Kevin Sumlin has injected some excitement to the University of Houston College Football Picks program. The cougars went 10-4 with a signature wins at Oklahoma State, at Mississippi and the Cougars beat Texas Tech in Houston but the Cougars failed to beat East Carolina in the 2009 Conference USA title game and then lost badly to Air force in the Armed forces Bowl. Still there is optimism in Southeast Texas over this program. Sumlin was contacted by Kansas and Cincinnati but remained in Houston to try to take the program to even greater heights.
Offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen left the program for the same position at Oklahoma State, it should not really stop the team from having another explosive offense. The 2010 Houston Cougars play 5 of their last 7 games on the road, this sports handicapper believes the cougars will take advantage of every opportunity this season.
The Team will be all about offense again in 2010 and should remain the top rated offensive unit in the country. The Cougars averaged over 563 yards per game which was #1 in the NCAA, they also were #1 in passing yards with 433.6 yards in the air per contest and they scored over 42 points per game, that was good for the #2 spot in college football. All you have to say is Case Keenum and eyebrows rise, the senior gunslinger is aback for his senior season after throwing for 5,671 yards last season. Keenum is a legitimate Heisman trophy candidate and his former quarterbacks coach Cliff Kingsbury and Jason Phillips will be the coordinators this year.
Wideout James Cleveland had 1,214 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns last season and the Conference USA newcomer of the year is back for his senior season. Tyron Carrier also had over 1,000 yards receiving in 2009 and scored 7 touchdowns. Houston also has 2 good running backs in Charles Sims and Bryce Beall, the offensive line returns 3 starters and will be solid. The Cougars could easily shatter every NCAA single season record there ever was.
The defense is the question mark, last season this unit gave up 30 points per game but what else could you expect when the offense score so often and so fast. The defense gave up 45 points in the 4 Cougar losses and that is unacceptable, Kevin Sumlin got rid of last years defensive coordinator and hired Philadelphia Eagles assistant Brian Stewart to run the show on that side of the football. Houston will improve on the 451 yards per game they gave up which ranked 11th in the nation. The linebackers and defensive backs need to turn into playmakers for the unit to have success and that means more athletes on that side of the line of scrimmage. This sports handicapper has the Cougars finishing 1st in Conference USA with a 12-2 record for the season.