The Houston Cougars (7-1, 4-0 AAC) defeated South Florida (2-6, 2-2 AAC) 35-23 and now prepares for back-to-back games with a shot at a BCS bowl berth within sight.
Houston struggled to put South Florida away, with the Bulls being penalized almost every time you glanced at the game. Houston only managed to pick up 20 more yards on offense than South Florida, with the Bulls playing with their fourth starting quarterback of the season. Houston’s offense was sloppy at times, turning the football over twice, but quarterback John O’Korn continues to be dependable. O’Korn completed 22 of 27 pass attempts for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Deontay Greenberry had 106 receiving yards and caught one of O’Korn’s touchdown passes.
Sitting on top of the standings in the American, Houston will travel to Central Florida to take on one of their former Conference USA foes for a game in which the winner will have the inside track to the finish line in the conference. Although the two schools joined the American after years in Conference USA, the two have only played four times prior to this season, and Central Florida owns a 3-1 advantage in the series.
If Houston can win in Orlando next week and maintain their spot on top of the American standings, they will go to Louisville the following week with a chance to wrap up the conference’s BCS berth if everything falls in to place. Louisville started the year as the conference’s preseason favorite and Central Florida has become the biggest threat out of the conference, so all of this is easier said than done. Either way, we will learn a lot about Houston over the coming weeks as the conference races start to wind down.
With time running out on the current lease at Lincoln Financial Field appearing on the horizon, Temple University continues to move forward with exploring their plans for a potential multipurpose facility that could be used to host Temple football on Temple’s campus. The school is now preparing to take the next step forward with the idea by presenting the plans to the City Planning Commission with the hope of being given the approval to continue pushing toward breaking ground on a new facility on Temple’s campus.
“We have said from the start that our first priority has been to engage with our neighbors and local leaders to determine the potential for, and impact of, this facility,” Temple president Richard Englert said in a released statement. “After more than two years of these discussions, and in light of the project’s tremendous value for Temple and North Philadelphia, I have concluded that the time is right to take this step.”
One of the biggest concerns about any on-campus football stadium is the reaction from the neighboring community that has been reluctant to embrace a football stadium being dropped right in the neighborhood.
Englert said in a released statement the university “will continue our conversations with neighbors to address concerns over the impact of the project.”
The football stadium would, in theory, be able to serve multiple purposes in addition to football and will be designed with surrounding economic opportunities in mind. Space for retail locations will be a part of the master plans to help inject some revenue into the surrounding area, and educational facilities will be included in the plans as well.
In all, the plan is currently estimated to cost roughly $130 million. Temple recently negotiated a short-term extension on their lease to use Lincoln Financial Field through 2019. If Temple is given the approval to move forward with their stadium plan, they could theoretically be able to play a true home game on their campus beginning in 2020.
One of Utah State’s all-time best players is back with the program. Chuckie Keeton is joining the Utah State coaching staff, although his exact title has not yet been officially confirmed.
What role Keeton will take on remains to be officially announced, although the speculation is he will be an offensive assistant coach who will work with the Utah State quarterbacks. This will be Keeton’s second coaching job since his playing days came to a close. Keeton got started at Oregon State under former Utah State and Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen. Keeton joined the Oregon State coaching staff in 2016. With changes in the Oregon State program with a coaching change this offseason, now was as good a time as any for Keeton to return to Utah State, where he became one of the top players from a non-power conference program to become a bit of a household name.
Keeton shared his reaction to returning to his alma mater on Twitter.
Keeton holds a number of Utah State records including career records for completion percentage and pass efficiency and season records for most touchdown passes, passing yards, total offensive yards, and completion percentage. Utah State finished the 2017 season ranked 69th in the nation in passing offense and ended the year with 17 passing touchdowns to 13 interceptions.
Keeton’s college career was sidetracked by injuries far too often, but it will be good to see Keeton back with the Utah State program as he continues his coaching career.
This is one we would’ve liked to have seen when Lamar Jackson and Quinton Flowers would’ve been taking the field.
Be that as it may, Louisville and USF announced Thursday morning that the football programs have reached an agreement on a future three-game series. The Cardinals will travel to South Florida for Sept. 21, 2024, for the middle game of the series. The Bulls will head to Papa John’s Stadium Sept. 24, 2022, and Sept. 19, 2026.
“The USF and Louisville programs have featured some of the most exciting players in college football over the last few seasons,” USF athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. “We are excited to have Louisville returning to Raymond James Stadium and to add a three-game series with an exciting, top-level opponent with which we share a great deal of history.”
Tne two schools have met in football 11 times previously, most coming when both were members of the now-defunct Big East conference. They first played in 2003, with the last matchup coming in 2013.
The Cardinals hold a 6-5 lead in the mini-series.
Baker Mayfield‘s collegiate career may be over, but he’s not finished collecting some hardware from this level.
Thursday, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced that Mayfield has been named as the winner of the 2017 Manning Award. The award, named in honor of the quarterbacking Mannings — Archie, Peyton and Eli — is the only one to take into account a quarterback’s performance in the postseason.
“I would like to thank the Allstate Sugar Bowl for creating this award in our family’s name 14 years ago,” said Archie Manning in a statement. “It is an honor to have our name associated with the top quarterback in the nation each year. I would also like to congratulate Baker Mayfield, who capped a tremendous career with an outstanding senior season to earn this honor. To say he took a different path to success would be an understatement. I doubt there’s ever been a player who walked on to two different teams and reached this level of success.”
The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner won this honor over a field of finalists that included J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), Kelly Bryant (Clemson), Sam Darnold (USC), Jalen Hurts (Alabama), Lamar Jackson (Louisville), Trace McSorley (Penn State), McKenzie Milton (UCF), Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State), Jarrett Stidham (Auburn) and Khalil Tate (Arizona).
Clemson’s Deshaun Watson had been the winner of the last two Manning Awards.