Posted on: September 18, 2011 12:19 am
Edited on: September 18, 2011 12:20 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. Oklahoma's defense is championship caliber. Having to go to Tallahassee to face a top five team in Florida State in only your second game of the season is not an easy test for any team. That being said, it was still a test that Oklahoma passed on Saturday night. Now, it was not a pretty game, particularly for Oklahoma's offense, as Landry Jones and the Sooners looked as discombobulated as I can ever remember them being in the last few seasons. Thankfully the Sooners defense was more than up to the task. Florida State scored 96 points in its first two games of the season, but the Sooners held the Seminoles to 310 yards of total offense and only 13 points.
The Sooners also brought the wood on defense, handing out some big hits -- including a scary one on Florida State receiver Kenny Shaw that ended up with Shaw immobilized on a stretcher -- and knocking quarterback E.J. Manuel out of the game. It was nice that the world finally got a chance to see just how good this unit is since the Sooners offense struggled so much. If Will Venables' unit keeps playing like this for the rest of the year, it's going to be hard to beat Oklahoma.
2. Texas needs to run the ball more. Texas's offense looked the best it has all season on Saturday afternoon in the Rose Bowl -- something about that venue for the Longhorns -- and it wasn't just because Garrett Gilbert had been replaced by Case McCoy. No, while McCoy and David Ash played well enough, it was the ground game that really carried the Longhorns. Texas rushed for 284 yards against the Bruins on Saturday, led by Malcolm Brown's 110 yards. Fozzy Whittaker also rushed for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns. Still, the more I see of Malcolm Brown running the football, the more I begin to feel that Texas may have finally found the back it has been looking for since the days of Ricky Williams and Cedric Benson.
3. If you offer the Big 12 cupcakes it will eat all of them up, possibly even the wax paper that comes with them. On Saturday Texas Tech, Missouri, Baylor, Texas A&M and Kansas State played New Mexico, Western Illinois, Stephen F. Austin, Idaho and Kent State respectively. In those five games the Big 12 schools outscored their opponents 250-20. Of those 20 points, 13 were scored by New Mexico and the other 7 were scored by Idaho on the Vandals' final possession of the game. Though I suppose it's possible Stephen F. Austin might have managed a touchdown against Baylor if the two teams had been allowed to play a fourth quarter.
4. Seth Doege is somewhat accurate with a football. Speaking of Texas Tech's scrimmage against New Mexico, quarterback Seth Doege made some history in the Raiders' 59-13 win. Doege completed 40 of 44 passes for 401 yards and 5 touchdowns. And he did this without playing in the final quarter. Still, the truly remarkable thing is that Doege's completion percentage of 91% is the highest completion percentage in NCAA history in a single game for a quarterback with at least 40 pass attempts. Who knew Texas Tech quarterbacks would still be re-writing history books even after Tommy Tuberville came to Lubbock?
5. Steele Jantz may not be the greatest thing ever. Last week I was very impressed with Steele Jantz's performance against Iowa, and apparently so was the Big 12 as he was named the conference's offensive player of the week. Well, let's hope the Big 12 wasn't watching Jantz on Friday night. Steele threw three interceptions in his first four passes of the game. Yet, somehow, someway, Jantz was able to recover from that terrible start and help lead the Cyclones to a comeback victory over UConn, giving Iowa State its first 3-0 start to a season since 2005. Iowa State would go on to finish the 2005 season 7-5 following a loss to TCU in the Houston Bowl.
6. The Kansas defense is terrible. I know that Georgia Tech's option offense can be tough to handle. I know this. Still, I don't care how tough it is to stop, that's no excuse for allowing it to rack up 768 yards of offense against you. No that is not a typo, and yes you read it right. SEVEN HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT yards of total offense. That includes 604 yards rushing! Georgia Tech ran the ball 50 times and averaged 12.1 yards per carry! Georgia Tech also scored a 95-yard touchdown on its first play from scrimmage, and then tossed in a 63-yard touchdown run, a 67-yard touchdown pass and a 52-yard touchdown pass just for added flavor. It was one of the most embarrassing performances I've seen from a defense in a long time, and that includes pee-wee games.
7. Weather is terrible too, but not as terrible as Kansas' defense. Once again college football saw games have to be ended early, as Baylor's 48-0 win over Stephen F. Austin ended after only three quarters. Which means that Robert Griffin's brilliant night (20/22 for 265 yards and 3 touchdowns, 78 yards rushing) likely won't count in the NCAA record books. To make matters worse, storms in Tulsa postponed the Oklahoma State/Tulsa game long enough that it is yet to kickoff as of the time this post was published.
Tags: Baylor, Big 12, Case McCoy, Cedric Benson, David Ash, E.J. Manuel, Florida State, Fozzy Whittaker, Garrett Gilbert, Georgia Tech, Idaho, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kenny Shaw, Kent State, Landry Jones, Malcolm Brown, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ricky Williams, Robert Griffin, Robert Griffin III, Seth Doege, Steele Jantz, Stephen F. Austin, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tom Fornelli, Tommy Tuberville, Tulsa, UConn, Western Illinois, What I Learned, Will Venables
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 4:31 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
On Thursday the new and controversial Longhorn Network announced a slate of programming that it will begin airing in the coming weeks. On the whole there's nothing all that groundbreaking in the lineup. There will be a show in which Mack Brown talks with Vince Young, Ricky Williams and Colt McCoy. There's also a look back at the 2005 national championship season, and your standard greatest games fare.
Being the visionary that I am, however, I decided to take a peak into my crystal ball to get a glimpse at what the Longhorn Network will be showing a little over a year from now. Let me tell you, there's going to be some must-see television going on.
High School Football - It's just like Friday Night Lights, except without a script, Connie Britton and every game ending on an unrealistic, last-second touchdown. What it will have, though, is plenty of Texas recruits.
The Departure - A five-part documentary series highlighting all the comings and goings in College Station as Texas A&M packs its bags and moves to the SEC. You won't want to miss the episode where DeLoss Dodds and Bill Byrne run into each other at a local grocery store and let the expletives and produce fly.
Crying All Night with Don Beebe - A late night talk show that is shown every weeknight in which Don Beebe sits behind a desk and cries as his conference dissolves around him. His co-host DeLoss Dodds then consoles him while interviewing special guests!
Mack Daddy - Have you ever seen some of the lovely co-eds who call beautiful Austin, Texas home? Well now you have the chance to date them! Join Texas head coach Mack Brown as he hosts a game show that is a cross between The Match Game and Flavor of Love!
Major's Malfunctions - A refreshing family sitcom starring Texas co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite. While Major has his problems with Garrett Gilbert at work, the trouble doesn't really start until he returns home to his sassy wife and two small children!
Aggie Rehab - Hosted by Dr. Drew, former Texas A&M fans move into a house where together they all try and overcome their love of Texas A&M and turn their lives around. Incredibly moving, sad and uplifting all at the same time.
Call your cable operators now!
Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 12:52 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
For college football enthusiasts, there's no more anticipated video game than EA's NCAA Football series, released during the interminable off-season and resurrecting fans' anticipation for the upcoming season. The changes in gameplay have become more incremental over the years, but what people are most interested in are the ever-expanding dynasty mode and EA's updated rosters and ratings.
Oh, and then there's the prestigious honor of the annual cover athlete.
Unlike EA NCAA Football's pro counterpart in the Madden series -- made famous for its "Madden Curse," which routinely afflicts its subjects with terrible, injury-addled seasons -- the NCAA Football cover is usually a harbinger of upcoming pro success. Sure, it started off slowly with Tommie Frazier and Danny Wuerffel, and EA would probably like to take those Joey Harrington and Chris Weinke covers back, but it has also honored such luminaries as Shaun Alexander, Ricky Williams, Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, DeSean Jackson, and Tim Tebow, among others. Not bad company, really.
This year, EA Sports put the NCAA Football 12 cover role up to a vote between four athletes: Auburn DT Nick Fairley, Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray, Alabama RB Mark Ingram, and Washington QB Jake Locker. Unsurprisingly, the voters chose the only athlete of the four who won a Heisman trophy: Ingram.
Astute observers probably noticed a conspicuously absent name from that list: Auburn QB Cam Newton. Newton, of course, won the 2010 Heisman Trophy and won the BCS Championship with Fairley this past January. EA Sports didn't divulge why Newton wasn't among the four finalists for the cover -- a lack of popularity doesn't exactly seem plausible, as he'd probably have beaten Ingram for the top spot -- but endorsements are always tricky business, to say nothing of the as-yet unresolved situation with Newton's recruitment and the NCAA's investigation thereof. Suffice it to say the arrangement didn't work for at least one of the two sides, so it'll be Ingram and that's that.
Of course, nothing about the cover athlete affects anything about the game itself past the opening screen; remember, these guys are all off to the NFL, so they're not actually in the game. But college football, more than any other sport on any level, prides itself on its awards and honors, and the EA cover is no exception.
Thoughts on the cover? Great? Terrible? The right call?
Tags: Alabama, Auburn, Big 12, Big East, California, Cam Newton, Carson Palmer, Chris Weinke, Danny Wuerffel, DeMarco Murray, DeSean Jackson, Florida, Florida State, Jake Locker, Joey Harrington, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Ingram, Mark Ingram Cover, Mark Ingram Cover 12, Mark Ingram NCAA, Mark Ingram NCAA Football 12, Mark Ingram NCAA Football Cover, NCAA 12 Cover, NCAA Football 12, NCAA Football 12 Cover, NCAA Football Cover 12 Voting, Nebraska, Nick Fairley, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pac-12, Pittsburgh, Ricky Williams, SEC, SEC, Shaun Alexander, Texas, Tim Tebow, Tommie Frazier, USC, Washington
Posted on: November 3, 2010 3:20 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli
The University of Texas has some new statues on its campus this week, and they're, um, well, they're interesting? You see, the statues are supposed to be of Texas' athletic legends. The problem is that, well, there are only two statues.
A black one and a white one. They just happen to be wearing different uniforms or are in different positions. For instance, this is supposed to be Vince Young.
It looks more like Vince Young after having a bucket of black paint poured over his head, which, judging by the look on his face, scared the ever living hell out of him. A look that also bares a striking resemblance to both Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.
Then there's this statue of Darrell Royal, which looks like a statue of somebody who may have been confused for Darrell Royal by some tourist on the streets of Austin after spending too much time at Maggie Mae's.
Seriously, Texas, you have the biggest bankroll of any athletic department in the country, and you decided to go on $20 a statue? Aren't you better than this? The only good thing I can say about any of these statues is that at least they didn't turn Bevo into a bear or something.
Photos courtesy of EDSBS and Burnt Orange Nation
Posted on: October 13, 2010 10:44 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi
So, Colt McCoy is getting his number retired by the Texas Longhorns this weekend. This is a good thing! I worry that McCoy's legacy is going to be measured primarily on his lack of a Heisman Trophy or National Championship, and that's pretty unfair for one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football history. Here's a quick rundown of his accomplishments, helpfully compiled by Texas partisans Barking Carnival:
- 45 wins
Texas may never see a quarterback accomplish as much as McCoy did, so the notion that he might not deserve to be among such college football legends as Vince Young, Tommy Nobis, Bobby Layne, Earl Campbell, and Ricky Williams seems, to me, absurd.
Extra credit goes to Texas for going forward with this ceremony as possible: while normally a number retirement like this can safely wait a good five years or so, word just came out that McCoy is probably starting for the Cleveland Browns this week. Behind the Browns' offensive line. Against the Pittsburgh Steelers. So McCoy may as well enjoy one last day of glory before he's ripped limb from limb on Sunday. He will be missed.