Mid-Season Report: Houston

Who wants the good news? Your Houston Cougars are 7-0 and knocking on the door of serious consideration for the playoff. (That's an oddly labeled door) The bad news? This may all be over soon. Whatever, enjoy the moment Coog fans. Squeeze it for every ounce of joy. 

FIRST HALF MVP: Greg Ward Jr. 

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If we built a time machine and went back to the start of 2013 both Greg Ward Jr. and Trevone Boykin were working out at wide receiver. Good thing position changes aren't forever. Both are top 10 in almost every quarterback offensive category. Ward is completing passes at a 71% clip with 10 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. 

Combine that with 15 rushing TDs and a pace that should get him 1,000 rushing yards and the Cougars have a phenomenal weapon.

He's only a junior. 

BEST WIN: Louisville

After opening up with a win over FCS school Tennessee Tech, the Cougars traveled to Louisville and upset the Cardinals 34-31. Sure Louisville isn't a world beater in 2015, but Houston took care of business none the less against a power five school on the road.

Ward completed 68% of his passes for 236 yards wth 3 touchdowns and had 98 yards on the ground. More importantly, the Cougars took a lead late and then held it against the Cardinals.  


This is easy. None. 


It's all out in front of the Cougars now. Vandy, Cincy, Memphis, UConn, and Navy. Four of those five are at TDECU. Win out and the Cougars are in a prime position to be in position for playoff consideration and at the very least at Committee Bowl Selection. 

Still, with each win and each coaching opening, the chances are better and better that Tom Herman is given an offer at a Power 5 school that he just can't refuse. I don't know that the school is out there yet, though South Carolina and Miami seem intriguing. 

Regardless, this has been a great season for Houston. The Memphis game is officially can't miss TV, a top 15 matchup, a possible gameday destination, with playoff implications and you can't ask for more than that. 


Posted on October 30, 2015 and filed under Southwest Round-Up.