CFB Writer: What Am I Missing About Houston?

Ben Kercheval discusses the outlook on Houston Cougars football

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August 30, 2019 - 12:42 pm
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The No. 4 ranked Oklahoma Sooners will take on the unranked Houston Cougars on Sunday night in Oklahoma. 

CBS Sports writer Ben Kercheval doesn't believe Houston should be an easy task despite being unranked and underdogs this weekend. 

"I think Houston-Oklahoma is going to be so much fun. That's about a 23.5-point spread. What am I missing here? D'Eriq King is coming back after scoring 50 touchdowns in 11 games. He was hurt at the end of last season and he led the FBS at the time with 50 touchdowns," Kercheval said on The D.A. Show on CBS Sports Radio Friday. 

"Now Dana Holgorsen has got the keys to that Ferrari. He never beat Oklahoma when he was at West Virginia, but I think he's got great playmakers there. We don't know for sure that that Oklahoma defense is any better this year. Tre Norwood is out for the season with a knee injury. So even one of their better players they have already lost." 

Jalen Hurts has made the transfer to Oklahoma and will take over from one top five team to another. 

"I always ask this. What if Jalen Hurts is a little slow coming out of the gate? We just sort of assume he's going to be great in that offense," Kercheval said. "What if he's a little sluggish coming out? I would pick Oklahoma to win that game, maybe even do it by double digits, but by three-plus touchdowns and a field goal? I think you take Houston and the points there and bang the over too. It's at 80. This one is going to be a track meet."