As I sat in the front row of Reliant Stadium behind the Rice bench on Saturday, I found myself surrounded in burnt orange loudmouths talking up some big game about their Longwhorns and how great they were going to be. As I have mentioned once or twice on here before, every year one of my closest family friends gives me season tickets to Rice home games, which I gladly accept as I love the world of college football and find the world of the under dog engaging. As it stands Rice is one of the only teams I will cheer for other than Tech, so cheering against the whorns this weekend is not too much of a stretch for me. What I saw was the most unimpressive UT team I have seen since the Chris Sims days, I am really not joking here, Rice won a small amount of games last year, and ended up near the bottom overall, and they hung with UT like they were contenders. Now the ESPN replays and such won't show you what I saw in the stadium, but several times I saw Rice march down the field seemingly at will, and on the flip side saw UT's offense get straight up SHUT DOWN time and time again by a defense that didn't even have it's starting defensive line in the game due to injuries...
To cut this short, as it stands today I think we have a great chance against UT... I know the overall score of our game doesn't reflect it, but we really did dominate SMU... I have watched the game again since this afternoon, and the only reason it was close was from our own stupid decisions, it wasn't from Potts throwing picks, or losing fumbles... or even SMU running serious game on us with their offense. In actuality, they only had one TRUE drive where they went down the field and scored on us, all the others were great field position set ups from bad special teams execution, bad 4th down calls etc. I mean we had the game well in hand when their "come back" happened, and it wasn't even that fierce. I think our D played extremely well, I honestly can't remember off the top of my head the last time we had 3 picks, a fumble recovery, and like 4 or 5 sacks in a game. For the first time out I think this D showed to be a formidable foe. Many will take this game as a 'we barely won' scenario, or a 'we almost lost it' type of game, but I never felt that even watching it the first time... I think this will be a great season for us once we get our footing, and if the game plan I saw UT unveil is what they plan on using against us... we are going to have a field day!
One thing above everything else... If I have to listen to Bob Davie cast one more TTU game I'm going to go ballistic on everyone I see! That a$$hat could barely say ANYTHING good about Tech all day, and all he wanted to talk about was how Fing great SMU was doing, and blah blah blah.... don't know why they let that failed disgrace of a coach get on TV and act like he knows what hes talking about. He wasn't good when he was at A&M and started the free fall that was ND football, I honestly think I'd rather listen to Craig James than him (ok maybe not that extreme but you get me)