Well, the ending to this game made me sick. In fact, as I am typing this I am still literally shaking with anger as I replay the final play over and over in my head. Football is a game of inches; tonight, Tulsa was not able to get the final inch they needed to force overtime.
Cougars hold on!
No. 13 Houston stops Tulsa at the 1-yard line to secure 38-31 victory. https://t.co/9Ujm6ajwkF
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 16, 2016
In all the possible ways this game could’ve ended, I would’ve put Jesse Brubaker getting tackled at the 1 inch line probably as the 999,999th most likely ending, just ahead of Blake Browning throwing a game-winning touchdown to Dalton Parks. What an insane game, and boy it was a lot of fun. I could speak forever about how close we were to upsetting the #13 team as a 21 point road dog, grabbing a stranglehold on the West division, and perhaps climbing into the top 25 rankings, but that wouldn’t be any fun. Sure, there will be some negatives in my thoughts, but keep in mind that last year this would’ve been a blowout loss. Tulsa showed us tonight that they DO belong in the tier 1 of the AAC, even if it was in the most heartbreaking ways. Onto my thoughts
This week 4-1 Tulsa travels to Houston to take on the 13th ranked, (5-1) Cougars. This game has huge implications for the western division of the AAC, as it looks like it is going to turn into a 2-horse race between Houston and Memphis, with Tulsa having an opportunity to play their way into it.
This will be the second straight nationally televised game for Tulsa, as ESPN2 will carry it, 6 o’clock kickoff. Let’s get into this week’s preview.
In this episode of the podcast we talk about SMU, the national picture, the AAC, Houston, and stay tuned for basketball!
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Although the AAC is less talented at the top this season, it is now deeper than ever. The AAC had multiple wins vs Power 5 teams in the nonconference, and through 5 weeks, only 2 teams doesn’t have a winning record. Since it is October and we’ve seen every team at least 4 times, I wanted to take a look at how the AAC stacks up. The top of the conference is obvious, but the rest of the AAC has a lot of sorting out to do before December.
We are previewing the 2016 season game-by-game. This is part 2 which looks at games 4-6. Read part 1 here.
Last year: Fresno State finished the season with a disappointing 3-9 record, head coach Tim DeRuyter retained his job, however both the offensive and defensive coordinators were replaced.