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Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

We travel to Seguin this weekend for the showdown between Texas Lutheran and Austin College.

The TLU Bulldogs who are having an excellent season marred only by losses to powerhouses Hardin-Simmons and Mary Hardin-Baylor bring a 6-2 record into the game led by Senior QB Trenton White who is completed 65% of his passes with 23 touchdowns.  White probably has the distinction of being the shortest (at 5′ 9″) high performing quarterback in all of college football.  The tandem rushing attach of Marquis Barrolle and AJ Saucedo compliments the dynamic passing attack with Jekovan Holmes as the main target with 13 touchdowns.  TLU looks primed to claim another Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title.

The Austin College ‘Roos come into the game at 5-3. Senior Madison Ross has been carrying the offensive load with 112 yards per game and a 5 yard per rush average.  The passing attack under Junior Quarterback Cooper Woodyard has been somewhat anemic with only about 175 yards per game through the air.  The defense led by linebackers Brooks Ward and Charles Eneh has managed to keep most game close, but the ‘Roos looked overmatched by the Bulldogs this weekend.

Red calls it TLU 55 AC 30.

Photo of Bulldog Stadium from http://www.scacsports.com.

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

This week Red features the not so longstanding rivalry between Mary Hardin-Baylor and Hardin-Simmons at Shelton Stadium in Abilene.

The third ranked MHB Crusaders come into this matchup on a hot roll with butter having won all 7 games this season.  And not just winning – the Crusaders have put an old-fashioned butt whipping on every opponent so far.  The closest game was last week’s 48-20 blowout of Texas Lutheran.  This is nothing new in Belton, as MHB has only lost one conference game in the last 10 seasons.  This year the Crusaders are averaging just over 53 points a game.

The thirteenth ranked Hardin-Simmons Cowboys will have taken a backseat to no one either.  HS is also 7-0 and pretty much destroying the competition – except for a 35-27 close call against Texas Lutheran which would be undefeated except for playing these two juggernauts.   HS is not scoring points at the same incredible rate as MHB, but it may have a better defense.

There is nothing unusual about the American Southwest Conference championship coming down to this game.  For all but two seasons the conference crown has passed back and forth between these two powerhouses.  But this year’s playoff stakes are unlike any other. With the departure of Mississippi College and Texas Lutheran after the 2012 season, the ASC dropped below the seven-team threshold for an automatic qualifying bid. There was a two-year grace period, and two provisional programs have since been added, but the conference has been pushed into the Pool B grouping, where 13 teams are fighting for one bid.  The winner of this one is probably in, but the loser may be left in the cold despite having had an otherwise exceptional season.  Red calls it for Hardin-Simmons 59-53.

Photo of Shelton Stadium from http://www.hsuathletics.com.

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

The 5-1 15th ranked  Texas A&M Commerce Lions travel to Canyon this week to take on the West Texas A&M Buffaloes.

The Lions are coming off a close 38-35 win over pesky Abilene Christian.  The Lions powerful offense is averaging just over 45 points a game including a 63-0 thrashing of the hapless Tarleton Texans two weeks ago.  Led by Junior running back Richard Cooper from Angleton, the Lions are averaging almost 250 yards per game on the ground.  Complimented by a balanced corps of receivers, Senior quarterback Harrison Stewart from Yucaipa, CA might just be getting noticed by some pro scouts as he is averaging over 250 yards and 3 touchdowns per game with only 2 picks on the season.

The 2-3 West Texas A&M Buffaloes have played a brutal schedule having faced four top 20 teams so far this season.  They come into this game having lost a close one at 12th ranked Midwestern State last week.  Feature back Geremy Aldridge-Mitchell from Dallas simply knows how to find the end zone having scored all 9 of the Buffaloes rushing touchdowns this season.  His production is down a bit from his outstanding 2014 season when he was ranked 4th nationally in all-purpose yards at 203.73 per game, 9th nationally in kick returns at 29.9 yards per return, 4th in rushing touchdowns with 21,  and 19th in rushing yards with 1,342.  As goes Geremy, so go the Buffaloes.

It’s hard to go against the high-flying Lions in this one, but expect the Buffaloes to go down hard with plenty of action on Saturday.  Red wishes he could be there.  A&M Commerce 54 West Texas A&M 45.

Photo of Kimbrough Stadium in Canyon from http://www.d2football.com.

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

This week the brilliant schedulers have a Thursday night match-up between SMU and University of Houston at lovely but usually empty TDECU Stadium (it just rolls off the tongue doesn’t it).  This normally would not matter much as the Cougars are clearly an afterthought on the Houston sports scene these days.  But the Houston Texans are also playing the Indianapolis Colts Thursday night in Houston.  Not only will no one be at the game, no one will be watching it either.  But they might just miss a good one.  The Dallas Morning News reports that the cocky Cougars are reported to have taped Mustang jerseys to the floor of the locker room so that they can walk on them all week. That’s just the sort of thing that can occasionally result in a come-uppance for a superior team.  There is absolutely no rational reason to think that the 1-3 Ponies can come into Houston and upset a team that is averaging 48 points and over 600 yards a game and is on the verge of its first Top 25 ranking in years.  UH quarterback Greg Ward is starting to get Heisman talk and while everyone focuses on the high-flying UH offense under new head coach Tom Herman, the Cougar defense has shown some mettle against a quality opponent like Louisville.  Well, all that isn’t going to deter Red from picking the upset here.  SMU 37 UH 31.

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

This week Red features the oldest extant rivalry in Texas college football – the aptly named “Battle of the Piney Woods” between the Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjacks and Sam Houston State University Bearkats.  Heading into the 90th meeting, SHSU leads the series 53-35-2.  SHSU has been the dominant team for the better part of a decade with a shot at the FCS national title in recent years.

Since 2007, the winner has hauled away a 21-pound solid tombstone shaped pinewood trophy that somewhat bizarrely displays replica pistols. The logos from both universities are engraved on the handle of the pistols above name plates that will display the outcomes of the contest for the next two decades.   Previously, a pair of Colt Walker Pistols were awarded to the winning team, but the pistols have vanished.  Perhaps, just as well.

The 12th ranked Bearkats roll into NRG stadium in Houston with a 1-2 record having posted a very respectable score in a closer than expected 59-45 loss to Texas Tech and losing a heartbreaker to an up and coming Lamar team 49-46.  They mopped the floor with pathetic newcomer Houston Baptist last week.  Look for the Bearkats to be loaded for bear with their powerful offense taking charge.  SHSU averages an astounding 635.3 yards total offense and 51.3 points per game.  The Bearkats rank No. 1 among FCS teams in scoring, No. 2 in passing offense and No. 10 in rushing offense.

In contrast, SFA comes in at 0-4 with the season lowlight so far being the 70-7 butt-whipping put on them by the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth.  There really isn’t much to say as this really just isn’t a very good football team right now.  They could turn it all around with a win this big rivalry game – but Red isn’t going there.

Red calls it for the Bearkats over the Lumberjacks by a “We’re Leaving Early to Get a Cold One” score of 57 -13.  Let’s hope the roof is open.

Red’s Texas College Football Game of the Week

This week we travel to the South Plains for an interesting matchup between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the TCU Horned Frogs.  Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is still looking for a signature win in his third season as head coach.  He has a prime chance on Saturday afternoon with the somewhat wounded Frogs coming to a sold-out AT&T Stadium Lubbock.  The last ranked opponent Tech beat was a rising Arizona State program in the 2013 Holiday Bowl.  Last year was a major step in the wrong direction as the Red Raiders went 4-8 and were almost shut out in the Big 12.

Is there an upset in the making?  Well Red likes both of these teams, but has picked TCU to make it to the 4 team playoff – so Red is not completely disinterested here.  Normally, Red wouldn’t bet against the Frogs, but things have not gone smoothly for the Frogs in losing some key defensive starters and Coach Gary Patterson has had distractions aplenty this week.

Tech has already improved from last season when the Red Raiders were 119th in turnover margin (minus-13) and dead last in the country in penalty yards per game (89.2).  The Red Raiders lead the Big 12 with the fewest penalty yards per game (46) and are tied for second with a plus-5 turnover margin.  The ability to put points on the board was also in doubt at times last season, but Tech is averaging a spanking 54.3 points and an astounding 590 yards per game so far against admittedly second-rate competition when compared to TCU.

On the other side of the line of scrimmage, the Horned Frogs will be playing several new defensive starters.  But  Coach Patterson has consistently put together excellent defenses and will be ready to throw the book at Tech to disrupt KK’s game plan.

Ultimately, Red thinks this game will turn on the quarterbacks. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is Red’s favorite to  win the Heisman Trophy.  Meanwhile, Tech seems to have finally found a signal caller after a few years in the wilderness.  Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes actually has more passing yards than Boykin (1,029 to 985), a better completion percentage (66.4 to 65.7) and is almost even  with Boykin in yards per attempt and touchdown passes.

In the end, Red thinks that experience will out and Boykin will make the key plays in the stretch to win a game that will be a lot closer than expected.  But it will be an exciting affair, so get someone else to take the nachos out of the oven; you don’t want to miss a minute of this one.  The oddsmakers think so too as the line has dropped considerably with Tech now a 6.5 point dog at home.  Red likes Tech to cover and the over at 80.5.  TCU 45 Tech 42.