Houston Cougars Football Details
The University of Houston football team has always had high expectations for itself, but last summer the rest of the college football world was on board, too: The Cougars entered the 2016 season ranked No. 13 in the Coaches' Poll. Surely some thought that would be their peak, but Houston had other ideas. In the very first game of the season, they went out and throttled No. 3 Oklahoma at home, 33-23. The Cougars finished 9-4 on the year, with a dominating 36-10 November win over No. 5 Louisville serving as another season highlight. As Houston continues to climb towards the upper-most rung of elite college football programs, the team will take on a different look in 2017 under new head coach Major Applewhite. Applewhite, a one-time star quarterback at the University of Texas, inherits a roster that figures to once again be among the most talented in the AAC. Sophomore DL Ed Oliver is already one of the best players in the country, period, and Texas A&M transfer Kyle Allen brings major-conference experience to the quarterback position.
First founded in 1946, the Houston football team boasts a .544 all-time winning percentage entering the 2017 season, seven All-Americans in program history and a Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Andre Ware in 1989. The University has made a push to elevate the team's status in recent years, an effort best exemplified by the 2014 opening of the $128-million TDECU Stadium. The November 2016 win over Louisville marked a new high for stadium attendance, as 42,822 fans poured into TDECU to watch the Cougars blast the Cardinals.