Houston Cougars 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record 13-1
Houston Cougars 2016 Preview
The Houston Cougars are shooting for another double figure win total and another AAC title 2016.
Overview: Tom Herman and the Cougars have extremely high expectations after defeating Florida State in the postseason to finish a hefty 13-1. If the secondary and running game come around, the Cougars could be flying high once again.
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Offense: UH is settled at quarterback with Greg Ward Jr. bringing back over 2,800 passing yards and 1,253 yards on the ground. Ward is the Cougars leading returning runner but Texas transfer Duke Catalon is supposed to give the rushing attack a huge boost. Chance Allen is the Cougars top receiving option with Oklahoma State transfer Ra’Shaad Samples looking to produce immediately alongside incumbents Steven Dunbar, Linell Bonner and Tyler McCloskey. The Cougars have concerns on the offensive line with five starters departing but five are back with starting experience.
Defense: Houston was stout against the run and with plenty back in the front seven that shouldn’t change all that much. Defensive ends Cameron Malveaux and Nick Thurman led the line with 13.5 TFL with incoming tackle Ed Oliver being one of the top recruits in the country. Steven Taylor leads a loaded Houston linebacking crew with 76.5 tackles including 18.5 TFL while Tyus Bowser posted 5.5 sacks. The UH secondary lost four of their top five and will build around corner Brandon Wilson who broke up nine passes. The bottom line for the Cougars is opponents won’t be very successful on the ground and with returning players and incoming three star athletes the secondary won’t be hopeless.
Special Teams: Houston needs a punter while Ty Cummings returns as placekicker. Brandon Wilson is a dangerous kick returner with two scores in 2015 but the Cougars will be looking for a punter.
Outlook: If Houston can upset Oklahoma the sky is the limit whose success will likely depend on whether the secondary is at least competitive and the O-Line comes together.
9/15 @ Cincinnati
9/24 @ Texas State
10/8 @ Navy
10/22 @ SMU
10/29 Central Florida
11/25 @ Memphis