Houston Cougars 2010 College Football Predictions – BCS Odds 2011: Expectations are through the roof for the 2010 Houston Cougars football team and some pundits see no reason why UH can't join Boise State and TCU as top BCS busters this season. BetUS.com odds makers are a little more skeptical, listing the Cougars odds of winning the 2011 BCS Championship at 150-to-1 or +15000.
Of course the center of attention on the UH football team is junior quarterback Case Keenum, who established himself as one of the most prolific passers in the NCAA last season and with another strong season is likely to become the NCAA's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns. In 2010 Keenum led the Cougars to ten wins and a slot in the Top-25 for much of the year.
Houston is loaded with talent other than at quarterback. All total,(including Keenum) five Cougars were named to the football preseason All-Conference USA Team. They include senior wide receiver James Cleveland on the Offensive First Team, while junior Marcus McGraw and senior defensive back Jamal Robinson were named to the Defensive First Team. Junior return specialist Tyron Carrier was named to the All-Preseason Special Teams as player of the year.
The Bottom Line: Houston will have difficulty busting into the BCS because of its schedule. C-USA is a better league from top to bottom than is the WAC, conference home of Boise State. Because C-USA is more difficult, the chances of Houston losing at least one conference game is high. For UH to get a shot at the BCS championship it must win all games in 2010 and not just C-USA games. If you look down the Cougars schedule three non-conference dates loom difficult; at UCLA (Sept. 18); Mississippi State (Oct. 9); at Texas Tech (Nov. 27). Houston could win two of these games but notching all three will be tough.
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