2023 Houston Cougars Football Preview

2022 Record: 8-5 overall, 5-3 in Big 12
Head Coach: Dana Holgorsen, 5th year: 27-20, 14th year overall, 88-61 

Houston Cougars Preview 2023

The Houston Cougars are coming off a 9-4 season in 2022, their first winning season since 2019. They are led by head coach Dana Holgorsen, who is entering his fifth season with the program.

The Cougars have a number of key players returning in 2023, including quarterback Clayton Tune, running back Ta'Zhawn Henry, wide receiver Marcus Jones, and defensive end Logan Hall.

Tune threw for 3,560 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2022. Henry rushed for 1,272 yards and 10 touchdowns. Jones was a First-Team All-American as a return specialist, and Hall was a First-Team All-Big 12 selection as a defensive end.

The Cougars also have a number of talented newcomers joining the program in 2023, including quarterback Jake Garcia, running back Deondrick Glass, and wide receiver Austin Stogner.

Garcia is a transfer from Southern California, and he is expected to compete with Tune for the starting quarterback job. Glass is a transfer from TCU, and he is expected to be a major contributor in the running game. Stogner is a transfer from Oklahoma, and he is expected to be a big-play receiver for the Cougars.

The Cougars have a tough schedule in 2023, but they have the talent to compete for a bowl game. They will face off against Power Five opponents such as Texas, TCU, and West Virginia.

I predict that the Cougars will win 8 games in 2023. They have the potential to win more, but their schedule is difficult. If they can stay healthy and get some breaks, they could be a surprise team in the Big 12.

Key Players

Team Statistics

  • 2022 Record: 9-4
  • 2022 Scoring Offense: 34.8 points per game
  • 2022 Scoring Defense: 25.2 points per game
  • 2022 Total Offense: 458.4 yards per game
  • 2022 Total Defense: 383.8 yards per game


8 wins

Sept 2 UTSA
Sept 9 at Rice
Sept 16 TCU
Sept 23 Sam Houston
Sept 30 at Texas Tech
Oct 12 West Virginia
Oct 21 Texas
Oct 28 at Kansas State
Nov 4 at Baylor
Nov 11 Cincinnati
Nov 18 Oklahoma State
Nov 25 at UCF


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