Considering that Houston is a Group of 5 team, you’d have to think that this ends their hopes for a shot at the College Football Playoff…
The No. 6 Cougars were playing at Navy on Saturday, and Houston was trailing 41-33 with plenty of time remaining in the fourth quarter. After getting a huge fourth down stop, Houston took over on offense and immediately went three-and-out.
No problem, right? There’s still enough time to punt the ball away, get a stop, and…
Oh no, they didn’t.
Houston snapped the ball out the back of the endzone, transforming Navy’s eight-point lead to a 10-point, two-possession lead. Navy then added on a field goal after getting the ball back, and there simply wasn’t enough time left for Houston to prevent their first loss of the season. After getting one touchdown, the Cougars eventually fell 46-40.
Even if Houston runs the table the rest of the way — which would include a win over Louisville in November — you would have to think that this knocks them out of Playoff contention. The Cougars finished last season just No. 8 in the AP Poll despite a 13-1 record. While they may have more recognition this year, there may simply be too many one-loss Power 5 teams for them to jump.
And if you’re a school hoping to land Tom Herman in the next coaching cycle, today was your lucky day.