SMU Mustangs (Football)

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    December 2, 2013

    And The Defenses Shall Lead Them As UH And Rice Go Bowling

    The Houston Cougars (8-4) and Rice Owls (9-3) won their football games this weekend on the backs of their defenses. While that's not the way past UH and Rice football teams won games, it's been how they did it this season. It's been strange to watch, and an entirely different experience, but it's al ... 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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    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 >>

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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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    July 31, 2013

    Mike Aresco, Commissioner Of The Conference Stew That U of H Is In Now, Speaks

    On the college football calendar nowadays, everything seemingly has its own season. Years ago, before social media, before a thousand television channels, before those channels shelling out billions of dollars for broadcasting rights, there were essentially two college football seasons: the regular ... More >>

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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 22, 2012

    UH, Rice: Is College Football Season Over Yet?

    The Houston Cougars were destroyed on Thursday night. The Rice Owls blew a game they should have won on Saturday. The Owls loss is not surprising. The Cougars loss isn't really surprising, either, though the magnitude of the loss is. The Cougars (3-5) lost to the SMU Mustangs by a 72-42 score on Th ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Boom. Roasted. -- The Monday Morning College Football Roast

    Through the first few weeks of the football season, I had been combining my foremost thoughts and remembrances of the weekend that was in football -- Texans, college, and general NFL -- into the ever popular "4 Winners, 4 Losers" post. However, now we've got three weeks of college football in the b ... More >>

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    September 4, 2012

    College Football Week 1: 4 Winners, 4 Losers Among Coaches, Heisman Candidates, QBs

    Thursday night college football is fun. The Friday night ESPN game, at least under the magical watch of Joe Tessitore, has become somewhat sneaky over the years. But the college football season truly begins on that first Saturday. So when I fired up the television Saturday morning, then and only th ... 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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    December 21, 2011

    Craig James for Senate! The Campaign Begins (w/ VIDEO)

    He does have one very good reason to vote for him...​I'm not a big politics guy. I don't like to talk politics on my radio show (EVER), I don't like to talk politics in social situations (People take it too personally), and I don't spend any of my free time studying the issues (I spend my free ... 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 9, 2011

    Watch Out Big East, Here Come the Cougars

    The Cougars are going to have a new home starting in 2013.​The expansion of the Big East has been a long-expected announcement, especially seeing as how several members of the conference are on the verge of departure. And one of the long-rumored names of this expansion has been the University ... 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 21, 2011

    Cougars and Mustangs, Orange and Sugar, BCS Comes Calling

    See pics from ESPN GameDay at UH in our slideshow. Maybe it was the stadium packed to the gills before kickoff. Maybe it was the excitement and energy of Senior Day. Maybe it was ESPN's Lee Corso letting loose with a profanity as he picked the Cougars to defeat SMU. Maybe it was the representati ... 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 17, 2011

    ESPN's GameDay Is Almost Good to Go at UH

    Cullen Circle: The site of GameDay​The truck has arrived, there will be a 6 p.m. pep rally at Cougar Village with University of Houston football players tonight, and, beginning tomorrow morning, GameDay will officially be in the house at UH's Third Ward campus for the game between the Cougars ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    5 Things You Shouldn't Do When ESPN's GameDay Visits UH

    This stopped being funny 200-plus episodes ago. ​It's a big deal that ESPN's traveling college-football preview show GameDay is posting up at the University of Houston's Cullen Circle in advance of the Cougars' game against the SMU Mustangs. (Who saw this coming, especially after quarterback C ... 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 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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    October 6, 2011

    Best/Worst College Football QB Transfers: A List Inspired by Former Texas Main Man Garrett Gilbert

    Obviously, Garrett Gilbert is no Colt McCoy. Or Case McCoy. Or David Ash. Earlier today, the Texas Longhorns announced that Gilbert -- who filled in admirably for the injured Colt McCoy during the Longhorns' loss in the 2010 BCS Championship game...and that's about it -- is leaving the program. G ... More >>

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    September 5, 2011

    Cougars Dominate First Half Against UCLA, Set Table For Perfect Season

    The UCLA cheerleaders probably weren't too happy after Saturday's game​The Houston Cougars did their best impersonation of the Houston Texans on Saturday. They dominated the first half, playing a fantastic two quarters that masterfully mixed their passing and running games. Case Keenum showe ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Rocks Off's Musical 2011 Texas Football Preview

    buckaroosfunnypictures.comHook 'em Horns...​You wouldn't know it from walking around outdoors, but fall is just around the corner, and in Texas that means two things: We no longer have to consume our body weight in water for shows at the Pavilion, and it's almost time for college football. An ... 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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    December 2, 2010

    NFL & College Football -- Weekend's Best Bets

    When it comes to college football, I'm not a staunch traditionalist. I believe the season is more compelling when the longtime powers are strong (Translation: Texas, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Miami all being mediocre is, to me, a bad thing.), and yet I picked Boise State before the season ... 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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    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 >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Cougars Seeking To Fill A Void Against SMU

    ​Heading into tomorrow's game with the 4-3 SMU Mustangs, it needs to be pointed out that the 3-3 Houston Cougars have some issues that need to be addressed. Real issues like the leadership void on the field since Case Keenum's season-ending injury. And a defense that has problem making tackles ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    The Rice Owls Go Mining For A Victory

    The Owls hope to mine UTEP for a win​If you ask the Rice Owls, they'll tell you that they're doing just about everything right. That they're one or two plays from turning around the season. They'll tell you about the improvement they're seeing in this year's team when compared to last year's ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Rice Owls Blind Sided By The Mustangs

    Not Even Sandra Bullock Could Have Saved The Owls This Time​Before the season began, the Rice Owls were confident that they would get the six wins needed to qualify for a bowl game. Five games into the season, with the Owls record at 1-4, the question isn't so much whether the Owls will get ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Rice Owls Battle The Little Things

    neilfein If only the football team was this fearsome​I've got a confession to make. I've got this thing for mediocre mid-`90s alt-rock, specifically, Bush. I mention this because whenever I attend a Rice press conference, or do the interview thing after the games, the one thing I hear over ... More >>

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    September 27, 2010

    Rice-Baylor: Lightning Dulls Owls' Thunder

    Photo by John Royal A nearly empty Rice Stadium as the rain descended​The Rice Owl fans must have sniffed something in the air. There can really be no other explanation.The score was only 7-3, Baylor over Rice, when the football game was delayed due to lightning in the area. It wasn't raini ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    USC Trojans: They're Different From 1980s SMU How, Exactly?

    Snoop & Pete: BFFs​The Southern Methodist University football team was hit with NCAA sanctions on February 26, 1987 because of a slush-fund created to pay players. Seeing as how the Mustangs were a repeat offender -- they were already on probation for recruiting violations -- the NCAA le ... More >>

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    June 10, 2010

    UH's Achilles Heel: No One Goes To The Games

    cutline​I was sitting next to one of my fellow reporters at a UH football game last fall. I think the opponent was SMU, though it might have been Southern Miss. The Coogs were highly ranked, and they were getting lots of national attention. Yet Robertson Stadium was nowhere close to being sold ... 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 5, 2009
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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 26, 2009

    Coogs Grind Out A Relatively Unimpressive Win

    Photo courtesy UH​"I still don't think we've played our best football yet," Houston Cougars head coach Kevin Sumlin said Saturday night. "To be 6-1,and as a coach, to think that you haven't played your best football yet is pretty encouraging."Sumlin's statements came not long after Houston's 38-1 ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    Cougars Better Not Be Looking Past SMU, Sumlin Says

    Photo courtesy UH​"We've got our work cut out for us," Houston Cougars head coach Kevin Sumlin said yesterday about the team's game with the SMU Mustangs this weekend. And though that's pretty much coaching cliché number one, Sumlin is hinting at the actual truth this time out.The Mustangs, ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Coogs Doing Their Part; The Fans Better Do Theirs

    Photo courtesy UH​The Houston Cougars came out in front of a nearly non-existent Superdome crowd on Saturday and got business done, defeating Tulane 44-16.Of course, it wasn't easy. At least for a half, as the Cougars battled a slow start and poor kicking to lead at only 9-6 after the first ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Coogs Try To Shake Off UTEP As They Take On The SEC

    Photo courtesy UH​Many words were said by Houston Cougar head coach Kevin Sumlin and his players at yesterday's media luncheon. But of those many words, none captured the spirit of Saturday's loss to UTEP better than those of cornerback Brandon Brinkley: "I felt embarrassed."Quarterback Case Ke ... More >>

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    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 >>

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