Houston is one of just five undefeated teams remaining in college football, this after a wild comeback win over then-No. 21 Memphis this past Saturday.
The Cougars trailed 20-0 in the first half and 34-14 in the fourth quarter before scoring 21 unanswered points to win the game and improve to 10-0. Houston is No. 19 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings.
Head coach Tom Herman is unimpressed – not with the win, but with the rankings. In fact, he doesn’t even watch the committee unveil them.
“We start our practices a little bit later in the afternoon than most because of the class schedules here at Houston, so we don’t get on the field until about 4:30, 4:45 Central time,” Herman explained on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “So by the time we get off (at) about 7 p.m., they’re just coming out. And to be quite honest with you, we’re eating dinner with our guys, we’re getting them in the cold tubs and then we’re coming up the stairs and watching film of that day’s practice. So a lot of times, I don’t even know until maybe we take a bathroom break from watching practice video and I grab my phone. Somebody has yet to explain to me the relevancy of (the committee releasing rankings) this early in the season, so we certainly don’t put a whole lot of attention to it.”
Brandon Tierney jokingly said he was not satisfied with such a boring answer from Herman, who has become one of the hottest commodities in college football. Come on, coach, that answer doesn’t suffice! We need more juice!
“Well, I can tell you this,” Herman said, chuckling. “I think it’s a shame that we do have these rankings this early because I just see it as another way that the NCAA and the media (are) just kind of adding other ways to make money off of our student-athletes. For what? Last I checked – I don’t know – are they giving trophies away for where you’re ranked after this week’s poll? Are they giving awards or bowl invites? I don’t think so. So why do we have them? I’m not quite sure.”
While the Cougars likely won’t sniff the top four, they are in prime position to get a big-game bowl bid. Houston finishes the regular season with a road game at Connecticut (5-5) this Saturday and a home game against No. 16 Navy (8-1) on Nov. 27.