HOUSTON AT TULSA 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Chapman Stadium
Records: Tulsa 3-7, 1-5 AAC; Houston 3-7, 1-5 AAC
All-time series: Houston leads 24-19.
Last meeting: Houston won 41-26 last season.
James Aydelott’s forecast: Clear. Kickoff, 46°.
First down | Top storyline
First losing opponent
The Golden Hurricane’s game against Houston (3-7) will be its first matchup this season against a team with a losing record going into the game. In its first 10 games, TU’s opponents had a combined record of 37-8 before facing the Hurricane.
Second down | Key matchup
TU defensive front vs. Houston’s run game
The Cougars rely heavily on their run game, averaging 199.3 rushing yards a game. Houston is also only one of three teams that has at least five players with a 100-yard rushing performance in a game. If TU can halt the Cougars’ run game, then it would make for a good night for the Hurricane.
Third down | Player to watch
OT Chris Ivy Jr.
Ivy will be one of 16 players playing in their last game at Chapman Stadium on Saturday night. He has been getting playing time on the offensive line since his freshman year, with 45 games and 21 starts under his belt. With Ivy as its leader, the offensive line will be vital against Houston, as either a hobbled Zach Smith or backup Seth Boomer will be playing quarterback.
Fourth down | Who wins and why
A winning streak for TU
From Guerin Emig: Tulsa’s 3-7 record feels a lot different than Houston’s 3-7. The Cougars were supposed to make something much bigger of their season, and here they are with just one unimpressive AAC win, 24-17 at UConn, on their ledger. Houston’s disappointment, combined with TU’s Senior Night, should tilt the want-to in this game toward the Golden Hurricane. Want-to is a big deal in late November. TU 36, Houston 26.