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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

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Cougars and Owls set to square off in championship game


With the 20-point comeback win, the Cougars improve to 10-0 on the season and 6-0 in the AAC, remaining tied atop the West division with the Navy Midshipmen. | Justin Tijerina/The Cougar

The Cougars will be looking for their first conference title since 2006. | File photo/The Cougar

With the regular season wrapped up, the Cougars are preparing to host the Temple University Owls in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship game on Saturday.

UH completed the season with an 11-1 record overall and a 7-1 record in the AAC, while Temple finished 10-2 and 7-1 respectively.

Houston clinched possession of the West division title last weekend with a 52-31 win over the United States Naval Academy at home, while Temple earned first in the East with a 27-3 win over the University of Connecticut in Philadelphia.

The winner will earn the AAC championship title. A Cougar win would likely earn them a spot in one of the New Year’s Six bowls, with the strongest possibility being either the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl or the Vizio Fiesta Bowl.

This season has been a record season for many individual Cougars, as well as the team.

This season, UH has won 11 games for only the fourth time ever, with a chance to be the second team in school history to win 12 games in one season.

Head coach Tom Herman also made school history as the only first-time head coach to win 10 games in a row. Herman is also only the fifth coach in NCAA history to begin his head coaching-career with winning the first 10 games.

Earlier this week, 11 UH players were honored as all-conference players, with three first-team players, seven second-team players and one honorable mention.

Herman also earned the AAC Co-Coach of the Year honor, sharing it with Ken Niumatalolo from Navy.

The Cougars and Owls will kick off for the conference title on Saturday, at 11 a.m., inside of TDECU Stadium.

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