Houston vs. Tulane: Last Minute Spread Info, Line, BCS Impact and Predictions

Michael DixonAnalyst IIINovember 9, 2011

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 22:  Head coach Kevin Sumlin (L) hands quarterback Case Keenum #7, the game ball, as athletic director Mack Rhoades looks on at Robertson Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Keenum broke the NCAA career total offensive record against the Marshall Thundering Herd.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The undefeated Houston Cougars will resume their season on Thursday night on the road in the Superdome against the Tulane Green Wave.

Anchored by quarterback and potential Heisman finalist Case Keenum, Houston is the NCAA's highest-scoring team and leading passing offense.

Tulane enters the game on a seven-game losing streak. They have allowed 33 or more points in each game during that run.

Where: Mercedez-Benz Superdome. New Orleans, Louisiana.

When: Thursday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. EST

Watch: CBS SN

Spread

Houston (-35), according to Bodog.eu.

This is a massive spread, but the mismatch is huge. Houston is undefeated, while Tulane is 2-8. Case Keenum is an elite college passer. 

As tough as it is to bet on such a spread, I would go with the Cougars to win and cover.

 

Over/Under

The total is 72, according to Bodog.eu. Honestly, it wouldn't shock me if Houston hit this one by itself. If they don't, they won't be far from it.

Whatever they lack, Tulane will pick up the rest.

 

Key Injuries

Houston RB Bryce Beall is questionable.

Tulane S Taylor Echols and TE Brock Sanders are questionable.

Tulane RB Dante Butler, DB Renaldo Thomas, WR Ryan Grant, and WR Marc Edwards are out.

 

BCS/Top 25 Poll Implications

Houston has an outside shot at a BCS berth if they run the table. At No. 11 in the BCS, it's hard to imagine that a loss would completely drop them out, but it would be close. 

Tulane's season is done. They are nothing more than a spoiler at this point.

 

Keys to a Houston Win

Houston is far better than Tulane. I can see going against a 35-point spread, but picking Tulane in this one is a reach to say the least.

If Houston doesn't beat themselves, this one will be over quickly.

 

Keys to a Tulane Win

Ryan Griffin will need to hit receivers Wilson Van Hooser, Justyn Shackleford, Xavier Rush, Orleans Darkwa, and Joe Kemp. Those receivers are all relatively tight in terms of receiving yards and will all need to thrive.

 

Prediction: Houston 65, Tulane 14

Houston losing this game would be absolutely stunning. They will keep rolling along this week and will be heavily favored from this point on.

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