Houston vs Tulsa: The Houston Cougars and Tulsa Golden Hurricane meet up in Week 5 at Chapman Stadium in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET and the game will air on ESPN. Friday night’s slate will feature a pair of teams coming off wins last weekend.
Houston (3-1, 1-0 AAC) won each of their last three games despite quarterback Clayton Tune battling through an injury to his hamstring. None of the previous three opponents are as good as Tulsa (1-3, 0-0 AAC), which earned their first victory Saturday against the Arkansas State Red Wolves after opening the season with close losses to UC Davis, the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Ohio State Buckeyes.
If you aren’t around a TV to watch the game on Friday, you can stream it via WatchESPN or the ESPN app. But keep in mind that you need a cable-login subscription. If you don’t have a cable login to access ESPN for a live stream, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Stream, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the game.
Tulsa is a 4-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, and -180 on the moneyline. That makes Houston a +155 moneyline underdog, with the point total set at 54.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are 1-4 against the Houston Cougars since October of 2015, but they’ll have a chance to close the gap a little bit Friday. The Golden Hurricane and Houston will face off in an American Athletic battle at 7:30 p.m. ET at Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium. These two teams seek to continue their momentum from their previous wins.
Last week, Tulsa turned the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves into a track meet and took the gold after outgaining them 624 yards to 366. Tulsa beat Arkansas State 41-34. Tulsa’s RB Shamari Brooks looked sharp as he rushed for one TD and 155 yards on 22 carries. This was the first time Brooks has racked up 100+ rushing yards all year.
The Golden Hurricane’s defense was a presence as well, as it embarrassed the Red Wolves’ offensive line to sack QB James Blackman six times for a total loss of 28 yards. It was a group effort with six guys contributing.
Meanwhile, the Cougars bagged a 28-20 win over the Navy Midshipmen last week. Houston’s RB Ta’Zhawn Henry was one of the most active players for the team, punching in two rushing touchdowns.
Tulsa is the favorite in this one, with an expected 3.5-point margin of victory. But bettors beware: they are 0-2 against the spread when favored.
The Golden Hurricane are now 1-3 while Houston sits at a mirror-image 3-1. A couple stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: Tulsa is stumbling into the game with the 216th most thrown interceptions in the nation, having thrown five on the season. Houston is completely their equal: they are 216th worst in the nation in thrown interceptions, having thrown five on the season. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET
- Where: Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium — Tulsa, Oklahoma
- TV: ESPN
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $15.00
The Golden Hurricane are a 3.5-point favorite against the Cougars, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 3.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
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