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  
Connecticut   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]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 7:00 p.m. Tennessee Tech* TDECU Stadium • Houston, TX ESPN3 W 52–24   30,479
September 12 11:00 a.m. at Louisville* Papa John's Cardinal Stadium • Louisville, KY ACCRSN W 34–31   50,019
September 26 7:00 p.m. Texas State* TDECU Stadium • Houston, TX ESPN3 W 59–14   35,257
October 3 11:00 a.m. at Tulsa Chapman Stadium • Tulsa, OK (Rivalry) CBSSN W 38–24   17,146
October 8 7:00 p.m. SMU TDECU Stadium • Houston, TX (Rivalry) ESPN2 W 49–28   25,204
October 16 8:00 p.m. at Tulane No. 24 Yulman Stadium • New Orleans, LA ESPNU W 42–7   21,522
October 24 11:00 a.m. at UCF No. 21 Bright House Networks Stadium • Orlando, FL ESPNews W 59–10   28,350
October 31 6:00 p.m. Vanderbilt* No. 18 TDECU Stadium • Houston, TX ESPN2 W 34–0   29,565
November 7 2:30 p.m. Cincinnatidagger No. 18 TDECU Stadium • Houston, TX ESPN2 W 33–30   32,889
November 14 6:00 p.m. No. 25 Memphis No. 16 TDECU Stadium • Houston, TX ESPN2 W 35–34   42,159
November 21 2:30 p.m. at Connecticut No. 13 Rentschler Field • East Hartford, CT ESPNU L 17–20   26,879
November 27 11:00 a.m. No. 16 Navy No. 21 TDECU Stadium • Houston, TX ABC W 52–31   40,562
December 5 11:00 a.m. No. 20 Temple No. 17 TDECU Stadium • Houston, TX (The American Championship) ABC W 24–13   35,721
December 31 11:00 a.m. vs. No. 9 Florida State* No. 14 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA (Peach Bowl) ESPN W 38–24   71,007
*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 Connecticut[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.