One of the bigger storylines of the season right from the beginning of the year is whether or not Group of Five power Houston can go undefeated and crack the top four of the College Football Playoff.
According to the CFP Selection Committee chairman, the Cougars are certainly in a position to be considered for the playoff based, in part, on their strong scheduling.
“I think Houston has done everything they could in the eyes of the committee to deserve consideration in this room by scheduling Oklahoma, by scheduling Louisville in their nonconference schedule,” Kirby Hocutt told CBSSports.com. “They won the Oklahoma game. To what degree that will be looked at as a quality win come Week 10 or 11 is still to be determined. Their nonconference schedule, they’ve done all they can. At the end of the year, will that be enough for them?”
Hocutt, who serves as Texas Tech’s athletic director as well, spoke this week during a mock selection committee exercise put on for the media in Dallas. He also noted that the Cougars need to “impress the committee in the manner in which they win” in addition to racking up the victories and finishing the season undefeated. Having Oklahoma and Louisville — aside from their trip to Houston next month — win out would certainly help too.
Of course, there’s two months left in the season and a lot of potential chaos still to come before the committee even releases their first set of rankings on November 1st. Hocutt is just one of 12 voices on the committee but his comments indicating that Houston will get a fair shake at the end of the season when it comes to the playoff should carry plenty of weight given his position.