"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


it's the most wonderful time of the year

It's Christmas!!!

Okay, not really, but today does mark the start of my absolute favorite time of year: college football season!!!

The other day at the gym I lucked out and got the treadmill in front of the ESPN tv during College Football Live. I've been so stressed with my dissertation and job market stuff that I haven't even had time to read Dave Campbell's this year, but watching that show got me really excited about this season. So, as is our annual tradition around here, I give you the abbreviated Texas in Africa preseason preview:
  1. Despite our Awesome New North Endzone and our Awesome Seats that Are Exactly the Same Place They Were Last Year, it's going to be a rough year for Texas. And that rough year can be summed up in four words: freshmen in the secondary.
  2. There's no point in pretending it won't be.
  3. Also, the depth chart is a mess. That's never a good sign, especially the week of the opener.
  4. Due to the fact that we have to go to a political science convention, we will miss this Saturday's season opener. Luckily, the Boston Texas Exes show the game, so PhSquared, our former colleagues, and I all have a place to watch.
  5. At least Texas isn't in Baylor's shoes. Poor Baylor. Getting stomped by Wake Forest on regional television won't be a good start to what's already a rough year. Those of you not stuck in the northeast can tune in tonight at 7pm on FSN Southwest.
  6. There's lots of buzz about Tech this year. I won't buy it until I see it. Possibly in Lubbock on November 1.
  7. My Aunt Becki (who is a nice person with an unfortunate affinity for the Oklahoma Sooners) already has tickets for the Big XII championship. That seems a bit presumptuous for a team that can't seem to win BCS bowls anymore. Then again, OU's powder-puff non-conference schedule will help them. As usual, this one will be settled in Dallas.
  8. I continue to believe that there are only three conferences in this country that actually play football: the SEC, the Big XII, and the Big 10. Drop those pretty-boy USC-ers into the SEC and see how long they'd last, ESPN.

Oh, happy, happy day! What are your thoughts on this season?


Blogger Michael said...

If Tech plays to their ability, they should enter into the OU game at the end of the season undefeated. The tough games are at A&M (bc playing there is always tough) and having Texas come here. I will be surprised if we don't beat Texas this year, but anything can happen.

And the Big 10 sucks. You wanna talk about powder puff schedules? That whole conference is such a joke. They spend on off late December and early January getting blown out of bowl games. Plus, they can't count since there are actually 11 teams in the big 10. ;) Undoubtedly, the SEC is the best conference in college football, followed by the Big 12. Then there is a drop off to the Pac 10, then another drop off to those schmoes in the Big 10.

Thursday, August 28, 2008 8:59:00 AM

Blogger austinokie said...

TCU, Cincinnati and University of Washington in Seattle don't count as powder puffs TIA; UT-Chatt. does. Floria-Atlantic was a powder puff when UT put them on the calendar, but no longer. UT has a very tough schedule.

I know you won't be fair about your evaluation on OU, but try just a bit of objectivity. It gives you more credibility when you launch into football.

And you are right. OU should not lose those BSC games.But then, if you don't win the Big 12, you never know how you would do, do you?

Thursday, August 28, 2008 1:50:00 PM


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