They grow up so fast. Head coach Kevin Sumlin, in his first year ever helming a team, led the UH Cougars last year to their first bowl victory since 1980. Now the football program faces some ferocious expectations for 2009. The toughest home challenge this season will be UH vs. Texas Tech, a contest featuring two high-flying offenses that should feed off each other like a couple of drunks on a bender. The UH Athletic Department - with the full support of the university president's office - has made drawing bigger crowds a priority, and bringing in a Big 12 Conference opponent like the Red Raiders ensures a rocking Robertson Stadium come Saturday. Young Sumlin has molded one of the tightest, most talented Cougar teams in recent memory - let's see if it's prepared to defend its home turf against a big-time opponent. 8:15 p.m. 3700 Cullen. For information, visit www.uhcougars.com. $30 to $170 (with mooching off tailgaters free, as always).
Sat., Sept. 26, 8:15 p.m., 2009