American Athletic Conference Opponents Announced
Feb. 12, 2014
HOUSTON - The American Athletic Conference announced 2014 conference opponents for its member institutions Wednesday. As part of the announcement, the University of Houston hosts 2014 Fiesta Bowl champion UCF, Tulsa, Tulane and Temple in the Houston Football Stadium's inaugural season.
The Cougars travel to Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU and USF for its American games this fall. Dates for The American games will be announced at a later date.
The 2014 season marks Houston's second in The American after finishing its inaugural season 8-5 including a 5-3 league mark. UH returns 94 percent of its rushing and passing yards and 81 percent of its receiving yards. Defensively, 87 percent of the team's tackles, including 99 percent of its tackles for loss and 100 percent of its sacks, returns in 2014.
Houston welcomes UCF to its home for the third time in program history as the two teams have also met twice in Orlando including the Knights' 19-14 win last season. The two teams have split UCF's previous trips to Houston in 2006 and 2010.
Temple visits the Bayou City for the first time since 1989 as UH claimed the first ever American Athletic Conference win, 22-13, at Philadelphia in the second week of the 2013 season. Houston owns a 3-0 series record vs. the Owls.
Tulsa and Tulane both return to Houston for the second time in two years after 2012 trips as the two schools join The American Athletic Conference along with East Carolina. UH owns a 20-18 series record over Tulsa including a 12-9 mark in Houston while the Cougars have won 10 straight over Tulane en route to a 14-4 series lead.
Houston faces both Cincinnati and SMU on the road for the first time since 2001 after hosting both schools in 2013. The Cougars fell to Cincinnati in 2013, 24-17, but own a 13-9 series read with the Bearcats. Houston defeated the Bulls, 35-23, last season for its first win in three attempts in the series and now looks to claim its first win in Tampa.
The Texas showdown in The American takes place in Dallas this year as Houston makes the trip up I-45 after defeating the Mustangs, 34-0, in Houston in the 2013 regular-season finale. UH owns an 18-10-1 series lead against its in-state rivals and has won four of the last five meetings in Dallas.
The Cougars return to Memphis for the first time since 2009 to face the Tigers, who they defeated 25-15, in Houston last season. The Cougars own a 13-9 series lead including a record of 7-5 in Memphis. Like the SMU series, Houston has won four of its last five road games against Memphis.
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