Houston looking to prove themselves in Thursday night matchup with Memphis

Writer Ryan Musich
HOUSTON, Texas– -After what was surely their most disappointing and surprising loss of the season, the Houston Cougars have a huge test at home this week against their first ranked opponent of the season, in #25 Memphis.

After allowing the most points they have allowed all season (47), the task that this Houston defense faces on Thursday night does not get any easier. Memphis Quarterback Riley Ferguson has been a big problem for teams all around the country, and I have no doubt he will be a monstrous problem for the Coogs.

The Cougars allowed 288 yards on the ground last week, and that is what ultimately did them in their last game against Tulsa. Memphis’ Darrell Henderson and Patrick Taylor Jr. will try and gash the Cougars Defensive Line similar to how Tulsa did.

As mentioned before, quarterback Riley Ferguson is sure to give the Coogs their biggest test of the season. Ferguson has 19 touchdowns to only four interceptions on the season. Look for Memphis to come out and try to attack Houston’s secondary early.

On the offensive side of the ball for Houston, Kyle Postma will be back under center. Until last weekend’s game, Postma will look to get back on track after a tough outing, where he threw two key interceptions and threw for only one touchdown. Coach Major Applewhite is going to need a lot more from Postma this week, as the Cougars will most likely have to put up 30+ points to beat this tough Memphis team.

My prediction for this game is pretty simple. Kyle Postma will need to throw at least three touchdowns. The Houston running game will have to add three touchdowns of their own. The Houston defense will need at least two turnovers. If all that happens, Houston will have a chance. If not Memphis will take this one, and give Houston their first losing streak of the season.

Unfortunately, I do not see Houston being able to do all those things. Memphis will roll 45-21.

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