You may not want to make a wager on the Houston Cougars at Internet gambling companies for the foreseeable future.
The team lost starting quarterback Case Keenum who suffered a knee injury and backup quarterback Cotton Turner who broke his collar bone. Both players are out for the season so the online gambling odds on Houston are going to be radically different.
Keenum is a Huge Loss – Houston lost 31-13 to UCLA on Saturday. Keenum was lost in the second quarter after he tore his ACL trying to make a tackle after an interception. You simply can’t get past the loss of Keenum for Houston. He is the fifth-leading passer in NCAA history and one of the best quarterbacks in the country. His loss is bad but what makes it worse is that the backup was also hurt. Turner broke his clavicle in the third quarter of the loss to UCLA. Keenum could have broken the NCAA record for all-time passing yards if he had stayed healthy this season. He was on pace to break the record that Timmy Chang set from 2000-2004.
Freshman Quarterback – Houston has no other option now than to go with freshman quarterback Terrance Broadway. He did play pretty well last week as he went 5 of 8 for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Houston Home vs. Tulane this Week – If there was ever a perfect opponent to break in a freshman quarterback in against it is Tulane. The Green Wave is not a good team and Houston should be favored at Internet gambling companies even with a freshman quarterback. Whether you want to bet them is another story but there may be some value with Houston on Saturday in this matchup against Tulane. What should be remembered is that the Houston system is one that throws the ball and even with a freshman quarterback they are going to score points against a team like Tulane.
Sometimes a team will play really hard the week following a key injury. Then the adrenaline wears off and they face the reality of missing a key player. You might want to take a shot with Houston this week against the online gambling number at Sbg global.com if the line is reasonable.