1. Houston vs. Arizona (9/8)
There is a lot to like about the 2018 Houston Cougars with returning players and talented transfers, and they get a chance to make a statement against a face that is familiar to the program. Kevin Sumlin took over Arizona’s program after Rich Rodriguez was shown the door. These two teams played last year, but neither of their quarterbacks saw much playing time (if at all). Khalil Tate came in to replace Brandon Dawkins late, and D’Eriq King was still a receiver at the time. Now, their the undisputed starters on their respective teams, and could put on a show.
3. Houston at Texas Tech (9/15)
Another rematch for Houston. The Cougars played awful last year at home against the Red Raiders, and somehow still had a chance late in the game. Quarterback play was a big problem, but that shouldn’t be an issue again. King gives Houston stability at the position, and should translate into a better offensive performance. The Cougars are also hoping they can limit the big plays that hurt them in last year’s matchup.