In the second weekend of bowl games, there is a game between two above average team. These teams are the Houston Cougars and the Fresno State Bulldogs. Both teams had average expectations this season but managed to exceed those expectations by qualifying for a respectable bowl game. However, both teams will want to add a bowl victory to successfully culminate their seasons.
Houston’s success is due to its running game. This season, Houston had four separate players with over 300 yards rushing and at least three touchdowns. Specifically, Duke Catalon, Mulbah Car, D’Eriq King and Dillon Birden each had over 300 rushing yards this season while averaging at least 4.5 yards per carry. Houston’s passing game has been abysmal this season and one can expect the Cougars to rely heavily on its running game if the Cougars plan on winning this contest.
Fresno State’s success is also primarily due to its running game. Fresno State, this season, had three separate running backs with over 470 yards rushing and at least three touchdowns. Specifically, running backs Ronnie Rivers, Josh Hokit and Jordan Mims played a huge part in Fresno State’s offense and will attempt to make quarterback Marcus McMaryion’s job easier on Sunday. Expect Fresno State to lean heavily on its running backs if the Bulldogs plan on winning this contest.
As for my prediction, I have to side with Houston. Both teams rely heavily on their running backs but I personally think that Houston’s defense is just a little bit better. Houston has, arguably, the best defensive player in Ed Oliver who should make his presence known against the Bulldogs. I think the Cougars win a very low scoring game by a field goal or so.
Houston vs. Fresno State: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Houston vs. Fresno State
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2017
Start Time: 8:30 P.M. EST
Location: Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI
How to Watch Houston vs. Fresno State On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the WatchESPN app.
You can download the WatchESPN app on Google Play, Amazon, iTunes, and the Windows Store. The Fox Sports Go app is also available on the following devices: Apple TV, Roku, Android TV and Fire TV.
How To Live Stream Houston vs. Fresno State Online Without Cable Subscription
You can also live stream the game through Sling TV free trial. Just click on the Sling website and click “Watch Now 7 Days Free” for the free trial. Choose the Sling Orange package, which costs $20 per month and comes with ESPN, along with many other sports channels.