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September 27, 2008

ROAD WARRIORS...

I watch a ton of college football. I usually average about 28 games every Saturday. I've seen a lot of crazy stuff.

But I don't think I've EVER seen so many road underdogs win in the 11 AM time slot.

Maryland beat Clemson and the Tigers were an 11 point favorite at home.

Michigan State beat Indiana...not an upset but still a road win.

North Carolina beat Miami in Miami on an INT in the final seconds.

Northwestern beat Iowa in a very close game in Iowa.

Pittsburgh beat Syracuse...granted Syracuse is terrible but they jumped out to a very early lead and the Panthers had to come from behind on the road in a conference game.

Northern Illinois beat Eastern Michigan on the road...I only mention it because I watched the game.

And the big one...Ole Miss upsetting Florida ON THE ROAD! Crazy game. Florida lost because they couldn't convert an extra point.

Of the 10 games I watched at 11...seven road teams won. That's unheard of...let's hope the rest of the day features as much drama as the first three hours.

  • mark rogers
  • September 27, 2008 3:11 PM

September 26, 2008

GOOD SIGN FOR WYLIE

It's always a good sign when a team can start quick and finish quick.

I've always said those are the two most important parts of a big game...in any sport...the first five to ten minutes and the final five to ten minutes.

Wylie smoked Canyon in the first and fourth quarters tonight. That is a sign of good conditioning and focus.

  • mark rogers
  • September 26, 2008 10:19 PM

BIG COUNTRY QUARTERBACKS

Houston's Case Keenum continued his assualt on passing yardage records last week against Colorado State. He connected on 37 of 54 passes for his average - 380 yards and is still 2nd in the nation in  passing yards. He trails Graham Harrell by about 50 yards. UH is 1-3 but Case is playing great.

Texas QB Colt McCoy has a higher passing rating than Chase Daniel. The Missouri QB has thrown for 500 more yards but only has one more TD pass than Colt and McCoy has a higher completion percentage. They have each thrown for one INT.

Hopefully Colt will be able to keep it up against Arkansas.

Kirby Freeman (Baylor) has not played in the Bears' last two games.

Taylor Potts saw some time against UMass. Threw nine passes...not really enough to get him into a rhythm.

  • mark rogers
  • September 26, 2008 10:09 PM

SHORT WEEK STARTED EARLY FOR EAGLES

If you're Steve Warren and the Abilene High Eagles, it must be nice to be able to start a short week early.

The Eagles play on Thursday night this week. You wouldn't think that one day would mess up things too much, but you'd be surprised how much it can effect a team.

Usually teams do their tough, full pad workouts on Monday and Tuesday. The practices are long, hard and your body hurts when they're over.

On Wednesday, practice is generally a little shorter and you just wear shoulder pads and helmets and lose the full contact.

Thursday is a "helmet-only" day when you do a length walk through and go over special teams.

If you drop one of those days it can throw a wrench in the routine a team has built up over a season. It will be a more mental thing than anything else.

That being said, the Eagles didn't have to play the final two quarters of their game tonight which means they will at least have more time to recover physically for next week.

Players are usually pretty sore on Saturday morning and most of the day Sunday, but only playing a half will be a huge advantage for a short week since most of the players will be fully recovered by Sunday morning.

They'd win 49-7 on Thursday even if they played on Monday night...so I guess it doesn't really matter that much.

  • mark rogers
  • September 26, 2008 9:57 PM

SATURDAY HOMECOMINGS...WEIRD

Check out this link to an ARN story about the AHS and Cooper homecomings occuring on Saturdays...that just feels weird. The homecoming queen is supposed to crowned under the lights...but that's just me.

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2008/sep/26/homecomings-to-kick-off-on-saturday/

Thoughts?

Not that it matters, but the AHS Homecoming will have to battle the Texas/OU game.

  • mark rogers
  • September 26, 2008 9:55 PM

AHS NOT FAIR - WYLIE A GOOD GAME

The Abilene High game was over in the first quarter. They should beat everyone in that district by at least 21. It'll be a challenge for Steve Warren to keep them focused, but I think he can do it. He's been doing it for a long time. I don't know of another team that is as collectively level-headed as the Eagles. They come out and play at the same level just about every week. That's a tribute to the coaching.

Wylie just went up a touchdown in the fourth quarter. A win tonight would be a big deal for the Bulldogs mentally heading into the BYE week. Speaking of good coaching...Wylie may be the best coached team in the state based on their individual talent and consistency of winning every year with new players.

  • mark rogers
  • September 26, 2008 9:46 PM

COWBOYS CAN'T LOSE

I'm not saying that like "there's no way the Cowboys can lose" - I'm saying it like "the Cowboys can't afford to lose to the stinking Redskins because they have to play the Eagles again in Philly and the Giants twice."

On paper, we should obviously win. We should beat anybody in the league on paper. We're bigger and faster than any team in the league and it's not close.

The trouble is that NFL coaches are smart and we've had trouble containing Santana Moss in the recent past.

I don't want to use strong language, but I hate the Redskins. If we lose, I will be distraught and dismayed.

Also, after the Cleveland game, a guy I work with said "Whatever, Marion Barber won't do that every week." He had about 80 yards and a TD in the game.

I vehemently disagreed with him and couldn't change his mind.

After the Packers game I had the satisfaction of asking him "do you still think Barber won't have 75 yards and TD every game?" hahahahahahahah...that felt great.

GO COWBOYS!!!!!!

  • mark rogers
  • September 26, 2008 9:32 PM

COLLEGE GAMES TOMORROW

It was a decent weekend of football last week. Pittsburgh/Iowa and NC State/East Carolina were good games in the morning. LSU/Auburn was a classic. Fresno State/Toledo was ridiculous. Here are the games to look out for tomorrow:

Arkansas @ Texas: Had this game been played when it was supposed to (two weeks ago), I would have thought it would have been closer. But after watching Arkansas get whipped by Alabama, I'll say that Texas wins pretty easily...by 21.

Alabama @ Georgia: This one will be a great game. I normally like the home team in a matchup like this...but I'm going to go with the visitors. Bama is much more experienced and bigger on the O-Line. Georgia is young up front. If Georgia has big plays in the running and passing games, they will win. But Alabama's run game is one of the best in the country...they're deeper and faster. I like the Tide by 3.

Illinois @ Penn State: It seems impossible, but Penn State is kind of flying under the radar right now. They have played great in all their games...on the road and at home. Illinois has a dynamic offense with Arrellious Benn and Juice Williams. Home team by 12.

TCU @ OU: Oh, why not? I'll pick the Frogs. Did anyone think they'd beat the Sooners at home a few years ago? Of course, Oklahoma wasn't near as good then as they are now...but if Oregon State can do it, so can TCU. Horned Frogs by 2 in my upset pick of the week.

Army @ A&M: Army by 56. That's an easy call. The Aggies won't score a point...not one point.

By the way...much to my wife's chagrin, I will be able to watch 30, yes 30 games tomorrow. I can't wait!!!!!!

  • mark rogers
  • September 26, 2008 9:08 PM

HOW'D I DO LAST WEEK?

Here were my predictions from last week...let's see how I did.

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LSU @ Auburn: Both teams have questions at QB. I'll take the home team in that scenario. This will be another low scoring affair...9-7, 10-9...something like that. Field position and the kicking game will be the difference. I like Auburn by 1 or 2. Completey wrong. I can't believe more than 40 points were scored in the game. Crazy game. LSU QBs getting knocked out, defensive TDs, trick plays. Les Miles outcoached Tommy Tuberville.

Georgia @ Ariz State: The Bulldogs haven't traveled this far COMBINED for like the last 15 years or something crazy. I like George to win, but it will be a lot closer than people think. ASU lost to a non-BCS team last week, but they have an All-Conference QB in Rudy Carpenter and will take advantage of being home. Georgia by 6. Georgia won by 17. They completely overmatched ASU. It could have been a lot worse...way off again.

Rice @ Texas: Rice has a great QB-WR duo in Clement and Dillard. The Owls will put up some passing numbers on the young Texas secondary, but the Longhorns will make plays when they need to and will win big. It may be close in the first half...Texas by 21, Texas won by exactly double the amount I thought they would. I was right about the Rice offense gaining yards and the Texas "D" being opportunistic...During one series the Owls ran seven plays from inside the five and didn't score. Impressive.

Miami @ A&M: Yikes...two "down" teams. I'll have to take the Aggies only because they're at home. If it was at a neutral site, I may have to call it a 0-0 tie. Will that thought muster a comment? Miami won by 18. Way off...A&M is TERRIBLE.

Alabama @ Arkansas: Bama is getting some major hype after their dominating win over Clemson in Week 1. They haven't been tested since. Arkansas is "down" but are tough at home and have a typical SEC defense. This one will be a good game...Tide by 13. More like 35. Alabama continues to prove they are really, really good. They may come out of the East.

Troy @ OSU: I'm going out on a limb here and calling the Troy upset. OSU will be way down after getting whacked last week. Long road trip...at home so they'll be complacent...and Troy is MUCH better than you think. I'll officially say Troy wins by 3 on a last second FG. The only thing I was right about on this was the fact that it was close in the 4th quarter. 14-10 at one point in the final frame.

Florida @ Tennessee: After being beaten by UCLA (then the Bruins lose 59-0 to BYU...???) the Vols have looked much better. Florida is uber-talented and this will be another one of those SEC brawls to the end. I'll take the Gators by 10. They won by 20+. LSU/Auburn has been the only really good SEC game all year.  That will change.

  • mark rogers
  • September 26, 2008 9:00 PM

NEW HEISMAN FRONT-RUNNER

I called for Mark Sanchez (USC QB) to win the Heisman Trophy this year.

Unless something crazy happens - like everyone in the Big 12 and SEC losing two games and USC winning the rest of their games 53-0 - he is probably out of it after the loss last night.

I'd say the new front-runner is Knowshon Moreno, the Georgia RB. He's put up big numbers on a contending team and has that spectacular dive into the EZ that would be a great "picture" of his Heisman year.

The other guys in the mix right now are Missouri's Chase Daniel, obviously Florida's Tim Tebow and BYU's Max Hall.

My official pick has to stay Sanchez since I'm not one to change my pick mid-season. But I'd say right now, if the season ended today, Moreno would win it.

  • mark rogers
  • September 26, 2008 8:53 PM

HOW DID USC LOSE?

I was on the USC band wagon from last year on...they looked great in the Rose Bowl and smeered Virginia on the road and Ohio State - a top 5 team at the time - last week.

USC is bigger. USC is stronger. USC is faster. USC is more talented than any other team in college football...period. End of discussion...it's not even close. This is probably Pete Carroll's most talented team he's had at USC, and that's saying something.

Taylor Mays, Brian Cushing, Kevin Ellison, Joe McKnight, Mark Sanchez, Mitch Mustain, Aaron Corp, Ray Maualuga, Patrick Turner, Vidal Hazelton, Damian Williams, Fili Moala, Everson Griffin...and on and on and on. You'll see most of those guys in the NFL in the next few years. They're unbelievable athletes.

So how in the world did they lost to a team that lost to Stanford and was crushed by Penn State in a game they looked like a Division I-AA program?

Simple.

Scheme.

I watched the game last night. I watched most plays more than once. I could NOT believe what I was seeing.

USC lineman getting driven off the line. Defenders missing tackles. Fumbles. Dropped passes. Mass hysteria.

What the Oregon State coaches did was scheme the absolutely perfect game plan. Had their plan looked any different, I believe they would have lost and lost big.

The Beavers took advantage of two things: USC's speed and their complacency.

They used the Trojans speed against them by putting James Rodgers in motion and running misdirection plays...over and over and over.

The OSU QB didn't even have that great of a game, which I would have thought was a must if they were to win. The OSU offensive lineman were in the right place at the right time as if they knew exactly what stunts and which direction the USC defenders were going.

When that happened, Quizz Rodgers found the holes and ran with a fire he probably didn't even know he had.

OSU was confident. They weren't scared. They were in front of their home crowd (which is HUGE in college football).

I don't even think the OSU defense played all that great...their offense was just so good that it took most of the pressure off the defense.

When you are the best team in the nation and you get punched in the mouth and it hurts and you're bleeding...that messes with your mental frame of mind.

It just goes to show that ANYBODY can beat ANYBODY on any day.

That is the equivalent of TCU beating Oklahoma...Iowa State beating Georgia...Houston beating Missouri. Craziness.

You think we would have learned after last year when Top 5 teams lost to unranked teams 13 times.

I thought USC was unstoppable. I thought they had a cake walk to the BCS Title Game. I thought they would be regarded as one of the greatest teams of all time. I was way off.

  • mark rogers
  • September 26, 2008 8:35 PM

MORE FAST STARTS...BROKEN RECORD

Once again the teams from Abilene (Abilene High and Wylie) got off to great starts in their games tonight.

Cooper plays tomorrow.

Abilene High is the obvious favorite in the district...let's just hope they can avoid the USC curse. More on that in a minute...

  • mark rogers
  • September 26, 2008 8:32 PM

September 19, 2008

POTTS SEES FIRST ACTION LAST WEEK

Speaking of former Big Country QBs...Taylor Potts (AHS) saw his first PT against SMU last week. He looked good connecting on 6 of 7 passing for 95 yards and no TDs.
  • mark rogers
  • September 19, 2008 9:22 PM

EX-BULLDOG HAVING PHENOMENAL START

Just in case you've been living in a cave lately - Case Keenum, the former Wylie State Championship QB, is having quite the start for the University of Houston.

Through three games (two of which were losses) Keenum is #2 in the FCS in passing yards and 30th in QB rating. He trails only Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell in the passing yardage category.

He's on pace to throw for more than 4500 yards this year...averaging about 380 yds passing per game...wow.

  • mark rogers
  • September 19, 2008 9:15 PM

HOW I DID LAST FRIDAY - AND A SHOT AT CHOKE-LAHOMA

Ohio State / USC is obvioulsy the headliner of the year so far. I think the Trojans are going to wipe the floor with the Bucks. With or without Chris Wells. I was right on with this one. I'd say 35-3 would be "wiping the floor." I'm calling OSU to lose to Troy tomorrow, too.

Texas Tech may score 100 on SMU...They didn't score 100, but they did dominate...really went out on a limb there.

ND will beat, yes, will beat Michigan...They did...easily. Actually made ND look like the #2 team in the nation.

OU @ Washington could be closer than people think. The Huskies have one of the best athletes in the country at QB and he's not even close to being a household name...Jake Locker. The Huskies are off a tough loss last week...OK, I was off here. Washington couldn't rebound from being hosed by that terrible unsportsmanlike conduct call. OU looks pretty good early, but they always do and then will get whipped in a BCS game. Choke-lahoma will live for another year. They can't beat the Pac-10, SEC, WAC or the Big East in big games...I'm calling it right here - they're going to lose to East Carolina in a bowl...done.

I'll be watching 26 games tomorrow...and I surely did.

  • mark rogers
  • September 19, 2008 8:58 PM

COWBOYS HAVE TOUGH TEST ON SUNDAY NIGHT

To keep the "perfect season" alive the Dallas Cowboys will have to go to one of the most storied stadiums in all of sports and beat a pretty good team - the Green Bay Packers.

The last time Dallas went to Green Bay they lost. Vinnie Testaverde (1986 Heisman Trophy Winner) was the QB and Tony Romo held two FGs and two PATs. He'll have a little bit different role this Sunday night on national TV.

The one positive about Brett Favre being gone is that we knocked him out of the game against GB last year and saw Rodgers for the majority of the time. He picked us apart and almost led a great comeback, but we weren't prepared for his arm or mobility...we will be on Sunday.

A short week coming off an emotional win against a division rival is definitely working against us...but these are the kind of moments we need to show the country that we're a Super Bowl Championship team.

I'm calling for Tony Romo to be well-protected and have a huge game in his home state. He's really down playing that fact, but you know he's got to be thinking about it. His first start in Wisconsin since high school.

Even with a loss, though, keep in mind the Chargers are 0-2...could be worse.

My prediction - Cowboys 31   Packers 24

  • mark rogers
  • September 19, 2008 8:50 PM

ALL THREE ABILENE SCHOOLS LEADING AT HALF

The good start has continued into the half for all three schools. AHS is rolling again. Cooper's made some big defensive plays. Wylie is playing well against one of the better teams in the state...

Third quarters about to get underway...

  • mark rogers
  • September 19, 2008 8:47 PM

NFL QB BREAKDOWN

Here are some interesting numbers for you to digest:

Keep in mind, this is if you look at the top 32 QBs (according to QB rating) in the NFL tonight and substitute Tom Brady for Matt Cassell...

21.9% or 7 are from premier BCS programs: Aaron Rodgers (Cal), Peyton Manning (UT), Tom Brady (Michigan), Carson Palmer (USC), Jason Campbell (Auburn), Jamarcus Russell (LSU) and Brian Griese (Michigan).

37.5% or 12 are from BCS schools that aren't in the national hunt every year: Philip Rivers (NC State), Jay Cutler (Vandy), Donovan McNabb (Syracuse), Trent Edwards (Stanford), Drew Brees (Purdue), Eli Manning (Ole Miss), Kyle Orton (Purdue), Matt Schaub (Virginia), Marc Bulger (WVU), Matt Ryan (BC), Derek Anderson (Oregon St) and Matt Hasselbeck (BC).

40.6% or 13 are from NON-BCS SCHOOLS: Ben Roethlisberger (Miami OH), Kurt Warner (Northern Iowa), Tony Romo (East. Illinois), Brett Favre (Southern Miss), JT O'Sullivan (UC-Davis), Jon Kitna (Central Washington), Chad Pennington (Marshall), Jake Delhomme (Lou-Lafeyette), Jeff Garcia (San Jose St), David Garrard (East Carolina), Tavaris Jackson (Alabama St), Joe Flacco (Delaware) and Tyler Thigpen (Coastal Carolina).

I think that's pretty amazing. The majority of NFL starting QBs are from schools that never even sniff the national title hunt or the national spotlight. You could make a case for East Carolina this year, but not when Garrard was there. Some of those aren't even Division 1 schools.

And it's not like the "premier BCS" group is dominating the league...all three groups are averaging right around 17 when you average all their rankings together after week 2. Big Ben and Kurt Warner are #1 and #2 right now...Carson Palmer (2002 Heisman Trophy Winner) is last.

My developing theory is that the QBs at the premier schools are never tested. They have great offensive lines and never have to deal with pressure. They have the best receivers who catch everything that's thrown to them. They have the best coaching. They have the biggest media spotlight. They have great running backs who make the inferior defenses they play respect the run which opens up the passing lanes...etc.

The exact opposite is true of the non-BCS QBs. Their offensive lines are suspect which causes them to run for their lives. They have to make more "NFL-type" throws or their less than superior receivers won't make the catches. They may not have a great running game so they're dealing with defenses keying on the pass every week...etc.

That's just my developing theory...but I think it's a pretty good one.

Now, that's not to say the Tim Tebow or Matt Stafford aren't tested coming out of the SEC...but according to the numbers above, they're the minority.

  • mark rogers
  • September 19, 2008 8:17 PM

GAMES TOMORROW

We'll be treated to some great games tomorrow. The SEC season is officially starting. Auburn beating Miss St 3-2 doesn't count.

LSU @ Auburn: Both teams have questions at QB. I'll take the home team in that scenario. This will be another low scoring affair...9-7, 10-9...something like that. Field position and the kicking game will be the difference. I like Auburn by 1 or 2.

Georgia @ Ariz State: The Bulldogs haven't traveled this far COMBINED for like the last 15 years or something crazy. I like George to win, but it will be a lot closer than people think. ASU lost to a non-BCS team last week, but they have an All-Conference QB in Rudy Carpenter and will take advantage of being home. Georgia by 6

Rice @ Texas: Rice has a great QB-WR duo in Clement and Dillard. The Owls will put up some passing numbers on the young Texas secondary, but the Longhorns will make plays when they need to and will win big. It may be close in the first half...Texas by 21

Miami @ A&M: Yikes...two "down" teams. I'll have to take the Aggies only because they're at home. If it was at a neutral site, I may have to call it a 0-0 tie. Will that thought muster a comment?

Alabama @ Arkansas: Bama is getting some major hype after their dominating win over Clemson in Week 1. They haven't been tested since. Arkansas is "down" but are tough at home and have a typical SEC defense. This one will be a good game...Tide by 13

Troy @ OSU: I'm going out on a limb here and calling the Troy upset. OSU will be way down after getting whacked last week. Long road trip...at home so they'll be complacent...and Troy is MUCH better than you think. I'll officially say Troy wins by 3 on a last second FG.

Florida @ Tennessee: After being beaten by UCLA (then the Bruins lose 59-0 to BYU...???) the Vols have looked much better. Florida is uber-talented and this will be another one of those SEC brawls to the end. I'll take the Gators by 10

  • mark rogers
  • September 19, 2008 8:05 PM

I CALLED COLORADO UPSET

I'm calling the upset tonight. Colorado over WV...if they can beat OU up there, WV should be a cake walk since they lost to ECU. That is a sentence from an email I sent yesterday. I totally called that and stayed up late to watch it. CU is tough at home and WVU made the wrong coaching move. They started the year ranked 8th and are now a non-story. If Baylor could win tonight, that would be HUGE...all four Baylor fans would be going CRAZY.
  • mark rogers
  • September 19, 2008 7:54 PM

GOOD STARTS FOR AISD

Gotta love starting a game out with a 93-yard KO return...they say that's good for momentum. I'm no expert.

Cooper scored quick, too and just intercepted. That would be quite a win. I don't care if Garland is the worst team ever...to travel that far, stay focused and win would be impressive.

Wylie just recovered a fumble. Great start for all three Abilene teams...

  • mark rogers
  • September 19, 2008 7:52 PM

September 16, 2008

OBSERVATIONS FROM COWBOYS/EAGLES

Wow...what a game. It looked like there for a while that we were going to mop the floor with Philly. However, they proved to be quite the dynamic offense...a lot better than I gave them credit for.

My observations from last night:

  • Donovan McNabb is a better QB than he's ever been in his career.
  • Romo showed a lot of poise to be able to come back and play well after the fumble in the EZ and INT happened in about a five minute span...showed a great deal of maturity.
  • Our defense is opportunistic. We couldn't stop Philly ALL night except when we had to. Those two sacks on the last drive by Ellis and Ware were coverage sacks. Credit our secondary for not letting McNabb find an open receiver. That was an unbelieveable defensive series. The other times we stopped them were their first two drives when they had to settle for field goals.
  • I bet Jerry Jones was feeling pretty good about his Felix Jones pick after that KO return. The guy we passed up, Rashard Mendenhall, hasn't done much so far this year.
  • We made some really good halftime adjustments. I don't know what they were exactly (since I wasn't in the locker room) but at the beginning of the third quarter we were gaining yards on the ground (which we weren't able to do in the first half) and were stopping Brian Westbrook (which we weren't able to do in the first half).
  • Jason Witten continues to seperate himself from the league's top tight ends. I don't think there's anyone else playing as well as he is right now. Many people don't or can't appreciate what a good route runner he is...
  • Romo to Owens was a genius call on 3rd and long. We averaged about 9 yards on our third downs last night...not a good stat...BUT...we converted most of them. That's something I'd like to see changed though. We're not going to win the Super Bowl if we continue averaging more than nine yards on third down.
  • Our offensive and defensive lines completely and effectively wore down the Eagles last night. Our D line especially played really good. If we were playing against anyone but McNabb, we would have had about seven sacks last night. He is unbelieveable at escaping pressure.
  • No one made a big deal about Romo's great move in the pocket right before he threw the pick. That was good to see...all great QBs have eyes in the back of their head.
  • My stupid DVR messed up and I missed the DeSean Jackson fumble...kind of glad I did. My wife got on to me for screaming at the DVR even after the game was over. I missed 13 minutes of the game (real time)...about four minutes game time. Unacceptable.
  • We had a lot of standouts in the secondary last night. Adam Jones, Anthony Henry and Mike Jenkins made some really impressive plays.
  • Zach Thomas is in Pro Bowl form. He sniffed out some plays last night that could have been killers.

All in all I thought it was a good game. Our defense needs to play more consistent but did step up in crunch time and only allowed seven points in the second half.

If we were playing that game in Philly...we lose...no question.

We better get rid of some of those costly penalties (face masks specifically) and mental mistakes if we're going to beat Green Bay on the road.

What were the moments that stood out to you?

  • mark rogers
  • September 16, 2008 11:23 AM

September 12, 2008

WILL WIN HURT ABILENE HIGH'S RANKING?

I don't think so...voters (like it even matters anyway) will take the rivalry aspect of the game into consideration.

Rivalry games are always just a little different than a game between two good teams. There are so many other factors in play.

The bottom line is: Abilene High won - they shouldn't drop. Cooper lost to the Class 5A No. 5 Team...they shouldn't drop either. They might, but should definitely be in the top 10.

What do you think?


AND THE HERO IS......????

I give it to Chris Williams for his TFL on third down. It's tough to name a hero on an incomplete pass that no one really had a PBU on...that's according to what I'm hearing on the radio.

Kind of a downer ending after a great set-up...I'm sure the Eagles will take it.

Cooper sure played great...both teams did. Cougs will take some confidence away from this loss. That doesn't happen very often.

  • mark rogers
  • September 12, 2008 10:06 PM

GAMES TOMORROW

Some good college games tomorrow...

Ohio State / USC is obvioulsy the headliner of the year so far. I think the Trojans are going to wipe the floor with the Bucks. With or without Chris Wells...

Texas Tech may score 100 on SMU...

ND will beat, yes, will beat Michigan...

OU @ Washington could be closer than people think. The Huskies have one of the best athletes in the country at QB and he's not even close to being a household name...Jake Locker. The Huskies are off a tough loss last week.

I'll be watching 26 games tomorrow...

  • mark rogers
  • September 12, 2008 10:02 PM

HEROIC MOMENTS

These are the moments I call my wife in from the other room to watch.

In the next four plays, someone is going to be a hero...let's see who it's going to be. Either a Cougar offensive player or an Eagle defensive one.

This is a good ending...

  • mark rogers
  • September 12, 2008 10:01 PM

UNBELIEVABLE

This is the kind of ending that will keep this rivalry in the "classic" category. Will Ford is a playmaker.

People are leaving the stadium and the Cougs have 1:13 to tie this game up, 22 yards away...wow.

  • mark rogers
  • September 12, 2008 9:41 PM

WAS ATMOSPHERE THE SAME?

It's hard to determine a location's atmosphere over the radio.

I wonder if the Cooper/AHS game had the same "umph" it normally does? It didn't seem like it had the same buzz around town...am I wrong?

  • mark rogers
  • September 12, 2008 9:37 PM

TICKET GIVEAWAY

I'll be giving away two tickets to the AHS/Tyler Lee game tonight on the webcast. I'll give the number out towards the end of the cast...
  • mark rogers
  • September 12, 2008 9:31 PM

COUGS NEED TO RESPOND

Cooper needs to score a TD in response to the Eagles score. If they let AHS go up two scores, it may be too late to make a comeback.

Of course, that's what Cooper said about the Eagles about 6 years ago when AHS trailed 10 points with about a minute left and won the game. That was an awesome game.

Cooper won the next year in OT. We might be headed for another amazing finish. We're certainly due...

  • mark rogers
  • September 12, 2008 9:25 PM

RIVALRY GAME CLICHE TRUE TONIGHT

You hear it over and over...but you really can throw out all the stats and records for tonight's AHS/Cooper game.

There is so much adrenaline on the field for the first quarter that it makes teams pretty equal - no matter how much a team is "supposed" to win by.

The real test will be if Cooper can hang with the Eagles through the third quarter. If they can, it's anyone's game.

  • mark rogers
  • September 12, 2008 9:16 PM

September 5, 2008

WYLIE DID KEEP IT CLOSE

I knew they would. You could go back and change one play in that game and Wylie knocks off #1.

I do think, even with the loss, that Wylie will be up in the AP Top 10 either this week or next.

Head coach Hugh Sandifer said afterwards that Wylie played better football this week than it did against Vernon last week.

That must be frustrating to play better and lose...

It certainly won't hurt Wylie's confidence heading into week 2. Think about the Giants nearly knocking off the Patriots at the end of last year's NFL regular season. They didn't win but the performance propelled them to a Super Bowl champioship.

Interesting thought...

  • mark rogers
  • September 5, 2008 10:17 PM

INTRIGUING QUESTION

Would you rather:

be a great quarterback on a Texas Class 5A team where the offensive lineman weigh 150 pounds

-or-

be a great kicker who loses his shoe and has to wear a cowboy boot to kick the game-winning 25 yard field goal?

  • mark rogers
  • September 5, 2008 9:36 PM

COUGS AND EAGLES RUNNING AWAY

The Abilene High and Cooper games are getting ugly.

The Eagles had a bit of a scare right before half, but seemed to make some good half-time adjustments.

  • mark rogers
  • September 5, 2008 9:16 PM

WYLIE CLIMBING BACK

Wylie just scored (missed the PAT) 21-12, but still need some type of game-changing play to turn the tide. They had a long TD drive then missed the extra point. Momentum still with Liberty Hill...
  • mark rogers
  • September 5, 2008 9:02 PM

WYLIE NEEDS A SPARK

The Wylie Bulldogs need a spark. They're hanging in there at home against the #1 team in the state...21-6 at the start of the third quarter.

I told a friend of mine today that Wylie would keep it close. They need something...a fumble recovery, INT, diving catch, something to get that crowd into it.  The Wylie home field advantage has to be worth at least a touchdown.

  • mark rogers
  • September 5, 2008 8:53 PM

3-5A UPDATE

Half-time scores from 3-5A:

North Crowley 0

Berkner 14

 

Richland 14

Irving 7

 

Haltom 14

LD Bell 28

 

FW Paschall 16

Irv. Nimitz 6

  • mark rogers
  • September 5, 2008 8:51 PM

WEEKLY PLANO UPDATE

By the way...Plano was down at the half at home to DeSoto 20-7. They won 28-20 and are now 2-0...#2 team in the state.

Exactly ten years ago tonight...Plano was 0-2. I would know...I was on the team and we had just lost to eventual state champion Duncanville.

I played my one and only offensive play all year during the game. I was thrown to the ground...I played defense...whatever.

  • mark rogers
  • September 5, 2008 8:49 PM

COUGS ROLLING

35-14 at the half...After a slow start, it looks like Cooper is headed for a 2-0 start.
  • mark rogers
  • September 5, 2008 8:42 PM

EAGLES USING TURNOVERS

We've seen Cooper tonight turn the tides in their game using a big play on their punt return.

Abilene High used a blocked punt and an INT to get back in their game with the (hated) Plano East Panthers.

As a graduate of Plano Senior High School, I am obligated to say that I dislike the Panthers of PESH.

Anyway - in a matter of minutes, Abilene high is up 17-7.

  • mark rogers
  • September 5, 2008 8:33 PM

WILL FORD SPARKS COUGS

Cooper was down early to Saginaw Boswell, but All-State safety Will Ford returned a punt for a TD, tied the game and now the Cougs are leading by two scores.

Sometimes a big-time play from a big-time player is all it takes to spark a team and get the momentum swinging in your favor.

  • mark rogers
  • September 5, 2008 8:29 PM

September 3, 2008

SUPER BOWL QUEST IN FOUR DAYS!!!

The Dallas Cowboys and Cleveland Browns will kick-off in a little less than four days. Many people have picked the Cowboys to win it all. Many think the Cowboys will choke.

Good reasons back-up both trains of thought.

With 13 All-Pro athletes on the team and a team record-tying 13 wins in 2007, the Cowboys should be as good or better than last year. Should be.

Another interesting thing to note is that Dallas has very few players that weren't around here last year.

Montrae Holland was brought in with the injury to OG Kyle Kosier. Zach Thomas and Adam Jones were big free-agent acquisitions. And the five draft picks. Those are the only newbies on the team. That's good.

What's not good is that Dallas hasn't won a playoff game since I was a sophomore in high school. 24 NFL teams have won at least one playoff game since 1996. Also, Tony Romo is 0-2 in his NFL Playoff career with worse than average performances in both games.

A couple of things to watch on Sunday.

The match-up between Cleveland OT Joe Thomas and Cowboys OLB Demarcus Ware. If Cleveland opts to let Thomas take Ware one-on-one...we'll have an epic battle on our hands. Thomas is one of the best tackles in the game. Ware is the best OLB...period.

The other thing is the fact the Dallas has five WRs on the roster. Miles Austin, Sam Hurd and Isaiah Stanback are injured. But don't worry. Cleveland has one of the worst secondaries in the game and the Cowboys still have a healthy Terrell Owens and Patrick Crayton - one of the best 1-2 punches in the league.

Should be a good game all the way around...I'm pumped.

I'm calling for Dallas to match last year's 13 win total and at least make the Super Bowl. That's a prediction from a true Cowboys fan who'll be very cautious until I see a 'W' during the post-season.

One other thing: it's so hard to go wire to wire if everybody thinks you're going to win. It rarely happens in college and the New England Patriots couldn't even do it...and they were the best team EVER.

That was a sarcastic statement...

Go COWBOYS!!!!!

 

  • mark rogers
  • September 3, 2008 10:56 PM

September 1, 2008

OBSERVATIONS FROM SATURDAY

The opening week of the 2008 football season won't go down in history like last year (App State - Michigan upset)...but it was still a great few days of football - especially in HD!!

  • Very impressed with Florida's defense. They really fly around and swarm to the ball. Ditto for USC. I could tell a difference in intensity between those two school's defensive performances and Ohio State's and Georgia's.
  • Colt McCoy did nothing to hurt his Heisman campaign. Great performance against a team that is much better than people give them credit for.
  • Wasn't impressed with Auburn's offense. Texas Tech transfer Chris Todd seemed to move the ball better than highly touted Kodi Burns. Auburn has a HUGE stable of very good running backs and a great defense.
  • Knowshon Moreno is the man. Georgia RB can really move.
  • How about La-Tech, East Carolina and Bowling Green? So much for Pittsburgh being a surprise team - at least North Carolina was able to win.
  • Mark Sanchez is also looking pretty good in the Heisman race after his game against Virginia. USC is incredible.
  • Clemson and Texas A&M sure lived up to their billing of being over-rated. Alabama's freshmen that were supposed to make an impact next year are going to make an impact this year. Alabama is good...really good. And, no, Arkansas State is not good...A&M must really be terrible. But they'll still beat OU, Tech or UT, just watch.
  • Missouri is alot better than I gave them credit for. They really handed it to a good Illinois team. I was surprised.
  • Taylor Potts didn't get in the game against E. Washington, but Lyle Leong had one reception for 32 yards. Tech is at Nevada next week.

We have a good weekend coming up, high school and college. Plus the Cowboys play on Sunday!

 

  • mark rogers
  • September 1, 2008 10:33 PM