It's considered cool to be focused on Houston right now. I mentioned earlier that I think that most on the national level will want UH to get the non-P5 auto bid if they can take care of business on the field and end with no more than 1 loss assuming it is not a "bad" loss.
Applewhite name is widely known and seems likeable
Kyle Allen story is also one that is not unfamiliar to people
It would make for a good story so, if the resume of UH is even close to another non-P5, I think the public sentiment will help push for UH to get the nod.