MEMPHIS Case Keenum knows what he is doing (talking about the schedule), and he knows what he is not doing (making a judgment about the schedule), and so, no, he tells you, he has not considered the BCS-busting potential that sleeps inside the Cougars' schedule.
"I want to play in the Liberty Bowl," he says.
And he does, of course, want to play in the Liberty Bowl. It is the designated bowl destination for the Conference USA champion, meaning that, in matters pertaining to Houston's schedule, it is the only outcome over which Keenum has any real control.
Yet Keenum, the record-setting quarterback who is back for his sixth season to lead a Houston team picked to win the C-USA West division, also understands a certain reality in college football:
In order for a Conference USA team to make a BCS bowl game, it probably is going to have to go undefeated.
"Probably," he said.
Keenum will leave the topic at that, because it is the right thing to do, but you don't have to dig deep...