Houston tapes SMU jerseys to floor to symbolize ‘walking over’ rival

Houston, which is off to a 4-0 start under new coach Tom Herman, hosts SMU on Thursday night.

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There are plenty of heated rivalries in college football: Alabama-Auburn, Michigan-Ohio State, Oklahoma-Texas, just to name a few.

Houston-SMU wouldn’t normally be thought of in that conversation, especially with the Cougars having dominated the series in recent years; they’ve won eight of the past nine against the oft-struggling Mustangs. But Houston, unbeaten at 4-0 under new coach Tom Herman, has turned the thermostat up a bit this week in preparation for its game against SMU, which is 1-4 but has looked much more competitive this season under new coach Chad Morris.

According to Houston Chronicle reporter Joseph Duarte, the Cougars have taped Mustangs jerseys to the floor in the football facility this week to help visualize "walking over" their in-state, American Athletic Conference rivals.

Houston hosts SMU on Thursday night, and if the Cougars’ preparation is any indicator, this one might be more entertaining than a typical midweek AAC affair.