Armed Forces Bowl

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    These Aren't Your Father's Rice Owls

    The Rice Owls had one of those special seasons last year. A 10-4 record. A conference championship. A second straight bowl game. The defensive unit improved greatly. The offense found ways to score points, usually behind a pounding running game. That was 2013. Players graduate, assistant coaches tak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Ranking The Top 10 Bowl Games From A Fat Person's Perspective

    One very underrated calendar quirk this year is the fact that Christmas and New Year's both fall on a Wednesday. Anyone with a regular, Monday to Friday, nine to five job knows what I am talking about. A Wednesday standalone holiday is basically a reason to say "Ah, eff this...I'm just gonna take t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Start Your Morning Off Right With This Video Of Rice Accepting A Liberty Bowl Bid

    To college football fans and media members, looking at the list of bowl games in early December each year, can be a rather impersonal exercise wherein we get lost in making snarky remarks about the sponsors or faux lamenting the lack of intrigue in several of the matchups. The truth of the matter i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    It's Liberty Time For The Rice Owls

    The Rice Owls went out Saturday on a cold, dreary afternoon and demolished the Marshall Thundering Herd, capturing the Conference USA title with a 41-24. Rice stormed out to the lead, didn't let up on the gas, and controlled the action for the entire 60 minutes of the game. It was the best game the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2013

    Is This the End of the Bayou Bucket? Rice and UH Playing For Possibly the Last Time

    The 2-0 Houston Cougars face the 1-1 Rice Owls at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow at Reliant Stadium. To the victor goes the Bayou Bucket, and the victor might get to hold onto the trophy for a long while because this is the last scheduled game of the series. Now that both teams are in different conferences, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2013

    The Owls And Cougars Are Ready For Some Football

    Tonight's the start of a new college football season. The Houston Cougars hosting Southern at Reliant Stadium at 7:30 p.m. as the Coogs try to erase the horrors of last season by moving into a bright shiny new conference. But the media spotlight's about 90 minutes away in College Station where the t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Will UH and Rice Play in The Dubai Bowl?

    Very few people have ever said that there are not enough college football games. Yet if the smaller, minor conferences have their way, then more college bowl games we'll be getting. And these bowl games won't just be in any minor location like Phoenix or New Orleans, they'll be in Dubai and Dublin a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2013

    Crystal Ball Part Deux: Looking Ahead to 2013 Houston Sports, Astros/Dynamo/UH/Rice Edition

    Yesterday, we took a look at the futures of the Texans and Rockets. Predictions were made. Accusations were tossed about. But no one is Carnac the Magnificent. All we can really do is guess...except when it comes to the Astros.

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    Owls Soar Over Falcons and Triumph in Armed Forces Bowl

    It was strange watching the Rice Owls players celebrate on the field following their 33-14 Armed Forces Bowl win over Air Force on Saturday at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium. Strange because the Owls were only 7-6 on the season and they were acting like they'd just won the mythical national championsh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    The Owls Aim To Soar Into The New Year

    The minor bowl games are usually boring. These games often feature not-so-epic battles between two teams who finished sixth or seventh in their respective conferences and who usually don't even have a winning record. These games generally exist as nothing but programming for ESPN and in which the st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2012

    Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas in Houston Sports Is...

    It's Christmas Eve, which means there are just a few hours left to submit your Christmas wish list to Santa Claus. I want to think that I've been good this year, and that Santa will get me everything that I want. So Santa, here's my list. I'll see you tonight. 15. Some of my fellow UH alums might d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    What Does The Future Hold For The Rice Owls?

    It's been a so-so year for Rice sports. The baseball team didn't make it past the NCAA Regionals. The men's basketball team self-destructed. And at one point the football team was 1-5. But then in mid-October the football team took off, and they won five of their six games to finish the season at 6- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    Five Things Learned About Rice and UH Football This Season

    The college football season ended last week, and it's safe to say that the season didn't exactly go as Rice (6-6) and the University of Houston (5-7) wanted. For Rice, things went a bit better. For the Cougars, things went a lot worse. So here are five things we learned about the Owls and Cougars th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2011

    Coogs Versus Southern Miss for All the Marbles

    One more win and the Coogs are BCS-bound.​The distractions are there for the 12-0 Houston Cougars, the number six team in the BCS standings. Distractions like which BCS bowl game they're playing. Distractions like which team they're playing in that BCS bowl -- current projections being Michi ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2011

    The Final Play

    After traumatic knee injury, Case Keenum has one more season to prove his talents.

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Houston Cougars: Still Knocking On The Bowl-Game Door

    Forget Heaven, the Cougars would be happy with a bowl game​The much-maligned Houston Cougar defense held the high-octane offense of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to only 28 points on Saturday night. But that wasn't enough because the high-octane Houston Cougar offense misfired throughout the ga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2010

    Cougars Battle SMU And The Weather, Get The Win

    Cougars battled SMU and the weather​The Houston Cougars stopped the SMU Mustangs on their first drive. The Cougars then took the ball and scored a touchdown to go up 7-0 with about half of the first quarter left to play.Then came the thunder and lightning to join the rain and, just like that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    UH Tries To Avoid Its History

    Deja vu all over again​A long time ago, in a football universe far, far away, the Houston Cougars were a dominant offensive force. Their run-and-shoot offense was putting up huge numbers on college teams nationwide. The team was regularly ranked in the Top 20, and though they had been on a probati ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Tryon Carrier: Coogs' Ace Returner Looks For More

    Tryon Carrier toting the rock, or whatever ESPN is calling it these days​The Cougars return more than just stud QB Case Keenum to this year's squad. Also returning are Tryon Carrier, Patrick Edwards, and James Cleveland, the first wide receiving trio in school history to each surpass 1,000 receivi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Cougar Football Opens With High Hopes For The...Defense?

    Case Keenum, your Heisman Trophy is waiting​The Houston Cougars got their 2010 football season underway on Friday, meeting for photos and their first practice while the team held its annual media day. \ Despite a successful 2009 season, the Cougars come into this season wanting to forget las ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2010

    Cougars Take The Easy Way Out With Next Year's Football Schedule

    Photo courtesy UH​If there's one thing I really hate about college football, it's when schools like Texas schedule FCS teams as part of their non-conference schedule instead of taking on some legitimate, top-flight competition. It's my belief that schools like Texas (you can toss in Florida, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2010

    The Triple Option: 2-For-2 Against Disinterested Bowl Teams

    Photo by John RoyalThe not-so-filled stands at the Texas Bowl.​The Texas Bowl and the Armed Forces Bowl featured two teams in Houston and Missouri who felt they should have been playing in better games going up against two teams who employing the triple-option run offense.The Cougars have had trou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Today's Bowl Menu: UH And The Texas Bowl, Both With Teams Wishing They Were Elsewhere

    ​Two of what should be more of the entertaining non-BCS Bowl games should be played this afternoon. They'll be entertaining because of the teams involved and because of similarities among all four teams. Both games feature teams that don't want to be playing that game and have chips on their shoul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    One More Visit To The Armed Forces Bowl For The Oh-So-Close Coogs

    Photo courtesy UH​Fifty-two seconds remaining on the clock and Cougar ball on the East Carolina 32-yard line. The Cougars were down by six points, but they were driving. ECU had just been penalized, again, for an illegal substitution. It was just going to be like so many other Cougars games this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Coogs' Shot At A C-USA Title On The Line In Front Of A National Audience, Hostile Crowd

    Photo courtesy UH​Tomorrow is the day the Cougars have pointed toward since they won the Armed Forces Bowl back on New Year's Eve 2008. Tomorrow is the Conference USA Title Game, and all this season, the Cougar coaches and players have talked of playing in this game and winning the conference.And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2009

    At Least One Football Team In Town Is Supposed To Be Good This Year (Hint: They Don't Get Paid)

    ​Most of Houston's football focus is going to the Houston Texans, who are once again striving to produce an actual winning season. But there are several other football teams in Houston, and today, one of those teams officially reports for preseason camp.The team in question is the Houston Cougars, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    Longhorns Can't Brag About Buckeye Victory

    I want to thank The Ohio State Buckeyes. Sure, they lost to the Texas Longhorns, but because the Longhorns needed a bad spot by the referees to help get the victory, I'm pretty damn sure that the country has been saved from listening to Longhorn fans bitch about not playing for the BCS Title. Beca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2008

    College Bowl Game Preview: Picks by A Real Expert, Part Two

    The college football bowl season is here, and it's become such a confusing mess of odd-sounding games played in smallish towns with mediocre teams that you need an expert to figure it out. And nothing says "expert" more than a teen-aged kid, whether the subject is football, driving, or how inutterab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    Bowling for UT, TCU, UH and Rice

    I'm sure the Longhorns and their fans are still pissed they didn't win the Big 12 and aren't playing for the national title. But screw Longhorns fans. I think I can speak for many college football fans who are pissed the Horns are playing in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State. Ohio effing State. ... More >>