Rough week

A recap of Saturday's college football action: TCU, A&M get wins, but other Texas schools falter

Sam Ehlinger and the Texas Longhorns fell short against Oklahoma. Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

Saturday NCAA Football Recap: Upsets for Top 10 Schools and Throughout Texas

Rough game day in Texas. Take a look back at the biggest upsets of the day:

Arizona State 13, Washington 7

The Sun Devils dominated the field with impenetrable defense. Missed field goals and a slow-moving offense kept the Huskies shut out until well into the fourth quarter.

LSU 27, Auburn 23

Strong second half defense and special teams plays made the way for LSU to iron out a major victory over Auburn in Saturday’s nail-biter game. Tough break for the Auburn Tigers who were off to a decent start early on.

TCU 26, Kansas State 6

The Horned Frogs were unstoppable in their win over Kansas State. Despite a 3-hour weather delay in Kansas, TCU pulled ahead early in the game, ending the first quarter with a 10-0 lead. The Wildcats got on the board with two field goals in the first and second quarters but still proved no match for the Horned Frogs.

Texas A&M 19, Florida 17

Daniel LaCamera kicked four field goals as the Aggies picked up a tough win on the road against Florida.

Oklahoma 29, Texas 24

The Sooners kept their playoff dreams alive after a narrow victory over Texas in the Red River Showdown.

West Virginia 46, Texas Tech 35

Quarterback Will Grier led his teammates to a show-stopping finish against the Red Raiders. Scoring four touchdowns in the second half, the Mountaineers earned their first victory over an AP Top 25 team in 10 tries since 2014.

Oklahoma State 59, Baylor 16

Oklahoma State took advantage of Baylor’s precipitous fall from last year in a display of pure offensive dominance. OSU Quarterback Mason Rudolph led his team to a school-record 747 yards in this spectacular win over Baylor.

Tulsa 45, Houston 17

Houston left stunned after a brutal defeat against Tulsa. Tough loss for the Cougars who held on until being shutout in the third quarter.


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The future is bright for the Astros. Composite image by Jack Brame.

2020 has shown us lots of things. A few of the things it's shown us is that anything is possible, expect the unexpected, and do not be surprised at the outcome. Well, the Astros checked all three of those boxes in this pandemic season and post season. Anything was possible when they finished the 60 game season 29-31 and barely made the playoffs (yes, the new format helped, but they made it). We should've expected the unexpected when they were able to beat the Twins in the first round 2-0 after the A's ran away with the division this season. We for damn sure shouldn't have been surprised at the outcome of their ALCS series when they forced Tampa to a game seven after being down 3-0 because this team is experienced and scrappy. We are talking about the team that's made it to the ALCS four years running and won it all in 2017.

Sure, there are some high dollar guys that mean a lot to this team that they may lose (looking squarely at George Springer and Michael Brantley), but that's the end of it. They'll also be without Justin Verlander after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Some will say coming back from a 3-0 deficit to force a game seven was good enough. They'll tell this team to accept its fate and fall into the background. They replaced their manager and general manager after the cheating scandal, no way they can move forward and succeed right? (insert your favorite GTFOH GIF)

Springer and Brantley could both leave as free agents

This team may not be thought of a contender moving forward, but I have faith in the talent that's still there. I believe Jim Crane knows who and what he can't live without moving forward, so I think he'll shell out the cash necessary to keep guys like Springer and long as it's within reason. Crane won't, and shouldn't, get into a bidding war with another team for either guy, but I think he will make a fair offer to both. Verlander being out in his last season under contract is a big blow. However, I think it can work to the team's advantage.

Let's say they're only able to bring back Springer OR Brantley, but Kyle Tucker takes that next step. Let's say Forrest Whitley, Framber Valdez, and Jose Urquidy all take that next step while Lance McCullers continues his accent. What will the league say when Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman return to their previously dominant forms? All of this speaks to the continued era of the dominant Astros.

Even if they lose Brantley and/or Springer this offseason, I still think they have enough in place to keep the lineup competitive and threatening. The pitching staff has enough firepower to put some fear into opposing lineups. If they continue to make the right moves and develop the talent they have in-house, this team won't fall off or take a dip. Instead, they'll continue to be a force if they hold true to the talent they have, and acquire the complimentary talent they need to accent the players they have now. The pitching staff will be in good hands. McCullers, Framber, and Urquidy are guys I feel that can carry the load. Meanwhile, Forrest Whitley is waiting in the wings. Kyle Tucker is poised for the next step in the lineup, and Captain Correa clearly established himself as a leader this post season.

The future is bright for Astros fans. If ownership and the front office pony up the money to keep some guys, it'll be even better.

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