WACO, Tex. — To the cheerless question about just who in the world took over the Baylor football program, it’s this outstanding conversationalist with a 2-10 season writhing four years in his past. On the matter of who guides Baylor after its sprawling scandal and wretched exodus of 2016, it’s a 42-year-old man who can recollect a meaningless game that had lasting meaning. About who oversees Baylor at 0-5 heading into Oklahoma State, it’s a man who can handle it because he grasps one of the great human truths. Sometimes in life, people wind up grateful for times that seemed only lousy. Matt Rhule has completed his move from Temple, where he went 2-10 in 2013 before rising, to Baylor, which went 32-7 from 2013 to 2015 before sinking. The sexual-assault epidemic from that era hovers on, as it should given its importance, and figures to keep regenerating, as it did Sept. 22, when a court filing relative to a lawsuit revealed another grotesquerie, that departed … [Read more...] about In the ruins of Baylor football, its coach remembers the good old days of 2-10
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STILLWATER, Okla. — The fresh idea of Oklahoma State as a dazzling blockbuster capable of upending the natural order of college football went into the alleged autumn of 90-degree temperatures on Saturday and then spent the hours fizzling. As it did, a cobwebbed old idea resurfaced. Remember that crafty old schemer, Mr. Patterson from TCU? The one standing over there so long (17 seasons) he’s practically part of the Fort Worth topography? Well, this Gary Patterson has seen some gaudy offenses in his 57 years. He can defuse your dazzle with his old bale of wiles forged as a Kansas State safety-linebacker and a TCU defensive coordinator. He can bring his under-Frogs into your happy house and dim the lights, then speak oddities such as, “We’ve always been a better underdog.” He can leave your team’s head coach to describe himself at least three times afterward as “out-coached.” That’s what Mike Gundy kept saying after No. 16 TCU won at … [Read more...] about TCU grounds high-powered Oklahoma State and serves a reminder to college football
If Louisville could break through against ACC kingpin when it had Lamar Jackson, when can it? (Joe Robbins/Getty Images) The late-night reaction to Clemson’s 47-21 pounding of Louisville on Saturday understandably centered on the Tigers. How Kelly Bryant sure looks like a worthy heir to Deshaun Watson. How Clemson’s defense might be better than ever under coordinator Brent Venables. How it’s mistaken to say the Tigers aren’t back in contention for a national title, because they never really left. While there are plenty of chances to look more closely at Clemson — a trip to Virginia Tech at month’s end and a visit from Florida State in November among them — it is possible Saturday’s game was just as definitive for Louisville. The Cardinals (2-1, 1-1 ACC) will try to get back on the horse Saturday against Kent State but might be done as ACC contenders this year. Sure, they could win at Florida State, which is a mystery at this stage thanks … [Read more...] about The ACC football title is Clemson’s or FSU’s to lose. Again.
It’s okay if you don’t know the (deep) meaning of the term “Bedlam Series.” It does not make you a lousy citizen. Only those addled with college football tend to know the name. “Bedlam Series,” or “Bedlam” as those in the know call it sometimes, is not a national phenomenon. It is a phenomenon in one moderately populated state. Historically, in the national college football picture that determines so much of the happiness and misery in the nation, it has registered only in certain seasons. It is, however, a phenomenon, and there’s something building this September that might make this rivalry between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State more phenomenal than ever. There could be two “Bedlam” games. To those in the know, it might be too much to ponder. [Winners and losers from Week 3] In the national picture, the state of Oklahoma is glowing-red this month. It is shaking — and not just from some fracking tremor. In the … [Read more...] about Twice the Bedlam? Oklahoma, Okla. St. on collision course for Big 12 title game