The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that University of Louisville graduate transfer quarterback Kyle Bolin might be considering the University of Texas as a possible landing spot. Bolin started 5 games in 2015 before giving way to 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson in the final game of the regular season. After Jackson threw for 4 touchdowns against Texas A&M in the Music City Bowl, Bolin became a pine-rider for the 2016 season. As a graduate transfer, Bolin would be immediately eligible to play for the Horns. After a lackluster season featuring respectable play from highly touted freshman QB Shane Buechele (21 TDs, 11 INTs, 2958 yards and 60.4% completion rate), new head coach Tom Herman could be looking for something more. Would he find it in Bolin? He was a second-stringer – albeit to the Heisman Trophy winner, but he was still not a starter in his senior year. Look for Bolin to more likely land at Northern Illinois where he probably walks into the starter’s job.
Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler continues to be the poster boy (perhaps whipping boy would be a better description) for bad decisions at that position by NFL teams. Sporting News disses the prospects for Tampa Bay backup quarterback and free agent Mike Glennon by claiming that he would be a worse deal for any team than even the much-maligned Osweiler. Red for his part thinks the book is still out on the Tall Texan. BO performed decently when the pressure was on in the last game of the season and in the playoffs. Playing behind a makeshift line and without several of his best receivers, Osweiler’s numbers in those games were not terrible – merely low mediocre. Even the playoff game against the Patriots was still within reach in the 4th quarter despite terrible special teams and lackluster (other than forcing 3 TO’s) defensive play. Yes, BO threw up some INT’s during desperation time, but the Texans were not out of it until the defense gave up 10 points in the 4th quarter. Still, SN piles on in its argument that Glennon is a toxic commodity – or at least an overpriced one.
Move over, Brock Osweiler. Mike Glennon is about to get a lot more fool’s gold in NFL free agency than you did. File Glennon as the latest unlikely young veteran poster boy of the league’s most quarterback-needy teams. At 6-6, 225, he isn’t as big or tall as Osweiler, but he might be a bigger bust for whoever signs him, even at a little less the price.
A general recent rule is whatever the Texans do at quarterback, don’t follow. Houston got tired of going the Fitzpatrick-Hoyer route in consecutive seasons, so it panicked and tried to solve QB long-term with Osweiler. That was an extremely expensive backfire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last week Red was 2-4 and most embarrassingly missing out on the Sure Bet of the Week in picking the Panthers to cover the spread and going with the over. That Timmy – is why you should not try this at home. Leave it to the professionals who can afford to lose their lunch money – like old Uncle Red. Face it, Red had a bad week but still was oh so ever close to “drinking coffee and smoking fine cigars” ala Johnny Cash. The Panthers, Jaguars, Lions and Cardinals lost games by a collective 11 points and sank Papa Red’s first week.
Sure Bet Pick of the Week – Seahawks over Rams. After last week, Red is only going out on a really strong limb that is supported by a steel column driven firmly into the bedrock. The Hawk are only giving up 6.5 on some books – which seems like a steal. But Red is getting “NL” from a few sources – meaning blow out coming. Red is indifferent about a 38.5 over under. Take the Seahawks and give up to 9.5 points – but no more. Seattle 28 Los Angeles 9.
Underdog Pick of the Week – Buccaneers over Cardinals. Four touchdown drives of over 75 yards have Red believing. Four touchdown passes to four different targets has Red believing. The Doug Martin-Charles Sims tandem has Red believing. Then Red remembers it was a win over the Falcons. Fortunately, Red is pretty good at that whole “willing suspension of disbelief” thing. History says that this will be a close game. History lies. Tampa Bay 31 Arizona 17.
Rivalry Game Pick of the Week – Bengals over Stealers [sic]. When they last met the “Stealers” lived up (or down as the case may be) to their name when they stole a playoff win from the Bengals. In reality, the Bengals’ loss was self-inflicted with incredibly stupid penalties by Vontaze Burfict and Adam (formerly PacMan) Jones allowing the Stealers a chance at a last second field goal to win. SI had the headline right – “Bengals lose all control as all hell breaks loose in loss to Stealers.” Red salutes SI as it is hard to use lose, loose and loss in one headline and actually get it right. Bengals are back at full strength with Red Rifle at the helm. Stupidity is kept in check on Sunday in Steeltown. Cincinnati 28 Pittsburgh 17.
Texas Franchise Pick of the Week – Texans over Chiefs. Speaking of recent playoff humiliation – Red can’t really recall one worse than the 30-0 ass-whomping the Chiefs put on the Texans in January. It looked like a Division 6A team playing a six-man squad. There is no real reason to think that the Texans can compete with the Chiefs – even though Red has the Chiefs as the most overrated team in the league. But a man can dream can’t he? Houston 25 Chiefs 23.
Prime Time Pick of the Week – Vikings over Packers. This could be Red’s NFL Game of the Week. Packers came out sharp in the first half of the Week 1 win over the Jaguars. The furious second half field goal fest (2 for each team for a total of 12 second-half points) showed that the Pack has some work left to do. Meanwhile, the Vikings walked over the doormat Titans. No such scheduling luck this week. Shaun Hill showed enough to hold on to the starter’s job for at least another week. He surprises everyone this week by taking Player of the Week honors in a big win over the Pack. Minnesota 27 Green Bay 24 .
Shit Bowl Pick of the Week – OTNA’s over Cowboys. The OTNA’s put a merciful bullet in the head of the Cowboy’s season when these two old rivals last met in January. Of course, the OTNA’s had something to play for. They were 5-7 with four games to play after a humiliating loss to the Cowboys in Week 13. But they rallied to win four in a row and the NFC East while averaging an incredible 33 points a game. Much has changed since then, but the Cowboys still look like the dogs of the East. Landover MD 35 Arlington 20.