Houston’s success adding to pressure in Austin and College Station

via John Bazemore / AP

As the Houston Cougars look to build on their legendary 13-1 2015 season, complete with a conference title and a Peach Bowl victory, pressure is continuing to rise for the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies.

In addition to the recent success of Houston, the state has been dominated recently by the TCU Horned Frogs and the Baylor Bears, two schools that aren’t traditional powers in college football. While Charlie Strong and Kevin Sumlin are certainly excellent coaches, the rise of Houston, TCU, & Baylor have raised the bar for the ‘Horns and Aggies.┬áCollege football is a cutthroat business and as long as neither Strong nor Sumlin have a conference championship on their resume at their current schools they will continue to be on the perpetual hot seat.

Hopefully Houston head coach Tom Herman sees the lack of patience displayed for the current coaches in Austin and College Station and knows that he can have an easier time coaching on Cullen Boulevard with more realistic expectations and fans who haven’t been spoiled by years of success. As long as Houston remains in the AAC Herman can continue to recruit well in the Houston metro area, win many games, and rack up NY6 bowl victories. The Coogs may even be able to sneak into the college football playoffs in the near future. Not a bad life by any means. If the Cougars are lucky enough to receive a Power 5 conference invitation nobody will expect them to compete from day one, so there will be less pressure to compete from day one.

More thoughts from the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram here.