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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

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.


Today in Texas History – June 13

From the Annals of Higher Education –  In 1920, Sul Ross State Normal College began operations. The school which is located in Alpine is now known as Sul Ross State University.  The school is named for Lawrence Sullivan Ross a Texas Governor and Confederate General.  SRSU became the cultural and educational center for remote Big Bend region of Texas.  A major draw is the Museum of the Big Bend which serves as a depository for materials which depict the multicultural society and history of the Big Bend region.  The Archives of the Big Bend in the Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library collects documents reflecting the history and culture of the region.  SRSU offer 41 undergraduate and 27 graduate degree programs and has an enrollment of around 2000 students.