The Cougars of the University of Houston play football in the American Athletic Conference (AAC). It is a conference without nationally-ranked teams, but the squads that call this “league” home are still very good.
The University of Houston fields one of those “very good” squads. This team finished last season successfully, winning eight out of thirteen games. Their record against Conference opponents was also“very good.” The Cougars won five out of eight games against conference foes.
The team’s winning record earned it an invitation to the Armed Forces Bowl where it edged the University of Pittsburgh by a score of 35-34.
Interestingly, third year Head Coach Tony Levine was fired mid-season, on December 8th actually and the team’s Defensive Coordinator, David Gibbs, assumed his role. Gibbs led the Cougars to their Bowl Game victory.
Houston, traditionally a high-scoring team, got off to a rousing start when it won its home opener last Saturday, September 5th. The Cougars blasted visiting Tennessee Tech University by a score of 52-24.
The 2015 Schedule features six more home contests and five games that will be played “on the road.”On September 26th, the Cougars will host Texas State University. They’ll face off against Southern Methodist University (SMU) on October 8th, the Commodores of Vanderbilt University on October 31st, the University of Cincinnati on November 7th, Memphis University (a tough team) on November 14th and Navy’s Midshipmen on November 27th.
Houston’s Cougars are an offensive juggernaut at times and this squad should be able to prevail in the majority of its scheduled home games.
The road schedule for the team from southern Texas features five games in which the Cougars should be competitive. They travel to Kentucky on September 12th (this Saturday) to do battle with the University of Louisville. On October 3rd, Houston will be in Oklahoma to compete against Tulsa University.
The Cougars will also play Tulane’s Green Wave squad on October 16th, the University of Central Florida (UCF) on October 24th and the University of Connecticut Huskies on November 21st.
The offensive-minded Cougars can and should win their fair share of road contests this season. Coupled with solid play in Conference games and games they play at home, this team can reasonably expect to have a solid season.
And because their style of play is entertaining, the University of Houston football team is likely to receive an invitation to a quality bowl game.
The future looks bright in 2015 and should become even more promising when the school’s Athletic Director hires a new Head Coach. Of course, last season’s interim Head Coach, David Gibbs, may get the job. After all, he has already won a Bowl game.
Courtesy of Examiner.com