Houston looks for a bounce back season after finishing 4-8 in 2019. The Cougars lost Quarterback D’Eriq King after four games last season as the starting QB decided to redshirt, then transfer. Junior Quarterback Clayton Tune is one of eight starters returning on offense and will lead the Cougars from Day One this season. Tune played seven games last season while fighting off injuries but should be 100% healthy heading into this season. Tune will have a pair of senior running backs to carry the load in Kyle Porter and Mulbah Car. They will be running behind an inexperienced Offensive Line that only returns three starters but should improve as the season progresses. The Wide Receiving Corps is loaded with talent and should be able to carry the offense early in the season while the Offensive Line is jelling. The Secondary will be the strength of the Defense with three starters returning and several incoming transfers becoming eligible. Two starters return in the Linebacking Corps and two starters also return on the Defensive Line in Seniors Payton Turner and David Anenih. The Special Teams Unit will be solid again with an explosive return game to complement Senior Kicker Dalton Witherspoon and Freshman Punter Laine Wilkins. Houston failed to reach a Bowl game for the first time in seven years in 2019. Expect that streak to end this season with the Cougars becoming bowl eligible again. An 8 or 9 win season is possible if Houston stays healthy and catches a few breaks. I predict an 8-4 record for Houston in 2020.

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