UH now ranked No. 6 in AP College Football Poll

HOUSTON - University of Houston's spectacular performance over the weekend is paying off big time.

They jumped from No. 15 up to No. 6 in the first college football poll of the season.

So we wanted to know what this meant for the school and its future.

To get some answers, we went to Board of Regents chair for the university -- and Mr. UH himself -- Tilman Fertitta.

The top reason he believes the ranking is good for the future is from an alumni standpoint. He told KHOU 11 News Tuesday night people want to support their college by giving money and they want a reason to do it: what better reason than from a pride standpoint of being a former Cougar.

He says this also means the Cougars will now have more of a target on their back especially when teams come to town to play Houston: They're going to want to clobber the Cougars.

Fertitta also knows this will lead to a whole lot more school pride, some of which we saw on display Saturday morning outside NRG Stadium before that game against Oklahoma.

"I think that anybody who went to that game the other day saw it was one of the great college games from a fan standpoint," Fertitta said. "That ought to tell you the strength of Houston right now and the passion that fans have for the Cougars right now."

Fertitta also believes just this ranking puts Houston and the university on the map, telling us that the us that the game Saturday was the highest-rated opening game in college football history in Houston. He says the ranking alone might might convince more kids to stay at home for school.

Fertitta also says the ranking will draw not just alumni to the games on campus but more people from the Houston area who instead of thinking of just the Astros, Texans and Rockets will now think of the Cougars when attending a major sporting event.

"This town loves a winner," he added. "You had a lot of closet basketball, baseball, football fans whenever we would win going back to the love you blue to the Rocket days when they were in the championship and the Astros were in the World Series."

(© 2016 KHOU)


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