Red travels to the greater Midland-Odessa area (Odessa really) for this week’s match-up between the Sul Ross State Lobos and the Falcons of UT-Permian Basin. Okay, Red has to ‘fess up. He didn’t even know that UTPB had a football program until last week, but ever since figuring that out he has been especially anxious to feature the Falcons squad in this season’s first of Red’s Texas College Football GOTW.
The SRSU football program has been mired in controversy in recent years. In 2014, the entire football staff was fired over allegations of abuse, misconduct and general naughtiness. Red doesn’t make light of this at all as there were claims that female students were being coerced into more than friendly relations with recruits. The program has taken a few years to recover going 2-8 in 2015 and 3-7 last season. This season 4-6 might be in reach. Reach for the stars boys – or at least reach for the chance of finishing in the middle of the conference pack.
Red might be forgiven for his ignorance of Falcon football as this is the school’s first season. And the Falcons have a first time head coach in Justin Carrigan who does have experience at Midwestern State and Tarleton. The Falcons may have built in rivals in Angelo State, West Texas A&M and Eastern New Mexico all of which are a reasonable road trip away from Odessa. Unfortunately, Red’s insider knowledge of the program is somewhat hindered – mostly by the fact that the Falcon’s website is down – not that Red could have garnered much from that anyway. But Red is pleased to honor Texas’ newest college football program in the first GOTW this season.
Red is hard-pressed to really make an intelligent call on this one, but when has that ever stopped him. SRSU 27 UTPB 13.