"Overrated. Overrated. Overrated. It's blown out of proportion. It really is. I played against their best recruits and I wasn't impressed, at all," Richardson said last week of Texas players and Texas football, which did nothing to motivate the team he was preparing to play - Texas.
The "best" Texas team in the Big 12 is Baylor, which is in fourth place. But Baylor beat TCU, as did SMU. Since this is college football and what you do in September is equally important as what you do in November, it does not matter that the best team in Texas may be TCU. Maybe. This situation is fluid.
Right now, the best team in Texas is the University of Houston. Thanks to TCU's one-point win at Boise State on Saturday, the Coogs can be in a BCS game. These are high times to be a football fan in City of Humidity - Texans are going to win the AFC South and the University of Houston is a top 10 team.
This does not cover the fact that the state of the state of Texas football is in a crisis mode. What is going on in Lubbock with the Red Raiders is an embarrassment to us all; might be time for a vote to get the Red Raiders in New Mexico. Our great state is going to be represented in the mighty SEC by a team that can't beat Missouri.
People, we need to be better than this:
Texas 6-3, 3-3. The Horns are bowl eligible, and yes they lost at Missouri on Saturday after essentially seeing their entire backfield hurt; two consecutive subpar years should never happen in Austin. Ever.
Texas A&M, 5-5, 3-4. Most disappointing team in the state, and maybe the country. Mike Sherman is going to keep his job only because the Aggies aren't going to want to pay the buyout, but his regime is numerically looking nearly the exact same as Dennis Franchione. The Aggies are going to finish 8-6.
Texas Tech, 5-5, 2-5. The Red Raiders are in real trouble of not making it to a bowl. They are 2-4 at home this season, and have been out-scored 193-87 in their last four games in Lubbock. Paging Mike Leach.
Houston, 10-0, 6-0. The Coogs' schedule is a joke, but they are beating everyone thanks to QB Case Keenum. ESPN College Gameday will be in Houston on Saturday for the game against SMU.
SMU 6-4, 4-2. Have dropped two of their last three after their 5-1 start. Will go to a bowl again.
TCU 8-2, 5-0. Remarkable to think that despite so many major changes at so many key positions just how close the Frogs are to being undefeated. Five straight wins, which included the highly entertaining one-point win at No. 5 Boise State on Saturday, puts the Frogs in the position to win the MWC title before moving up to the Big 12.
But as a member of the MWC, their postseason option may be Shreveport, La.
Rice 2-4, 3-7. Beat Purdue at home earlier this season.
UTEP 2-4, 5-5. Rebuilding.
North Texas 4-6, 3-3. First year under Dan McCarney has the Eagles with a shot at a .500 record.
As you can see, state of Texas football has been in a better state.
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