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October 31, 2008

LATE START AND LIVE TRIVIA QUESTION

We're going to hit a little late on the webcast due to the AHS game going long...2:48 left in the game. Shouldn't be much longer.

Also, we're going to have a trivia question. There is no prize other than bragging rights (and to see how many are out there watching).

It has something to do with the Texas Tech Red Raiders...don't miss it. I'll ask about 15 minutes after we start the webcast.


THERE IT IS...

I just said if AHS gets a turnover on the Rebels' first possession, it could get ugly.

They just picked off a Richland pass...here we go...let the blowout ensue.

  • mark rogers
  • October 31, 2008 9:39 PM

EAGLES COME OUT SWINGING

The offense took its first possession of the second half all the way to the endzone. Great way to start but only if the defense comes up with a stop.

It's so important to set good early tones in the first and third quarters...something AHS has mastered.

If the Eagle defense forces a three-and-out or a turnover on the Rebels first possession...it could get ugly.

  • mark rogers
  • October 31, 2008 9:36 PM

IN-DEPTH DALLAS COWBOYS ANALYSIS

Nevermind...I don't want to talk about the stupid Cowboys.

  • mark rogers
  • October 31, 2008 9:25 PM

PLAYOFF CLARIFICATION

In case you're confused about something...

All 5A districts send four teams to the playoffs. That's how Cooper went 1-4 last year and made the playoffs.

Now all 4A districts will send four teams to the playoffs. Two in each Division just like 5A.

The rest of the numbered classes - 3 through 1 - all send three teams per district. One team in Division 1 (or big school) and two in Division 2.

6-Man is a little different...for more information than you could ever possibly remember about 6-Man go to www.sixmanfootball.com

 

  • mark rogers
  • October 31, 2008 9:22 PM

GAMES TO WATCH OUT FOR NEXT WEEK

We'll have some huge games across the region next week if some things pan out tonight.

If Sweetwater hangs on, it'll be Wylie at Sweetwater next week for the outright district title.  That'll be a HUGE game.

If Ballinger beats Colorado City and Jim Ned beats Grape Creek tonight, Ballinger and Jim Ned will play for the outright title in Ballinger next week.

If Brady can beat 0-4 Dublin, they'll play Bangs in Bangs for the outright title next week.

If Albany beats Cross Plains tonight and Bronte beats Miles, Albany and Bronte will pay for the outright title next week.

There's probably more out there, but those are the ones on my radar. Someone out there comment if you know of anymore big matchups.

It's not always the district title games that are the most exciting. Usually it's the teams playing for the final slot in the district that should get the most attention but fall in the shadows.

  • mark rogers
  • October 31, 2008 9:18 PM

WINDS OF CHANGE

Here are the BCS Standings as of Week 9 in 2007:

1. Ohio State 9-0
 2. Boston College 8-0
 3. LSU 7-1
 4. Arizona State 8-0
 5. Oregon 7-1
 6. Oklahoma 7-1
 7. West Virginia 7-1
 8. Virginia Tech 6-2
 9. Kansas 8-0
10. South Florida 6-2

Here's how they ended up:

1. LSU (60) 12-2 1,620
 2. Georgia (3) 11-2 1,515
 3. USC (1) 11-2 1,500
 4. Missouri 12-2 1,347
 5. Ohio State 11-2 1,346
 6. West Virginia 11-2 1,342
 7. Kansas (1) 12-1 1,303
 8. Oklahoma 11-3 1,139
 9. Virginia Tech 11-3 1,096
10. Texas 10-3 962

Four teams fell completely out of the Top 10 - Boston College, Arizona State, Oregon and South Florida.

Four teams weren't in the Top 10 and ended up there - Texas and the 2,3 and 4 teams, Georgia, USC and Missouri.

Here's what the BCS Top 10 looks like tonight:

1. Texas 8-0
 2. Alabama 8-0
 3. Penn State 9-0
 4. Oklahoma 7-1
 5. USC 6-1
 6. Georgia 7-1
 7. Texas Tech 8-0
 8. Florida 6-1
 9. Oklahoma State 7-1
10. Utah 8-0

Here's my prediction. I think three teams - Texas  Tech, Oklahoma State and Utah will not be there when it's all said and done. So the question is...who will replace them?

I'll say.......Florida State, Michigan State and TCU. It's a long shot...but I'll check when it's over.

 

  • mark rogers
  • October 31, 2008 9:10 PM

PREDICTIONS FOR TOMORROW

As we wind down to the end of the college football season, we have fewer and fewer big games.

There are two big ones tomorrow - Texas @ Texas Tech and Florida vs. Georgia in Jacksonville.

Whoever loses those games will more than likely be completely out of the national title hunt.  The winner of those two games will be in the driver's seat.

If Florida wins out, wins the SEC East and the conference game against Alabama (unless LSU can upset Alabama), Florida goes to the BCS Title game.

If Texas wins out, wins the Big 12 South and the conference game against Missouri, Texas plays for it all.

But think of all the possibilities there. Texas could lose to Tech could lost to OU, then I'm not even sure how they'd break that tie. I'd have to do some research. Tech could beat Texas lose to OU and Oklahoma State and Oklahoma State could beat OU. There goes my nose itching again. I have to stop doing that.

LSU could beat Alabama and win the SEC championship...again. Penn State will probably win out and would have to be considered for the BCS Title game IF and only if the Big 12 or SEC have a one-loss team.

Wasn't this post titled "Predictions for Tomorrow"? Let's get back on track...

I've already posted my feelings on the Texas/Tech game tomorrow...look below to ready my prediction there.

I think Florida will beat Georgia tomorrow. They're playing at a high level and will be looking for payback after the Bulldog Party in the endzone last year.

Oklahoma will smear Nebraska. But what a game that used to be...

Florida State and Georgia Tech should also be a good game. The ACC is totally up in the air. I called FSU to be a surprise team for 2008 so I'll stick with them to win their division and play for the ACC Title.

By the way my surprise teams before the season were Florida State, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Notre Dame.

 

  • mark rogers
  • October 31, 2008 8:55 PM

WYLIE NOT MESSING AROUND

After somewhat of a scare last week against Breckenridge, the Wyile Bulldogs are taking no chances against Graham.

They don't care who the Graham QB's brother is...

We've got an interesting scenario playing out in District 2-3A.

If Brownwood can upset Sweetwater at the Mustang Bowl and Snyder beats Breckenridge, Snyder and Brownwood would be 2-2 in league play. Sweetwater would be 3-1.

Then if whoever wins between Snyder and Brownwood would be 3-2. If Wyile beats Sweetwater, the Mustangs would also be 3-2 and Brownwood would have the tie-breaker.

So you'd have Wylie in first place, Brownwood in second, Sweetwater in third and Snyder left out.

There are about 74 more possible outcomes but my nose starts itching when I do complex mathematics...just like it did during exams in high school. I must stop trying to think of hypotheticals now...must...live....in......the...........now.

  • mark rogers
  • October 31, 2008 8:48 PM

RICHLAND IS THE BEST 3-5A HAS TO OFFER THE EAGLES

Doesn't seem like it'll be much competition for the Eagles who will undoubtedly be 10-0 with a win tonight and win at North Crowley next week to close the season.

Only one concern remains: how will the Eagles respond when they're really tested.

Sure that concern pops up, but I don't think it will be a problem. When you have a program that goes at least three deep in the post season every year, you create a group of guys that know what it's like to play 12, 13, 14 games and win when the going gets tough.

Same thing goes for Wylie.

Same thing goes for the University of Texas.

When you create a culture of winning, it's easier to keep that momentum going because all the players and coaches on the team have that priceless experience.

Game's not over though. Richland has the ball deep in AHS territory in the closing seconds of the first half...threatening to score.

  • mark rogers
  • October 31, 2008 8:44 PM

CASE KEENUM UPDATE AND A TERRIBLE INJURY

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=191981

Former Wylie QB Case Keenum had his worst game of the year Tuesday night at Marshall. Pretty good when your "worst" game is 317 yards through the air and two TDs.

Keenum is second in the nation in passing yards and 16th in efficiency.

There was a horrible moment in the UH/Marshall game Tuesday night when one of Keenum's receivers ran into a metal cart the band was using in the back of the end zone.

I pity anyone who was watching and saw the replay. His lower leg broke clean in half.

I heard the guy's mom was thinking about pressing charges against Marshall. I can see where she's coming from.

Patrick Edwards may not ever be the same. The doctors say he'll make a full recovery, but you never know about something like that.

I do know one thing: if that type of injury happened to me I wouldn't be smiling and giving everyone a thumbs up. I'd be screaming uncontrollably and crying like a small child and probably throwing up from the sight of my leg. Ugh...I'm getting sick just thinking about it.

 

  • mark rogers
  • October 31, 2008 8:19 PM

DEFENDING TEXAS

I was caught in the middle of a nasty argument at work today about the Texas/Texas Tech game.

I've lost a lot of credibility on this matter since I guaranteed Tech would lose to Kansas...the first time I've been wrong all year (sarcasm).

Here is my response to the Colt McCoy and Texas naysayers:

 

Harrell: 6-3, 205 lbs

256-360 (71.1%), 3,147 yds

Yds per attempt = 8.74

28 TD - 5 INT

6 TD rushing

QB rating = 167.43

----------------------------- 

McCoy: 6-3, 210 lbs

198-242 (81.1%), 2,285 yds

Yds per attempt = 9.44

21 TD - 4 INT

7 TD rushing

QB rating = 186.46

 

If Texas had thrown it 360 times, based on his YPA Colt would have 3,399 yds - 250 more yards than Harrell - but Texas has a balanced team aka a running game so they don't need to (UT has run the ball 120 more times than Tech).

Colt's bigger, faster, stronger, more accurate, more efficient and just plain better than Graham Harrell.

If Texas can pressure Harrell, make him get rid of the ball before he wants to and put him on the turf (somewhere he's not used to being - sacked only three times) then Texas will be able to get key stops in key moments of the game and win by simply outscoring Tech.

If Tech's defense can keep the big play receivers of Texas in front of them and force third-and-longs (which they have been great at stopping this year), Tech has a good chance to win.

Tech will have home field advantage - which is actually huge in college football. Texas will have the advantage of better athletes and players who have been here before and know how to come-from-behind.

Tech has the biggest offensive line in college football. Texas' defense line is probably the most athletic and most productive in college football (Orakpo 2nd in nation in sacks).

That will be the key matchup tomorrow night. If Texas can get pressure, much like they did a few years ago against Cody Hodges (the former Hereford Whiteface), and put Harrell on his back or maybe break his throwing shoulder, Texas will win. If Tech's mammoth OL can keep Harrell safe for the 2.1 seconds he needs to deliver the ball, Tech will win.

Also, the TT receivers have gone through some dropped passes/fumbling problems this year. If that shows up, it's bad news for the Red Raiders.

That's a lot of 'ifs'. My prediction? Tech will have its share of big plays early, get the crowd into it and jump out to a lead. Texas will then begin to mix-up its coverages and blitzes, get more and more pressure on Harrell and come up with some explosive plays on offensive of its own. Texas 42, Tech 35.

One other thing to remember - this is the biggest game in the history of the Texas Tech football program. This isn't the biggest game Texas will play this year. Tech will be overhyped and therefore be forced into making dumb decisions and getting penalized at opportune times for UT - keeping drives alive, gaining key yards, etc...


October 30, 2008

COWBOYS ARE A MESS...

I guess I should've seen it coming.

All the pieces were in place for the Cowboys to have a huge meltdown. Much like the one they're having now.

Injuries, suspensions, trades, lack of productivity from typically productive players, whining, changes of strategy and a back-up QB controversy have all played a huge role in the 5-3 record the Cowboys have managed through the first part of the season.

All that being said, there is one enormously good thing about all this: it's happening now.

This is the kind of thing that will effect a team positively or negatively based on when it happens. If it happens mid-season, a team will either galvanize or fall apart even more, but the possibilty of gaining strength is definitely on the table.

If this sort of things - or these sorts of things - happen in Week 12 or 13...game over, season over, starting over.

I have a glimmer of hope that the Boys will be able to bounce back after the bye week - even if they lose to the Giants.

Let's say they lost to NY. At 5-4 heading into the bye week, they could finish 5-2 and be right in the thick of the playoff hunt.

And I wouldn't bet they'd do any better than 5-2 (even if they have it all together) with games against Washington, Pittsburgh, the Giants, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

That's a TOUGH schedule, but after the bye four of the remaining seven games are at home.

If Dallas doesn't have it together - and by "together" I mean Romo is healthy, TO is healthy and happy, Roy E. Williams is productive, Terrence Newman, Felix Jones, Mat McBriar and Jason Witten are healthy and we're playing as a team - then the Boys would be lucky to make it through the last part of the season 2-5 ending with a dismal 7-9 record...that could happen.

I shudder at the thought...

My hope is that Dallas escapes with one on Sunday, comes together and finishes 5-2 which would give us an 11-5 record...very respectable.

All the hypotheticals out there...right now? The Cowboys are nothing but a huge mess...and we should have seen it coming.

  • mark rogers
  • October 30, 2008 2:10 PM

ALABAMA/TENNESSEE ADVENTURE

As some of you may remember from an earlier posting, the reason there was no webcast last week or any blog updates was because I was in Knoxville for the Alabama/Tennessee game.

My college roommate transferred to Tennessee and made the football team as a walk-on when we were sophomores. He played one season and came back to Abilene. We've been meaning to go up to a game for the last several years and finally made it happen.

The trip was not without its disasters.

I forgot my driver's license and had to be searched and searched again using credit cards and insurance cards to make it through security.

Then my buddy left his car keys on the parking lot shuttle at DFW.

Then we went to the wrong gate and had to run .656 miles (I looked it up) in about 5 minutes in boots, jeans and with our luggage to the correct gate for the flight which (according to the flight attendant) we were 60 seconds away from missing.

And that was all within the first hour of the trip.

Once we got there, things settled down and we were able to enjoy ourselves. We made it to campus on Saturday at around noon leaving around 7 hours to kill before kick off.

The Tennessee/Alabama game is an interesting phenomenon. Not an in-state rivalry, but is a lot like OU/Texas - the states are connected, most of the time the game has national title or the very least conference title implications, etc...

I couldn't believe how many cars had Tennessee and Alabama flags. Or how many people were in groups that were split right down the middle...half wearing crimson, half wearing orange.

You don't see that at Texas/OU. You're either all Texas or all OU. I think it has to do with the fact that there are so many extended families that branch out all over the southeast. My mom is from Alabama and has a huge family from the coast up to Birmingham into Georgia and Tennessee.

I think that's what makes SEC football so intense. There are so family close connections between families, players and coaches.

Anyway, back to the pre-game. I got to stand at the front of the line during the "Vol Walk" when the players and coaches walk to the stadium from the athletic offices. Philip Fulmer slapped my hand in what will probably be one of his final "Vol Walks".

The band went marching by soon after the players which completed the electric feel on campus.

It was crazy because as bad as Tennessee has been this year, those fans still get up for games like they're in the national title hunt. Unbelievable dedication.

And not one seat was empty in the monstrous structure that is Neyland Stadium. More than 106,000 people. I've been to the Cotton Bowl many times and to a few Texas games in Austin(before the major renovations there) and have never seen anything like it.

The first half was a close game much to the chagrin of the Alabama fans whose section we were sitting in.

You could just feel the upset developing.

That's when Tennessee decided to try a long field goal in a 6-3 game. I've talked about it on the webcast before...in a situation like that - a low-scoring, defensive struggle - field position is king. You win field position, even as an underdog, and you have a great shot at winning the game.

Tennessee lined up for a field goal, which I was sure was going to end up being a quick kick, and they kicked the field goal...???!!!

No one could believe it, not even the Bama fans.

It game the Tide a short field which they used to score the game's first touchdown and that was all she wrote.

The game never had the same feel. Had Tennessee punted, pinned Bama deep and preserved the three-point defecit, the second half would have been much different.

As it turned out, Bama won 29-9 and secured their #2 ranking for at least another week. Most of the fans had departed with a few minutes to go in the game. No doubt had Tennessee won, there would have been a huge party and celebration right there on campus. That would have been fun to be a part of...

My buddy and I made it back home with no other major catastrophes, but it was definitely a trip neither of us will forget.

Now...back to West Texas football!!! It's good to be home.

  • mark rogers
  • October 30, 2008 1:40 PM

October 17, 2008

UPSET SPECIALS TONIGHT

We have a couple of major upsets tonight.

Bangs beat Coleman by 2. Everyone not in Bangs picked Coleman and the Dragons pulled it off.

Also, Clyde beat #1 Cisco and it really wasn't that close in the second half. Big win for Clyde.

With three weeks to go in the season...those two "underdogs" winning sure mixes up the district races.

Bangs is now in a great position to win its league. And Clyde is in the driver seat of 6-2A.

I need to do a district breakdown for the rest of the year...coming soon...maybe tomorrow.


IN CASE YOU'RE LIVING IN A CAVE

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2008/oct/16/novice-girl-is-no-novice/

Check out this story by my man Evan Ren that ran in today's paper about a girl playing on the Novice football team. A team that before tonight had won two games on the year.

Pretty cool...maybe they'll make a movie about it.

  • mark rogers
  • October 17, 2008 9:54 PM

CASE KEENUM UPDATE

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=191981

I was a little disappointed in Case last week (sarcasm included in the previous statement and there's a tad in the following)(there was even sarcasm in the text included in the parenthesis). He had his lowest passing yardage total of the year.

He only had 360 yards passing. What's wrong? Is he hurt? Having girl problems? Fighting in the locker room?

U of H coaches better figure it out or Case will continue these unbelievably poor performances...(sarcasm ... remember?)

 

  • mark rogers
  • October 17, 2008 9:46 PM

I COULDN'T HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG

Sheesh...I said Wylie and Snyder would go on a scoring spree in the second half of this game. Shows what I know...

Six points were scored in the half...one of the fastest halves in high school football I've ever seen. 18-14 will be your final. A far cry from the 33-28 score I predicted.

I'm not a mind-reader...leave me alone.

  • mark rogers
  • October 17, 2008 9:42 PM

COOPER PLAYING WELL WHEN IT MATTERS

The close losses and "almosts" don't mean a thing to Cooper at this point in the season.

They're about to be 2-0 in the driver's seat of the district 4-4A race. Frenship is good, but they have to come to Abilene to play the Cougs.

  • mark rogers
  • October 17, 2008 9:37 PM

HOW I DID LAST WEEK...

Here's a recap of my college picks from a week ago:

OU/Texas: See my seperate post on this game if you want more info. Oklahoma 24, Texas 27. I got the winner but missed on the score. I was right about the Sooners' suspect running game. They mustered just 48 total yards on the ground.

Nebraska/Texas Tech: I also posted recently about Tech. This will be one of their final games before the much expected late season collapse. Tech wins big - 52-21. Completely missed this one. I didn't figure the Raiders would be exposed until two more weeks. They showed how over-rated they are a little early.

LSU/Florida: Tim Tebow has completely fallen out of the Heisman conversation. I think Florida wins this game big and Tebow is vaulted back into contention. UF - 31, LSU - 17. I called this one all the way.  Tebow has slowly inched his way on the fringes of the Heisman conversation. He's a long way off from the consensus leader, Colt "The Real Deal" McCoy.

Oklahoma State/Missouri: This game won't be close. Mizzou wins big 41-21. Wow. Didn't see this one coming. I'm not ready to crown OSU the kings of the conference yet by any means. I think Mizzou was looking ahead and just laid an egg. I don't think OSU is really that good.

Penn State/Wisconsin: The Nittany Lions will continue to prove they're for real despite having a coach who hurt his leg demonstrating an onside kick...gotta love Joe Pa. Lions win in Madison 28-13. Penn State is still the quietest #3 ranked team in the history of college football. They dismantled Wisconsin at home. They'll beat everyone else they play.

Notre Dame/North Carolina: Two of my surprise teams before the season. I'd love to see Notre Dame win, but I love the way UNC has been playing. They beat Miami on the road then waxed undefeated UConn last Saturday. Butch Davis is making me look pretty smart...UNC by 14. I called this one, too. North Carolina is starting to prove they're not a fluke. I love their athleticism.  They just may win their division.

  • mark rogers
  • October 17, 2008 9:31 PM

COLLEGE GAMES TOMORROW

I have 32 games on my schedule that I'm planning to watch. Here's a quick preview of the ones I'm excited about:

Missouri @ Texas: I'll assume that the Tigers will jump out to a lead. They're a quick-strike offense just like OU and usually get off to good starts. The Texas defense will keep it close by putting pressure on Chase Daniel without having to blitz. The secondary will adjust as the game progresses. Texas will come-from-behind and win the game 35-31.

Texas Tech @ Texas A&M: The battle of mediocrity. Yes...mediocrity. Tech was exposed by an average Nebraska team last week at home. They are completely over-rated and will find themselves in a close game tomorrow at Kyle Field. They'll eek out a win (31-30)...remember in my post last week, they're not going to lose until they play Kansas.

Vanderbilt @ Georgia: The Bulldogs have been flying under the radar since their devastating defeat at home against Alabama. After beating Auburn, Vanderbilt lost to Mississippi State. Vandy's good. They're not good enough to beat UGA between the hedges. Bulldogs by 21.

Kansas @ OU: This is an interesting one. OU could be down after their tough loss in Dallas last week. I wouldn't be surprised to see Kansas pull one out, but I can't make that my prediction. OU 38-27.

Ole Miss @ Bama: This is another interesting game. Ole Miss beat Florida a few weeks ago.  They have talented players but don't play as a team all the time. I'll say Bama wins, but it'll be closer than people think...28-24.

Michigan @ Penn State: The Nittany Lions are hitting their stride. Michigan is truly terrible. Penn State wins big...45-20.

 

  • mark rogers
  • October 17, 2008 9:15 PM

THOUGHTS ON ROMO'S PINKY

I'm no doctor...but I sure do think Tony Romo should play on Sunday. I know that the pinky is important in throwing a football. I know that if he reinjures his finger, he may need surgery and would miss more time. I know that he shouldn't care what people think of him...

...or should he?

If Brett Favre is your self-proclaimed mentor and role model, you have to play with a broken pinky. No debate.

If he had broken ribs, a ruptured spleen or a compound fracture in his femur, then he could sit out. But if your role model is arguably the toughest player in league history behind Dick Butkus, a broken pinky should not keep you on the sidelines.

And it's not like we're playing the Eagles or Giants. We should...I repeat...should beat the Rams with an 80% Romo.

I think if he misses one game with this injury, it will only hurt his legacy...nothing more.

  • mark rogers
  • October 17, 2008 9:11 PM

WYLIE - SNYDER SHOULD BE A GREAT FINISH

As expected this matchup is a back and forth slug fest...much like the game Wylie played last week.

I'd expect much more scoring in the 2nd half of a game that Snyder leads 14-12. Bulldogs haven't kicked four field goals...they missed the PAT after the first TD and failed to convert the 2-pointer after their second.

Predicted final score: Wylie - 33, Snyder - 28

  • mark rogers
  • October 17, 2008 8:50 PM

October 15, 2008

CHECK OUT COMMENT UNDER "NOBODY BEATS COWBOYS..."

...we have some learned readers out there. I love it!
  • mark rogers
  • October 15, 2008 3:16 PM

NOBODY'S BETTER THAN THE COWBOYS...

...at stealing all the media attention. What an unbelievable week!

It all started at a hotel in downtown Dallas on Wednesday morning. Adam "Pacman" Jones gets into a fight in the bathroom with a man hired by Jerry Jones to protect him. Wow.

Then, in a seemingly harmless game against the lowly Arizona Cardinals, the bottom fell out.

The game was going along nicely...until the second half and final few plays of the contest. Record-setting rookie Felix Jones partially tears his hamstring, he's out for a few weeks...the Cowboys fall behind by 10 but are able to somehow claw their way back and force overtime...Tony Romo breaks his pinkie on the first play of OT and will miss at least two games...on the last play of OT, Pro-Bowl punter Mat McBriar breaks his foot because Touchdown Tony Curtis doesn't know how to block and the Cowboys lose.

Then yesterday we find out that Pacman Jones is suspended indefinitely and will miss at least four games at a time when our secondary needs him the most...BUT WAIT!!!

There's a silver lining because in the trade that brought Pacman over from Tennessee the Cowboys put a "not-so-fast" in the small print..."If Pacman is suspended not only do we not have to give up one of our draft picks that was on the table, but we get one from the Titans."

Basically we got back two draft picks yesterday and used one of them to land the biggest trade of the season. Three draft picks to the Lions for former Permian and UT star Roy Williams.

What a week...

I watched NFL Live on ESPN yesterday and the whole show was about the Dallas Cowboys.

You can debate all you want about if the 'Boys will win the Super Bowl...but there's one thing you simply CANNOT argue: THE DALLAS COWBOYS ARE THE MOST INTERESTING TEAM IN THE LEAGUE.

Long-time Cowboys fans are spoiled with all this craziness, but look around the league. No other team even comes close to the story lines and drama of the Dallas Cowboys.

It's what makes us America's Team...it's why we're the New York Yankees of the most popular professional sports league ever...it's why people hate us.

I've lost a little confidence in the team with all the injuries and tough games coming up. But I'm not ready to give up completely...to tell you the truth, I can't take my eyes off them.

There's no telling what will happen today...


October 14, 2008

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN...COMMENT #2

I promise I won't make a new post for every comment that is submitted...but when they're this few and far between, I think it's warranted.

John Madden commented on the blog...wow...tough actin Tinactin. Here it is:

Mark-
I tend to lean more towards the pro football arena but word is getting around about West Texas football here on the Outback bus so I would also like to comment while I finish this turducken... and possibly a bucket of wings.
My analysis: I agree with everything you said plus "boom". You know what I mean? "Boom!". Texas Tech is like that weasel team in pop warner that the punk kids play for and they whip mediocre teams, even an occasional tougher team, but will never be a National contender. They have this crazy offense that someone created while in the Texas Judicial System but didn't have enough brains to create a defense. Well, my time in Oakland learned me that defense wins championships, so "boom".
Hook 'em Aggies!

  • mark rogers
  • October 14, 2008 1:31 PM

IT TOOK SEVEN WEEKS, BUT WE HAVE OUR FIRST COMMENT!!!

Without further delay...I present to you the first real comment (as in not a comment from my mom) on the BigCountryFootball.com blog...I'm so happy.

Rogers,

Are you kidding? I'm disappointed in your lack of confidence for the pride of West Texas that is TTU. Unparalleled offense coupled with a much improved defense equals a Texas upset! Looks like you're just another pretentious pseudo-sports journalist that dedicates his career to overrating the beloved Longhorns. I can't wait to see your face, along with the other Mac Brown groupies in your industry, after Leach's boys stun the steers. I think the fact that only your mother reads and responds to your blogs is a good indication of how seriously football fans should take your opinions.

Regards,
TTU Unrealist

This comment was under my "SAME OLD TECH" posting from last week. Now my response:

I would like to say that I'd love to see Texas Tech win the Big 12 South, but until that happens I can't let myself be suckered in to the false hopes. It's just like Clemson...they have huge talent, are ranked high going into every year, yet never live up to the expectations. So what happened? Their coach of ten years gets fired over the weekend. Clemson is what it is and until the culture changes, they'll never be a top 10 team.

Same goes for Tech...until the culture changes there, they will never win the Big 12. And changing defensive coordinators isn't a culture change.

I'm not ready to say that Tech has an unparalleled offense...Tulsa is averaging more yards per game and Tech is sixth in the nation in scoring offense. And I'm not ready to call the defense "much" improved since they haven't really played a great offense. Also, in Tech's defense, sometimes when you're smearing a team and put in your second and third teamers, your opponent can rack up some "trash" yards and points. So looking at the scoring and total defense can be a little misleading - meaning it would probably look better than it does.

In response to being a "pseudo-sports journalist"...that's exactly what I am. Sports is no longer my career it is one of my greatest passions.

I also am a realist...I would not be surprised in the least if Tech beats Texas. It's in Lubbock and Tech can always find a way to beat a good team at home. What would surprise me is if Texas wins out and wins the National Championship. Everything is so equal now, no team is dominant and can lose any week. We've seen this over the last few years.

I think the winner of the SEC and Penn State could be playing for the title. What if Tech beats Texas and OU beats Tech and three South Division teams have one loss? That would be crazy...

Anyway, I could go on and on...thanks for the comment. Let's keep 'em coming!!!


October 10, 2008

HOW ABOUT JACKSON MINOR

...coming into the game late and scoring two rushing touchdowns - the tying and go-ahead score. Wow.

Goes to show you should ALWAYS be ready to get in there...you never know when it's going to be your night.

I'm anticipating a final charge from the Lions.

  • mark rogers
  • October 10, 2008 10:01 PM

GREAT CALL BY SPRADLIN

On their own side of the field facing a fourth down situation, Mike Spradlin calls a fake punt which picks up the first down.

A big pass play on the next down set up an Amon Pimpton TD run putting the game out of reach.

If that fake punt doesn't work, Hereford gets the ball in Cooper territory. If they'd scored it would have made it a one-possession game with all the momentum in Hereford's favor.

Risky call but it worked...nicely done. Game over.

  • mark rogers
  • October 10, 2008 9:48 PM

HEAVYWEIGHT BOUT

Just when it looked like Wylie couldn't get anything going...Chance Perkins recovers a fumble deep in Brownwood territory and Jackson Minor ends up scoring a TD.

Perkins is having quite a game. Maybe Minor will spark the offense.

That fantastic finish is getting more realistic by the second...

  • mark rogers
  • October 10, 2008 9:45 PM

CASEY PACHALL SHOW

Brownwood QB Casey Pachall just put on quite a show in the Lions' nine play, 81 yard drive.

He completed a long pass down to the Wylie redzone and scampered 19 yards to set up the go-ahead score.

A horse-collar personal foul called against Wylie didn't help the Bulldogs' cause. It happened on a 2nd and 20...tough time for that to happen.

Lions up a TD...shaping up for a fantastic finish.

  • mark rogers
  • October 10, 2008 9:26 PM

COLLEGE GAMES TOMORROW

Since we didn't have the webcast last week, my weekly college football predictions got untracked. We'll start them up again here.

OU/Texas: See my seperate post on this game if you want more info. Oklahoma 24, Texas 27.

Nebraska/Texas Tech: I also posted recently about Tech. This will be one of their final games before the much expected late season collapse. Tech wins big - 52-21.

LSU/Florida: Tim Tebow has completely fallen out of the Heisman conversation. I think Florida wins this game big and Tebow is vaulted back into contention. UF - 31, LSU - 17

Oklahoma State/Missouri: This game won't be close. Mizzou wins big 41-21.

Penn State/Wisconsin: The Nittany Lions will continue to prove they're for real despite having a coach who hurt his leg demonstrating an onside kick...gotta love Joe Pa. Lions win in Madison 28-13.

Notre Dame/North Carolina: Two of my surprise teams before the season. I'd love to see Notre Dame win, but I love the way UNC has been playing. They beat Miami on the road then waxed undefeated UConn last Saturday. Butch Davis is making me look pretty smart...UNC by 14.

  • mark rogers
  • October 10, 2008 9:16 PM

GREAT STAND BY WYLIE

After fumbling its opening possession of the first half and giving Brownwood the ball on its on half of the field, Wylie forced a pivotal 3-and-out.

Huge momentum stopper for the Lions...Wylie needs to take advantage.

  • mark rogers
  • October 10, 2008 9:14 PM

CASE KEENUM STATS

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=191981

Follow the link to former Wylie QB Case Keenum's 2008 stats and projected numbers.

He's played well in every game and the Cougars are two 3-point losses away from being 5-1 and just outside the top 25.

Case has put up just as good if not better numbers than most QBs in FBS this year. He got some more national TV time last night on CBS's College Sports channel.

U of H should beat SMU, Marshall and Tulane to set up what could end up being the Conference-USA championship when they meet Tulsa in Houston.

They'll close the season with games against UTEP and Rice. Houston has a great chance to win out, win the conference and play in the Liberty Bowl.

  • mark rogers
  • October 10, 2008 9:04 PM

SAME OLD TEXAS TECH

OK all you Texas Tech unrealists. Texas Tech is not any different than they've been the last few years.

They have an unbelieveable offense...huge numbers...dominate lesser opponents...sound familiar?

It's the same Tech team. They'll beat everyone they're supposed to into submission, but will lose to the first quality opponent they play - the Kansas Jayhawks.

They'll come off that loss with an uninspiring showing against Texas and will lose that game at home.

They'll get back on their feet with a win against Oklahoma State, then will get smeared by OU in Norman before completing the regular season with a home win against Baylor.

Tech will finish the season 9-3 and play in the Holiday or Gator Bowl...

I'll believe in Tech when my main man Taylor Potts is the starting QB.


THOUGHTS ON OU/TEXAS AND PREDICTION

On the eve of the greatest day of the sports year so far, I will give my two cents on the 103rd running of the OU/Texas game.

OU is ranked #1 and is the obvious favorite. Experts and analysts will give you reasons why the Sooners will walk all over the Longhorns.

I'm not going to guarantee a UT win. I'm not a genie, although I've played one on TV.

I would like to see Texas win and will give some reasons as to why the just might pull it off.

  • 1. If Ole Miss can beat Florida, Texas can beat OU.
  • 2. The OU offense has faced one decent run defense all year, TCU. They totalled 25 total rushing yards against that run defense. Suspect running attack?
  • 3. The Texas secondary has been criticized for being too young and inexperienced. They have given up lots of points, but the starting defense has given up two TDs...two...all year. Opportunistic.
  • 4. Texas QB is a better college QB than OU's QB. Although OU's QB might be a better NFL prospect at this point because of his size.
  • 5. Choke-lahoma always finds a way to lose a really important game. Whether it be to Boise State, West Viriginia, LSU, USC or Colorado...they always find a way when there seems to be no way.

Things working against Texas:

  • 1. The underdog hasn't won this game since 1996. That's about 11 years that the team supposed to win...won.
  • 2. The last time Oklahoma came into the game ranked #1 was 2003...they won 65-13. I was there...it was ugly.
  • 3. Oklahoma is really good in all facets of the game despite what one could dig up on a suspect running attack.

We are about 14 hours away from kick-off. I can't wait. My prediction?

Oklahoma 24 - Texas 27

  • mark rogers
  • October 10, 2008 8:32 PM

COOPER RESPONDS

That was a big response by Cooper.

They give up an INT for a TD which basically brings the game back to square one, but the Cougs Amon Pimpton goes 57 yards to go back up eight on the next possession.

In a game like this, that was a very important turn of events. Seemed to get the momentum back in Cooper's favor...

  • mark rogers
  • October 10, 2008 8:28 PM

WYLIE/BROWNWOOD COULD BE ONE FOR THE AGES

Kris Gilmore took a screen pass 79 yards to the house for Wyile. Bulldogs take a 14-7 lead.

This game is shaping up to be an instant classic. I'm sure both schools would rather it end quickly in their team's favor...but I hope this thing comes down to the last minute.  What a rivalry this could be.

We've seen them in pre-season for several years. It's great to see it actually count...

  • mark rogers
  • October 10, 2008 8:15 PM

October 9, 2008

YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE

Way to go Adam Jones. With your actions Wednesday morning, we can officially begin calling you "Pacman" again.

It doesn't matter if "nothing really happened." He shouldn't have been in that situation in the first place.

If you've been arrested six times and been involved in 12 situations that needed police intervention in the last three years, you should be at home in your pajamas watching Seinfeld at 130 AM during a game week...period...no exceptions.

It all goes back to this: YOU ARE WHAT YOU ARE.

And that goes for almost everybody...in sports and outside. Now I'm no expert or a counselor or anything like that. But it sure seems that once you hit adulthood, it's pretty hard to change your behavioral patterns - good or bad.

Pacman Jones is a guy who thinks he's above the law and above the rules the rest of society must live by. He'll never change...

TO has seemingly changed in the last few years, but has he really changed? It still seems like he's a volcano ready to explode at any moment...precarious is the word that comes to mind.

This is the reason that personality tests are now a part of the NFL draft experience. How you act in college is a guarantee of how you'll act in the NFL in almost every case...there are exceptions but not many.

Way to go Pacman...keep up the good work.

  • mark rogers
  • October 9, 2008 5:05 PM

October 3, 2008

THURSDAY NIGHT JINX ONLY IN COLLEGE RANKS

Playing on Thursday night has not been good to ranked college teams over the last few years. It's where many top 10 teams go to lose.

It happened to #1 USC last week and #10 South Florida last night...and that's just the last two weeks.

But I think that curse is only applicable to college...definitely NOT high school if you look at the AHS game last night.

81-3??!!??!! Wow...sure beats battling through the Little SWC as far as competition goes. I just hope the Eagles are battle-tested for the playoffs.

They've really only played one full game all year and that was against Cooper. Every other game has been over by half or soon after the half...

Clemson's at Wake Forest next Thursday. Not quite the glamour of a top 10 team, but there will definitely by some good athletes on the field next week.

  • mark rogers
  • October 3, 2008 8:40 AM

October 2, 2008

BIG COUNTRY QUARTERBACKS

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/statistics

Check this site out before Saturday. Tuscola's Colt McCoy is second  in the nation in passer rating...more than 200.

Wylie's Case Keenum is leading the nation in passing yards...averaging more than 380 a game. He was brilliant in Houston's win over ranked East Carolina on Saturday.

Tech was off so Taylor Potts' stats are the same.

  • mark rogers
  • October 2, 2008 7:51 PM

EAGLES CONTINUE DOMINATION

Abilene High is not being a very good guest into the new district. It was 28-0 at the end of the 1st with the Eagles ready to kick a FG when time expired. By the way...that's 1st QUARTER, not half.

This is like moving to a new street and being invited over to your neighbor's kid's birthday party, showing up with a better cake, with a power wheel (Eagles just scored two more points) a famous circus clown and tracking mud in all over the brand new white carpet.

Sounds good to me...33-0 Eagles with a TON of time left. There's still hope Paschal...you still have 34 minutes of the game to go!!!

  • mark rogers
  • October 2, 2008 7:37 PM

BOYS NEED TO TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a sickening and disgusting loss...home loss...to the hated Redskins. I was sick all night after the game...in the words of Charles Barkley, "terrible, terrible, terrible."

But however sickening it was, a loss this week to the winless Bengals...at home...would be even worse.

Chad Ocho Cinco is flapping his jaw...saying he's going to kiss the star when...not if...when he scores a TD. I hope he does score and maybe we'll get another George Teague vs. TO incident at midfield. Maybe it will be TO dishing out the hit this time...that would be funny twist.

Bengals QB Carson Palmer may or may not play. It doesn't matter either way. We're better, way better, than the Bengals if Palmer plays or not.

We can't afford another home loss this early in the season...we're on pace for a 12-4 season. That's too few wins if you ask me...