Well, we are moving right along and the games are getting better and the weather is getting footballier. This is perfect, because yards are starting to go dormant, giving us more free time on the weekends, proving that God loves us. The national championship picture is getting more muddled as top ranked teams are dropping like hip hop albums. But while it is still a little bit warm outside, let's strap on our swim fins and snorkel through the Big XII.
What an odd week for
Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy was able to shake off the bovine flu to lead his team to a flagrant case of indecency with a group of Miners. The Longhorns outgained the Miners 639 yards to 53, holding them to 1 of 12 3rd down conversions, leading UTEP coach Mike Price to proclaim the Longhorns "the best team in the county". That is certainly one way to spin it. Another is "we suck".
Aggie quarterback Jerrod Johnson puts up major numbers against the 118th ranked pass defense throwing for almost 300 yards and 3 TDs, and adding another three scores on the ground. This with his top receiver and top running back on the sideline. However, the Aggies newfound offensive explosion require some tempering, given that it has been done against New Mexico, Utah State, and UAB, teams that are a combined 3 – 9. Getting excited about this offense is on par with bragging to your drinking buddies that you can draw a better unicorn than your four-year-old daughter (which I can't). Still, in Aggieland, we are looking for a glimmer of hope. And despite the fact that we have started off 3 – 0 three of the last four years, this year somehow seems different. Just like all of the other ones.
The Huskers of Corn celebrated their 300th straight sellout on Saturday, cementing the fact that there is absolutely nothing better to do in
Why was this game played? What did either team gain from this? In a perfect example of breaking from the "saying what you are supposed to say" tradition of player interviews, OSU quarterback Zac Robinson opined, " It's hard sometimes against these types of teams when everybody says you're supposed to win. You can get caught kind of playing down to their level. We focused on all week just going out and pretending like we were playing a big opponent." Yeah, well I bet you didn't win halftime. Oooh, burn.
The Iowa State spread offense found its legs as the Cyclones balance 175 yards in the air with 201 more on the ground, leading to a 31 – 10 victory over Army. The Black Knights were able to score their lone touchdown by throwing a 5 yard fade into the end zone to 6 foot 10 receiver Ali Villanueva, who was covered by a 5 foot 9 cornerback. And before you think, "Man, that's just too easy", understand that they had tried the SAME PLAY on first and second down with no success. After the game, the overmatched corner Kennard Banks said, "Everybody is coming together. We're starting to understand what we need to do to win now." That, of course, being "play
It was a tough week in Raiderland. First, the Raiders are able to mix a little run in with their offensive cocktail and show success on the ground to the tune of 163 yards. And I must admit, watching Tech run the football looks almost as odd as naked people with shoes on. But they simply couldn't outlast the Cougars, due in part to a much criticized call by Mike Leach to go for the touchdown on 4th and goal from the one yard line instead of kicking the field goal to go up by 8. This handed the Raiders their second loss in a row in a season where many hoped to build on the success from last year. Secondly, word came out earlier in the week that offensive lineman Brandon Carter had been stripped of his captaincy and suspended indefinitely for undisclosed reasons that many feel may have had to do with postings on his Facebook account. The RoadWarrior lookalike apparently said something that rocked the Pirate Ship and many are anxious to see how this affects the team.
Baylor 68 - Northwestern State 13
The Baylor Bears continued their exorcism tour as they drove out the Northwestern State Demons 68 – 13, two weeks after shocking the Demon Deacons at
My 98 Cents: "Ow, That Really Hurt!"
Football is a violent game. Like a geriatric mosh pit, bodies collide in ways that were never intended. And as the years go by, the players get bigger, faster, and stronger. The collisions become more violent. We create pads and helmets to minimize the impact, but it also allows people to hit harder and deliver more forceful blows. Unless you are in the Cowboys' secondary. Those of us that may have played the game know the toll that the gridiron can take on your body. And we played it at a much different speed.
Yet today's athletes sacrifice their bodies to play a game. Some do it for the glory. Some do it as a way out of a bad situation. Others because they have a passion for it. And we pay millions of dollars each year to watch them do it.
But sometimes, things go wrong. Players leave the field with cramps, sprains, or even broken bones. Most of the time they come back, but other times they don't. This year we have seen OU and Baylor lose quarterbacks. The Aggies lost a top running back and a top receiver. Who knows what will happen this weekend?
But one of the most horrifying injuries this season didn't even happen during a game. It came in the weight room, where a young man was pushing to make himself better at his craft.
Not to make light of a serious injury, but I almost had this happen to me once. I was at the gym blasting out sets of 155 pounds on the bench with some Disturbed blaring from my iPod, when it happened. You see, a few months ago, I downloaded "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley because I thought it would come in handy. However, little did I know that on that fateful day, the fickle finger of the shuffle function would decide to tell the red-headed two-hit wonder to come on down.
As the hard driving anger of Stupify faded out and I heard the electronic drum intro Crossfade in, I let out a belly laugh, my left elbow buckled a bit, and the weight bar began to fall toward my chest. Fortunately, I was able to quickly gather myself, regain control of the bar, and return it to the rack. I had RickRolled myself. And it almost had dire consequences.
As I called it quits for the day, and headed to the locker room, I counted my blessings that I hadn't continued any further. For you see, walking to my car, I discovered that the next song in the rotation was "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" by Gayla Peavy. ( I have two daughters.) If I had been loaded up full-bore at the squat rack, I just might be in a full-body cast right now, dictating to an unpaid intern.
Coach Potato's Guide:
Why not to watch: You missed it. It was on yesterday.
Who will win:
Why not to watch: It isn't worth developing carpal tunnel changing all the way up to channel 6753 or whatever channel
Who will win:
Why to watch: To see how the Tech team responds after a disappointing loss and some friction in the locker room.
Who will win: Even if the entire Tech squad went on a week-long hunger strike and played without shoes, they would still beat
Why to watch: A&M faces its first real test against a pretty evenly matched opponent. Also, it is the first time you actually CAN watch A&M as this is their first televised game of the season.
Who will win: Jerry Jones gets disappointed again by his alma mater's first game in Gloryhole Stadium as the A&M offense proves to be too much for a Nutt-less Razorback squad. Aggies win, 38 twelve-dollar-beers to 32.
Why to watch: Definitely the game of the week. It doesn't have quite the luster without Sam Bradford, but both teams are pretty tough and it should make for a great showdown under the lights.
Who will win:
Why to care: Baylor still needs 4 more wins in order to make a bowl, which is apparently their equivalent of climbing Mount Everest, and this is probably their last chance at a sure thing, especially with their QB out for the season.
Who will win: Baylor, 35 moral victories to 14.
Well, most teams are taking a breather this week as we get ready for the real season to begin. The Big XII looks to be an interesting division this year and I expect to see numerous upsets as we navigate the murky waters of college football.
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