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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Houston Cougars 9/4/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders will battle the Houston Cougars in their first encounter in the 2021 NCAAF Regular Season at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 7:00 PM ET. Texas Tech finished their last season tour with 3-6 conference and 4-6 overall standing in the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders earned their four victories at home while losing all four matches on the road with 291 points gained but lost 367 for a point differential of -76. Though Texas Tech was fairly balanced in their line-up last season, the scoring for the Red Raiders ended up at 57th nationally. The team had issues on their scoring defense that ranked 108th nationally and they did not make any new names but brought back 8 starters in that area. However, Texas Tech will be having a new starting quarterback this season.

 

The Red Raiders recorded five team leaders last season, QB Alex Bowman passed for a total of 1,602 yards with 150 completions of his 232 attempted passes while acquiring a total of 10 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 2 sacks. RB SaRodorick Thompson led the running game with 109 attempted rushes for 610 yards while WR Erik Ezukanma led the receiving group with 46 receptions for 748 receiving yards and nailed 6 touchdowns. LB Krishon Merriweather made 75 total tackles and DB Zech McPhearson added 4 interceptions in controlling the backfield for Texas Tech.

 

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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Houston Cougars Predictions 9/4/2021

 

The Houston Cougars entered the 2021 season with 3-3 conference and 3-5 overall standing in the American Athletic Conference last season. Houston won two games at home and one contest away while losing two matches in each location. In that stretch, the Cougars collected a total of 240 points while losing 256 for a -16 point difference last year. Houston ranked 53rd in scoring offense and ended up 55th in the nation in offensive yards gained. The Cougars will be bringing back 7 starters this season. The Houston Cougars defense gave up scoring that ranked 80th and finished 55th in yardage allowed in the nation. The team will bring back 9 defensive starters from last year’s tour.

 

Houston QB Clayton Tune connected 170 of his 285 pass attempts for 2,048 yards with 15 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, and 17 sacks to lead the offense last season. In running offense, RB Kyle Porter made 105 rush attempts for 424 yards with 18 long rushes and landed 4 touchdowns. WR Nathaniel Dell received 29 passes for 428 receiving yards with 54 long receptions and scored 3 touchdowns. In leading the defensive line, LB Grant Stuard imposed 35 solo and 26 assisted tackles with one sack for 14 sack yards. Safety Thabo Mwaniki posted one interception, 33 total tackles, and two passes defended to augment the backfield for the Cougars.       

      

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Houston Cougars. The NCAAF Pick for this contest is Texas Tech -2. In this match-up, the Cougars will be having some issues on their defense as they have difficulties protecting the end zone. The Red Raiders, on the other hand, will be deploying a balanced offense that will help Texas Tech achieve their first victory here. The Texas Tech Red Raiders will win predicted at 42-35.

 

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Texas Tech Red Raiders vs Houston Cougars 9/4/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 7:00 PM ET

 

Location: NRG Stadium in Houston, TX

 

Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021

 

TV: ESPN

 

NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Texas Tech Red Raiders -2

 

NCAAF Totals: 68.5

 

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