American forecast: Houston (probably) won't lose

Tom Herman was the offensive coordinator at Ohio State and Iowa State before coming to Houston. John Bazemore/AP Photo

Editor's note: This article was adapted from Phil Steele's college football preview magazine, which is available here.

Houston ran away from the pack in the American Athletic Conference last season, and is a strong contender to romp through the American again.

But is the hype around Tom Herman and the Cougars overblown?

Here's a complete breakdown of the American Athletic Conference.