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Houston’s final season in Conference USA resulted in a 4-4 straight-up record in conference play and a 5-7 SU record overall. This was a major drop off from 2011 when it reached national prominence with a 13-1 SU mark, but the Cougars did not have Case Keenum running the show at quarterback.

They did manage to close out the 2012 season with a 40-17 romp over Tulane as 12.5-point home favorites to snap a three-game losing streak.

Odds to Win AAC: 50/1 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 5.5 at Bovada

Tony Levine enters his second full season as the Cougars’ head coach and staying true to this program’s tradition will once again center his offense around the passing game. Even without Keenum under center last season Houston was still ranked 11th in the nation in passing with an average of 328.4 yards a game. David Piland threw for 2,929 yards in 2012 and should benefit from the experience with an even better effort this year. The other good news is his top two receivers Dewayne Peace and Daniel Spencer will also be back. Peace caught 54 balls for 603 yards while Spencer had 41 catches for 579 yards.

The Cougars also did a decent job moving the ball on the ground with an average of 151.2 yards a game. Charles Sims (851 yards) is gone, but Kenneth Farrow is poised for a big year after rushing for 466 yards in 2012. The offense averaged 32.4 points a game last year, but it had to with a defense that was ranked 110th in Division IA in points allowed (36.0). Houston was also 5-7 against the spread in 2012 with a 3-4 ATS record at home. The total was evenly split at 6-6 but it did go OVER in three of its last five games.

AAC Championship Odds at Bovada as of August 8

Louisville 4/7
Cincinnati 4/1
Rutgers 4/1
UCF 15/2
SMU 25/1
Connecticut 33/1
South Florida 33/1
Houston 50/1
Memphis 66/1
Temple 75/1