Unlike in past couple of years, Texas has an undeniably strong presence in this year’s NCAA Basketball tournament with a record-tying 7 teams in the 68 team field vying for the Final Four in San Antonio. In no particular order, Texas Tech, Stephen F. Austin, Houston, Texas A&M, Texas Southern, TCU and UT have made the field. Red thinks Tech and TCU have the best shot at a Final Four appearance, but he is almost always wrong about such things.
In fact, a Texas school has not been in the Final Four since 2003 when the University of Texas came on strong for its third Final Four shot. But, UTEP is the only other Texas team to have made a Final Four and won the only NCAA Championship for a Texas team with its upset of Kentucky in 1966. Maybe this is the year.
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.
From the Annals of College Football – In 2011, Texas Christian University accepted an invitation to join the Big 12 Conference beginning on July 1, 2012. TCU’s Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin on January 1, 2011 had re-established TCU as a worthy program after having been snubbed by the nascent Big 12 following the breakup of the Southwest Conference in 1996. The Frogs were destined to wander among the walking dead of college football for 15 years going from the Western Athletic Conference to Conference USA to the Mountain West. Along the way, the Horned Frogs picked up 7 c0nference championships (2 WAC, 1 C-USA and 4 MWC) to go with their 9 SWC championships. It didn’t take the Frogs long to return to their winning ways among the bigger dogs – winning the B1g-12 in 2014 and capping it off with a 41-3 thumping of Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl. Since rejoining the Big 12, TCU has played in 3 bowl games only losing a 1 point squeaker to Michigan State in 2012.
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