Back in 2011 I wrote a piece talking about how Baylor used its political connections to weasel their way into the Big XII and became a “cellar dweller” because of it, going years without winning more than a handful of conference games. Now let’s flash forward to the present and enter the Art Briles era of Baylor football. Art Briles has taken a program which was more of a “homecoming” opponent to a respectable team and has recruits paying attention to this little school in Waco, Texas. Continue reading
The Rice Owls are your Conference USA Champions. This will be the first time those words have been spoken about an outright Conference championship since 1957. At that time Rice was in the old Southwest Conference, but 56 years is a long time in between conference titles. A lot has changed about the landscape of the game in that time, and Rice has been more of a “cellar dweller” since their last championship. Continue reading
The North Texas Mean Green joined Conference USA this season and were not expected to finish higher than 5th by most experts. But when the season gets going, things can change at a moment’s notice and things did change for the best results for the surprise out of Denton. It started out how it was supposed to with North Texas winning games they were supposed to, then losing games nobody thought they had a chance to win. But the season would seem to take a special turn when the Mean Green defeated Ball State at home to get their first win nobody saw them getting.
At the beginning of the season, both of the Dallas area college teams were on two different paths. One team was going to be a team on the rise, and the other was trying to dig itself out of the basement and start their climb for the future. Each team had their own goals in mind, and one common goal was getting to a bowl game. But as the season has moved along, it looks like these two teams have traded roles. Continue reading
The last time the Connecticut Huskies visited the Hilltop was in 1989 and were facing an SMU team coming off the 2 year hiatus brought on by the death penalty. While nobody at that time thought SMU would win that game, it has gone down in Mustangs history as the “miracle on Mockingbird”. An exciting 31-30 victory was the start of a comeback from NCAA sanctions. Flash forward to this year and the Huskies are making their second trip to SMU. Continue reading