The Houston Cougars took care of business and got a little vengeance for the only loss of the Tom Herman era, whipping UConn 42-14.
Greg Ward Jr. was terrific. He was 32 of 38 for 389 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 65 and two more touchdowns. After a pedestrian start, he was almost flawless for the rest of the game. His passing is light years ahead of where it was a year ago, and he is electric when he takes off running.
The Cougars are 5-0, and barring something unforeseen will be 10-0 when Louisville comes to town on Nov. 17. Navy is always a tricky trip, but it is hard to see Tulsa, SMU, UCF or Tulane providing much of a challenge before then.
This UH team can play with just about anybody. They deserve to be in the top 10, and if Louisville can beat Clemson this week, that game will be one of the most anticipated of the season.
For now, it is worth enjoying the ride. This is a fun team to watch. Hopefully they will be 100 percent healthy for the Louisville game.
Gamblin’ recap: The small plays (UH -28.5 and Canada-Europe over 6 goals) were losers. Canada played like garbage and still managed to eke out a 2-1 win. I’m not good at math but that doesn’t add up to six goals. Our big play was the over on UH-UConn, which happened early in the fourth quarter. Good start to the week. We will have the full gambling guide out later today, but the one play I am already on is Hawaii plus 3.5 at home Saturday night.
Still something to root for? The Astros are done in the playoff chase. But Jose Altuve can still win the batting title. It would be his second. He is truly a remarkable player.
And the bad news...J.J. Watt had his back surgery, and is officially done for the year. Not much left to say other than it is a significant blow.
I honestly have no idea what to say about this story: Transgenders have a kid. It’s confusing. Hopefully you can figure it out. This kid is going to make a bunch of therapists rich.
Toilet frogs: Of course it is Florida. This would not be a good way to start your day.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
(In honor of UH possibly crashing the Power Five playoff party)
“Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!”
— Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight