Houston Avenges Last Year’s Loss; Can Anyone Upset the Cougars this Year?

Last year, the UConn Huskies shocked Houston and the college football world with a major upset. Houston was favored by more than a touchdown, and the line was only that close because quarterback Greg Ward, Jr. had rolled his ankle the week before against Memphis and was questionable for that game. That game remains Tom […]

East Carolina Pirates defeat NC State, prove they are expansion worthy

When the Big 12 recently trimmed its list of expansion candidates, East Carolina Pirates didn’t make the cut. Based on the Pirates’ play this afternoon, the league might eventually regret that decision. Powered by a high-octane offense, East Carolina defeated NC State 33-30 to move to 2-0. Make no mistake about it: the Pirate offense […]

Top 25 College Football Countdown: No. 12 Houston Cougars

Houston Cougars 2015 Record: 13-1 overall, 7-1 AAC (defeated Florida State 38-24 in the Peach Bowl) 1 Burning Question: Can Tom Herman prove that he’s building a powerhouse program worthy of a Big 12 invitation? Every journalist, radio host, and college football enthusiast talked about Big 12 expansion until they were blue in the face this […]

15 bracket bits for Championship Week

Anyone ready for Championship Week? The big bracket is the one announced next Sunday on CBS, a little after 5:30 Eastern time. Before we arrive at that moment, however, we have a week filled with other bracketed tournaments, the conference collisions which will set the selections and seedings for the field of 68. The brackets for […]

Texas A&M, Providence, and SMU: February tales as old as time

Remember the 2014 Iowa Hawkeyes? They merit a place in a discussion of the current college basketball season, and more specifically, what transpired on a wild Wednesday night. Other teams have done what 2014 Iowa did. Consider the 2011 Villanova Wildcats as another example. If you look through the record books, you’ll find yet more […]

College basketball doesn’t matter before March? It matters before February

The arrival of Monday marks the arrival of February. This brings us in touch with an annual in-season lamentation from college basketball diehards: The regular season doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. It’s an argument that is hard to measure in terms of media focus, even more so when one realizes: A) how many […]

Boca Raton Bowl: Toledo and Temple cross paths

Given the strength of the American Athletic Conference in 2015, to the diminishment of the other four conferences in the Group of Five, it’s easy to think that the Temple Owls and the Toledo Rockets exist in different places as the Boca Raton Bowl approaches. The AAC dominated the Group of Five race this season. […]

What the past weekend in the AAC taught us about the Big Ten-SEC Challenge

Last week, my colleague Bart Doan had some fun with Bret Bielema’s idea of a Big Ten-SEC Challenge. I reacted inwardly on a few levels. First, I think the idea is great. The more high-profile non-conference games in college football, the better. Second, if any two conferences do not need to participate in a challenge […]

Temple’s defense dominates Memphis and keeps AAC title hopes alive

A common theme has emerged this AAC season for both Memphis and Temple: finishing. Coming into the contest, Temple had lost two out of three games against Notre Dame and South Florida, with a win over SMU sandwiched in. The Owls were in need of a momentum-generating win. Enter Memphis. In key moments from Saturday’s […]

Houston, Memphis and the American Dream for the Cougars

The last time Houston had a chance to step to a moment and make a splash on the national stage, it face-planted. It was 2011 and the undefeated Cougars, ranked seventh in the AP poll, hosted Southern Mississippi in the Conference USA title game and got run out of their own building, 49-28. That was […]

Hoops Preview: overrated and underrated conferences

Let’s not pretend to ignore the reality that before a season begins, notions of “overrated and underrated” can be quite tenuous. Nevertheless, conference strength is an undeniably fascinating water-cooler topic, a bread-and-butter part of college sports conversations. Football certainly leads the way in this regard, but basketball — while in second place — is abundantly […]