Thirteen wins raised the bar awfully high, and if the pointy football bounces differently in 2016, Houston could both improve its play and disappoint at the same time.
Jordan Matthews had one final huge day for Vanderbilt's offense, and the Commodores scored the first 24 points and the last 17 points in a strange 41-24 win over Houston on Saturday.
Fortunes aren't supposed to change rapidly (and change again and again) for most schools, but most schools aren't Houston.
A plethora of injuries, most notably the life-threatening one to D.J. Hayden, has the Cougars struggling to find their footing.