A Saturday of upsets and near upsets. Fifth ranked Oklahoma State lost to unranked Houston by two scores. Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier lead his rebuilding Michigan team to a four point victory over 18th ranked Notre Dame. Number 21 Georgia slips by South Carolina. Eleventh ranked LSU can't put away Vanderbilt until midway through the fourth quarter. And third ranked USC needs a game saving touchdown late in the fourth quarter to beat Ohio State. And for thirty minutes in the rarified air of Laramie, Wyoming, much of the Longhorn Nation wondered if Texas was destined to join the mighty fallen in the second week of the season.
I've been going to Texas Longhorns football games for quite a few years now, and I can't remember a season opener with such comfortable weather. The temperature was mild, and the little bit of rain we got felt nice and wasn't enough to actually wet anyone down. Prior to the game, the Wife and I watched the Longhorn players and coaches enter the stadium. Then it was up to the University of Texas Club for some pre-game food.
Wednesday evening, the Texas Longhorns football team held an open practice at Frank Denius Fields (southeast corner of 26th Street and Red River) from 7pm to 9pm. Although it was raining prior to the practice and for the first thirty minutes of the practice), it looked like as many as two thousand people showed up. I stayed for the first hour and came home with the following pictures.
The Texas Longhorns closed out their spring training schedule with the annual scrimmage Sunday afternoon. What started humbly with just a handful of die-hard fans is beginning to resemble the full game-day experience (if only vaguely). It included the team running in and most of the supporting organizations, (the Longhorn Band, cheerleaders, and pom squad).
Great wisdom about the off season from Trey McLean's "From the Stands" column.
Heading into the 2008 season, most pundits penciled the Texas Longhorns down as a three or four loss team. I personally thought we would see at least two losses. Instead, the unrespected, underrated Longhorns went 12-1, with a solid win over Oklahoma and dominating wins over Arkansas and Texas A&M. By any reasonable measure, this is the second or third best season in the last twenty years. Let's look back at some of the highlights...
It was much closer than I thought (hoped?) it would be, but in the end, the Texas Longhorns pulled out the win against the Ohio State Buckeyes in last night's Fiesta Bowl. Here are some thoughts on the game (in no particular order).
In yet another example of how screwed up the bowl system is, eighth ranked and one-loss Texas Tech faces twentieth ranked and four-loss Ole Miss in the 2009 Cotton Bowl. And don't get me started on how immoral, unethical, and illegal it is to have the Cotton Bowl on January 2nd. The Cotton Bowl is, and always should be, a New Years Day game. How this didn't come up during the presidential campaign, I'll never know. Moving it proves that the terrorists have already won. I generally root for Texas Tech in bowl games, because while strange, they're still Texans. I've actually got a couple of reasons to pull for the Rebels, however. [...]
Texas Longhorns receiver Jordan Shipley has been granted a sixth year of eligibility. The affirmative response was all but assumed, but many didn't expect to receive an answer until after the Fiesta Bowl. One less distraction during bowl game preparation. [...]
After being snubbed for the Davey O’Brien, the Maxwell, and the Heisman, Texas Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy makes the Football Writers Association of America's All-America Team. Longhorn defensive end Brian Orakpo also made the team, adding to his long list of awards.