By Brad Carroll
The American Athletic Conference gets the Thursday night stage all to itself, as No. 25 Memphis travels to Houston for a national televised game in primetime. The Tigers have beaten two ranked teams this season to jump into the Top 25 themselves for the first time in two years, but the Cougars are favored to win the game at home.
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No. 25 Memphis at Houston, 8, ESPN
Spread: Houston -2.5
Brad’s Breakdown: On first look, and going by recent history, this appears to be a game Houston could and should win. But Memphis is better than good, with victories this season over UCLA and Navy, both ranked opponents at the time, with the win over the Midshipmen putting the Tigers into the rankings for the first time in two years. Memphis is 5-1 overall. Houston is 4-2 but coming off a 45-17 loss to Tulsa. The Cougars average just 25.5 points per game on offense. Memphis scores 40.3 points per game on offense. Houston is the favorite, but the pick here is for Memphis to continue to roll and get the upset victory.
Brad’s Final: Memphis 33, Houston 28 (Memphis)
Craig’s Final: Memphis 27, Houston 24 (Memphis)
Glenn’s Final: Houston 38, Memphis 28 (Houston)
Matt’s Final: Memphis 31, Houston 30 (Memphis)