2019 Football Preview – AAC – Cougars
Looking for 2019 Houston Cougars predictions? Houston is hoping to break though this season. They are excited about their new coach, they have a great offense and should be one of teh more exciting teams in the country. If they really want to do it though they have to find a way to be the top team in the AAC firts. Betten than Memphis and UCF.
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Head Coach: Dana Holgorsen
2018 Record: 8-5
Houston Cougars Odds to win the 2019 FBS Championship: 1000/1
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There is a lot to like about Houston this year. They just have to get off to a good start which may be tough.
2019 Houston Cougars Predictions: Team Strengths
Buzz Not Hype: The Cougars have seen some good coaches come and go over the years. It has been a popular station for big names like Kevin Sumlin and Tom Herman.
Holgorsen was at a Power 5 program – West Virginia. The Cougars invested big time to get him and it says a lot about how the program is perceived that someone would leave a Group of Five program for Houston.
The other reason for buzz is QB D’Eriq King. He is a supreme athlete who accounted for 50 touchdowns a year ago. He could post over 3000/1000 this season.
They might have lost Ed Oliver to the draft and he was a difference maker but there is a lot pointed up about the program right now.
King and His Subjects: King and the Cougars scored 44ppg last season and nearly all of the top skill players are back.
The top three receivers return and all averaged at least 13 yards per catch a year ago. They each scored at least 5 TDs too so they command attention in their own ways.
On the ground King can be hard to bring down. Patric Carr rushed more more than 800 yards a year ago and he returns but is expected to be supplanted by Kyle Porter, who can be a load.
2019 Houston Cougars Predictions: Team Weaknesses
No Ed Oliver: Ed Oliver was a game changes as a recruit and played his way into being a high NFL draft choice.
Still the defense was only 10th in the AAC in points allowed a year ago. There are not a lot of rerutning starters either.
Isaiah Chambers had 4.5 sacks a year ago which was a really nice total playing next ro Oliver. They need to have a strong presence up front even though they have lost their biggest difference maker.
The defense gave up 70 points t Army in their bowl game and at least 45 in four of their five losses down the stretch.
Holgorses is more than capable of keeping the offense humming but he has never been all that strong on defense.
I am not sure the defense is something that can get turned around as quickly as they need to to take advantage of all the offensive firepower they have this season.
Houston Cougars Prediction: 9-3
They have as tough an opening game as anyone visiting Norman to take on Oklahoma. Two weeks later they host Washington State and both will test and stretch the defense. They can win the latter game though.
Once in conference the season hinges on back to back games in November, at UCF and hosting Memphis. They need to win at least one, probably the second of those two os most likely.
Everyone else on the schedule they should be able to get by, even if their defense is still pretty lame. They can outscore the rest of the league the way they did last season when they lead in scoring.
I like this Houston team a lot. I give them a punchers chance against Oklahoma as their offense should really be able to pick up where it left off last season. The Sooners are going to have a little transition. If they win that and keep improving on D this could be a really special year.
2019 Houston Cougars Football Schedule
Date Time vs
- 9/1/19 7:30 PM ET @OKLA
- 9/7/19 8:00 PM ET PV
- 9/13/19 9:15 PM ET WSU
- 9/19/19 8:00 PM ET @TULN
- 9/28/19 8:00 PM ET @UNT
- 10/12/19 TBD CIN
- 10/19/19 TBD @CONN
- 10/24/19 7:30 PM ET SMU
- 11/2/19 TBD @UCF
- 11/16/19 TBD MEM
- 11/23/19 TBD @TLSA
- 11/30/19 TBD NAVY
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