By Darren Boyd
Well Sports Narrative Fans and football fans, summer is almost here so that means we are closer to the college football season starting. I'm blogging today about the major Texas college teams, what they did in recruiting, coaching changes and my outlook for this season for each team.
As a Texas Longhorn Fan this hurts to say this but Texas A&M is the best team in Texas. I have to be objective when putting together the blog as a football analyst. I along with many questioned Texas A&M'S move to the SEC last year but they proved me wrong. It helps when Johnny Manziel take the college football world by storm and wins the Heisman Trophy and beats Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The expectation in College Station has to be to win the BCS Championship this year. The Aggie Offensive line should not miss a beat with Top 10 NFL draft prospect Jake Matthews taking over at Left Tackle from Luke Joeckel. The team loaded up on the Wide Receiver position bringing in several blue chippers, Ricky Seals Jones and Sebastian LaRue from their 32 member class this year. Also Johnny Manziel is the front runner to repeat as the Heisman Trophy winner this year.
My only concern for the Aggies is on the Defensive side of the ball. They lost 2 linebackers and D Moore to the NFL. Julien Obioha must fill the shoes of Moore and get after the QB. The Aggies brought in Isaiah Golden, a 330 Pound DT and Justin Manning to help their Def Line for the future. It will be interesting to see how quickly the new Linebackers Tyrell Taylor and Donnie Baggs can gel because Alabama is coming to College Station on Sept 14, 2013 at 2pm. I expect the Aggies to contend for the BCS Championship this season. They have a soft schedule outside of Alabama at home and on the road at Mississippi & LSU even if they lose one of those games, they should be in contention for the BCS championship with just 1 loss.
The seat under Mack Brown seems to be on fire and the season has not begun. After 3 straight losses to Oklahoma and the inability to recruit a great QB, having tried to switch RG3 and Johnny Football to Def back positions while recruiting them, the Buzz around Austin is this could be Coach Brown's swan song. David Ash is a serviceable QB, while he is 10-3 as a starter; he gets blamed for not winning the big game yet. The Offense will light up the score board as usual. I expect Johnathan Gray to have a breakout year. He has all of the tools to become a special player at Texas. The majority of the Texas Recruiting class this year was spent on the Offensive line.
The biggest issue for the Longhorn is their awful defense. They lost Kenny Vaccaro and Alex Okafor but the return of a healthy Jackson Jeffcoat will help. This defense on paper looks worse than last years. The defense will lead to the demise of Mack Brown after a 7 win season and another loss to Oklahoma. Although the good news for Longhorn fans will be the line for a replacement Coach forms to the left. Texas is still a top 3 destination and has the resources to hire whoever they want. I feel that a lot of top college coaches or NFL coaches would jump to Austin and its 5 Million a year football coach salary.
The next blog will feature Baylor and TCU.