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12.06.2009

Saturday Football Thoughts

  • I cannot imagine what it was like to be a TCU fan and watch the Texas/Nebraska game last night. It comes down to one field goal with one second left and a chance to go to the National Championship game. One more yard to the left and the Frogs are going to Pasadena. They might not get that close again in the next 50 years.
  • What was Colt McCoy thinking last night as he obliviously ran around as the clock ran down to, literally, one second?
  • Mack Brown saw his coaching career flash before his eyes. If the clock had ran down to :00 instead of :01, that might have been as memorable as his 2005 National Championship game.
  • A kickoff out of bounds and a horse collar tackle hands UT a Championship bid. Every National Championship team has to be lucky at some point. Every one.
  • Alabama opens as a four point favorite of Texas. If Texas plays like they did last night, Alabama would beat them by 30.
  • Then again, Texas is 25-1 over the last two years. I'd be scared to bet against them.
  • And did you see the Dr. Pepper Halftime Competition of two girls trying to throw 10 footballs through a circle about 5 yards away? HeeLarious.
  • And they are predicting that TCU will play Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. Boring. But if they win, I suppose they'll end up #2 in the nation.
  • Edit: Holy cow. After the Final BCS poll came out, Cincinnati had leap frogged TCU so even if Texas had lost to Nebraska, TCU would not have played in the Championship Game.
  • Link to the Tim Tebow eBay ad above. Funny.
  • Actual photo of Texas' winning placekicker Hunter Lawrence. Son, these are the best days of your life:

55 comments:

wordkyle said...

My only hope for solace is that the Longhorns get smoked by Alabama. (I'm not normally anti-UT, but their supporters' arrogance this year has worn me down.) With last night's game and their tepid Thanksgiving performance against A&M, are the Longhorns really one of the two best teams in the country?

Anonymous said...

Alabama's defense is much better than Nebraska's defense. Nebraska's defense made Texas look like a poor team.

Anonymous said...

The ball was still in the air when the clock read one second. Once a clock ticks to one second, from that point on there is less than one second left. The next tick is zero, and there is only one second of time between when a clock shows 0:01 and 0:00. So there was not one second left. It's impossible. There was a fraction of a second left, at best. The game was over. Interesting how only big plays seem to be reviewed for increments of a second on a clock. If that's the Missouri-Colorado game next year or the Rice-SMU game next year or any other regular game...game's over.

Anonymous said...

How odd. Before the Big 12 championship game I thought Texas was a really good team. During the game, it was proven that Texas is NOT a really good team. Instead, they are about at the level of Nebraska. Therefore, Texas should be considered the second best team in the country instead of the third best. How does that compute?

Anonymous said...

If you believe McCoy's post-game interview, he was aware of the time and was trying to either get the ball into position for his kicker and call a time-out or throw it away if there wasn't an opening — too close for comfort if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

12:56 - sorry - that's not what I saw & I was at the game. The ball hit the sideline turf; I immediately looked up at the clock and saw tick 1 and then 0. Watching it on TV, after I got home, and you see the same thing.

And all the commentators agreed that there was 1 second left, except you I guess. :)

Barry is so right about luck. I don't believe you win any championship in any competition, athletic or otherwise, without a bit of luck. Of course you have to be in the position a bit of luck to help. I guess that's what they mean when they say luck is where opportunity meets preparation.

Anonymous said...

Wow. After yesterday's games, there was actually a coach in college football that has been voting for Florida as number one that switched their vote to Texas as number one instead of Alabama. How could anyone, much less a college football coach that thought all year that Florida was the best team, not vote the team that crushed Florida as number one and instead vote Texas as number one?

Anonymous said...

I am proud of the Horns. Do you know how hard it is to post a perfect regular season?
The senior class has 45 wins!

I have no explanation as to why the Horns defense did so poorly against A&M. They did great last night against Nebraska (allowing only 5 first downs the whole game), as they have all season.

But I do have a reason why the offense was held to so little last night and that is.... Ndamukong Suh. He was a beast; he was everywhere; he was amazing.
I kept wondering why the Horns ran it toward him so often and then I started watching Suh and he just went everywhere. There was no where to run it that he wasn't there. Either that or he was in Colt's face.

Anonymous said...

Nebraska is a better team than their record reflects - 3 of their 4 losses, including the Big 12 Championship game, were by two points or less.

They could easily be 11-1.

Hats off to Nebraska.
AND way to find a way to win, UT!

And BTW, WORDKYLE, not all of us UT fans are obnoxious. But the few that are spoil it for the rest of us. I know what you mean.

Diggler said...

This web site cracks me up. Has there been any afflictions spotted in wise county. Yes there has.
http://afflictionhunter.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Barry, If TCU wins their bowl game They start next season in the top 5. So why do you think it will be 50 yrs to see this again. Tons of starters back next year. You have doubted TCU all year. One thing for sure Texas would not be undefeated if TCU was in the Big 12.

Anonymous said...

If that had happened to Nebraska, would they have reviewed the play?

UT=overrated cheaters!

Anonymous said...

TCU fan here, overjoyed to heartbroke in 1 second! Arrrggghhh!

Anonymous said...

Sadly for TCU, only after Texas gets crushed by Alabama will all those voters, who today think Texas is better than TCU, change their mind and vote TCU as better than Texas. Too bad they don't do now what they will all be doing in a few weeks.

Anonymous said...

If Texas' strength of schedule is lower than TCU's, why does no single college football vpoll voter account for that between two unbeaten teams?

Anonymous said...

"Following the lead of the NFL and acting on a proposal made by its Football Rules Committee, the NCAA will assess a penalty this season when a runner is yanked to the ground from the inside collar of his shoulder pads or jersey."

Started last year - they must have known Texas would need it.

I won't watch the MNC game - I'm from Alabama and you don't have ANY idea of fan arrogance until you've been around BAMA fans. You would get close if you squared the arrogance of Texas fans and Cowboy fans under Tom Landry and Jimmy Jones. You would still have to multiply by Avogadro's number (6.02 x 10 to the 23rd power) to approach the arrogance of Bama fans who were alive when Bear Bryant was there.

BagOfNothing.com said...

funny photoshop of tebow's face
http://i.imgur.com/454AY.jpg

Anonymous said...

TCU went undefeated in a second tier conference. Lets beat that drum again...if they were in the Big 12 or SEC they would do good to be 8-3. They can't play the big boys on a regular basis.

Anyone can get up for one game and win by playing over their head. Happens a few times a year.

Go play Boise in the Tier 2 Championship and brag away.

Anonymous said...

SEC Fans are THE MOST ARROGANT right now. Well, maybe USC, but you cannot fathom how small the world is when you play in the SEC... nothing exists outside them. Bama is a world beater? Auburn didn't think so. The Vol's didn't think so. Florida certainly got exposed for the overrated team they were.

Was at last night's game... Nebraska's D was the real deal. Suh was everywhere. One of the best I have got to watch in person. I told a couple of Nebraska fans last night at the game that Suh should have played on offense, that might have done better.

Texas played an absolute clanker. And still won. All four field goals that Nebraska kicked came off of turnovers and a stupid decision by the rugby punter for the Horns. I think Nebraska had 102 yards on offense.

Hats off to the Horns for taking the opportunity they were given, (after giving it away ALL night), and then winning the game.

And all you Bandwagon TCU fans that have suddenly become "Froggies"... tell your new found love that they need to go play in a top tier conference if they want to really be a year in year out contender. It ain't fair and it shouldn't be that way... BUT IT IS.

Anonymous said...

Horse collar tackle=numbskull

Anonymous said...

Alabama is relieved that they get to play Texas instead of someone else for the national championship. Texas had big wins this year against.....someone help me here...who did Texas beat that turned out to be any good?

Eric in Cowtown said...

Texas, The University

Texas is the best combination of academics and athletics. Period.

Anonymous said...

4:45

TCU had the courage to step out of their conference and play and beat two ACC teams Clemson (14-10) and Virginia (30-14). tu on the other hand stepped out of their conference and played 4 of the 2 tier teams that you talk so badly about.

They both played Wyoming TCU beat them 45-10 and tu beat them 41-10 they look pretty even to me.

tu is way overrated Roll Tide!!!!

Anonymous said...

If the season was based on a one-game performance I would have to agree with you Longhorn haters...but, if you understand sports, it's not based on one way game. Texas played 13 games and didn't lose 1...they could've lost last night, but i can't remember another game that Texas played this year that came down to the wire...I can remember several that Alabama played and Florida for that matter.

If TCU wants to be a contender, they need to boot Baylor out of the Big 12 and take their spot. It might give the Big 12 a lot more respect from other conferences if they were in the Big 12.

IF you understand sports, no one can predict any outcome of any game, that's what makes sports so much fun and competitive!!!

I am so proud of the Longhorns and I am so ready to see them play at the Rose Bowl (again)! It has been five years since their last appearance there and I KNOW they will be ready to play and win AGAIN! Let everybody keep talking it up about Alabama, we don't mind being the underdogs at all....see ya in Pasadena!!!!

Hook 'em Horns!

Anonymous said...

TCU JUST GOT ROBBED!! BCS IS CHICKEN S***!!

Anonymous said...

Yea, 7:32, and you are an Aggie, because no one else calls UT tu.

So your opinion about anything UT is seriously jaded. Aggies are obsessed with UT; it's quite amusing.

Go Horns!

Darrel said...

Boise is not a state. I looked it up.

Anonymous said...

7:23 You have no clue... By your logic, I guess that Alabama is even with Kentucky... Hey, they both played Auburn and won by 6 and 7..... Good try. I can tell you one thing though, Alabama hasn't faced a run defense like Texas. If UT plays good defense, we bring home the hardware! Suck It.

-Super Frog

Anonymous said...

Wow....she sure is pretty for a kicker.

Anonymous said...

9:15

Texas is in for a long night at the championship game. They played a Nebraska team that has absolutely no offensive game. The difference in Alabama is they have a fantastic defense and an offense that can score points.

Roll TIDE!!!!!

Anonymous said...

7:57

Your memory is not real good as Texas played Oklahoma to a 16-13 win and Texas A&M had the score to within three points with about five minutes left in the game final score 49-39.

Anonymous said...

Texas hasn't played a game that came down to the wire???? A&M and OU games both had you guys scared! UT will get stomped in the BCS game! And I don't think TCU should be in the Big 12 but I do think maybe Texas should step out and play some talent in their preconference games (someone like TCU)...if you remember OU opened the season against TCU a few years ago and lost to them in Norman. OU was a very good team that year and I believe they played for the National Championship later that season. I think TCU is for real....wish Texas would let them prove it!

Anonymous said...

Helping out 5:51. Texas hasn't played anyone that turned out to be any good. They are definitely overrated and super lucky. Notice they only get to the Big 12 Championship when other Big 12 teams are having a down year. Enjoy it horns. Things will be back to normal next year.

Anonymous said...

Three points:
1. If the Aggie field goal kicker hadn't missed that last kick, and they recovered the certain onside kick - UT could easily have lost to A&M.
2. If Nebraska hadn't kicked their last kick-off out of bounds, UT might not have gotten close enough for McCoy to (nearly) screw up the game.
3. McCoy can forget about the Heisman and start playing team football so they are not totally embarrassed by Alabama.

Anonymous said...

It is astounding to me how many people are soooo jealous and bitter that UT either beat their team or had more success than their team. You can call it what you want--insult the BCS system, talk about UT getting beat, about the clock or the refs or whatever--but I'm going to call it what it is: SOUR GRAPES.

RPM said...

I have to agree with 8:00. So does Dave Curtis of The Sporting News.

http://www.sportingnews.com/college-football/article/2009-12-06/boise-tcu-receive-second-class-citizen-treatment-again

Anonymous said...

7:57, Well said, Bama hasnt faced a defense like Texas.

Hook Em!

Anonymous said...

The ball hit the ground with less than one second. The clock read 0:01 when the ball hit the ground. For anyone who understands the concept of time, it means there is less than one second. Time is continuous, it's not experienced in one second or one minute or any other interval. The exact moment there is one second left in a game is when the clock ticks from 0:02 to 0:01. At that moment, there is exactly one second to go before the clock ticks from 0:01 to 0:00. Since football does not record time in tenths of a second like the NBA does, the only option when there is less than one second to go is to have the clock show one second. If there would have been an NBA or NASCAR clock used, we would have seen the ball hit the ground at whatever tenth or hundredth of a second that was left. Yes, there was time left, but it was not a full second.

Anonymous said...

Texas tries to schedule all sorts of bigger schools... guess what? no one will schedule them. Just like Arkansas backing out on them after already scheduling the game.

All the big conference schools face the same problem. Play in a BCS conference, you get no one but small schools who want to play you in preconference games.

TCU needs to take what they get until they move to a BCS conference. They whine more than SEC fans.

Anonymous said...

Some folks seem to be confused. TCU just can't "move" to a BCS conference. They have to be invited. Once the Southwest Conference broke up, the Frogs have moved from the WAC to Conference USA to the Mountain West in an effort to be in a better football conference. Does anyone really think the Big 12 would kick out Baylor and add TCU? You think UT, OU, OSU, Texas Tech, or the Aggies want another football powerhouse to join the conference? Why do you think they all play such a soft non-conference schedule?

Anonymous said...

If you knew anything about anything you would realize that Texas is not a deserving team. And if you think TCU whines over nothing- get your facts straight. TCU had a stronger strength of schedule -- even though the "big boys" won't play us. Even Tech is postponing games with TCU that were already contracted.

Texas eeked past a #22 teams. TCU had solid victories over teams ranked in the top 25. The numbers speak for themselves. Too bad all anybody pays attention to are the dollar signs.

Anonymous said...

Yall can continue to gripe and cry about strength of schedules, cheaters, biased BCS, etc. It won't change a thing...

Texas and Bama will meet in Pasadena on January 7 and that's it folks! Quit being such cry babies. Why aren't yall griping that the BCS didn't place TCU in a bowl against a bigger division team than Boise State? Not saying Boise State is a suck ass team, but they certainly don't play in a contending division.

The BCS leap frogged Cincy over TCU, why aren't yall griping about that. That had nothing to do with the Big 12 or Texas!

If you look at the votes the BCS posted yesterday, as far as rankings, check out the difference in votes between #2 and #3. No question who the professionals casted their votes for. Not even close!

Hook 'em Horns!
Being the underdog always seems to help the underdog come out in a game ready to prove all the haters wrong!

GOOOOOOO TEXAS!

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice that the powerhouse Cincinnati team eked out a one point win because Pitt missed its last extra point? Texas won on lousy kick-off and horse collar penalty. Gee, those teams really must have impressed the voters!

Too bad we'll not get to see how well Boise or TCU match up with the supposed powerhouse BCS teams.

Anonymous said...

I'm a Frog fan, but I think 10:34 is right. He's gay, but he is right about this. The longhorns did exactly what they needed to do. They went undefeated and got rewarded with the championship game because their conference is perceived to be stronger in football. Frustrated Frog fans may be taking it out on the longhorns, but it's really the BCS system that screws small schools.

With the current BCS schedule, you could end the season with three undefeated teams. The longhorns/tide will be the "assumed" national champion. But wouldn't we all rather see it proven on the field rather than decided by a computer? The way the system is now, teams like TCU, Boise State, and even Cincinnati have very little chance of ever making it to the championship game due to perceptions over the strength of their conferences.

Anonymous said...

11:01 it's 10:34...thanks for the support, but you need to quit assuming that i am a "he" and that I'm "gay". I am a "she" and I am not "gay". Do you think it's just men that know anything about football?

But again, thanks for the support!

"She Fan"

Anonymous said...

8:13am... as long as there was ANY time, (hundredth or not) left on the the clock then it doesn't matter.

The clock cannot start again till the ball is snapped by the center. So even if only .00000000001 was on the clock, it was still legit. The Ball hit the ground with 00:01 on the clock. Meaning it had not expired. Meaning 4th down could still be snapped. End of story.

How does TCU get into the Big12? Keep winning and beating higher ranked teams. Only way to get an invite. You beat Boise in a blowout this year you might go up in the BCS eyes. You squeek buy them again on another 1 point win then forget it.

chupacabra said...

I have a feeling that kid will have a lot of best days of his life.

Anonymous said...

7:57, Well said, Bama hasnt faced a defense like Texas.

Hook Em!

um and tu hasn't faced a team...period.

Anonymous said...

"TCU needs to take what they get until they move to a BCS conference. They whine more than SEC fans."

This cracked me up! SEC fans don't have to whine. The SEC is the best hands down. How else can you explain two top 10 teams playing each other and the loser moves up in the standings... No one in the Little 12 did that this season...

Anonymous said...

4:10 - you appear confused. When the artificial "two top 10 teams" played each other, the loser (Fla), dropped 4 places. Fla is already an underdog to Cincy in the Sugar Bowl. As far a league strength goes, many would give that to the Pac-10. At least they have 5 or 6 teams playing in bowls and we can compare winning records then. Too bad the SEC ducked Boise and TCU. That would have made for interesting games.

Anonymous said...

No, I am not confused at all, when LSU lost to Alabama, they moved UP in the BCS ranking.

Anonymous said...

4:31 PAC 10 has 5 or 6 teams in bowls? SEC has 10 Bowl teams, 2 of which are in BCS bowls. 3 of the last 4 MNC's won by SEC. You FAIL!

Anonymous said...

2006
Florida 41 -Ohio State 14

2007
LSU 38 -Ohio State 24

2008
Florida 24 -Oklahoma 14

Hmmm

Since the BCS started in 1998, SEC teams have won 5 of 11. Pac 10 in the game twice.

Anonymous said...

10:40

LMAO! Normal for Texas is WINNING! Colt McCoy became the most winningest quarterback in NCAA history with 44 wins! You are insinuating that this year was not normal for Texas? Give me a break!

Hook 'em Horns!

Anonymous said...

10:25

Don't you think you are contradicting yourself? You say TCU has to prove themselves to be worthy by playing the Longhorns? LOL! Enuff said!