The 2017 University of Houston Cougar football schedule has been released:
Sat Sep 02 at Texas-San Antonio (San Antonio)
Sat Sep 10 at Arizona (Tucson)
Sat Sep 16 Rice
Sat Sep 23 Texas Tech
Sat Sep 30 at Temple (Philadelphia)
Sat Oct 07 SMU
Sat Oct 14 at Tulsa (Tulsa)
Thu Oct 19 Memphis
Sat Oct 28 East Carolina
Sat Nov 04 at South Florida (Tampa)
Sat Nov 11 (off)
Sat Nov 18 at Tulane (New Orleans)
Fri Nov 24 Navy
There's a rumor that the Labor Day weekend game against UTSA at the Alamodome could be moved from Saturday to Sunday or even Monday if the networks so decide; if that happens I'll update this post accordingly.
Structurally, this is a decent schedule. It features two "Power 5" schools, crosstown rival Rice, only two non-Saturday games (it looks like a game on Black Friday is becoming a tradition) and has the three teams the Cougars lost to last season - SMU, Memphis and Navy - at home. My only gripes are the fact that the Coogs start the season with back-to-back road games, and don't get a bye week until very late in the season. This is also the first time in a few seasons that the Cougars don't have seven home games.
Given last season's relative disappointment as well as the fact that the Cougars have a completely new coaching staff and are losing a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, this schedule might present some difficulty on the field. Arizona and Texas Tech are not elite Power Five teams but will nevertheless be challenges. UTSA beat the Coogs the last time the two teams played. Conference road games against Temple, Tulsa and South Florida will be tough, and even schools like Rice and Tulane are going to give the Cougars their best shot.
Win or lose, I'm going to make the best of it. Roadies to UTSA in San Antonio and Tulane in New Orleans are already on my calendar. I'd also like to make the trip to Tucson to see the Arizona game - my cousin and his family live there so I'd have a place to stay - if I can get the finances to work.