. As an example, the Green Wave went into undefeated Kansas State and took out the Wildcats 17-10 earlier this season. And it was not an accident. Tulane was the better team with stout defense. Last year the Green Wave had an unusually bad season. Thus, the sharps believed that coach Willie Fritz would be primed for a comeback campaign.

Despite their problems, Houston will be the public choice based on home field and branding. Sharps will look hard at a quality Tulane team that is of proven value as road dogs.

Last game, the Tulane Green Wave lost 27-24 against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles as 12-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 48.5. Tulane has a record of 3-1 straight up, 3-1 against the spread, and 1-3 over/under the total. Tulane ranks 61st for total offense, 66th for passing, 52nd for rushing, and 54th for scoring. Defensively they rank 4th overall, 1st against the pass, 52nd against the rush, and 8th for points allowed. Also, Tulane ranks 88th for fewest turnovers lost and 58th for takeaways.

Zach Wilcke threw a pair of touchdown passes, Eric Scott returned an interception for a score, and Southern Miss collected its first win of the season, upsetting then-unbeaten Tulane. Wilcke's 37-yard touchdown pass to Jakarius Caston tied it at 17 late in the third quarter. Scott's pick-6 stretched the Southern Miss lead to 27-17 with 7:07 remaining. Wilcke was 17-of-25 passing for 194 yards. Caston had eight receptions for 91 yards.

Michael Pratt's 25-yard touchdown pass to Jha'Quan Jackson for Tulane capped the scoring with 19 seconds left. Tyjae Spears ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns for Tulane. Spears also made five catches for 74 yards. Spears' 8-yard TD run and his 34-yard scoring run gave Tulane a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.

Houston Cougars Weekly Recap

Last game, the Houston Cougars escaped 34-27 against the Rice Owls as 17-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 52. Houston has a record of 2-2 straight up, 1-3 against the spread, and 4-0 over/under the total. Houston ranks 80th for total offense, 70th for passing, 84th for rushing, and 58th for scoring. Defensively they rank 115th overall, 122nd against the pass, 77th against the rush, and 116th for points allowed. Also, Houston ranks 92nd for fewest turnovers lost and 36th for takeaways.

Nelson Ceaser returned a fumble for an 11-yard score with 3:34 left in the fourth quarter, and Thabo Mwaniki intercepted a tipped pass on the next possession as Houston beat Rice to retain the Bayou Bucket for a record seventh consecutive time.

Houston pinned Rice at its 6-yard line with 24 seconds left. The Owls made two catches to reach their 40 before clocking it at eight seconds. TJ McMahon launched it, Bradley Rozner came down with the ball in traffic at the Houston 9, and the officials ruled there was one second left.

Nathaniel Dell sparked the Houston offense with seven catches for 134 yards, including a 40-yard touchdown. Clayton Tune was 19-of-26 passing for 249 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Ta'Zhawn Henry added 17 carries for 112 yards and one touchdown.

2022 Houston Cougars Schedule

Sep 3 at UTSA W 37-35 1-0
Sep 10 at Texas Tech L 30-33 1-1
Sep 17 vs. Kansas L 30-48 1-2
Sep 24 vs. Rice W 34-27 2-2
Sep 30 vs. Tulane - -
Oct 7 at Memphis - -
Oct 7 at Memphis - -
Oct 15 OFF
Oct 22 at Navy - -
Oct 29 vs. USF - -
Nov 5 At SMU - -
Nov 12 vs. Temple - -
Nov 19 at East Carolina - -
Nov 26 vs. Tulsa - -
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