Houston Cougars Schedule

Submitted by mickblue on September 7th, 2016 at 4:54 PM

Some polls have Houston ranked above Michigan. How are suppose to pass them with this pathetic schedule?

9/10 Lamar

9/15 @ Cinci

9/24 TX St.

9/29 UConn

10/8 @ Navy

10/15 Tulsa

10/22 @SMU

10/29 UCF

11/12 Tulane

11/17 Lvlle

11/25 @Memphis

I'd feel a lot better if they added Cass Tech.



September 7th, 2016 at 4:56 PM ^

I would imagine we'll be ok later in the season when we play MSU and OSU and they're stuck with Memphis and Tulane. Winning will cure all.


September 7th, 2016 at 4:56 PM ^

They don't put up 60+ points against every opponent they should. 

They stumble/look bad against a good Louisville team.

We win the B1G Championship game to cap an undefeated regular season. 


September 7th, 2016 at 4:59 PM ^

The only reason we'd need to pass them is if we were one of 5 unbeaten teams. And the only way that happens is if each conference has an unbeaten team coming out of it. And frankly, the only reason that even matters is if WE are also undefeated, in which case our resume would be way better. 

So I say this without irony, but: shouldn't we wait to talk about this until we beat MSU and OSU? 


September 7th, 2016 at 6:11 PM ^

If we are Big Ten champions and have the same record as them, we are in.  Our SOS is not great, but it's way better then theirs.  And it's backloaded, so our big wins - i.e. Ohio State - will be top of mind.

If they are undefeated and we have 1 loss and it's between them and us, we are in trouble.  There will be tremendous pressure to put an undefeated G5 team in the CFP for political correctness reasons  Politics should not matter but it's naive to think they don't.

 An undefeated Houston is not a good thing for us.


September 7th, 2016 at 6:43 PM ^

I'm all for as much chaos and controversy as possible with regard to the CFP.  Every year.  That's the fastest way to an 8 team format.  Just hope we don't get the short end of it one of these years until then.  In a CFP, you shouldn't have to decide between an  undefeated Houston and a 1-loss B1G champ.  I can't believe the number of people who think 4 teams is proper (not saying you M-Dog).

OSU needs to spank OU coming up.  Deflate Houston's big win a bit.


September 7th, 2016 at 8:46 PM ^

I agree.  Eight is the sweet spot for the Playoff.

You get all 5 P5 champions plus 2 worthy At-Large's.  I would reserve the eighth spot for the top G5 team for "fairness" reasons.  Everybody gets a shot. 

You could possibly make the case to put a cap on the number of losses, so that a 3 or 4 loss conference champion does not get in.  


September 7th, 2016 at 11:12 PM ^

they might get in over is OU who they would have a head-to-head win over. Even though OU will have played a much more difficult schedule overall, it'd be tough politically for the committee to leave out Houston with one fewer loss and a head to head win.

But I agree that we have nothing to worry about other than winning the B1G with one or zero losses.


September 7th, 2016 at 5:48 PM ^

sounds about right.

not really related to OPs question but houston has been impressive.  their conference is weak but similar to boise st, they can only concentrate on beating whoevers scheduled - and then ball out if / when they get a shot vs a top program (which theyve done).

herman is obviously a great coach and theyve had some legit talent down there - there are plenty of athletes left over after the big boys cherry pick texas and that staff certainly knows how to deploy it.  houston hit a home run with herman (and DC orlando), itll be interesting to see how long they can keep him.

that thurs night vs lville should be a ball game


September 7th, 2016 at 8:12 PM ^

But an undefeated Houston team shouldn't be ranked over a 1-loss Michigan team, and sadly they would be after merely beating Oklahoma and sleepwalking the rest of the season. This is relevant if there are only a couple undefeated teams and Michigan beats OSU but the Big Ten gets edged out by Houston.


September 7th, 2016 at 5:01 PM ^

They're a common opponent.

Also, when someone above Houston loses on a week we play a real opponent, its easier for pollsters to have a team leapfrog, since they won't have to "punish a team for beating the teams on their schedule." This is something I'm not worried about. Win, and they'll be in our rear-view mirror.