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Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

This week look no further than College Station for Red’s TCFGOTW as the University of Texas San Antonio Roadrunners head to Kyle Field to face the quickly fading Texas Aggies.  Just a couple of weeks ago, the Aggies were in the running to make the final four having lost only to unbeatable Alabama (and even looking pretty good for about a half).  But they followed that with losses to mediocre squads.  Meanwhile, the RR’s are enjoying a decent season by their standards coming in at 6-4 and possibly getting minor bowl consideration with a win over a ranked team.  The Aggies are a mere 98.2% favorite in this one, but never underestimate the spirit of a team that has been broken, stomped on, charred a bit and heaved in the dumpster behind the Golden Corral on Hwy 6.  The Aggies should cruise to a win, but that is why they play them.  Texas A&M 42 UTSA 17.

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

This week we visit the not-s0-friendly confines of Rice Stadium on University Blvd in Houston as the pesky Owls take on the UTSA Roadrunners in an all avian matchup.  The Owls are in trouble at 0-5 and Coach David Baliff’s squad may be looking at a winless season if they can’t knock off the 2-3 Roadrunners this week.

UTSA is coming off a big 55-32 win over Southern Mississippi last week.  UTSA finally got its faltering ground game going as running back Jalen Rhodes tallied 165 yards and three touchdowns including an 80  yard scamper.  Rhodes barely outplayed Jarveon Williams who ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns while racking up the longest play in UTSA history with a 92 yard run.

Rice is missing on all cylinders having been competitive only against weak sister North Texas.  Other than that – it’s been pretty much blowouts for the Owls.  There is a good case to be made that the Owls are the worst team in college football so far.  Rice ranks near the bottom of the nation on both sides of the ball.  They are 117th in total yards per game on offense (335 yards); 111th in passing yards per game on offencse (162 yards); 128th in  allowing a 568.4 yards per game overall  and 213 rushing yards per game.

Red would like to see the Owls win a game, but this doesn’t look like it.  UTSA 45 Rice 20.

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

Red travels to the friendly confines of Shelton Stadium in Abilene as the Hardin-Simmons Cowboys take on the Lobos of Sul Ross State in their American Southwest Conference opener. This one of HSU’s longest if not particularly competitive rivalries. The Cowboys lead the all-time series 33-3 and won 41-13 last year in Alpine. The Lobos come into the game 1-2 on the year and HSU is 3-0 having pretty much smoked the lesser competition they have faced.  The Cowboys have earned their No. 10 ranking so far.

The Cowboys are coming off a 61-24 ass-whomping of Southwest Assemblies of God last week featuring 714 yards of total offense that could have been more if not for untimely penalties bringing back two long touchdown throws.  The rout helped HSU sweep the American Southwest Conference player of the week awards with Reese Childress winning the offensive award, Alex Bell the special teams and Cory Ward the defensive award.  The Lobos just don’t have the firepower to keep up with a team this good.  HSU 65 SRSU 21.

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

This week the Javelinas of Texas A&M-Kingsville travel to Commerce to face the Texas A&M Commerce Lions in the battle of Texas A&M satellite schools located in towns that Red doesn’t want to live in.   The Lions have been steamrolling inferior competition in the first 3 weeks of the season.  Take the 62-0 ass-whomping they put on the University of Faith (not a recommended tackling technique) in the season opener. The Lions are averaging 50 points a game so far behind the incredibly accurate (75% completion rate) of QB Luis Perez.   The Javelinas are no slackers but last week’s loss after a step up in competition to Midwestern State probably indicates that they are not ready for the high-powered attack of the Lions – especially on the road in the hostile Piney Woods of East Texas.  This one could last a while.  Lions 55 Javelinas 40.

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

Red travels to the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium in Stephenville for this week’s match up of Lone Star Conference opponents.  Angelo State comes to town for its third road game in a row.  Having traveled to Illinois to get whipped by McKendree and to Northern Michigan to beat the Bearcats in triple overtime, Angelo State has the much shorter trip across I-20 to meet up with the Texans who have lost both games so far.   Tarleton showed some signs of life last week in losing to Southwest Baptist on a late field goal but are probably overmatched against ASU this week.  What better way to spend a warm and possibly rainy Saturday night in the Cross-Timbers than to watch these two old rivals open the conference season.  ASU 35 TSU 28.

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

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This week features a match up of the two oldest public universities in the State.  And you probably can’t guess at least one of them.  For the first time in 140 years, Texas A&M and Prairie View A&M will meet at Kyle Field on Saturday.  Although the schools are only about 45 miles apart, more than geography has separated the two institutions.  Texas’s first public universities were created by the same legislation, but separated by race for more than 100 years.

As far as football goes, the two programs are vastly different.  PV suffered through the longest losing streak in college football history losing 80 straight at one point.  TAMU has been a regular in the Top 25 for decades.  It’s the first time that the Aggies will play a Southwestern Athletic Conference team from one of the historically black colleges.  For PV, it’s the first time they will have played a team from one of the Power Five conferences.

Kudos to A&M System Chancellor John Sharp for making this game a priority.  Red hopes that PV takes away something more than the $450,000 boost for their athletic program.  Chancellor Sharp has similar sentiments.

“The money part is not the most important thing. It’s being associated with a great university. Playing in a game like that is something that enhances their reputation.”

Still it seems unlikely that the Panthers can keep pace with the Aggies, but it might be a more competitive game than expected as PV has turned its program around.  Red calls TAMU 42 PV 22.

On a final note, is there a university out there with a more romantic sounding name than Prairie View?  Only Bowling Green comes to mind.

 

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

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.

 

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

Red was a bit premature in temporarily closing the RCFGOTW franchise until bowl season begins.  Red overlooked the Football Championship Subdivision powerhouse Sam Houston University Bearkats who extended their season by beating McNeese State in Lake Charles last weekend.

The Bearkats advanced to the quarter-finals and will host the Patriot League Champion Colgate Raiders on Saturday in Huntsville at 7 p.m.  Good seats, as they say, are available.   SHU has a 4-1 record in their quarterfinal appearances, losing at Montana in 2001, winning on the road at Eastern Washington (2004), Montana State (2012) and Villanova (2014) and defeating Montana State in their only home quarterfinal contest (2011).  SHU’s run of excellence in the past 5 years is matched only by North Dakota State and New Hampshire – which are the only other teams to participate in each of the past five FCS playoffs.  SHU has reached the final game twice, but has yet to claim an on-field national championship. This could be their year as the team ranks No. 1 in total offense at 543 yards per game with a balanced attack (9th in rushing and 13 in passing).

The Bearkats have 3 running backs with more than 100 carries led by Cory Avery’s 1200 yards and 14 touchdowns.  Quarterback Jared Johnson leads an efficient passing attack that has 3 receivers with over 700 yards.

Red calls it for the Bearkats.  SHU 45 Colgate 32.

 

 

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

Until bowling season begins, this will be the last of Red’s TCFGOTW.  But this one may be a doozy.  The UT Longhorns travel up I-35 to the unfriendly confines of McClain Stadium on the banks of the Brazos to face the Baylor Bears in the last Big 12 game of the year.  Texas is a huge 21 point road dog coming off of what was their second best performance of the year in a losing effort to Texas Tech.  Of course, the best performance was the butt-whipping they laid on the eventual national champion OU Sooners.  Yep, Red is calling that one right now before the final 4 field is even set. Amazing to think that OU’s only loss of the year might be to the lowly Horns.

Baylor is coming off its own disappointing loss to TCU on Thanksgiving weekend which shattered what dreams it had left of making the final four playoff.  Red is tired of the Bears already.

Baylor has nothing to play for except a possible New Year’s Bowl bid, but even that is looking unlikely and a trip to San Antonio seems almost inevitable now.  UT has absolutely nothing left to play for but pride and possibly salvaging head coach Charlie Strong’s job.  Red thinks the players really like Strong and are not about to let the first African-American head coach in UT history go down the tubes without a fight.  Red’s key to the game is freshman running back Chris Warren.  His incredible 276 yard, 4 touchdown performance in the loss to Tech on Thanksgiving had longtime Longhorn fans reminiscing about past greats such as Jim Bertelsen, Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams – none of whom ever had a breakout performance like Warren.  Red thinks Warren is the real deal and a mere 150 yard, 2 touchdown performance may be enough to beat the despondent Bears.

Red calls it UT 29 Baylor 28.  Take the Horns and the points.

 

 

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week features a rematch between 9-1 Mary Hardin-Baylor and 9-1 Hardin Simmons – this time in a win or go home NCAA Division III playoff game at Shelton Stadium in Abilene.  Loyal readers will perhaps remember Red picking the HSU Cowboys to prevail in the regular season game in late October.  Red called that one correctly as the Cowboys eked out a 29-26 win over the UMHB Crusaders with both teams not coming close to their season scoring averages.

A week later, however, HSU posted their only loss of the season at East Texas Baptist going down in a close 26-21 contest with their lowest scoring output by far all season.  They rebounded to crush Louisiana College 82-21 last week.  Meanwhile, UHMB responded to their only loss by butt-whipping Howard Payne and East Texas Baptist – notching 67 points in each victory.

It is always hard to beat a team twice in one season, but Red calls it for the Cowboys once again in a close one.  HSU 45 UHMB 41.