2015 Houston Cougars football team

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2015 Houston Cougars football
Houston Cougars logo.svg
The American champion
The American West Division co-champion
Peach Bowl champion
Peach Bowl, W 38–24 vs. Florida State
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionWest Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
2015 record13–1 (7–1 The American)
Head coachTom Herman (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorMajor Applewhite (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorTodd Orlando (1st season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumTDECU Stadium
(Capacity: 40,000)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →
2015 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Temple x   7 1         10 4  
South Florida   6 2         8 5  
Cincinnati   4 4         7 6  
UConn   4 4         6 7  
East Carolina   3 5         5 7  
UCF   0 8         0 12  
West Division
No. 8 Houston xy$   7 1         13 1  
No. 18 Navy x   7 1         11 2  
Memphis   5 3         9 4  
Tulsa   3 5         6 7  
Tulane   1 7         3 9  
SMU   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Houston 24, Temple 13
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of December 31, 2015; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2015 Houston Cougars football team represented the University of Houston in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. It was the 68th year of season play for Houston. The team was led by first-year head coach Tom Herman and played its home games at TDECU Stadium in Houston. The Houston Cougars football team is a member of the American Athletic Conference in its West Division. They finished the season 13–1, 7–1 in American Athletic play to win a share of the West Division title. Due to their head to head win over Navy, they represented the West Division in the inaugural American Athletic Championship Game where they defeated Temple to become American Athletic Conference champions. As the highest ranked team from the "Group of five", they received an automatic bid to a New Year's Six bowl. They were invited to the Peach Bowl where they defeated Florida State.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 57:00 p.m.Tennessee Tech*
ESPN3W 52–2430,479
September 1211:00 a.m.at Louisville*ACCRSNW 34–3150,019
September 267:00 p.m.Texas State*
  • TDECU Stadium
  • Houston, TX
ESPN3W 59–1435,257
October 311:00 a.m.at TulsaCBSSNW 38–2417,146
October 87:00 p.m.SMU
  • TDECU Stadium
  • Houston, TX (Rivalry)
ESPN2W 49–2825,204
October 168:00 p.m.at TulaneNo. 24
ESPNUW 42–721,522
October 2411:00 a.m.at UCFNo. 21ESPNewsW 59–1028,350
October 316:00 p.m.Vanderbilt*No. 18
  • TDECU Stadium
  • Houston, TX
ESPN2W 34–029,565
November 72:30 p.m.CincinnatidaggerNo. 18
  • TDECU Stadium
  • Houston, TX
ESPN2W 33–3032,889
November 146:00 p.m.No. 25 MemphisNo. 16
  • TDECU Stadium
  • Houston, TX
ESPN2W 35–3442,159
November 212:30 p.m.at UConnNo. 13
ESPNUL 17–2026,879
November 2711:00 a.m.No. 16 NavyNo. 21
  • TDECU Stadium
  • Houston, TX
ABCW 52–3140,562
December 511:00 a.m.No. 20 TempleNo. 17
ABCW 24–1335,721
December 3111:00 a.m.vs. No. 9 Florida State*No. 14ESPNW 38–2471,007
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time
Schedule Source:[1]

Game summaries[edit]

Tennessee Tech[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Eagles 3 7 0 14 24
Cougars 14 10 7 21 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Louisville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 3 7 17 34
Cardinals 7 7 3 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–8 2013 UL, 20–13

Texas State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 7 0 0 7 14
Cougars 14 28 10 7 59
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 2012 TSU, 30–13

at Tulsa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 7 14 3 14 38
Golden Hurricane 10 0 7 7 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–18 2014 UH, 38–28

SMU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Mustangs 14 7 0 7 28
Cougars 7 21 14 7 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–10–1 2014 UH, 35–9

at Tulane[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Cougars 7 21 14 0 42
Green Wave 0 7 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–5 2014 TULANE, 31–24

at UCF[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#21 Cougars 7 17 28 7 59
Knights 7 3 0 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–5 2014 UCF, 17–12

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Commodores 0 0 0 0 0
#18 Cougars 7 13 14 0 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 01/04/2014 VANDY, 41–24

Cincinnati[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bearcats 0 14 8 8 30
#18 Cougars 7 7 16 3 33
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–10 2014 CINCY, 38–31

Memphis[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#25 Tigers 3 17 7 7 34
#16 Cougars 0 7 7 21 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–9 2014 UH, 28–24

at UConn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Cougars 0 3 0 14 17
Huskies 7 3 3 7 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Midshipmen 7 7 3 14 31
#21 Cougars 14 10 14 14 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1980 UH, 35–0

Temple (The American Championship)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#20 Owls 0 3 7 3 13
#17 Cougars 7 10 7 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2014 UH, 31–10

vs. Florida State (Peach Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Cougars 7 14 0 17 38
#9 Seminoles 3 0 7 14 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–2–2 1978 UH, 27–21

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR RV RV RV RV 24 21 18 18 16 13 21 17 14 8 
Coaches NR NR RV RV RV RV RV 22 19 18 16 14 21 18 16 8 
CFP Not released 25 24 19 NR 19 18 Not released

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 Houston Cougars Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved April 1, 2015.