Team Previews: #50, Houston

By BenJ6257
May. 18, 2017

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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the 2017 CollegeSportsCoverage Top 50 preview. Every other day we preview a new team in my top 50 rankings. Todays team is:

The Houston Cougars

Conference

American Athletic (West)

2016 Record

9-4

Head Coach

Major Applewhite, 0-1 (interim)

Coordinators

OC: Brian Johnson

DC: Mark D’Onorfio

Players Lost

QB Greg Ward Jr

LB Tyus Bowser

DB Howard Wilson

DB Brandon Wilson

Key Players

DL Ed Oliver

QB Kyle Allen (Texas A&M transfer)

RB Patrick Carr (Colorado transfer)

LB Cameron Doubenmier

CB Jeremy Winchester

Recruiting

National Rank: 70

AAC Rank: 4

Top Recruits

DE Bryan Jones

LB Amaud Willis-Dalton

WR Jeremy Singleton

DE Noah Jones

2016 Recap

After exploding onto the scene in 2015 the Cougars had very high expectations entering the 2016 season. After upsetting Oklahoma in week one, Houston opened the season 5-0 but couldn’t maintain the strong start. They closed the season 4-4, including a 24 point blowout loss to San Diego State in the Las Vegas Bowl. The disappointment didn’t end there however, as Tom Herman announced he would become the new head coach at Texas. Herman’s replacement, Major Applewhite, faces an uphill battle as he loses Greg Ward Jr. who was quite literally the entire Cougars offense last year.

Schedule

Sep. 2: @ UTSA

Sep. 9: @ Arizona

Sep. 16: Rice

Sep. 23: Texas Tech

Sep. 30: @ Temple

Oct. 7: SMU

Oct. 14: @ Tulsa

Oct. 19: Memphis

Oct. 28: ECU

Nov. 4: @ USF

Nov. 18: @ Tulane

Nov. 24: Navy

Record Projection

W
L
W
L
L
W
W
L
W
L
W
W

(7-5)

MVP:

Offense: Kyle Allen

Defense: Ed Oliver

Note: There will be a new post on this list every other day as there are 50 teams and 100 days until kickoff, but to get back on schedule the next post will be tomorrow.