There are plenty of reasons to be both excited and wary about Houston, but a relatively soft schedule should assure the Cougars of a solid showing in Tom Herman's first year in charge.
Nobody does media days like the overlooked American Athletic Conference, where the annual clam bake is the White House Correspondents' Dinner of college football.
A young Houston team benefited from some incredible turnovers luck and almost won the AAC in 2013. Can the Cougars' experience offset regression to the mean in the "lucky bounces" category this fall?
Fortunes aren't supposed to change rapidly (and change again and again) for most schools, but most schools aren't Houston.