Sunday, October 18, 2009
Saturday rewind: Red River Rivalry, TCU and more
Here are some general thoughts on Saturday's action:
As I watched the Texas and Oklahoma defenses control play Saturday, I found myself thinking it was an SEC game. Texas and Oklahoma have defenses that could compete with LSU, Alabama and Florida. I'm not sure how they'd do with the rigors of an SEC schedule, but those defenses are certainly on the level of the top defenses in the SEC. It would be fun to see how they'd do.
Sophomore Emmanuel Acho sure had a big day for Texas. He had two fumble recoveries and nearly had an interception. I talked to Acho last week and he was very excited about playing in Dallas with his brother, Sam. Both Achos went to St. Mark's in Dallas.
Bold prediction: Oklahoma wins out. I know they've got some tough Big 12 South teams left. But Landry Jones will keep progressing and that defense will keep them in every game. And I think, despite three losses, that Oklahoma is still a top-25 team. You agree?
The score of the TCU-Colorado State game surprised me. I thought the Frogs would take care of business, but not 44-6. Jeremy Kerley is electrifying, as he had his second punt return in three games to give TCU a boost. The win sets up Saturday's game at BYU (who won on Saturday and should be ranked in the top 20 when the BCS standings come out today). That should be a great game next Saturday.
Texas Tech may have beaten Nebraska 31-10, but it was the defense that won the game for them. After the offense scored early, the defense held Nebraska to 285 yards and had coach Mike Leach praising the unit after the game. It appears that Steven Sheffield's 7-TD game last week against Kansas State was no fluke. He didn't put up huge numbers against a good Nebraska defense, but he was 23-of-32 passing for 234 yards and one TD pass. He also ran in two touchdowns. Texas Tech looks like they are getting things together.
What happened to the Aggies? QB Jerrod Johnson threw three interceptions and Texas A&M lost two fumbles on the way to a 62-14 whipping at the hands of Kansas State. That was the same Wildcat team that lost 66-14 against Texas Tech last week. Wow. The Aggies need to recover quick with Texas Tech waiting for them on Saturday.
SMU lost another game in overtime. It's amazing that the Mustangs are 1-10 all-time in OT. But it's also clear that June Jones is making slow, but steady progress. Navy is a good team. And the Mustangs were in that game all the way. Sometimes the hardest step in building a program is figuring out how to win the close games. But SMU still has winable home games left and can make it to a bowl.
UNT is also guilty of losing close games. They did that again on Saturday in Denton, falling to Florida Atlantic. Quarterback Riley Dodge left the game with an injured ankle, so the Mean Green handed the ball to sophomore running back Lance Dunbar and he was impressive with 258 yards and three touchdowns. But North Texas couldn't quite recover from allowing 30 second-quarter points. UNT is now 1-5, losing its last five games after beating Ball State to start the season.
Did Baylor lose a chance at a bowl game with yesterday's loss to Iowa State? The Bears have to find a way to win three games with this remaining schedule: Oklahoma State, Nebraska, at Missouri, Texas, at Texas A&M and vs. Texas Tech (in Dallas). That won't be easy. Baylor quarterback Blake Szymanski started for the first time since 2007 and had 223 passing yards, but three interceptions in the second half.
Oklahoma State took care of Missouri at home and may have found another wide receiver who can make big catches with Dez Bryant still ineligible. Hubert Anyiam had 10 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown that put the Cowboys up for good in the 33-17 win.
Your thoughts on yesterday's games?