UH plays in the most important college football game of the weekend


College Football Championship Weekend features 10 conference championship games, including some delicious Top 10 clashes – Georgia No.1 vs. Alabama No.3 for the SEC crown and No.1 Oklahoma State’s 5th against No.9 Baylor for the Big 12 title – but the University of Houston is playing the most important game of the weekend.

The No.21 Cougars (11-1) will play a big part in shaping the college football playoffs when they face No.4 Cincinnati for the American Athletic Conference title at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bearcats’ Nippert Stadium.

An upset from the Cougars – they’re currently 10.5-point underdogs – would throw the college football playoff standings into turmoil, opening the door for Oklahoma State to sneak into the top four, assuming that ‘he’s beating Baylor, or allowing a two-game losing Alabama – if he loses to Georgia – to stay for another playoff trip. Notre Dame, even though she lost to Cincinnati at home two months ago, would even have a chance to make it to college football’s big dance with a UH victory.

So many teams across the country will be backing UH, but the Cougars, who have won 11 regular season games for just the fifth time in program history, can help themselves just as much with a win. A win over one of the top five teams would likely make them the top-ranked conference champion in the Group of Five. Currently, No.19 San Diego State, which faces Utah State for the Mountain West crown on Saturday, is ahead of UH, but it would almost certainly be passed if Houston handed Cincinnati its first loss. As the top-ranked Group of Five conference champion, UH would win a trip to a New Years Six Bowl, possibly the Fiesta Bowl where he could meet someone like Notre Dame. A loss and the Cougars fall in the Fenway Bowl against an ACC team – possibly Boston College.

It would be UH’s first trip to a New Years Six Bowl since Tom Herman led the Cougars to a Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl victory over Florida State in 2015.


The stakes are obviously high for Cincinnati. The Bearcats (12-0) are looking to become the first non-Power Five team to make the college football playoffs. Just to be on the safe side, Cincinnati might even be looking to score some style points against Houston just in case Alabama beat Georgia and Oklahoma State blows up Baylor and all of a sudden people are pushing for that. the Big 12 champion qualifies for the playoffs from an unbeaten Cincinnati.

After securing 11 straight wins, UH took first place on Saturday for the championship and all eyes will be on the Cougars.

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