Midseason Exlusive Report: Big Wins for State of Texas Programs

We are nearing the midpoint of the 2014 season. Let’s take a look back at the biggest wins for the major college football programs in the state of Texas:

Baylor
The Bears scored a home win over TCU by a field goal. While this was a great win, the Bears’ defense proved suspect by giving up a whopping 58 points.

Houston
Houston has improved after a rough start that saw them lose to UTSA and give a game away to a poor BYU team. The Cougars got things going with a 28-24 win over Memphis.

Rice
Rice lost a lot of seniors off last year’s squad and had a tough schedule to open things up in 2014, but the Owls have won three straight including a 41-21 pasting of Army.

North Texas
North Texas is another team that lost a lot of senior leadership off last year’s team. Their 43-6 win over SMU has been their bright spot so far this season.

SMU
The Mustangs have yet to win a game but seem to be turning things around after the departure of June Jones. Their recent effort against East Carolina was by far the Mustangs’ best game of the year.

Texas
The Longhorns best win came after pulling away from struggling Kansas in the second half during Charlie Weis’ last game as the coach of the Jayhawks. The Horns avoided becoming the Jayhawks’ second conference win in 32 games.

Texas A&M
The Aggies opened up the college football season with a road victory over top ten ranked South Carolina. The Gamecocks has won 18 straight home games before the Aggies came to town.

Texas Christian
The Frogs appear to much improved on offense but have taken a step back on defense. Gary Patterson’s new offense put up enough points to beat a tough Oklahoma team.

Texas El Paso

The Miners opened up the season with a 31-24 win over the Lobos of New Mexico.

Texas San Antonio
The Roadrunners opened the season with an upset win over the Houston Cougars in Houston. UTSA has struggled of late, but Larry Coker’s bunch came out ready to play in game one.

Texas State
After a disappointing loss to Illinois, Dennis Franchione’s squad went on the road to Tulsa and escaped with a 37-34 victory.

Texas Tech
The Red Raiders thwarted a last minute drive by the Miners to hold off UTEP in El Paso, 37-34, to move to 2-0 on the season. Unfortunately, the schedule toughened up a bit after the first two games.

Predicting the Final SEC Standings

This is a simple exercise. You look at every team’s schedule and assign points for every game for a sure win, probable win, tossup, probable loss, and definite loss. You add up the points and have your standings at the end of the year.

Since the eastern division is much weaker than the west this year, some inequalities are evident in the result. For example, Arkansas, which looks much improved, will probably see its win total be within one of Vanderbilt’s this year, despite Vanderbilt being the worst SEC team in years. Four of the five lowest win totals will be in the east despite only two cross division games per team.

SEC East Final Standings

1. Missouri (6.5)

Wins over Vandy, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida.
Probable win over Georgia
Tossup vs South Carolina
Probable loss to Texas A&M

2. South Carolina (5)

Wins over Georgia and Vandy
Probable wins over Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee
Tossup vs Missouri
Probable loss to Auburn
Loss to Texas A&M

3. Georgia (4.25)

Win over Vandy
Probable wins over Tennessee, Arkansas, and Florida
Tossup vs Kentucky
Probable losses to Missouri and Auburn
Loss to South Carolina

4. Kentucky (3)

Win over Vandy
Probable win over Tennessee
Tossup to Georgia
Probable losses to South Carolina, LSU, and Mississippi State
Losses to Missouri and Florida

5. Florida (2.75)

Win over Kentucky
Probable win over Vandy
Probable losses to Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and USC
Losses to Missouri and LSU

6. Tennessee (2.5)

Probable wins over Florida and Vandy
Probable losses to Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Kentucky
Losses to Alabama and Missouri

7. Vanderbilt (0.5)

Probable losses to Tennessee and Florida
Losses to Mississippi State, Mississippi, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia, and Kentucky

SEC West Final Standings

1. Texas A&M (6.5)

Wins over South Carolina, Arkansas, and Mississippi.
Probable wins over Mississippi State, Alabama, Missouri, and LSU
Tossup vs Auburn

2. Auburn (6)

Win over Arkansas
Probable wins over LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia
Tossup vs Texas A&M

3. Alabama (4.75)

Win over Tennessee
Probable wins over Florida, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Mississippi State
Tossup vs LSU
Probable losses to Texas A&M and Auburn

4. LSU (4.5) (Tie)

Win over Florida
Probable wins over Kentucky and Arkansas
Tossups vs Mississippi State, Mississippi, and Alabama
Probable losses to Texas A&M and Auburn

4. Mississippi State (4.5) (Tie)

Win over Vandy
Probable wins over Kentucky, Arkansas, and Mississippi
Tossup vs LSU
Probable losses to Texas A&M, Auburn, and Alabama

6. Mississippi (3.75)

Win over Vandy
Probable wins over Tennessee and Arkansas
Tossup vs LSU
Probable losses to Alabama, Auburn, and Mississippi State
Loss to Texas A&M

7. Arkansas (1.25)

Probable losses to Mississippi State, Mississippi, LSU, Georgia, and Alabama
Losses to Auburn, Missouri, and Texas A&M

SEC Power Rankings

After the dust has settled from week one, we churned up the computer and came up with the first edition of the SEC power rankings. These are fluid rankings and can shift week to week based on each team’s performance, but these rankings are usually a great way of predicting the SEC champion. Teams outside of the top five or six have virtually no chance of winning the conference.

1. TEXAS A&M (99.22)

The Aggies had the best performance in all of college football in week one. They looked unstoppable on offense and much improved on defense.

2. GEORGIA (98.50)
The Bulldogs kept the game close and pulled away in the fourth quarter behind a dominate running game and strong defense.

3. MISSOURI (97.83)
Maty Mauk is the real deal. The running games looks strong in the post Henry Josey days. Defensively, they seem to be doing a fine job of replacing some losses up front.

4. AUBURN (95.33)
Gus needs to be concerned about his defense after that unit was dominated by a weak Arkansas team for over a half of football.

5. FLORIDA (90.00)
The ranking here is incomplete, but Florida’s offense did look better last weekend than they did all last year. Defensively, Coach Boom has a harem of talent out there.

6. TENNESSEE (88.45)

Neyland was rocking as the Vols turned in a powerful performance against a tough Utah State squad.

7. ALABAMA (84.50)
It could be a long season for Nick Saban. The defense is strong, but looks to be the slowest in the SEC. Poor quarterback recruiting is finally catching up with the Tide.

8. MISSISSIPPI STATE (82.67)
Along with Florida, this ranking can move more than any other team in the conference. The computer might have the Bulldogs underrated a bit due to the ineptness of Southern Miss, but State will be strong this year.

9. LSU (82.33)
The Tigers struggled for three quarters against a slow Big 10 team. This looks to be the year all those defensive losses catch up to Les Miles.

10. KENTUCKY (81.5)
This is the highest Kentucky has been ranked in years. The Stoops they have is building something nice in basketball land.

11. SOUTH CAROLINA (77.67)
The Ol’ Ball Coach looked lost in week one. Hopefully, the Gamecocks can rebound, but they look like they are reverting back to Cocks of before the Lou Holtz years.

12. MISSISSIPPI (77.41)
The Rebels have talent splattered here and there, but they have the worst quarterback situation in the conference outside of Tuscaloosa.

13. ARKANSAS (66.67)
It’s time to end the Bret Bielema experiment. His weekly embarrassing quotes are more newsworthy than his football team. Bring back John L. Smith.

14. VANDERBILT (50.0)
The most disappointing team in college football after week one.

CrazyLegs Harris lets his South Carolinuts hang

2014 crazy legs harris gon go to work
A dancin playa with a dream aint here to do no damn twerk
No more stiff arms to the dirt No more stiff arms cause they hurt No more soil on my shirt No more Pantene I’m usin Pert

 

Yea ima corner crazy legs move so fast
Yea ima corner people said I wouldn’t last
Maaad that I’m so skinny
maaad that I drink henny
21 now playin corner so Steve spurrier suck my jimmy

 

Had a problem last yr with some shitty d coachin       
Now here come this hater Yates tryin to do some Aggie poachin
He fucked up our game, technique, & our personnel
U Ridin out to Boise? Sheeeeeit Sucka go to hell    

HSJ MarcelHater               

Yo I still got deshazor workin fo me on the other side

Still got Floyd & HoMat who need a handicap ride

They Tryin to run them wheel routes up over a playas head
Somebody grab them diapers yo HoMat just shit the bed
U think I should dance faster? Naw Dylan caint spin it
HoMat covered in shit and now he fingerpaintin in it

 

Yea ima corner crazy legs move so fast
Yea ima corner people said I wouldn’t last
Maaad that I’m so skinny
maad that I drink henny
21 now playin corner so Steve spurrier suck my jimmy

 

 HSJ DevanteTJo

New position coach goin hard and gettin physical

Mighta gone too hard doc says my nuts look atypical

Terry Joseph say we good crazy legs we get restructured                                                                                               

Hellsyeacoach watchmedance OSHIT my testicle ruptured                                                                                                      

Oh mane my grapes is hurtin Gurl no more squritin Mane my grapes is swollen now Crazy Legs in this chair ROLLIN

HSJ CrazylegsDevante

 

 

Ghostboyghostboy I hear the people say u toast                                                                                                                       But hold up mane justin manning birfday I got to host…

Come thru fo the bash

Ghostboy gon spend that cash

comeon girl bounce that ass Naw im cool its just my nuts not a rash  

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The Long Winding Windy Road for Johnny Football

You could tell he was pissed by the time pick 18 was up on the big board. He’d watched both of his teammates also invited to sit in the green room with him go off the board in the first 7 picks of the draft, both back to back. He knew that Houston wasn’t going to take him with the number 1 pick overall, and just watched his childhood favorite team pass him over for an offensive linemen at 16.

Pissed for sure. Probably a bit humiliated by still sitting there in his fancy suit. Definitely disappointed by not going in the top 10, and definitely worried that every subsequent pick was costing him six figures of $$ at a time. The glamor of being a top pick was gone. The glamor of being a Texas boy drafted by not only Texas’ flagship NFL team but “America’s Team” was gone. All that was left was whichever team he was destined to play for in the NFL to snatch him up, and we all have known deep down in our bellies for a while that it would be Cleveland.

Cleveland. The Mistake on the Lake. The punchline to every joke about pathetic teams and beaten down cities. The place with the most dedicated fans (whose owner had so much regard for that he packed up the offices onto an 18 wheeler and drove to Maryland with the team, all its trophies, and all its history).

No one wants to be a Browns fan. You are either born into it or drafted into it.

The Browns have a bunch of championships won decades ago before the NFL existed, yet somehow still are regarded as one of the keepers of NFL spirit. Unless you have a reason to go there, you would never find yourself there. People from there think it’s the greatest place on Earth. Well, all except Art Modell and Lebron James, I guess.

As an Aggie tried and true in more way than 12, the topic of “Where’s Johnny gonna play in the NFL?” is volleyed at me regularly (up until last night around 11pm), and my regular answer is “Well, he’d be great in Houston, no way he can go to Dallas because of Romo’s contract, and Jax could use him to keep from having to move to London, but really anywhere but Cleveland and I’m good.”

I’ll bet I’m not the only one who shares that same feeling.

My impression of Cleveland is a dirty industrial city where it gets cold around November and there’s not much to do outside of staying in the house and getting chicks pregnant, which is why there are still people who live in Cleveland. The accents of the people there are some of the most grating noises a human can create. The women are pasty white and peanut buttery since the sun is only up 10 or 15 days of the year. We are talking total shithole, right?  I have no idea, though…that’s just my impression after hearing others talk about it.

Oddly enough, that’s kinda like what people not from College Station say about our fair ‘burb. Remember when Johnny was getting harassed by the smalltown cops and tweeted that he couldn’t wait to get out of this tiny shitass town? From frying pan to fire, Jonathan.

The correlation between the Browns and Aggies isn’t totally wasted on me, although I’d much rather be miles from Mexico than miles from Canada for no reason other than the food and the access to cheap prescription drugs.

I can’t say for sure that it’s poetic justice that the smalltown boy turned celebrity gets stuck in a small college city only to be stuck in a small NFL city. The irony that Cleveland experienced its football heyday decades ago and A&M did the same isn’t lost on me, nor that during the 80’s both teams experienced near great runs without championships, nor that they both sucked gens throughout the 00’s save for a game here or there that gave respective fanbases hope.

Johnny was a big fan of the great big ol’ monolithic Texas t-sip Longhorns growing up in Tyler where there’s tons of football tradition and multiple state championships between John Tyler and Robert E Lee High Schools, but ended up playing football at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, after his family moved there. The sips weren’t all that interested in having him play for them, so he ended up playing for little ol’ Texas A&M.

There’s a pattern here.

Grows up around football excellence, ends up playing high school football where football rarely gets much attention.

Deserves to be ranked as one of the best football players his age across the country, ends up as a middle-of-the-road 3-star ranked recruit.

Wants to play at the big popular college team, ends up where football has sucked hind tit for the entirety of the dawn of the Internet.

Wants to play for the Dallas Football Cowboys, ends up in shitass Cleveland where they’ve had more quarterbacks on their sidelines in 10 years than offensive linemen, including the incredibly overrated Colt McCoy.

Hmmmm.

Admittedly, the most I know about Cleveland is what I described earlier. I’ve never been there. I don’t expect to go there. I can’t think of a single Browns fan I’ve ever met. I think that Cleveland is pretty much the worst place to have to play football based on those assumptions alone.

I’d bet that most people from Cleveland have no idea where College Station is located. I doubt most have ever been here, and I doubt even harder that they ever expect to come here. Most of their fans probably have never met a real live whoopin’ fightin’ fuckin’ Texas Aggie. They probably think that living in College Station, Texas, is probably the worst place a human can live with all our deserts and saguaro cacti littering the landscape.

Not to burst the bubble of the sudden fans of Texas A&M who live in Cleveland, but we don’t really have that many cactus deserts in Texas where people live, and definitely not around College Station. Not to burst the bubble of Texans who think that Cleveland is all dirt and grime, but a perfunctory search of Cleveland shows that it’s not just industrial factories and shipyards. Note to Clevelanders: we don’t all own cows and horses (although some of us do). Note to Aggies: Not all Clevelanders have that creepy northern perma-grin smeared across their oily faces at all times, although some of them do.

College Station is home to one of the greatest football venues on the planet with one of the most loyal fanbases you could imagine.  Substitute “Cleveland” for the first word in that sentence and read it over again.  If you’ve never been there, you’d probably never know it to be true.  But it is.

My longwinded and meandering point is that the greatest college football player and biggest celebrity among college sports probably wasn’t supposed to play for a team struggling to stay above .500 from 2000-2010 and who was sucking on the snotty end of the success revolver during that time. The best player ever should be playing for a big time team, right?

If football karma really existed, then Johnny should have played for multiple national championships and won multiple Heismans and would have been the #1 pick in this year’s draft to the Dallas Cowboys, who would then go on to win every football game he ever played for them, then go on to have the Hall of Fame renamed in his honor.

But as we’ve found, Johnny takes a very long and winding road to get where he’s going. He goes about life in his own way, goes about football in his own way, and ends up mowing down tall grass to make his own path. Of all the tweets on the night of the NFL Draft’s first round, Johnny was the subject in a full 5.2% of ALL tweets in America. That’s astounding. He’s as big as any other football player in terms of scene as there has ever been, yet he’s plied his craft in little ol’ Kerrville, College Station, and now windy Cleveland.

After 20 other teams decided that Johnny wasn’t a good fit for them or they didn’t need what he offered, he ends up in a world he should be accustomed to at this point. And the fans of Johnny that he’s picked up along the way are as loyal as any you’ve ever seen, just like those Browns fans who were either born into it or drafted into it and just like all of us Aggie fans, true to each other as Aggies can be.

Now, all of us lifelong Aggies are suddenly Browns fans inexplicably, hunting out for the nearest sporting goods store that might carry Browns/Manziel gear because if there’s one thing that we all have in common now, Brown Aggies, is that we are loyal and we will buy anything with our logo slapped on it.

I’ve got to say, though…these uniforms are hideous. It’s going to take a bit to get used to it, but if anyone can make these colors look good, it’s Johnny Fucking Football.