In the offseason leading up to the 2015 season, the Houston Cougars were picked by many national publications to finish to higher than second place in the American West division standings. What a difference a year makes.
Now the Coogs should enter the 2016 season as the clear favorites to repeat as conference champions. Quarterback Greg Ward Jr. will be a senior and a likely Heisman Trophy candidate. Also returning for the Coogs is head coach Tom Herman and both of his coordinators, Todd Orlando and Major Applewhite.