2011 Bowl Schedule: Where Will Houston Fall After Upset Loss to Southern Miss?

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIDecember 4, 2011

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 03:  Running back Charles Sims #5 of the Houston Cougars breaks a tackle by David Bertucci #29 of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles at Robertson Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Before this week, there were talks that No. 6 Houston wasn't getting a fair ranking by the BCS Rankings.

There were even some bold enough to say that they felt that an undefeated Houston team deserved a shot in the National Title game.

After yesterday's beating from No. 24 Southern Miss in the Conference USA Championship Game, that surely won't be the case anymore.

Right now, the game is determining how far Houston will fall.

The second-place finisher in the Conference USA really doesn't have too many options.

It appears that it will still get one of the better games that the Conference USA gets, but that's still not much.

The two more appealing games are the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl and the TicketCity Bowl.

If Houston receives a bid to the Armed Forces Bowl, it will take on BYU, who finished the season with an 8-3 record.

If it receives a bid to the TicketCity Bowl, it will be taking on a Big Ten school—likely Purdue.

Either way, Houston should completely dominate its opponent.

It will have some frustrations to release after the disappointing end to the season.

At one point, it looked like Houston would be playing a top team in the country, perhaps in a BCS game, and have the opportunity to make a name for itself like Boise State did a few years back.

Now, after one loss, we are talking about lower-tier bowl games that the majority of the country won't tune in for.