What’s it take to make the College Football Playoff? Let me count the ways (at least for our local interests in the Big 12 and SEC).
Let’s start with the easy ones to figure out – teams which are currently undefeated and basically control their own destiny.
Or do they?
Baylor and West Virginia are currently perfect on their respective seasons. They still play each other, so both can’t go unblemished. One might make it through unscathed, but I doubt it. If I had to pick, West Virginia might be the best bet. Mainly because they have a defense.
Let’s just say for argument’s sake that one of the Big 12 teams does go undefeated. Guess what? They probably still need help.
How so? Well, let’s start with the four spots in the CFP and probability. There’s a good chance that Alabama goes 13-0. Heck, … Read More »
As conference play starts in full force this weekend, so do games that really matter. With the Big 10 holding down five of the top twenty AP rankings spots, and the SEC claiming seven, it’s no surprise these conferences take center stage. Here’s a quick preview of the four biggest games tomorrow:
No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 8 Michigan State
11 am Central
Here’s a fun fact I bet you didn’t know – the Badgers and Spartans have won five of the last six Big Ten championships. Fun fact number 2, they’ll square off for the first time since 2012 when the two clash in East Lansing tomorrow.
The Badgers are 10-1 when scoring first and 12-0 when leading at halftime under head coach Paul Chryst.
The Badgers are 3-0 for the first time since 2011 and have won 10 of their last 11 … Read More »
Texas is a football hotbed, but the Lone Star State is bountifully represented in the March Madness tournament this year as well. Last night the NCAA Selection Committee announced the 68-team lineup for this year’s NCAA Tournament, and gave Texans plenty of rooting-interest options as five of the squads hail from right here in Texas.
As the post-play-in portion of the Tournament begins on Thursday, Baylor as the No. 5 seed in the West region will take on No.12 Yale, and the No. 8 seed in the Midwest, Texas Tech, will face off against 9th-seeded Butler.
Friday, No. 14 Stephen F. Austin — in the Tournament for a third straight season — will be the underdog against the East’s No. 3 seed West Virginia. The same day, a No. 3-seed Texas A&M will take on No. 14 Green Bay, with the Aggies … Read More »
Some of you may know that before I started doing Mavericks games on radio, I spent my time (a lot of time) around college basketball. There is no doubt in my mind that the NBA game is a better game (please don’t tell me NBA players don’t play hard), but the college atmosphere is far superior to the NBA. In the NBA, everybody has a 20,000 seat arena. Everyone has a screaming public address announcer (except for the Lakers Lawrence Tanter) and everyone shoots T-shirts into the stands. But in college, a place like Allen Field House is so different from Cameron Indoor Stadium, which is so different from Assembly Hall, which is so different from Moody Coliseum. You get the picture. Unique is a word that comes to mind.
Naysayers of the college game will say that it’s only about … Read More »
What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on in Aggieland?
In just two games, Texas A&M went from SEC West and possible College Football Playoff contender to out of the running in their division and facing a large amount of uncertainty at the quarterback position.
What a difference eight days make.
Kyle Allen looked like he was one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC earlier this month. Three pick-6’s vs. Alabama later and a performance on Saturday at Ole Miss were he went through a large stretch of “not being able to hit water if he fell out of a boat” adds up to, well, a lot of hand-wringing in College Station.
Of course, this isn’t all Allen’s doing. He’s had plenty of help. Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital – perhaps you want to mix in a play or two that … Read More »
If the oft-mentioned college football landscape were a physical biome, it would be a post-apocalyptic desert because it is a harsh place where warring tribes battle for limited resources like extras in a Mad Max movie. At this point in the season, there are a lot of good-looking football teams with loyal fan bases who are beginning to whisper to one another that this might be their year. But the desert is where good-looking things go to die, and we are entering the stretch of the season where pretenders are weeded out with fervor and the playoff field begins to actually take form.
Every year college football reminds us how little we actually know about sports, specifically those that hinge on the performance of 18-23 year-old males. Four teams who were listed in the top 10 in the preseason polls – … Read More »
No one has to explain to me what is happening in college football as the game becomes more offensively oriented by the year. I do pine for the occasional 21-17 game in which there is a balance between offense and defense, but please don’t let this come across as a “Get Off My Lawn” rant. But my question is twofold: What is the definition of good offense? And, to paraphrase the late great Casey Stengel “Can’t ANYONE play defense around here?”
In getting ready to work the Mississippi State-Texas A&M game at Kyle Field tomorrow night for Westwood One National Radio, I was curious to check some numbers. Generally speaking, if you score 30 points a game, you would think that’s good enough to win, right? Well, through four weeks of action, if you average 30, you’re only the 70th highest … Read More »
It was a moment I won’t forget. Why, I’m not completely sure. It took place at a College Station Subway, as innocuous as that is. My Texas Aggies had just been lit up by a relatively pedestrian Missouri team at home in early October of 2010 to drop A&M to 3-3 with the appearance of going nowhere fast.
Grabbing a quick bite with a fellow season ticket holder and colleague, we had to hightail it back to Dallas for work that evening. I looked across the table at him, sighed and said, “Dude, where the heck is this program going? I can’t even see a flicker of hope.”
Since that moment, the Aggie roller coaster has been a ride of unbelievable highs, several blown-lead lows, and a transformation of change no one could have seen coming.
I joked with that same friend the … Read More »
If you haven’t been paying attention to the college baseball Regionals recently, you probably aren’t alone – but man have you been missing some good stuff! On top of the excitement of the games last weekend, rarely does an opportunity present itself to us here at ScoreBoardTX like this upcoming weekend’s Super Regionals match-up in Ft. Worth – pitting my TCU Horned Frogs against my partner in crime here Rob Scichili’s Texas A&M Aggies (and yes we’ll both be in Ft Worth to watch it). Let the trash-talking begin…..
A little recap as to how we got here – TCU (47-12) rallied from an 8-1 deficit in the eighth inning to stun North Carolina State 9-8 in 10 innings in a “win and advance, lose you go home” game on Monday night, winning the Fort Worth Regional.
Meanwhile in College Station, Texas … Read More »