Big 12 Football: Look for Extremely Objective ESPN Reporting on Texas Football

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Big 12 Football: Look for Extremely Objective ESPN Reporting on Texas Football
ESPN will not play favorites when announcing college football games in 2011.

The color commentators for Texas Longhorn and Aggie football in 2011 are going to be very entertaining. Here are my predictions for the 2011 ESPN sound bites you should look for:

 

Texas Longhorns vs Rice Owls, Season Opener, September 3

Brent Musberger: “So, Texas receives the kickoff at the 2 … beats the first wave and D. J. Monroe is tripped up at the 22 where the Longhorns offense will start their 2011 season.”

Kirk Herbstreit: “Probably one of the most electrifying 20-yard returns in college football history. Straight ahead for 20 yards, with only eight more men to beat. Rice got lucky there. That kid is unstoppable. I look for Monroe to break every special-team record in the book this year—that return had Desmond Howard written all over it.”

Brent Musberger: “I have to agree with you there, this Texas team has everything. Anything short of a BCS title will be a major surprise. Here we go, Texas 1st-and-10 at their own 22. Gilbert hands off to Tre’ Newton, up the middle and ... nothing there for no gain, maybe lost a yard. Good push by the Owls’ interior line.”

Kirk Herbstreit: “Yes Brent, but that was probably one of the most electrifying negative one-yard runs in college football history. Almost straight ahead for no yards, with only 10 more men to beat, Rice got lucky he didn’t break a big one there. That kid is unstoppable. I look for Newton to break every rushing record in the book this year. Earl Campbell say hello to the new guy, this kid’s a Heisman Trophy sleeper for sure.”

Expect some great one yard runs out of the Longhorns this year.

 

Brent Musberger: “I have to agree there, and that hand off was excellent. Garrett Gilbert is definitely off to a fast start for that dark horse Heisman shot … 2nd-and-a-long-10, and Texas jumps. Looked like movement by the center, a Rimington Award candidate in my book—that will back Texas up by five.”

Kirk Herbstreit: “You expect a team as anxious to win a national championship as Texas to jump offsides. Luckily Texas’ explosive offense is just that much more dangerous with more field to work with. My guess is the coaching staff had that as part of their script of plays to start the game. Just one more reason Mack Brown is the obvious choice for Coach of the Year…”

 

Texas A&M Aggies vs. SMU Mustangs, Season Opener, September 4

Rece Davis: “So Texas A&M receives the kickoff at the 2 …beats the first wave and Ryan Swope is tripped up at the 22 where the Aggies offense will start their 2011 season.”

Jesse Palmer: “Not a good start for the Aggies. Probably your typical return in the Big 12. Straight ahead for 20 yards, with eight more men to beat, A&M got lucky there. That return had disaster written all over it. With a start like that, look for Ryan Swope to be pretty average on kickoff returns this year.”

Don't expect Texas A & M to impress ESPN.

 

Rece Davis: “Couldn’t agree more Jesse, this Texas A&M team is pretty good for the Big 12, but they’re certainly no SEC team. A return to a spot in the BCS for a squad like this would be a major surprise. Here we go, Texas A&M 1st-and-10 at their own 22. Tannehill hands off to Cyrus Gray up the middle and ... nothing there for no gain, maybe lost a yard. Good push by the Mustangs interior line.”

Jesse Palmer: “You can see there that the Aggies have no business outside the Big 12, they’re just not strong enough up the middle to take on conferences like the SEC. Straight ahead for no yards, with 10 more men to beat, A&M would have lost Gray for the year if that was LSU across the ball. As it is, that kid is lucky to be in the Big 12. I look for Gray to be a pretty decent back this year, as long as A&M sticks with their current conference affiliations.”

Rece Davis: “I have to agree there, and that hand off was way too sloppy to work in the SEC. Right there you can see Tannehill has no chance against the faster, more physical SEC defenses … 2nd-and-a-long-10 and A&M jumps—looked like movement by a lesser-skilled Big 12 center. That will back ’em up five.”

Jesse Palmer: “You expect a team as undisciplined as A&M to jump offsides, but sometimes you can get away with that in the Big 12. Unfortunately, they don’t have the athleticism of the SEC offenses that could make up for that kind of mistake. Look for A&M to punt here. This is why Mike Sherman would have no business coaching in the SEC.” 

This Texas corner was outstanding and practically defended this pass.

 

 

Texas A&M Aggies vs. Texas Longhorns, November 24

Brent Musberger: “Well, that wraps up another Big 12 rivalry game, and again, another dominating performance by Texas. What do you think, Kirk? Is that enough to put Texas over the top and sneak the Longhorns back into the title picture?”

Kirk Herbstreit: “We’ll have to wait and see, but in my mind that was probably one of the best performances in the history of college football.”

Brent Musberger: “Have to agree with you there, Kirk. This Texas team has everything this year, despite the six losses, anything short of a BCS title will be a major surprise.”

Kirk Herbstreit: “Yes Brent, Gilbert’s 9-for-27 day with four interceptions just goes to show you how resilient the kid is, and somebody that cries in the huddle is still a man in my book. He led them to three first downs in the first half alone, and they almost scored there at the end before he threw that fourth interception to Eddie Brown, who showed some pretty decent hands for a 300-pound nose guard. I’m telling you, with the grit he showed, Gilbert didn’t drop a single notch on my Heisman board.”

Garrett Gilbert will top ESPN's Heisman watch for $300 million good reasons.

Brent Musberger: “Me neither, but his counterpart, A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, had some decent stats for a Big 12 quarterback—33-of-35 for 490 yards, five TDs and no picks. But we all know if he were in the SEC those numbers wouldn’t be there.”

 

Kirk Herbstreit: “Well said, Brent, I couldn’t agree more. The QB stats today really show you how numbers don’t tell the real story. Tannehill looked a little hesitant on some of the deeper TD’s, it was almost as if he was waiting for his receivers to clear the safeties. A lot of his throws into tight coverage seemed a little forced right before they were caught. You didn’t see that kind of uncertainty from Gilbert today. He didn’t hesitate to unload, and if his receivers would have been anywhere near where he threw it, they would have caught a lot of passes.”

Brent Musberger: “What do you mean ‘would have?’ The Texas receiving corps had nine grabs for well over 67 yards.”

Kirk Herbstreit: “True, but I think the thing I was most impressed with is that Gilbert throws a nice, soft ball—it’s very catchable—you don’t get linebackers and nose guards getting four picks if your ball isn’t very catchable. I think that was the big difference in the quarterback play today. Gilbert has the right touch and that quick release you just can’t coach.”

Brent Musberger: “Well, we’ll leave that to the Heisman voters to see if this moves Gilbert up to the top of the voting, but that’s for another day. Folks, I have to tell you, this rivalry game was another good one, one of the many reasons Texas A&M is a perfect fit for the Big 12. And to think that A&M almost destroyed college football by leaving for the SEC. You’d almost have to be a communist to try to join another conference and watch this rivalry go the way of the dinosaur. Right, Kirk?”

Expect nothing but the utmost in professionalism from ESPN.

 

Kirk Herbstreit: “Right, Brent. No God-loving American wants to see that happen.”

Brent Musberger: “This is Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit, and that wraps it up here from Kyle Field in College Station, Texas where the Aggies of Texas A&M get all the breaks to win in a squeaker over the Texas Longhorns, 42 to 0.”

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Author’s Note: As many BR articles and news reports have discussed, ESPN has a $300 million commitment to the Longhorn Network. If A&M bolts to the SEC with its TV viewers, it could end up costing ESPN over $100 million. Without A&M in the Big 12 mix, ESPN would be marketing the big “Texas vs. Houston Pink River Rivalry” game.

Suffice it to say, ESPN has a small financial incentive to see Texas succeed and A&M to stay put, but I doubt this will impact ESPN’s impartial reporting as noted above.

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