The Houston Cougars entered last season with lofty aspirations. Dreaming of a possible BCS bid and touting the Heisman candidacy of quarterback Case Keenum, the wheels came off en route to a disappointing 5-7 campaign. 2011 finds the Cougars humbled and hungry for a return to the heights of a 10 win 2009 season that saw them rack up victories over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State and Keenum throw for 5,671 yards. The Cougars have essentially been given a mulligan. Keenum was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA and returns to lead them once again, minus the Heisman hype.
Coach Kevin Sumlin will have an explosive offense to lead the way, and another berth in the Conference USA champioinship game could be a possibility if the defense can hold together. Like any weekend duffer with a sense of his own limitations, the Cougars have put the driver back in the bag and brought out the 3 wood, cooling the BCS hype and just trying to get this one in the fairway. (more…)