Wow. That’s all I can say. Wow. What a weekend, from whatever the hell Houston did on Thursday night, to the Utes horrific goal-line offense, to Captain Khakis gettin’ exposed, to SMU taking over Fort Worth, to just UTEP leading a football game, and ending with Mike Leach heartbreak.
Get some fried eggs and bacon in you; take your coffee black, and away we go.
SMU 41 TCU 38
A signature win for SMU in Cowtown as the Ponies take the Iron Skillet from TCU. The heroes were aplenty, including a steady, dime dropping Shane Buechele, superstars James Proche and Reggie Roberson, and an SMU defense that dominated for two quarters and did enough in the end. SMU is 4-0, might land in the top 25, and should get to 6-0 before the meat of the AAC schedule.
The news isn’t all bad for TCU. They’ll benefit from the growth of Max Duggan in the second half. Good on Gary Patterson for sticking with him, even in his struggles. By the third quarter, you could see the light go on. But the Ponies were too much as Sonny went straight for the throat all afternoon.
SMU gets USF in a game that smells trappy, while TCU welcomes Les Miles to Fort Worth.
Texas 36 Okie State 30
Texas got out of the Oklahoma State bear trap and broke a five-game home losing streak to the Gundys in a 36-30 win. Sam Ehlinger continues to do whatever you need him to do to get a win and guided his Horns down the stretch to avoid a colossal loss. Oklahoma State had the chance to get the ball back with a minute to score, but Ehlinger, as he seemingly always does, converted a crucial 3rd down to secure the leather and the lead.
The Longhorns head to the land of burning couches and Opioid addiction, West Vir-bleeping-Ginia.
Auburn 28 Texas A&M 20
A&M hit snooze thru most of the first half then scrambled to get back into the game late, but Gus Malzahn has the surviving power of a cockroach and a 28-20 win in College Station. Auburn led 28-3 before the Aggies decided to field a team. Jimbo’s squad falls to 2-2 with wins over Texas State and Lamar. Woof.
A&M gets to right the ship against an Arkansas program that wants off the Chad Morris ride.
Baylor 21 Rice 13
The MOB won halftime, and Rice almost won the whole damn game in Houston. The Owls fell behind 21-3 in the first half, then clawed back to secure several opportunities to tie the game late, but Baylor held on for the win. Denzel Mims did typical Denzel Mims type stuff in the win while Bradley Rozner continues to impress for the Owls.
Rice opens CUSA play vs. La Tech; Baylor gets Iowa State at home in a crucial Big 12 opener.
North Texas 45 UTSA 3
UTSA is who we thought they were. North Texas is too, by the way. The Runners lost starting quarterback Frank Harris on the second play of the game, and the Mean Green coasted to a blowout victory in what used to be a rivalry game. North Texas’ CUSA title hopes are back on track thanks to Mason Fine and, more importantly, an explosive running game with Tre Siggers and DeAndre Torrey. UTSA is off the rails, and the severity of the Harris injury could mean this team goes 0-for the rest of 2019.
North Texas takes on Houston in a critical out of conference game. UTSA thankfully gets a bye.
Tulane 38 Houston 31
Houston led 28-7 in the first half and, took a late fourth-quarter lead, but couldn’t slow down one of the most inefficient quarterbacks from the weekend in a devastating AAC opening loss. Tulane’s Justin McMillan completed just seven passes on 20 attempts, but three of those went for touchdowns, including a Jalen McClesky 53-yard score in the final seconds.
Houston heads north to Denton.
Texas State 37 Georgia State 34
The ‘Cats won a thrilling triple overtime Sun Beast opener against SEC East Power Georgia State. After allowing a last-second field goal to tie, literally, Texas State’s Jacob Rowland knocked through a field goal in the third overtime and orange slices, the Bobcats are 1-0 in Sun Belt play and give Spav his first win as a head coach. The real news is that Texas State exhibited signs of what might be a running game.
The ‘Cats get FCS foe Nichols State at home.
Nevada 37 UTEP 21
A hopeful first half for UTEP turned into a carnival of turnovers and Nevada big plays in the second half as the Pack cruised to a sixteen point win. The Miners scored first and led in the second quarter, but Nevada settled into form and ran away thanks to two receiving touchdowns from Elijah Cooks.
UTEP heads to Hattiesburg for their CUSA opener.