Through two games, the season for the Houston Cougars has gone about as bad as possible, as they've lost consecutive games to less-than-stellar opponents and rank third in the FBS in points allowed. While they didn't appear in the preseason AP Poll or the USA Today Coaches' Poll, the Cougars received votes in both and were certainly not expected to lose to both Texas State and Louisiana Tech at home.
Now they have the luxury of playing their first road game of the season against the red-hot No. 22 UCLA Bruins who are ranked in the latest AP Poll for the first time 2007. After back-to-back wins to kick off the season, including an impressive 36-30 win over Nebraska, the Bruins now enter a Week 3 matchup against Houston as huge favorites.
The Cougars will have their hands full against a UCLA offense that has been clicking and will need better play all-around to have a shot at pulling the upset on Saturday night.
Game time/date: 9:30 p.m. CT, Saturday, Sept. 15
Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Odds: UCLA opened as 18-point favorites and are currently 17-point favorites.
Matchup History: Series tied, 3-3