The 2012 college football season is over and the amateur Alabama Crimson Tide are yet again national champions with a win so boring over "No. 1" Notre Dame that most of us turned it off by the third quarter.
Cut to it - here are a a few of the area related games we can't wait to see in 2013:
8/31 - TCU v. LSU, Cowboys Stadium. Whether this game is close depends if Casey Pachall is TCU's starting QB, and he has some line protection. If he's good, and TCU somehow wins, his draft stock should take off.
9/14 - Alabama at Texas A&M. Aggies handed Tide only loss in '12. The Aggies will be 2-0 and hosting the No. 1 Tide in what will be the biggest game in College Station in ... decades? This could be a No. 1 vs. No. 3.
9/28 - Oklahoma at Notre Dame. The Sooners lost at home against the Irish in '12 and with so much of ND returning another loss is likely for Stoops.
10/12 - Oklahoma v. Texas. This one Mack Brown can't afford to lose.
10/26 - Texas at TCU. Frogs won in Austin last year and Fort Worth will be primed for UT's first visit since the SWC days.
11/23 - Texas A&M at LSU. The Tigers play Alabama on Nov. 9 then have a bye before hosting the Aggies.
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The end of the year brings the trite, mail-it-end look back at the year that was. Because The Big Mac Blog loves cliches as much as the next, here is a look at the best games of the year. I tried to spread the wealth ...
1. Texas Tech 56, TCU 53 (3 ot); Oct. 20, 2012. Hands down the most entertaining game of the Big 12 season. In TCU's first year of the Big 12, the Frogs led Tech by five in the fourth quarter before the Red Raiders rallied to take a 10-point lead with 4:06 remaining. TCU managed to tie the game with 18 seconds lef that set up one of the more entertaining series of overtimes you could watch.
2. Cowboys 27, Steelers 24 (ot); Dec. 16, 2012. Tony Romo played one of the best games of his career as the Cowboys rallied to win a game they trailed by seven points in the fourth quarter. Romo passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns, one to the busted-fingered Dez Bryant. The Steelers weren't as good as advertised but this was a highly entertaining game and offered the Cowboys at their best.
3. Texas Rangers 11, LA Angels 10, (10 innings); Aug. 1, 2012 The Angels led 7-1 after four innings. The Rangers scored four in the fifth, and runs in the eighth and the ninth to send the game into extra innings. The Angels scored three times in the top of the 10th, but the Rangers scored four runs in the bottom of the inning, the final two on an Elvis Andrus single.
4. Texas Rangers 10, Baltimore Orioles 3; May 9, 2012 Josh Hamilton hit four home runs.
5. DeSoto 49, Southlake Carroll 45; Dec. 8, 2012. In the 5A quarterfinals, DeSoto trailed by 18 points in the first half before taking the lead. Carroll QB Kenny Hill was stopped on consecutive running plays from the 1-yard line, the final as time expired.
6. TCU 20, Texas 13; Nov. 22, 2012. Easily the biggest win of the year for TCU as the Frogs won on Thanksgiving night in Austin. The Frogs forced four turnovers, including the game-clinching pick by Sam Carter with less than two minutes remaining.
7. Oklahoma 63, Texas 21; Oct. 13, 2012. The game was boring as hell but there was so much comedy and amazement to watch Bob Stoops' Sooners put yet another nasty beatdown on Mack Brown's Longhorns at the Cotton Bowl. It truly was watching a train wreck.
8. Dallas Mavericks 101, San Antonio Spurs 100 (ot); Jan. 29, 2012 This was before the Mavericks completely crashed in the playoffs and was Jason Terry at his best. He hit a 15-foot game-tying shot to tie the game with 1 second remaining and send the game into OT. Terry finished with 34 points.
9. Dallas Stars 3, Vancouver Canucks 2 (ot); Feb. 26, 2012 Before the Stars fell apart to miss the playoffs yet again, they rallied for this impressive win against a good Canucks team. The Stars were down 2-1 with less than one minute remaining before Mike Ribeiro scored to tie the game. In overtime, Loui Eriksson scored the game winner.
10. Cowboys 24, NY Giants 17; Sept. 5, 2012 In the NFL season opener, the Cowboys defeated the defending Super Bowl champions in what would be arguably their most complete win of the season. Romo threw for 307 yards with three touchdowns; Kevin Ogletree caught eight passes for 114 yards with two TDs; DeMarco Murray rushed for 131 yards.
days after Tommy Tuberville spit on Texas Tech by leaving for Cincinnati and
the Conference USA (aka the Big East) the Red Raiders may have solved their
West Texas issues by hiring 14-year-old Kliff Kingsbury.
(BTW - The 14-year-old comment is a joke. He is a bit young.)
Great hire, provided he can bring Johnny Manziel, Luke Joekel and some of
the other players who executed his offense at Texas A&M so well this
good people at Texas Tech did not want to bring in someone who did not
understand, or not like, the West Texas culture. It’s a good place, but it’s
not for everybody. Tuberville
was never crazy about the lifestyle out in the greater Lubbock, tri-state area.
played there in college, Kingsburgy (33) knows Texas Tech as well as any
coaching candidate ever could. Now all he needs is time, which these days in college football is about five or six
games before it's collectively decided he stinks. For instance, if the Red Raiders are 7-0 in Tech’s first five games (not a misprint), Kingsbury
should be fine.
Red Raiders need to use the same timeline that Northwestern used for Pat
was a linebacker for the Wildcats, and was given the head coaching job at
Northwestern in the summer of 2006. He was just 31 when he received the promotion
after the tragic death of coach Randy Walker.
understood Northwestern, and its challenges.
his first season NU was 4-8. Today the case can be made he is one of the best coaches in the Big 10. The
Wildcats are 49-39 under Fitzgerald in seven seasons; they have reached five
straight bowl games, and finished 9-3 this season.
had to give Fitzgerald time, and in showing some patience they have a coach who
has a team with major recruiting disadvantages (i.e. academic entrance
requirements) that competes in the Big 10 very well. By giving him a chance at
such a young age and showing some patience they probably also have a coach who
will stay with a coaching job most of his predecessors could not get out of fast
is going to have something to work with because Tuberville and his staff had
assembled some decent recruiting classes. But Kingsbury has never been a head
coach before and he is going to need some time to get used to this gig.
rolling the dice on someone so young, but someone who understands Texas Tech,
the Red Raiders have someone who potentially could be there for a loooong time.
would, however, really help if he could just bring Johnny Football with him.
The people in and around Austin who fancy themselves as Texas Longhorn powerbrokers who are tired of Mack Brown can't be happy with the final USA Today college coaches' poll. Despite a third-straight blah year from Los Horns, the Fightin' Macks finished No. 25 in the final USA Today Coaches' Poll.
Don't ask how. I gave up long ago how this Texas team managed to remain ranked despite four unimpressive losses.
Of the Big 12 coaches with a vote, only one gave a final ranking to the Texas Longhorns. Art Briles (Baylor), Bob Stoops (Oklahoma) and Tommy Tuberville (Texas Tech) did not vote UT in their respective Top 25. The only Big 12 coach who did was Paul Rhodes of Iowa State, who ranked the Horns 22nd.
Also of the notables who did not vote for The Macks: Nick Saban (Alabama), Bo Pelini (Nebraska), Dan McCarney (North Texas)
Be leery of these college coach rankings - a lot of voting coaches will admit they don't have the time to do this poll right, and this is often a last-minute procedure.
Here is where Texas received its votes:
25th Dana Holgersen (West Virginia), Rick Stockstill (Middle Tenn.), Dabo Sweeney (Clemson), Jeff Tedford (California)
24th Frank Beamer (Virginia Tech), Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Terry Bowden (Akron), Dave Christensen (Wyoming), Mark Dantonio (Mich Stat), Kevin Wilson (Indiana)
23rd Skip Holtz (South Florida), Mike Leach (Wash St.), Pete Lembo (Ball St.), Mike London (Virginia), Les Miles (LSU), Paul Pasqualoni (UConn), Joker Phillips (Kentucky), Rich Rodriguez (Arizona)
22nd Gene Chizik (Auburn), Paul Rhodes (Iowa State), Steve Sarkisian (Washington)
21st Dave Doeren (Northern Ill.), Ruffin McNeill (East Carolina)
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU finished its 2012 conference home schedule without a win for the first time since 1986. The prevailing feeling generated by fans and players etc. is that this first season in the Big 12 was a massive success.
If you look at the numbers - 7-5 record, 4-5 conference - this is TCU's worst season since 2007. The string of double-digit win seasons has been snapped at four. TCU will likely finish unranked for the first time since 2004.
Look past the numbers and this may have been one of the best seasons ever coached by Gary Patterson, and easily the most entertaining TCU regular season in decades. The scene and the crowds at Amon G. Carter Stadium this season were fun, and a place to be.
Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Kansas State and the rest coming to Fort Worth was laughably better than Colorado State, UNLV or New Mexico.
That said, enough with the "Thank yous, we're so happy to be invited to the cool kids' party" from GP and all of TCU nation. This school has tripped over itself in thanking de facto Big 12 commissioner DeLoss Dodds and everyone else associated with the conference. TCU proved it can hang and it belongs in the Big 12, and no one was embarrassed by adding the Horned Frogs to this league.
Gratitude and humility are always appreciated, but TCU earned this. They were invited for a reason.
In this first season of the Big 12, TCU should have been happy to be invited to the cool kids' party. Now go find the homecoming queen and take her out.
FORT WORTH, Texas - Trying to establish a new tradition, Gary Patterson and TCU have done a 'Frog Walk' before every home game. Just as many college teams do elsewhere, the players and staff walk as a team through the tailgate scene/campus to the stadium. It may be fun. It may be a way to connect with fans. It was also new, and thus far at the renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium the Frog Walk has yielded nothing.
"I'm superstitous. We may cut that out," Gary Patterson said on Tuesday.
Why? Despite playing in a wonderfully renovated stadium, the team has been dramatically better on the road than at home. There is a very good chance all of TCU's wins in the Big 12 will have come on the road, and not a one will be at home.
TCU HOME BIG 12 Oct. 6 v. Iowa State, L 37-23 Oct. 20 v. No. 17 Texas Tech, L 56-53 (3 ot) Nov. 10 v. No. 1 Kansas State, L 23-10 Dec. 1 v. No. 11 Oklahoma
TCU AWAY BIG 12 Sept. 15 at Kansas, W 20-6 Oct. 13 at Baylor, W 49-21 Oct. 27 at Okie State, L 36-14 Nov. 3 at No. 21 West Virginia, W 39-38 (2 ot) Nov. 22 at No. 16 Texas, W 20-13
The Oklahoma Sooners amateur football team is favored by 6.5 points to win on Saturday against TCU. If that holds, TCU would finish a conference home record without a win for the first time in ... forever.
"It's never happened while I've been here," GP said.
The last time TCU finished without a home win in a conference schedule was 1986 when the Frogs finished 3-8 overall, and 1-7 in the Southwest Conference under coach Jim Wacker. Their lone conference win that season was 30-14 at Houston on Nov. 1, 1986.
"If you don't win at home you'll never win a championship," GP said.
TCU's first season in the Big 12 has to be classified a success. All things considered - a new conference, the February drug bust, the departure of quarterback Casey Pachall and the need to start Trevone Boykin, relying on so many freshman to play - this was a good year.
It would be just a little bizarre to finish a season with so much process without at least one home Big 12 win.
All Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville had to say was, "We were losing to Kansas. In the third quarter. At home" and that would have explained why he popped one of his assistant coaches on Saturday in Lubbock.
Now Tommy Tuberville is like former Red Raiders basketball coach Bobby Knight.
Instead, Tuberville offered up some lame, "I reached to grab him and pull him off" away from the playing field pile of BS.
In the third quarter of Texas Tech's double-OT "win" against Kansas, Tuberville appeared to slap the headset off of graduate assistant coach Kevin Oliver. Facing a 4th and short from midfield, Tech was called for an illegal formation. On the next play, it was penalized 5 yards for a delay of game.
At this point, Tuberville popped and video shows him slapping the headset off Oliver.
After the game, Tuberville "explained" it. He said: "He was on the field, and I reached to grab him and pull him off. When I pulled, I missed his shirt and grabbed his (headset) and his microphone ripped off his head. I was trying to get him off the field."
Watch the video and you can clearly see this was not the case. The case was Tommy Tuberville was irate that this game was remotely close.
Entering play on Saturday the Washington State Cougars were 2-7 overall and 0-6 in the Pac-12 in their first season under former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach. This sounds pretty typical of Washington State football.
Cougar WR Marquess Wilson has let it be known he is not a fan of Pirate football. This week Wilson was suspended for violating a team rule; he reportedly walked out on a conditioning test after WSU's 49-6 loss against Utah on Nov. 3.
On Saturday, Wilson left the team and issued a statement to the Visalia Times-Delta newspaper in California. Click here for this story. Wilson is from that area.
“Dear Cougar Nation:
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce my decision to forgo playing football for Washington State University. I realize the school is saying that I am suspended for violating team policies and may return next week, but this is a lie. This is an attempt by the athletic department to cover up what is really happening in that locker room.
“It is been a privilege to be a Cougar, to perform on your field and wear the Crimson and Gray. I would like to thank Washington State University for giving me the opportunity to do what I love most, to play football and receive a quality education for the past three years. I’m grateful to the athletic department for the coaching, care and encouragement I have received prior to this season.
“This was going to be our year. My teammates and I were aspiring to be the winning team you deserve. Unfortunately for all, the new coaching staff has destroyed that endeavor. I believe coaches have a chance to mold players, to shape men, to create greatness. However, the new regime of coaches has preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us. This approach has obviously not been successful, and has put a dark shadow on this program.
“My teammates and I have endured this treatment all season long. It is not “tough love”. It is abuse. This abuse cannot be allowed to continue. I feel it is my duty to stand up and shed light on this situation by sacrificing my dreams, my education and my pride. I resign from this team. I am deeply sorry to those I am letting down. I am not a quitter. I was raised by my family, and many previous coaches to exhibit dedication and embrace sacrifice, but there comes a time when one has to draw a line in the sand.
“Lastly, I thank my fellow teammates, those who also have left the program this year, and those we are leaving behind. I hope our departure will bring awareness to the physical, emotional and verbal abuse being allowed in the locker room and on the field. I pray for healing and recovery for all those who have been hurt by this treatment
You know Craig James, his son Adam, and a whole lot of Texas Tech administrators are laughing over this.
This is the way new coaches often operate in an effort to essentially run off players they don't want, and to let the current group know there are no handouts.
Washington State and Leach have not commented yet.
Remember the day when playing Texas meant something, and the Longhorns were not the University of Kansas at Austin?
Even in this wonderful season that is Texas Tech football, Red Raider nation doesn't even give a poop about the potential of kicking Bevo when he is really down.
'Tis a sad day when at 9 p.m. on Thursday evening - two days before No. 20 Texas Tech hosts No. 22 Texas in a game of amateur football in Lubbock - the Red Raiders can't even sellout this game.
On the Texas Tech website, I applied to buy a pair of $95 "best available" tickets for the game. Nooooo problem. Level T, section 121, row 51, seats 20 and 21.
Then I put in to buy six tickets - together. Noooo problem. Level T, section 121, row 51, seats 35 - 40.
This likely means the Univesity of Texas did not buy the amount of tickets alloted to the school, or the good people in Lubbock simply do not care about the prospect of beating up Mack Brown and that vaunted Manny Diaz defense.
BTW: Vegas has the Red Raiders as 7-point favorites.