We're just over halfway through the season, and it's probably a good time to take a look at how the Coogs have fared through seven games.
The Road so far
Houston started well enough after Hurricane Harvey caused the cancellation of the Cougar opener against UTSA, Houston traveled to Arizona and beat the Wildcats before returning home and beating Rice. The Cougars lost at home to Texas Tech and demoted starter Kyle Allen in the fourth quarter. A week later the Cougars, led by a Kyle Postma at quarterback, beat Temple on the road.
Houston beat SMU at home to move to 2-0 in the AAC. The Cougars traveled to 1-5 Tulsa and lost to the Golden Hurricanes after a dominant second half by Tulsa. Last night their conference losing streak continued as Memphis mounted a second-half comeback at TDECU.
The Cougars are 4-3, 2-2 in conference.
The Road Ahead
This could get ugly.
Houston travels to top 20 South Florida next week. USF is undefeated and explosive on offense. A week later struggling East Carolina comes to town for Houston's homecoming. The Cougars finish up with a trip to improved Tulane and a home date against one loss Navy. Houston needs a strong finish against a difficult schedule.
Missing a bowl game would be a disaster for Applewhite, so Houston has to finish 2-2 to qualify, which might be a tough task.
Houston needs to sort out their turnover issues. Kyle Postman was put into the lineup to for his running ability and the hope that he'd turn the ball over less. His running has helped Houston's offense, but he's turned the ball over at a higher frequency that Allen.
No More Cardiac Coogs
Houston's suffered through some horrific second halves. Memphis scored 42 points to beat the Cougars, a week after Tulsa outscored Houston 38-7 in the third and fourth quarters. On the season Houston's been outscored 130 to 65 in the second half.
First Half MVP
We're going to split the baby and name co-MVPs with Steven Dunbar and Linell Bonner. Dunbar and Bonner are third and fourth in the AAC in receptions. Both average more than ten yards a catch. They've been consistent targets for Houston's quarterbacks. Bonner leads the Cougars with three touchdown catches.
In four wins the Cougars have turned the ball over five times. In three losses the Cougars have turned the ball over eleven times.