Mustangs use 2nd half run to whip Tigers

MustangsThe SMU Mustangs defeated the LSU Tigers on Wednesday night in front of a sold out and crazy Moody Coliseum. While the final score was 80-67, the game wasn’t always in hand for the Mustangs. The Tigers seemed to control the first half and kept the game in their control for the better part of the first half.¬† Continue reading

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Is Johnny Manziel un-draftable?

Johnny ManzielJohnny Manziel is at it again, as the College season came to a close, we started hearing less and less from “Johnny Football”. But now the draft is fast approaching and the combine will be starting soon, he decided to come out and speak. When asked his thoughts on Houston passing on him, he said “it would be the biggest mistake they could make”. Which is funny because he went on to politic for other teams and even said he “wants to be the guy to bring a Super Bowl to Cleveland”, he even went on to talk about how it would be folk lore if the Dallas Cowboys drafted him. Now pardon me while I pick myself off the floor from laughing at that last phrase. Continue reading

A Brave New World

Michael Sam with Missouri Team mates before taking the field

We recently had a new story break about Michael Sam from Missouri where he decided to come out and admit he was openly gay to the media. He told his teammates earlier before the season and was supported and accepted for what he had to say. While everyone involved will say there were no ill feelings or problems from some other players. I have trouble believing this because there is nowhere in the world where someone who doesn’t like it, or disagree with it will keep their mouth shut. I am sure individual issues were handled and dealt with in a quiet fashion as not to make it any tougher on Michael Sam. Since his announcement, there has been a very wide range of opinions and thoughts about the subject. Some have been very positive, and some have been very negative, but for the most part they have been more positive.

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Tigers look to rebound in 2013

The LSU Tigers are coming off of a 10-3 season that was capped off by a loss to Clemson in the Chick-fil-a bowl. They were stacked to return most of the team intact, but a few players ended up leaving early for the draft, which has only left them with 12 returning starter’s total. But Les Miles always seems to find a way to get the best out of his teams.

LSU has been able to win to win in recent years without stellar play from the quarterback position. This year Zach Mettenberger is a senior this year and is coming off a good year where he threw for 2,609 yards. Along with back up Stephen Rivers, this year looks to be one of the best years of quarterback play the Tigers have had in a while. Add in the fact they are returning running backs Jeremy Hill, Kenny Hilliard and Alfred Blue. They should be able to take some of the pressure of Mettenberger to keep the Tigers moving down the field.

Also add in the fact the top 4 receivers return this year, led by Kadron Boon and Odell Beckham. The passing game has been weaker because of spotty quarterback play, but with some experience at QB and the experienced receivers, look for them to put up some big numbers this season. It will be tough for Mettenberger to just sit back and survey the field because the offensive line is less experienced this season and will probably have a tougher time preventing someone to slip through and get their hands on the QB. Overall the Tigers have a strong offensive unit and will be able to put points up in bunches.

The defense took the biggest hit with a lot of players leaving for the draft, there is no senior leadership on the defensive line, and it is basically three juniors and a sophomore. This unit will have to grow up fast to be able to make their mark in the grueling SEC. Luckily the linebackers have some experience returning and can hopefully pick up the slack for the d-line. Led by seniors Lamin Barrow and Tahj Jones, they will need to be a big time unit because the offenses in the SEC will take every opportunity to exploit any and all weakness.

The secondary looks to be at least as strong as last year with two returning starters and will be lead by senior safety Craig Loston. I think this unit can be a game changer for the Tigers because LSU has had a history of good athletic corners and safeties. If that tradition holds true, then this unit could be the difference of one or two losses in conference play.

The LSU tigers have a fairly favorable schedule this year with most of their toughest games being at home in always dangerous Tiger stadium. There are only two games on the road the tigers have to really be careful about, that is one trip to Alabama and an early season trip to Georgia. If the Tigers can make it out of those venues with a win, then they may have a shot at the SEC and National Championship. But losses there could relegate them back to the Chick-fil-a bowl.

8/31-TCU – W
9/7-UAB- W
9/14-Kent St. – W
9/21-Auburn – W
9/28-At Georgia – W
10/5-At Miss St – W
10/12-Florida – W
10/19-At Mississippi – W
10/26-Furman – W
11/9-At Alabama – L
11/23-Texas A&M – W
11/30-Arkansas – W
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2013 Record: 11-1

Aggies thinking Championship or Bust in 2013

Last year was a magical season for the Texas A&M Aggies, they had a Heisman trophy winning quarterback and shocked the world by going 6-2(11-2 overall) in the very tough SEC Conference. But the story for the Aggies this offseason hasn’t been about expectations or even what they have done in preparation for the season, it has been all headlines for their Heisman quarterback Johnny Manziel. I won’t get into that now; I have some thoughts on him to post later. But don’t get me wrong, the national media is now paying attention to A&M, every team in the SEC is paying attention and a lot of people are saying it is an SEC championship and National championship or bust for the Aggies this year. But are they really ready to make that next step?

Johnny Manziel returns for an encore to his successful Heisman campaign from last year, but this year will prove to be a lot tougher on him than last year. He was an unknown, surprising everybody week after week and improving. This year he will have a target on his back and defenses chomping at the bit to knock him down. I think he will be okay and can turn this year into a success for the Aggies, but be will be ducking and dodging a lot more this year than last. Obviously there isn’t a quarterback who can do it alone, but as a Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel will have some lofty expectations to make big plays on his own.

Luckily for Manziel the Aggies have Oklahoma transfer and sophomore running back Brandon Williams to pick up some of the slack in the running game. Between him and Manziel, there should be plenty of explosive plays coming out of the A&M backfield. But a running game alone can’t help an offense; you have to have some down field weapons, which will be one of the bigger questions for the Aggies offense. Led by senior Derel Walker and junior Malcome Kennedy, they hope to give “Johnny Football” lots of opportunities to make plays down field. If all three units can mesh together, then that will make the offensive lines job so much easier. Some experts are saying this is still one of the top offensive line units in the country, and with someone who is elusive as Manziel; their job will be easy and focusing on picking up the blitz, or creating holes for the running game.

Last season everybody made fun of the Aggies moving into the SEC and said the Aggies couldn’t hang with the SEC offenses. They quickly proved that wrong by holding their opponents in the SEC under 30 points in conference play. The Aggies defense had one game where they allowed 57 points, but that was in a non-conference game against Louisiana Tech. This year looks to be just as good for the Aggies on the defensive side of the ball; they are returning five starters from last year and will be anchored by experience with two seniors and six juniors on the defense. Also in their favor is the fact they have most of their toughest games at home this year. Their biggest test could be a potential night game near the end of the season at LSU. If the Aggies defense can match the same type of intensity from last year, then the Aggies will be a team who could win the Conference.

The Aggies have a favorable schedule this season with most of their toughest games being at Kyle Field and returning 11 starters from last year. Aggie faithful will have higher expectations, but the biggest question mark will be how Johnny Manziel is able to handle the pressure of being a returning Heisman winner. If he can just be half as good as last year and the rest of the team picks up that slack, then the Aggies may be National Championship contenders, and if he doesn’t, then they could just be pretenders. The Aggies are no longer an unknown; they will have a target on their back this season.

8/31 – Rice- W

9/7 – Sam Houston St. – W

9/14- Alabama- W

9/21- SMU- W

9/28- At Arkansas- W

10/12- At Mississippi- W

10/19- Auburn- W

10/26- Vanderbilt- W

11/2- UTEP- W

11/9- Miss. St. – W

11/23- At LSU- L

11/30- At Missouri- W

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2013 Record: 11-1