SMU at Houston, Oct. 7
Last year, the Mustangs had a 2-4 record heading into the game against Houston but shocked the Cougars with a 38-16 upset. This battle of in-state schools creates a great opportunity for Chad Morris and SMU. If they can beat Houston in back-to-back years, it will really show that they are on the map and that they are a team to be reckoned with in the West. For Houston, this is the type of game that Major Applewhite simply can’t lose in year one.
Memphis at Houston, Oct. 19
This game may be even more important for Mike Norvell and the Tigers as they are going on the road against Houston and are doing it in a short week. Back-to-back losses to Navy and Houston would be disastrous. This is a must-win for the Tigers. Houston will also be on a short week (playing at home), but they should see this as a real chance for them to eliminate Memphis from contention. This is where we will see the resolve that Memphis has and/or the killer instinct of Houston.
Houston at South Florida, Nov. 4
This game is between what we feel are the best two teams in the conference. Charlie Strong’s USF against Major Applewhite’s Houston. Depending on what precedes this match-up, it could be the chance for one of these two teams to really make an impact on the national level. This could also be the precursor of the conference championship game.