Can Houston be a CFB Playoff contender?

After a crazy week one win over number three ranked Oklahoma, Greg Ward and the 15th Houston Cougars look to beat up on Lamar this weekend at home. In the 33-23 win at NRG Stadium, Ward threw for 321 yards in 40 attempts with 2 touchdowns against a talented OU defense. Being known for his mobility, the 5-11 QB only ran for 1 yard in 18 attempts.

The big question is if Houston could be a contender for the college football playoff. Being mainly known for their offense, their defense really thrived being led by freshman and former five star DT Ed Oliver. He really took Houston’s defense by storm, showing that he can take care of a Big 12 offense and not just the American Athletic Conference. With a loaded offense full of Baker Mayfield, Semaje Perine, and Joe Mixon, the Sooners had trouble getting upfield later in the game showing UH can play all four quarters hard.

In the coming weeks, the Cougars have a fairly easy schedule. The only two matchups they could have trouble with are Navy and Louisville as both teams have good offenses and could bump them out of the top four talks. After this past weekend, it is still hard to say whether they are legit.

Being a part of the AAC will not help them out in the end with the selection committee. The conference is fairly weak and does not provide much competition, but the non conference schedule is something that will help them out. This win over Oklahoma moved them up to number 6 in the AP 25. They have not been this highly ranked since Case Keenum was their Quarterback.

Come week 12, they will match-up against Lamar Jackson and the Louisville Cardinals. If everything goes as planned until then, this is the game that will make or break them. Last week Jackson threw for 268 yards and 6 touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to a win. A showdown between Greg Ward and Jackson could be something special as both can run and throw the ball creating problems for both defenses.

If the Cougars are undefeated come the end of the season, there is no doubt they will be a part of the four competing for a national championship in Tampa this January. Tom Herman and his young and talented team will find a way to keep their names in the top five come 2017.

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