The Cougars put forth 79 total points to drop both Rice and North Texas in consecutive weeks, and now have their sights on a third consecutive win on their home field. After tossing five interceptions in a blowout loss to UCLA in Week 3, Houston quarterback David Piland has responded nicely with a pair of clutch 300-yard passing efforts over his last two games. A 6'3 sophomore from Southlake, Texas, who usually stays in the pocket, Piland's 86-yard scamper against the Bruins remains the longest play from scrimmage for the Cougars this season.
The Blazers, despite being 1-4 overall, will enter Saturday's game having not yet beaten a Division I opponent this season. Although UAB brings the 21st-ranked passing offense with 303.4 yards per game, the Blazers will be forced to rely on the shaky arm of freshman Austin Brown in a tough environment.
Where: Robertson Stadium, Houston
Game time: 11 a.m. CT
TV channel: Not televised
Spread: Houston -12.5