Get To Know FSU's Bowl Opponent: Houston

Get to know the American Athletic Conference champions in preparation for their game with Florida State.

It All Starts With Greg Ward Jr.

Houston's do-it-all quarterback Greg Ward Jr. has made a name for himself this season with more than a few Heisman like plays. Ward leads Houston in passing and rushing yards this season, and has found the endzone 35 times. He is one of only two quarterbacks this season, along with Navy's Keenan Reynolds, to rush for over 1,000 yards, and he is the only quarterback to have 2,500-plus passing yards to go along with it. He's a dynamic player that Florida State will have to keep a spy on the entire game.

There Are Other Weapons On Offense Too.

Wide Receiver Demarcus Ayers and running back and running back Kenneth Farrow are both having very good seasons for the Cougars as well. Ayers is also a do-it-all player for Houston. This season he has over 1,000 yards receiving, and has scored touchdowns on punt returns, rushes, receptions, and has a passing touchdown. Ayers isn't the biggest receiver out there at, 5-foot-11, 190-pounds, but he moves well, and has great hands. He's was named first team All-AAC at wide receiver and return specialist. 

Farrow is more of a big back type than a speedster, but is still has some elusive traits. He's not much of a receiving threat, but averages 5. 21 yards per carry and has scored 12 touchdowns on the season. He was named second team All-ACC this season. 

Dynamic Duo At Linebacker

Houston's tackles, sack, and tackles for loss leaders all come from the linebacker position. Steven Taylor and Elandon Roberts have combined for 218 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, and 15 sacks on the season. They play close to the line of scrimmage and are constantly in the back field. Florida State will have to be much better at picking up the blitz in this game than they have been. 

Houston Dominates The Turnover Margin

Houston has done a very good job this season at being opportunistic on defense, and holding onto the ball on offense. The Cougars are second in the country in turnover margin at plus-17. They have forced 30 turnovers this season, 17 interceptions and 13 fumbles, while only turning the ball over 13 times, 7 fumbles and 6 interceptions. 

Third Down Excellence

Houston has converted an incredible 49.76-percent of their third downs this season. That number rises to 51-percent against FBS opponents. That mark is good enough for sixth in the country. 

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