Winners and losers of Week 1 in college football

The day belongs to Houston, which lived up to its lofty preseason expectations by defeating Oklahoma 33-23.

Topping the Sooners puts Houston in line to challenge not just for another access-bowl invitation to a New Year’s Six bowl but also the four-team College Football Playoff field. At worst, the wins justifies the hype and praise heaped on the team and its coach, Tom Herman.

It might be time to take Houston even more seriously. This wasn’t simply an off day for Oklahoma; it was another great Saturday for Herman and the Cougars, who have somehow achieved what just yesterday seemed impossible — made their bandwagon even fuller.

Wrote USA TODAY Sports’ George Schroeder of the Cougars’ Playoff push:

“After notching a signature victory on a huge stage — and the Cougars’ second in a row, if we count that Peach Bowl victory against Florida State (the Playoff selection committee isn’t supposed to think about last year, but they’re humans, too) — they’ve forced their way into the…

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