Friday, October 16, 2020, TDECU Stadium, Houston, 9:30 p.m. ET
BYU at Houston Betting Preview: BYU (-3.5), Houston (+3.5)
No. 14 BYU (4-0) had its closest encounter of the season by far last week when it got by UTSA 27-20, but coach Kalani Sitake thinks the close call may help his team in the long run.
“If there is any silver lining to this, it’s that we were able to be uncomfortable a little bit,” Sitake said. “I told the team that we’d been in this position before and lost these type of games. It felt good to get this win. It feels good to be 4-0 and learn from this. I think we’ll perform a lot better next time.”
Zach Wilson passed for 292 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Roadrunners while completing 22 of 30 attempts. For the season he has completed 81.2 percent of his 101 attempts for 1,241 yards and eight scores against one interception.
Dax Milne has 24 catches for 366 yards and Gunner Romney 453 on 20 grabs, a whopping 22.65 average per catch that ranks 11th in the nation in the category.
Sophomore Tyler Allgeier has a pair of 100-yard rushing games to his credit to give him 391 yards for the season. He has averaged 7.4 yards per carry.
Receiver/returner Marquez Stevenson was a big key for Houston (1-0) in the 49-31 win over Tulane in the delayed opener. He recorded the ninth 100-yard receiving game of his career with 114 yards on five receptions (one for a touchdown) and also returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.
It was the third kickoff return for a score in his career.
“It means a lot to him,” Houston coach Dana Holgorsen said of Stevenson’s accomplishments. “He’s been around here for a long time. He’s going to get his degree here in the next couple of months. He’s going to make a lot of plays for us over the course of the season and then he’s going to go play in the NFL.”
Junior Clayton Tune passed for 319 yards and two touchdowns as Houston rallied from an early 24-7 deficit but also was intercepted twice.
BYU at Houston Betting Pick for October 16, 2020
Houston will present the biggest challenge yet for a BYU team that has rolled over three of its first four opponents. Defensive end Payton Turner showed off his pass rushing skills last week with two sacks among his 4.5 tackles for loss. Once it got over the opening game jitters Houston broke the game open.
BYU at Houston Betting Pick:
Houston 34, BYU 28
BYU at Houston Best Bet for October 16, 2020
The two teams have the offensive firepower to run up a big score. Wilson has averaged 310.2 passing yards a game, and Tune threw for 319 in his season debut. Stevenson has the kind of big play capability to make the difference both as a receiver and a returner. BYU has won the only two meetings 47-46 in 2013 and 33-25 in 2014.
BYU at Houston Best Bet: OVER 62.5
–Field Level Media