3. Houston Cougars
All the hype surrounding the Houston Cougars football program, at least in relevance to the American Athletic Conference and the nation’s best Group of Five teams, will take off this off-season. That will be largely thanks to the hiring of former West Virginia Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen to a record-breaking contract this month.
Houston ended its season at an absolute low point with the embarrassing 70-14 postseason defeat at the hands of the Army Black Knights. That 56-point bowl defeat to Army ultimately cost former Houston head coach, and Texas football quarterback, Major Applewhite his job. Few expected his replacement to be Holgorsen.
However, it’s hard to picture a better fit for Buechele than with a top Group of Five program in-state and with a proven Big 12 head coach and offensive mind. Buechele could thrive with Holgorsen and put up big enough numbers to grab some NFL attention over the course of the next two years. He’d also have the opportunity to compete for a conference title as a starting quarterback each year.
The Houston offense could be without the services of talented junior quarterback D’Eriq King next season, even though he had a big 2018 campaign. King also struggled with an injury around the end of the 2018 regular season. This is a very good fit for Buechele with a Houston offense that is going to be very explosive in 2019.