Phil Steele gives his best Week 9 picks, including a major upset on the horizon and thoughts on Tennessee-South Carolina and Clemson-Florida State.
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Better luck next season, Cougars
Houston was not likely to make the playoff after its first loss. After its second loss, a 38-16 defeat against SMU, a New Year's Six bowl is also unlikely. On a positive note, Tom Herman might be less desired this offseason. Eliminator
Houston started the season with playoff hopes, but that was before the Cougars lost to SMU.
Miami got off to a good start under Mark Richt, but a three-game losing streak ended any CFP hopes. The Hurricanes and Houston were the only teams booted from playoff contention this week.
Ivan Maisel, Heather Dinich and Ryan McGee talk about SMU's win over Houston and how the shock-waves of the upset can be felt as far away as Louisville.
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SMU slams door on Houston rally
Braeden West runs for a 10-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter as SMU pulls away from No. 11 Houston and wins 38-16.
Ben Hicks threw for three touchdowns and ran for another score and SMU stunned No. 11 Houston 38-16 Saturday night for its first win over a ranked team in five years.
Sam Khan Jr. ESPN Staff Writer
SMU is about to secure a huge win, leading No. 11 Houston 38-14. It will be by far the biggest win of the Chad Morris era, who took over a program that was in shambles prior to last season and is slowly trying to rebuild the talent base and get the Mustangs back to respectability. This is a huge step in that direction.
Houston vs UCF Knights
TDECU Stadium - Sat 10/29