I’ve admitted on this site before that I’m a schedule nerd. Doesn’t matter the sport. The building blocks used to build schedules in basketball and baseball are fascinating.
Football, though, is a little different because TV networks play an outsized role in determining your dates, times, and sometimes, even your opponent. It’s also different because for most schools, by the time you play a game, the people that schedule them are long gone.
The OU game? Scheduled in late summer 2014. That was four coaches and three ADs ago: Tony Levine and Mack Rhoades put this little treat on the schedule.
For UH’s 2019 schedule, we attempt to find the best nuggets of info and numbers to put it into perspective. Here’s our final look at the 2019 schedule as a whole:
|9/1||Norman, OK||49-31 L|
|9/13||NRG Stadium||31-24 L|
|9/19||New Orleans||38-31 L|
|9/28||Denton, TX||W 46-25|
|10/19||Hartford, CT||W 24-17|
|11/23||Tulsa, OK||W 24-14|
No Three-peat: In 2018, every regular-season game was a repeat from the 2017 schedule. There was no variation in the teams played, something that had never happened in the 73-year history of the program. Seven of this year’s 12 opponents were not on last year’s schedule.
Strange Spacing: UH does not have back-to-back home games all season, the first time that’s happened since 2000. That year, the Coogs played just four home games in the 11-game schedule.
Houston goes five weeks without a home game – from Prairie View (6/7) until Cincinnati (10/12).
Strange September: In the first four games, UH is on six-day weeks. The schedule is Sunday, Saturday, Friday, Thursday. I’ve never seen a schedule with four-consecutive short weeks.
UH also plays in five different stadiums in the first 5 weeks. There’s also the TV aspect: UH plays three national spotlight games in September but also two streaming games, including our first-ever Facebook game.
Armadillo Palace: In a football series that began in UH’s first season, UNT and UH are tied at seven wins apiece. But UH has won the last four games going back to 1980.
UNT won the first five games in the series (1946-1950) when the two schools were members of the Gulf Coast and Missouri Valley Conferences (UNT was known as North Texas State Teachers College from 1923-1949 and then North Texas State College til 1961).
UNT has as many wins over UH as the school has had names. Eight, if you count fictitious names, too:
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