State of the TX Union

By Keysha Hogan

Inspired by the upcoming election, I decided to ask people which TX college football team I should focus on this week. Well, the votes were varied and the conversations got hostile. Texas college football is proving more divisive than our two-party system. So this week it’s a run down of quickies about some of your favorite teams:

University of Texas

Longhorn fans should be excited about the off-season progress of sophomore QB David Ash. He started the year with a solid showing and managed to complete passes to 10 different receivers. The defense played well but must work on consistency. One minute they are racking up interceptions and the next they allow an 82-yard touchdown pass. In the coming weeks, the team should be on track to improve into a more cohesive team.

TCU

This is a big year for the Horned Frogs as they start the season in a renovated stadium and in new conference. This new era has TCU poised to do some damage in the BCS and make it to the top 10. But if things don’t go as planned, they will definitely play the role of spoiler later on in the season

Texas A&M

September 8th is going to be a serious football day in College Station. Florida will be coming into Aggie territory for A&M’s SEC opener. After watching the Gators’ offense struggle to work together it looks like there will be a party at Kyle Field.

Baylor

The big question with the Baylor Bears is how they will fare without Robert Griffin III at the helm throughout the season. Senior QB Nick Florence step out from under his shadow and push hard for wins in order to secure that 13th game. It’ll be interesting to see if this ends up being a rebuilding year for the Bears.

Texas Tech

This is a make or break season Red Raiders’ coach Tommy Tuberville. Last season the defense allowed 485.6 yards and 39.3 points per game. Six of the nine junior transfers signed by Tuberville are defenders, so it seems like he is serious about not repeating last year’s awful stats.

SMU

Mustangs’ Coach June Jones almost won his 3rd Conference USA West Division title in 2011. This year could turn out different as the program plays it’s last year in the league before moving on to the Big East. And luck must be on Coach Jones and the SMU fans when former UT quarterback Garrett Gilbert transferred to the program.

UNT

Last week LSU laid some hurt on the boys up in Denton, but they are determined to bounce back. The key to this season will be the return of QB Derek Thompson and his experienced group of receivers. And last year’s win total matched the two previous seasons combined, so there’s a small bit of momentum that can carry this team through a tough season.

To all the other alumni and fans, don’t worry. I’ll make sure pick different schools for the next quick rundown.

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