Conference USA (Football)

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    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 >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Rice Owls Demolish Louisiana Tech While Erasing Thoughts of Seasons Past

    The Rice Owls (7-3) stomped the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (4-6) on Saturday night. Demolished them by a score of 52-14. The Owls were up 24-0 at the half, but showed no mercy, going for the kill like few Rice teams have done in recent years. But it was a maddening win, one of those wins that leaves e ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Is This The Weekend UH And Rice Clinch Bowl Spots?

    The Texans season might just about be over, but there are still several reasons to care about football in Houston. That is if you don't mind switching your attention to Saturday afternoons. Because with the college football season at the halfway mark, the Houston Cougars (5-1) and Rice Owls (5-2) ar ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    UH Quarterback's Career Over Due To Concussions

    PBS aired a pretty damning and devastating documentary Tuesday night dealing with the NFL, concussions, and the impact of those concussions on the players. The NFL didn't want this documentary seen. It refused to cooperate with the reporters and producers, and strong armed ESPN into backing out of i ... More >>

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    September 2, 2013

    Aggies Demolish Owls As Johnny Manziel Returns From His Half Game Exile

    So the Rice Owls went up to Kyle Field and took on the Texas Aggies on Saturday. And of course it didn't go too well, with the Owls losing 52-31 before 86,686 Aggies. Just looking at the score you wouldn't know that the Owls led 14-7 after the first quarter and looked to be in control of the game, t ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    It's College Football Quiz Time (for Houston and Texas)

    Another college football season kicks off this weekend. The national media focus, as always, is on Alabama, LSU, and the schools of the SEC. There's a bunch of interest just up in the road in College Station, with the Aggies being relevant to the world of college football for the first time since R. ... More >>

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    August 1, 2013

    Optimistic Owls Aiming For Continued Success

    It's not going to be an easy start of the season for the Rice Owls, traveling to College Station and taking on Johnny Football and the Aggies. But then again, the Rice Owls don't take the easy way out when it comes to starting the football season. While it's a new season for the Owls, it's not nec ... More >>

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    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.

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    December 21, 2012

    What Does 2013 Have In Store For The University of Houston Cougars?

    This is a year the Houston Cougars would probably prefer to forget. It started with a bang as the Cougars demolished Penn State on January 2 at the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas. But the football team wasn't quite the same after the departure of Case Keenum and his receiving corps. As the Cougars move i ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    October 1, 2012

    And Charles Sims Shall Lead The Cougars To Victory: UH Tops Rice For Bayou Bucket

    Maybe it was the weather outside of Reliant Stadium that had something to do with the sluggishness of Saturday's Bayou Bucket. The grayness. The wetness. The dreariness. Maybe all of that worked against a football game being played inside of a gigantic aircraft hanger before a crowd that didn't even ... More >>

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    August 10, 2012

    The New-Look Cougars Prep For A New Day In The Sun

    It's a new day for Houston Cougars football. A new coach and a new coaching staff. A new quarterback. New receivers. New helmets. New uniforms. New logo. They're going to a new conference next season. They've got one year left in the old stadium. But all of the newness brings questions. Questions l ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Is This The Dawning of A Cougars Renaissance? Don't Be Too Sure

    The Houston Chronicle's Sam Khan, Jr. had a good story on Houston Cougars athletics yesterday. It's called a story of a renaissance, and it looks back at the last 10 months of the program. It's told through the eyes of the football program, going through the incredible season the Coogs had as they m ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    NFL Draft 1st Round by the Numbers: Ranking High School Ratings, Conferences

    The first round of the NFL Draft is in the books, and now we spend today overanalyzing the selections the teams made last night (complete with the inane letter-grade report cards for a bunch of players that have not yet even had their first press conferences with their new teams) and preparing for t ... More >>

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    December 30, 2011

    Cougars and Lions and Cats and Aggies: Oh My, It's Time for a Little Bowl Action

    There's probably nobody happier to see this college football season come to an end than the players for the Penn State Nittany Lions (9-3), unless, of course, it's the players for the Texas A&M Aggies (6-6). Then again, with the way their hopes and dreams came crashing down to the ground at the sta ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: The Year Just Past In Cougar Sports

    John RoyalCase Keenum was the Man of the Year for the Cougars​Yes, it's that time of year. That time of year when I take a look back at the year just past. On Friday, I looked back at the sports year for the Rice Owls. Today, let's take a look at the top 25 events, in no particular order, f ... More >>

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    December 16, 2011

    The Top Moments In 2011 Rice Owls Sports

    John RoyalRice's Anthony Rendon became a very rich baseball player this summer​It's that time of year. The time for end-of-year lists and bests of, etc. And I'm not immune to tossing off an easy post. So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the Top 25 Events in Rice Ow ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 24, 2011

    Welcome To The Latest, Greatest Must Win Game For The Cougars

    ​The Cougars are one game short of regular-season perfection. One game short of the team's best win total. Ever. One game short of the Conference USA title game. A BCS Bowl is just over the horizon. Of course, the Cougars haven't played the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. Tulsa's overall record ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Coogs Should Beat SMU; Rice Should Top Tulane

    Hey kids, College GameDay is coming to town​The season has come to this. Two weeks for the Houston Cougars to continue with perfection and reach a goal set this summer. Two weeks for the Rice Owls to gain some redemption for a season gone very wrong. The Cougars acknowledged their possible ... More >>

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    November 14, 2011

    Are the Cougars Really BCS-Bowl Bound? If They Don't Mess Up, Yes

    As of now, the Coogs are BCS-bowling.​I spent most of Saturday afternoon working on a post explaining the possible ways the Cougars could still make a BCS bowl even with Boise State going undefeated and taking the one guaranteed BCS bowl spot that the non-automatic qualifying conferences get. ... More >>

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    October 21, 2011

    UH Strives for Perfection as Rice Struggles to Stay Close

    ​The Houston Cougars SID office sent the media an e-mail on Wednesday morning. An e-mail warning that Houston athletes are prohibited by NCAA rules from promoting outside media events and individual media outlets, including specific shows and stations. And this is the first time since I've b ... More >>

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    October 17, 2011

    The Intergalactic Planetary Super Football Conference

    ​It's got no name, this football-only alliance of Conference USA and the Mountain West Conference. It's supposedly been in the planning stages for over a year, but nobody involved has a clue to any actual details of how the thing's going to work. And once the Big East finishes acting -- mayb ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    C-USA Considers Merger With Mountain West in Search of BCS Bid

    Could the blue turf of Boise State and other MWC schools align themselves with Rice, UH and C-USA?​In what seems both inspired and crazy, Conference USA, which includes University of Houston and Rice, is considering a football-only merger with the Mountain West Conference that would create a m ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    UH To The Big 12? Five Reasons It Would Be A Huge Boost

    Home sweet home for the Coogs?​Everyone's reporting that Texas A&M has all but decided to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, and the San Antonio Express-News adds an Aggie official says the Big 12 told the school the University of Houston would be a viable replacement. UH had been talking/hoping/t ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Top 5 Worst C-USA Football Games of 2011 (With Suggested Alternatives)

    Pillow Fight! Uh, we mean, Conference USA football! ​We suppose that everything has its less-than-stellar companion. However, Conference USA's ugly twin is really freaking gross. The best games involving C-USA programs in 2011 are something to look forward to. The worst games? Never. Serio ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Top 5 Best C-USA Football Games of 2011 (With Predictions)

    Case Keenum's comeback attempt starts September 3. ​Last week, Hair Balls broke down some of the best (as well as the worst) games of the 2011 football season involving Big 12 teams. Now, Conference USA, which just wrapped up its media days in Memphis, gets a similar treatment. Houston, tha ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Case Keenum: Preseason C-USA Offensive Player of the Year

    C-USA coaches think he does​Case Keenum's big comeback attempt, which we chronicled as spring practice began in April, is apparently destined for success if the coaches of COnference USA are right. They chose the UH quarterback as pre-season Offensive Player of the Year as part of the media d ... More >>

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    April 5, 2011

    The NCAA Title Game: Forget One Shining Moment, Try a Brick House Instead

    John RoyalAnd so begins one of the worst championship games in NCAA Tournament history.​Houston is the home city of two Conference USA basketball teams. That means that there's been some really bad basketball played in this city the last several years. So perhaps it was the lingering stench ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Rice Owls Plunder The Pirates

    The Owls soar over the Pirates​The Rice Owls have shown glimpses of what the offense can do when everything comes together. The running game has worked at spots. The passing game to the tight ends has been mostly effective. Teams have had trouble with the Owls when running the wildcat.But th ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    Cougars Prepare To Battle The Golden Eagles

    Last week the Golden Hurricane, this week the Golden Eagles, what next, the Golden Slumbers?​It's been a tough season for the 5-5 Houston Cougars. They lost their starting quarterback, Case Keenum, to an ACL injury in the season's third game, a loss to UCLA. They lost his back-up, Cotton Turner, ... More >>

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    November 18, 2010

    Rice Owls: Beware The Plundering Pirates

    Rice is playing the Pirates of East Carolina, not the Pirates of the Caribbean​The Rice Owls are hosting the East Carolina Pirates this weekend, and if the Owls had any bounty left, then the Pirates would be plundering it. But this season being this season, the Owls have already had their tr ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Rice Owls: Making The Worst Offenses Look Competent

    The Owls still aren't soaring over the football field​The Rice Owls had no business being in the position to defeat the Tulane Green Wave on Saturday afternoon. The Owls had given up 512 yards to one of the worst offenses in Conference USA. They had given up 48 points to a team struggling to scor ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Cougars Duel The Knights Tonight The Cougars need to watch their focus when playing UCF​The University of Central Florida Knights are, perhaps, the best team in Conference USA. They definitely have the best defense, and their offense is one of those bone-crushing, time-consuming rush-oriented games that dra ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Houston Cougars Demolish the Memphis Tigers

    ​The Houston Cougars did what they were supposed to do on Saturday night. They stormed into the Liberty Bowl and dominated the Memphis Tigers, easily winning the game 56-17 to go to 5-3 on the season. How easy was the win? So easy that the Cougars didn't need to rely on Bryce Beall, who left ... More >>

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    November 1, 2010

    Is UH About To Dump Conference USA For The Big East?

    Will UH be heading east?​Presidents of Big East schools meet tomorrow and will discuss extending invitations to the University of Houston and TCU to join, the New York Post reports today."By adding TCU and Houston, the Big East would gain TV viewership in two significant markets (Dallas/Fort Worth ... More >>

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    October 29, 2010

    Coogs: And The Running Game Shall Save Them

    Photo by Stephen Pinchback, UH Athletics CommunicationsBryce Beall needs to deliver​Everybody knows how the Houston Cougar offense works. Pass on first down. Pass on second down. Pass on third down. Keep passing until you score or you have to punt. Yes, that's how the Cougars spread offense works, ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    June 15, 2010

    Big 12 Conference Madness: The Winners & Losers

    "UT's Bitch" is such a nice conference name​So Texas has decided to stay put, and the Big 12, oops, Big 10, lives another day.Good for it, I guess.Let's just say that it's been an interesting couple of weeks that, despite what others think, is far from over. But let's take a look at the Winners ... More >>

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    January 7, 2010

    Game Time: The Five Most Dominant Performances In A College Football Title Game

    The time for talking is almost over, and tonight we'll find out if the shrinking spread on this season's BCS Title game and the last minute rush by some to the Texas Longhorn bandwagon is a harbinger of things to come. Me personally, I think Nick Saban dials up some exotic blitz packages that give ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 25, 2009

    UH Football And Basketball Have Big Weekends On Tap

    ​One season is ending. One season is just beginning. But for the Houston Cougars, it's a big Thanksgiving weekend either way with the football team playing for the C-USA West title, and the basketball team up in Alaska playing against Big 12 power Oklahoma in the Great Alaska Shootout on Thurs ... More >>

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    November 16, 2009

    The Cougars Run Into Upset City, Again

    Photo courtesy UH​It's easy to blame the Houston Cougar defense for Saturday's 37-32 loss to the University of Central Florida Knights. After all, the Knights scored 37 points, gained 393 yards, and controlled the ball for almost 40 minutes of  of the game.If the defense makes some plays, th ... More >>

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    November 4, 2009

    Coogs Take On Tulsa, Where The Hurricanes Are Golden

    Photo courtesy UH​Before this football season began, it was thought that the Tulsa Golden Hurricane would be the toughest competition to the Houston Cougars for the C-USA West championship. But as both teams head into game number nine this weekend, it's beginning to look like those fears might ha ... More >>

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    October 28, 2009

    Coogs Hope To Keep Grabbing Those Turnovers

    Photo courtesy UH​"As a team, I still don't think we've played our best game," Houston Cougars head coach Kevin Sumlin stated at yesterday's media luncheon. "It's still out there for us. I think we can be better."The Cougars are 6-1 on the season, and if the team's best game is still out there wai ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Coogs Try To Actually Win One In Conference USA

    ​Way back in August, way back when the Houston Cougars were just starting to practice, way back when the temperature was in the 100s instead of the 90s, way back then, at Media Day, head coach Kevin Sumlin and the players met with the media.They didn't care about the rankings, they said. They di ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Texas Bowl Takes A Step Up

    ​Houston's taste for college-football bowl games was soured pretty ferociously by the inanity of Mattress Mac's Bowl. But its successor, the Texas Bowl, has proven to be a well-run, entertaining event that has drawn decent, energetic crowds without frantically papering the hou ... More >>

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    December 6, 2006

    Party On, Coogs

    For a cynical, self-hating UH alum, yesterday was a pretty special day. The City of Houston held a pep rally for the Coogs, who've won the Conference USA title and are now headed to the Liberty Bowl. (Many fans at the rally at City Hall held up signs that said "Give us Liberty!" Clever.) The event ... More >>

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