The Houston Cougars have been named the National Team of the Week by the Football Writers Association of America for their season-opening victory over the Oklahoma Sooners.
Houston’s impressive 33-23 over the then No. 3-ranked Sooners catapulted the Cougars to No. 6 in the new AP Top 25 Poll.
The announcement came during Tuesday’s edition of “Playbook,” hosted by Chris Carlin and Gino Torretta on SiriusXM Radio’s “College Sports Nation.”
Houston defeated the Sooners thanks to the impressive play of star quarterback Greg Ward Jr., who through for 321 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars defense also held the Oklahoma offense in check, allowing the team to earn one of the biggest wins in program history as they proved to be a legitimate contender in this year’s College Football Playoff picture.
“We were prepared to win. We expected to win. We train to win,” Houston coach Tom Herman said in a statement. “It wasn’t about making a statement, it was about going 1-0 the first week of the season.”
Other National Team of the Week nominees for opening weekend were Texas, South Alabama and Wisconsin.
The Cougars return to action this weekend when they host Lamar at TDECU Stadium.
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