predicting the Cougars season

via has a preview of the Houston Cougars 2015 season out. Be sure to check it out. I was asked to provide a quote on the Vegas prediction of the Cougars winning 8.5 games this season. Here’s my quote in the article:

The Houston Cougars under the regime of former head coach Tony Levine was one of failing to maximize the potential of the program. After going 5-7 in 2012, the 2013 Cougars rebounded to go 8-5 but then took a few steps back in the opposite direction for 2014 losing two terrible games to UTSA and Tulane on homecoming night respectively. Those two losses sealed coach Levine’s fate and the administration went out and hired Tom Herman away from Ohio State to turn things around.

After helping the Buckeyes to a national championship, coach Herman immediately brought in former Texas offensive coordinator Major Applewhite and Utah State defensive coordinator Todd Orlando to bolster his staff. Dynamic dual-threat quarterback Greg Ward Jr. looks to be the starter when the season kicks off and how much he’s developed after switching back to QB from wide receiver will be a big factor in the Coogs’ success this season.

A strong running game and a secondary that would rank in the upper half of the Big 12 are strong points but the offensive line lacks depth and experience and will need to rapidly improve this season if the team wants to challenge for the American West. The Las Vegas line of 8.5 wins isn’t unreasonable for the new staff who has their work cut out for them to turn the Cougars raw talent into championship contenders. Ten wins and a division title would be the best case scenario, but the most important part of this season is laying the groundwork and foundation for the future. The next five years on Cullen Blvd. will be very interesting and may determine if Houston is ready to be in a Power 5 conference.

Be sure to check the full article out here.