Date: Saturday, September 22
Time: 7:00 pm Central Time
Location: Houston, Texas, TDECU Stadium
TV Coverage: ESPN3
Houston Outlook: Major Applewhite and the Coogs took their first loss of the season, but they shouldn’t sweat too hard. The eye on the prize needs to be the AAC Championship before anything else. A non-conference loss isn’t the end of the world. All that can be done is get ready to finish the pre-conference part of the schedule with a 3-1 record and get ready for the games that matter more.
D’Eriq King is lighting up defenses with top ten worthy statistics of 997 passing yards and 12 touchdowns to his name within the first quarter of the season. Add in another 111 yards and four touchdowns on the ground and you can see where the hype and hope he brings comes from. He’s currently the main reason that the Cougars offense is Top 10 in total offense this year.
The combination of Patrick Carr and Terrence Williams in the backfield has proven to be useful. They’ve combined for 332 rushing yards and two touchdowns this season. They aren’t numbers that are going to pop out at you, but when coupled with King it can become very difficult to stop.
Marquez Stevenson has also been a great surprise this year as well. He leads Houston’s receivers in receptions (16), yards (324), and touchdowns (4). This averages out to 20.3 yards a reception, which shows his ability to be a deep threat. Don’t let him outshine the others too much however. Fellow receivers Keith Corbin and Courtney Lark are also playing a role in this offense. They both have 13 receptions and total 418 yards and five touchdowns combined.
The Cougars defense was slashed last week in Lubbock for 63 points. While that is cringe-worthy, let’s keep in mind that Texas Tech has averaged around 41 points a game at home since the start of last season. The unit as a whole will be ready to release their frustration on TSU come Saturday, and they’ll be tweaking up the scheme to get ready for AAC play. Ed Oliver was rather quiet last week, but it’s going to be quite the opposite this week.
Prediction: This game shouldn’t be close. Houston is the better team without debate and they’re going to showing up ready to beat down after taking such a disappointing loss last Saturday. King and Co. are going to be lighting up the stat sheet and this game should be over by the middle of the third quarter. The Tigers will at most score on some backups in the fourth. Houston 52, Texas Southern 7