Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mighty, Mighty Aggies Play Today

 As I wait for the Texas-UCLA game, I am watching Clemson and Auburn battle it out.  I have seen only a bit of the second half, but right now Clemson is taking it to Auburn.  Clemson has an impressive true freshman receiver named Sammy Watkins.  Watch out for him.  Uh oh.  Clemson fumbled.

OU plays Fla St tonight, which ought to be fun.  Dallas sports guy, Randy Galloway, recommends betting the house on OU. 

Arizona - Stanford might be good later tonight as well.  But the game of the day is Your Heroes v. Idaho.  I am anxious to see if the Aggie defense plays better than it did against SMU.  Prediction:  mashed Idaho's.  (Of course, I can't watch because it isn't on t.v.)

As for Texas, I have to admit that I am looking forward to seeing the young QB's, McCoy and Ash, as well as Jaxson Shipley (don't you hate it when parents trick up the spelling of their children's names?  Good grief.)  It will be interesting to see if next season, McCoy emerges bulked up as his brother did a few years ago.  Little Shipley plays so much like his big bro...and he is FEARLESS.  I hope he doesn't get hurt playing with such abandon.

And for all you Red Radars, Tech meets the mighty New Mexico.  Er....

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Choose One

Did anyone else do a triple-take last night when Maryland took the field?  What the....?

Monday, September 5, 2011

And So It Begins

I alone of the Lawrence offspring suffer from BBL Syndrome:  the inability to watch from start to finish any game (or event) involving a team (or lone competitor) which I wholeheartedly support.  The symptoms appear during every manner of competition:  the Olympics, the World Cup, the U.S. Open (both golf and tennis), baseball, basketball, and football...especially football, especially Aggie football.  So it is that I watched the A&M-SMU game this morning, having monitored the game last night and retiring to my bed knowing the Aggies had won.  Knowing the outcome in no way diminishes the excitement but completely alleviates the ANXIETY. 

First half:  offense was decent.  Good line play, effective running by the backs, cool play from Tannehill.  Lots of short passes...outside bubble screens were successful, in large part due to excellent blocking from the wide receivers.  Need work on special teams, though.  Two blocked  p.a.t.'s. Yikes. The defensive play was a bit schitzophrenic...several sacks but several blown coverages and open running lanes on blitzes.  Interestingly, though the score was 33-14 at half, the stats were very even at half-time.

Second half:  I felt like both the offense and the defense lost a little focus at the end of the 3rd and start of the 4th.  There were several penalties and a couple of bobbles, both of which went our way.  This was a first game, though so I am not terribly concerned.  The defense tightened up and though SMU did move the ball a couple of times, it didn't score again.

Cyrus Gray ran great and when Christine Michael got his chance, mostly in the second half, he looked really good as well.  Tannehill threw to at least 5 receivers...Fuller had 6-8 catches, all relatively short completions.  Apparently, he is nursing a hamstring and the coaches didn't want to risk injury sending him on any long patterns.  Swope looked really good, both on screens and across the middle.  He is tough, has great hands, and will go for the tough catch.  Also, he seems to have excellent body control and manages to get decent yardage after the catch.

All in all, I feel really good about the offense and think that with more play, the defense will become more consistent.  Hard to replace Von Miller, after all.

Apropos of nothing, I thought that Joel Klatt, former Colorado QB, did a really good job as color commentator.  The other guy, not so much.  (And, Bob Davie and Brent Musberger are still rotten.)

All in all, a very satisfactory opening day.  Now, beat the hell out of Idaho!  Gig em, Aggies!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Finally. College Football Begins.

HAHAHAHAHA!  Houston beat California pretty boy Bruins.
Oh, I forgot to mention that COLLEGE FOOTBALL HAS BEGUN.  Thank you, sweet baby Jesus.

A few random thoughts:

Beware the Bear.  Baylor beat TCU in a gutbusting, swashbuckling, sidewinder of a game.  No defense, but what an impressive offense.  Speaking of Baylor's defense, the coordinator is Phil Bennett.  An A&M grad, he has been at TCU, OU, LSU, A&M, SMU as head coach, and many others.  Still has a little work to do at Baylor.  The scheme is permanent nickel:  5 DB's at all times.  Interesting.  On offense, Robert Griffin looked really, really good but I wanted to slap the color commentator each time he called Griffin "RG3".  That was getting on my last good nerve.  Also, TCU has new uni's...sort of cool stencil effect on the numbers, but the "6" looks like a "G". 

No surprises with the Ohio State, Alabama, and Michigan wins.  Some new coaches:  Ohio State, Michigan, Stanford, West Virginia, Maryland, Florida. 

Watched most of College Gameday on ESPN.  That is a good show, except for that merkin-wearing Lee Corso.  It is past time for that guy to hang it up.  He is the talking version of scrabble.  Oy.

Tonight Oregon meets LSU and Boise State plays Georgia.  Last year, I thought LSU was more lucky than good...undiscplined with no heart.  Then I watched them vivisect the Aggies in Cotton Bowl.  So now I am not so sure.  I think LSU should beat Oregon...I will always pick SEC over Pac 10 (and not because A&M is going there) but I do so here with reservations.  Likewise, I don't feel super-confident in picking Boise State over Georgia, especially with the game being played in Atlanta.  I just don't trust Georgia, even though the coach is very good-looking.  So, Boise State it is.

Tomorrow, the Aggies play the Mustangs.  Aggies should win and I pick them to win.  Texas plays Rice.  Ho hum.