The 2010 College Football Season is finally here and I couldn't be more relieved!
Basketball and Baseball try their best to fill the void but ...Zzzzzzzz ...Zzzzzzz...
Sorry about that. I fell asleep just thinking about it.
So anyway, the first game on the schedule for the Texas Longhorns is the defending National Champion Rice Owls!
Okay. Okay. I made the National Champion part up, but if Rice had just won 11 or 12 more games, everybody else lost every game they played, and flying pigs started ice skating in active volcanoes, then who knows what could have happened? They were that close!
The truth is this: Rice stinks at football, but they are very proficient in mathematics. This will come in handy when they're trying to keep up with all the points the Longhorns are going to score on them.
That said, there are a few fun things you can look for in this game.
Mack Brown is committed to running the ball this year.
He means it this time.
Cody Johnson gets the start against Rice, and I'm betting he keeps it.
C.J. averaged 3.9 yards a carry last season with 12 TD's. Not exactly eye popping stats, but when you consider the fact that most of his carries came on short-yardage downs behind a line that occasionally took estrogen supplements before the game, then you tend to give the guy a little slack.
The Cody Johnson you will see against Rice will be missing about 5% of the body fat he's carried the past two years. He will also be running behind an OL that has traded in the estrogen for some attitude, so that should help.
All in all the coaches love the progress Cody has made and expect him to be the answer to all our running woes. If Blood and Guts running is what you're looking for, then Cody is your man. At least I hope he is.
Expect to see Tre Newton and Fozzy Whittaker get some good runs in after Johnson has beaten the Defense to a pulp.
We may not see freshman Traylon Shead run the ball at all for UT, but I am curious to see how he performs if he does get a chance.
If you have never seen Rice's new RB play then you have been missing out.
Go over to YouTube and search Sam McGuffie.
He is a Super Fast, High Flying, Acrobat who makes Reggie Bush look boring!
He has jumped over more men on the football field than Paris Hilton has invited back to her house for a "Nightcap."
He transferred from Michigan, and now he's ready to take Conference USA by storm!
If Sam McGuffie even thinks about showing off his acrobatics against this Texas defense, he will probably be eating meals through a straw for the remainder of this season and maybe his life.
Christian Scott, Kenny Vaccaro, and Everyone else on the Texas defense not named Chykie Brown will happily remove McGuffie's upper half from his lower half if he even considers letting his feet come off the ground.
Though that might be fun to watch, I really hope ol' Sam values his career more than that and saves the air show for someone like UTEP.
Rice returns 9 starters on a defense that held opponents to under 80pts in almost every game last year!
Expect Garrett Gilbert, to get plenty of practice burning the Rice secondary. This is a good coming out party for Gilbert and I would guess he will put up around 300yds passing with about 4TD's.
The key thing to look for here is how many turnovers he has. If he can keep it under 2, then I will be satisfied.
This kid is a Baller, and if he can gain a little swagger in this game, mixed with some help from his OL, then I think the rest of his season will be a lot like Sam Bradford's first season as the Sooner's starting QB. He has the size, the rocket arm, the accuracy and the athleticism to be great. But does he have the heart?
The folks at Lake Travis High School in Austin Texas will tell you he does. He lead the Cavaliers to two state championships and broke several records along the way.
You will see.
The Longhorn Defense will be the best in the nation this season.
I'm going to just come right out and say it.
They will absolutely have the best defense in this game.
Rice does have a lot of experience on their OL. They are tied for 22nd in the FBS with 91 career starts.
It won't matter.
Texas will score on defense.
Texas will hurt people on defense.
I am interested to see how many different positions Alex Okafor will play on the DL, and I am curious to find out how many times Rice's QB will throw the ball in the direction of Aaron Williams before he figures out just how stupid this makes him look as a QB.
If I were David Bailiff, I would not let my starters play in this game.
I wouldn't let anyone I cared anything about play against the Longhorn Defense.
And Very fun to watch!
To sum it all up: This will be a lopsided victory for the Longhorns, and I for one will enjoy it very much.
I realize 10 other writers already did a wonderful job covering the Texas vs Rice preview and that is why mine is so half-hearted and lacking depth.
I'm shooting for originality here.
I added a pic of a lovely Cowboy cheerleader to make up for any time you may have lost, and I promise to put more into it next time.
Until then, Keep your Horns held high!