The Houston Cougars have enjoyed the highs and the lows of the college football regular season. They breezed through the regular season schedule before suffering an upset loss to Southern Miss in the Conference USA Championship game. Then came the news that head coach Kevin Sumlin had accepted an offer to be Texas A&M's next coach.
Tony Levine will coach the team in in the TicketCity Bowl as Sumlin didn't want to be a distraction to the club.
"I thought that I would be a distraction to their success," Sumlin said. "I was not walking out on them, but what I was doing was giving them a chance to be successful."
Game date/time: Monday, January 2, 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
Spread: Houston favored by seven points