Next to the Category 4 storm that destroyed Galveston in 1900, and ahead of the last battle of the Civil War that took place in Brownsville in 1865, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 ranks as one of the darkest days in the history of the Republic of Texas.
I had to sleep on Saturday’s results to ensure they actually happened. The nightmare is real.
There are 12 FBS college football teams in Texas and three having winning records.
Typical of Saturday, Texas Tech lost at Iowa State 66-10. I thought Iowa State shut down its football team two years ago due to a lack of interest.
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What started out as a great weekend for the state of college football in Texas with Houston’s win over No. 5 Louisville ended with Texas pulling off the impossible - losing at Kansas.
And for that - per Brian Davis and Kirk Bohls of the Austin American Statesman - Charlie Strong has been fired.
However ... UT director of athletics Mike Perrin refuted this report in the following statement: “There are a number of rumors out there about the status of Coach Strong. I’ve said it all along, we will evaluate the body of work after the regular season. We have a game to get ready for against TCU on Friday, and I hope our fans will come out and support our team. We’ll discuss where things stand after that.”
It was so bad in Lawrence that reportedly outside the Texas’ locker room, Charlie Strong’s wife was seen crying. Kansas did not even play well and it still won a football game against the University of Texas for the first time since 1638. Sorry ... 1938; close enough.
The laughing you hear is from College Station, where the Aggies really need to shut up.
You see, every team in Texas has contributed to this unnatural disaster of a season, so let’s begin this journey of trash in Fort Worth.
TCU (5-5, 3-4 in the Big 12)
The Horned Frogs were pushed around by T. Boone State on Saturday in Fort Worth and lost 31-6. Their offensive line is not good, neither is the defense, they don’t have a replacement for Josh Doctson and the transfer quarterback from Texas A&M is a nice running back.
TCU got suckered into handing co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie giant raises in the offseason only to learn what we all know - coordinators can look dumb real quick without players.
Texas Tech (4-7, 2-6 in the Big 12)
Despite the presence of quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Red Raiders under Coach Bro continue to re-define bad defense in a league that has simply given up the ancient art of trying to stop the other team.
Allowing Iowa State to score 66 points in a game should be the end of a coaches’ career. Eight times the Red Raiders this season have allowed 45 points.
Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is signed through 2020 with a $17.1 million buyout. He is 23-26 since arriving in 2016, and will miss a bowl for the third time in his five seasons.
The Red Raiders stink.
Baylor (6-4, 3-4 in the Big 12)
The name says it all. The Bears are a wreck, entirely of their own making.
After starting the season 6-0, they have dropped four straight, including 42-21 against Kansas State on Saturday. The staff and the players have all quit. The scandal that led to the firing of Art Briles will ruin this program for at least another two years.
The Bears stink.
Texas (5-6, 3-5 in the Big 12)
Losing to Kansas cannot happen if you are Texas. Ever. The Big 12 is down, and Texas still can’t come close to winning this ish league. All Texas coaches deserve to be fired, including the diving coach.
Charlie has been fired, even if UT is trying to deny it.
The Longhorns stink.
Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 in the SEC)
The Aggies continue to congratulate themselves because they received an invite to the SEC, yet refuse to acknowledge they still can’t win this league, either.
But they receive more money, which benefits their passionate and loyal fans not in the least. Their best path to the college football playoff was the Big 12.
The Aggies started 8-0 and their season’s high point will be their 14-13 third quarter lead at No. 1 Alabama. Then they got trucked.
The College Football Playoff committee did the Aggies a favor and ranked them No. 4 in the first rankings. Then A&M lost to two schools from Mississippi and now have to pray they can beat LSU this week.
The Aggies are one of two schools from Texas to be ranked in the latest AP Poll - 22nd - but who are we kidding?
The Aggies stink.
Houston (9-2, 5-2 in American Athletic Conference)
The Cougars are the highest ranked team in the state - 18th - after their win over No. 5 Louisville on Thursday in Houston. They started the season with an impressive win over No. 3 Oklahoma, but eventually lost 46-40 to Navy to kill their chances of making the playoffs.
They barely beat Tulsa and were blown out by SMU.
Say that again - supposedly one of the best teams in the nation was blown out by SMU.
The Cougars stink.
North Texas (5-6)
Texas State (2-8)
All of these good players. All of these top facilities. All of these great coaches. All of this money.
And we stink.