Houston's defense was utterly embarrassed in a loss to Armywhich tied the record for most points scored in a bowl game, in the Armed Forces Bowl on Saturday. For Houston, giving up yards and eight touchdowns on the ground looked like a combination of all three -- and then some.
It's the Cougars' AAC opener. On the road.
On a short week of preparation Thursday after playing Washington State. Willie Fritz has the Green Wave heading in the right direction, improving his win total with four, five and seven in three seasons.
SMU, Oct. After quarterback Ben Hicks opted to transfer to Arkansas, the Mustangs replaced him in the offseason with Texas transfer Shane Buechele. Mason Fine is the nation's top returning passer and could make life miserable for the Cougars secondary.
Houston is the more talented time, but don't expect the Mean Green to back down from a fight. Cincinnati, Oct.
Cincinnati is coming off an win season and could be even better with arguably the best defense the Cougars will see all season. Washington State, Sept. Memphis, Nov. The Tigers have own the series of late, winning three straight, including last season. There is still plenty of talent on the UCF roster, but the biggest unknown is how the offense will operate without injured quarterback McKenzie Milton.
For now, it's hard to argue with UCF's dominance the past two seasons. This could be a high-scoring affair with question marks on defense for both teams.
Key stat: Dana Holgorsen is all-time against OU as a head coach.