Houston (+4-) Saturday Noon ET Fox TV
Cheetah was understandably pissed despite cashing her winning ticket, wire-to-wire, with South Alabama last week. She was euphoric with her money line bet as well when the Jags led 24-6 over the Green Wave. That bubble quickly burst in the 27-24 Jags loss, but cover, as the Wave snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. When I mentioned something about unmet expectations resulting in inevitable disappointment, she went ballistic telling me she didn’t need my psycho-babble. This week, she is again confident with her outright underdog winner with her Houston COUGARS. Her sources tell her that, not only does Houston return 19 starters, but has some transfers and Jucos which could surprise. In short, after 2nd year HC Holgorsen recorded a 4-8 SU maiden voyage, expect much better from a team with 82% returning lettermen including QB Tune and his Top 5 receivers. No such luck for Baylor’s new HC Aranda (former DC at LSU, Wisc.) whose team had no spring practices, returns only 9 starters, including just 2 on the defensive side of the ball. Technicians will note the record of 11-2 ATS for Houston as road dog and 3-8 ATS for Baylor in the home chalk role (though few of these results were with current coaches). Wrong team favored?