By now most college football fans are familiar with Baylor’s embarrassing nonconference schedule. This year the chest-thumping Bears get the season started with SMU, Lamar and Rice.
The plan of course is to run up some impressive (though meaningless) stats playing defenses that resemble an intramural touch football game, and naturally Baylor chalked up over 50 points against defensive backs who couldn’t tackle members of the Baylor chess club.
But with minutes left in the first half, Baylor was only up 28-21 as SMU managed to come up with zero points after having first and goal inside the five due to amateurish coaching mistakes.
Now, it’s the first game of the season, and it’s easy to sit back and rip apart teams who don’t pay flawless football in their opener.
But with Baylor we saw a pretty lame defense giving up big chunks of yardage to SMU, and you have to ask yourself how this team could possible stop real Power 5 running games from the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State.
The fact that Baylor has excelled in the Big 12 is more of an indictment of what Bob Stoops has been doing in Oklahoma and the mess in Texas that Charlie Strong is trying to clean up. If those programs wake up, Baylor’s time in the sun will end soon unless Art Briles learns how to put a real defense on the field.
It’s easy to overreact when watching college football. We’re dealing with college kids and from week to week it’s impossible to come to definitive conclusions about a team based on just one game.
That said, TCU did not look like a powerhouse last night against Minnesota. Frankly, TCU didn’t really beat Minnesota; the Gophers beat themselves with several sloppy turnovers that completely changed the game.
Here are some observations:
– Trevone Boykin is the real deal. This kid can really play, and he’s the main reason everyone should be talking about TCU. That said, the TCU offense wasn’t dominating against a solid Minnesota defense, and you have to wonder what would happen to TCU if they faced a physical and fast defense like Ohio State or Alabama.
– TCU’s defense looks very weak. Minnesota was running the ball at will after a slow start, so expect TCU’s young defense to have trouble when they face power running games. Minnesota was only slowed down by turnovers and miserable play from the quarterback.
Again, this is only the first game of the season, and TCU’s defense in particular should get better as the year goes on. But they won’t get an bigger, and it’s hard to see TCU slowing down the best Power 5 teams if they make it to the Playoff.
TCU looks like a good team, but hardly a dominant team. They will have their hands full against big, physical teams like Oklahoma.
The Deflategate mess has blown up in the face of Roger Goodell and the NFL. They took a misdemeanor infraction by Tom Brady and turned it into a Watergate-level scandal.
Goodell’s foolishness may not hurt the NFL in today’s reality TV world where any exposure seems to be good exposure, but the NFL was coming off one of the most exciting playoffs and Super Bowl in years, and there has been little talk about those great games.
Goodell has become an embarrassment, and this decision, whether upheld or not on appeal, has really harmed the integrity of the league.
Former Baylor University football player Sam Ukwuachu has been convicted of raping a fellow student.
But there’s much more to this story.
Ukwuachu had been dismissed from the team at Boise State due to violent incidents, and then he transferred to Baylor. When asked if he was aware of the circumstances around Ukwuachu dismissal.
Washington’s Chris Peters, who as the Boise State coach at the time, immediately called out Briles as a liar in a statement: “After Sam Ukwuachu was dismissed from the Boise State football program and expressed an interest in transferring to Baylor, I initiated a call with coach Art Briles. In that conversation, I thoroughly apprised Coach Briles of the circumstances surrounding Sam’s disciplinary record and dismissal.”
Have we seen many instances of a high-profile coach calling out another coach like this?
Baylor claims it will thoroughly investigate, and they should probably start with their own ca,pus police who seem to have dropped the ball on the initial investigation.
But we’ll see how thoroughly Baylor President Kenneth Starr (yeah, that Kenneth Starr) takes this. All Briles correspondence on this matter, including emails, need to be reviewed.
As Paul Finebaum just stated on ESPN, this doesn’t pass the smell test.
Briles should have come clean and explained he tried to give Ukwuachu a second chance. Up until the Ray Rice fiasco, this has been common practice in the NFL and college football. Now things have changed, and teams need to be much ore careful about these situations. Briles would have taken some heat, but lying makes this so much worse.