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Houston Adds Two Future Opponents to Non-conference Schedule

Cougars will face Washington State and North Texas in the coming years.

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Houston continues to add quality teams to their non-conference schedule with their recently announced addition of Pac-12 member Washington State. The agreement is a home-and-home series with the first game being played at TDECU Stadium on September 14, 2019 and the second game at Martin Stadium on September 12, 2020.

Washington State leads the all time series 2-1, and the two Cougars have not met since the 1988 Aloha Bowl, which Washington State won 24-22.

This is yet another great addition by Houston to the non-conference slate. After playing Oklahoma and Louisville last season, they will play Texas Tech and Arizona in 2017. Texas Tech’s offense should help the Cougars prepare for Washington State, as Red Raiders coach Kliff Kingsbury and Wazzu coach Mike Leach are Air Raid disciples, and will test Houston’s secondary.

The Cougars also added North Texas to their schedule in another home-and-home series. Houston will travel to Apogee Stadium in Denton on September 28, 2019 and will host the Mean Green on September 23, 2023.

While the series is tied at seven wins each, Houston has won the last four contests. It seems like this is a solid pickup for the Cougars, as the Mean Green improved under first year head coach Seth Littrell. Littrell is an outstanding offensive mind, and his previous stops at North Carolina, Indiana, and Arizona all showed how he can affect a team.

Both additions benefit Houston in different ways: Washington State is a competitor in the Pac 12, and North Texas is a Conference USA program on the rise. While there are still a few spots for Houston to fill in their future schedules, they are showing that they aren’t afraid to challenge quality competition.