HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 17:   Houston Cougars cheerleaders and Frontiersmen celebrate a touchdown in the first half of their game against the Temple Owls at TDECU Stadium on October 17, 2014 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Houston’s “1-0” Needs to Mean Something Different Now

1-0. That is the Houston Cougars record after knocking off the Oklahoma Sooners; the same Sooners coming off an appearance in the College Football Playoff and ranked number three in the preseason polls. Not many people thought Houston had a chance despite the Coogs’ success last year and everything they had coming back. Houston was […]

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Tom Herman of the Houston Cougars reacts in the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Will Houston Cougars Make the College Football Playoff?

It may be the most-asked question in all of college football this preseason: “Will Houston make the College Football Playoff?” From the time the clock hit zero in the Cougars’ demolition of Florida State in the Peach Bowl people have been asking. From the time Houston was ranked in the top 15 of the Coaches’, […]

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 27:  Greg Ward Jr. #1 of the Houston Cougars scrambles out of the pocket in the second quarter against the Navy Midshipmen at TEDECU Stadium on November 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Expectations Game 2016: Houston Cougars

It’s amazing what happens when you come from, more or less, out of nowhere to go 13-1, win your conference championship and obliterate a tradition powerhouse in a “New Year’s Six” bowl game. All of the sudden you are the talk of the town. People want to see if you can sustain success. Your program […]

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Members of the Tulane Green Wave are introduced before playing the Duke Blue Devils on September 3, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The formula for a Green Wave bowl season

To hear Tulane being talked about in the same conversation as a bowl game, on the surface, seems absurd, especially after the AAC media predicted them to finish at the bottom of the conference this year. However, seeing the Green Wave go bowling in December isn’t a set-in-stone impossibility.

GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Davon Grayson #85 of the East Carolina Pirates crosses the goal line for a touchdown against Quincy Wilson #6 of the Florida Gators during the game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

Three key games on ECU’s schedule

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding Big 12 ExpansionWatch 2016™ is that, at least for the time being, ECU is still apart of the AAC. With that comes a challenging conference slate during the back half of the season.  While ECU may be focused on different things right now, it’s important for the Pirate football […]

WACO, TX - AUGUST 31:  A general view of play between the Southern Methodist Mustangs and the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on August 31, 2014 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

SMU’s non-conference scheduling needs work

When mid-major athletic directors across the country take stock of their non-conference schedule, they utilize a handful of universally applied commandments when scheduling future opponents: Make the program more money Gain more exposure for the program Create some favorable matchups here and there Every once in a while, leave your comfort zone and find new […]

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Head coach Tom Herman of the Houston Cougars reacts in the first quarter against the Florida State Seminoles during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at the Georgia Dome on December 31, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Quotable quotes from Houston coach Tom Herman

It’s been a busy week for Houston coach Tom Herman. On Monday, he was featured on the ESPN family of networks, Tuesday was AAC Media Day and on Wednesday the team reports for fall camp back in Houston.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Members of the Tulane Green Wave are introduced before playing the Duke Blue Devils on September 3, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Is Tulane a Big 12 sleeper?

Avoiding Big 12 expansion talk in the AAC is like trying to stop a train. Schools have been thrown around left and right and the reasons why each would and wouldn’t be a good fit have been immensely dissected. If there’s one thing to keep in mind with sports, however, there’s always a sleeper.

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Expectations for the Memphis defense

Most Division I defenses stop the run, discourage the pass, disrupt the backfield, frustrate scoring and exhaust all other efforts to advance the football in regulation.

COLUMBIA, SC - SEPTEMBER 06:  Josh Hawkins #28 of the East Carolina Pirates reacts after intecepting a pass thrown by Dylan Thompson #17 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Pros and Cons: ECU to the Big 12

With a simple statement last Thursday, ECU athletic director Jeff Compher threw the Pirates’ hat into the ring for the latest round of Big 12 expansion talk.

ANNAPOLIS, MD - NOVEMBER 14: Quarterback Matt Davis #4 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs looks on after a failed fourth down conversion in the third quarter against the Navy Midshipmen during the first half at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland. The Navy Midshipmen won, 55-14. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

SMU to Big 12: ‘Not so fast, my friend’

SMU announced plans yesterday to build an indoor-outdoor facility for its football program with the hopes of bringing prestige back to the program and cement — at least in the eyes of outsiders — the University’s commitment to excellence.

GREENVILLE, NC - OCTOBER 04:  Travon Simmons #3 of the East Carolina Pirates intercepts a pass intended for Der'rikk Thompson #7 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs during their game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on October 4, 2014 in Greenville, North Carolina. East Carolina won 45-24. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Forecasting ECU’s Week 1 starting lineup

With each passing week, we inch closer and closer to week one of the 2016 college football season. That means it’s time to forecast the ECU Pirates starting lineup for the matchup against Western Carolina on September 3. We’ve covered the strengths and weaknesses of both the offense and defense, not to mention which players […]

DALLAS, TX - NOVEMBER 06:  Jahad Thomas #5 of the Temple Owls runs the ball against Jordan Wyatt #15 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs in the second half at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on November 6, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Strengths and Weaknesses: Temple offense

Following a 2015 season that saw Temple win 10 games on the strength of an efficient offense and tenacious defense culminate in a spot in the inaugural AAC Championship Game, Owls fans are clamoring for the season to get rolling again.

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