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.


 

Most Popular

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome

Listen Live

ESPN Houston 97.5 FM
Keep an eye on Tank Dell this Sunday. Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images.

I remember thinking how in the world can these little frail guys survive at the NFL level? I mean, I saw Joe Theismann and Ed McCaffrey's legs snap. Drew Bledsoe got his chest caved in. Seeing 300-plus pound men cry when injured is humbling. So when a guy like Tank Dell comes along, I'm always a bit apprehensive. Especially when they come with a ton of hype.

For every eight to ten big strong players that get hurt, there's one or two little fellas that have relatively healthy careers. The comp that came to mind when looking at Tank was DeSean Jackson. Listed at 5'10 and weighing a heavy 175 pounds, Jackson was arguably the best “small guy” in NFL history. Dell being about two inches shorter and about ten pounds lighter, while also playing a similar role, is in line to be a similarly electrifying type of player. I put my assessment on the line and doubled down with my predictions on what his, and others' season totals will look like last week:

Tank Dell: 68 catches, 1,105 yards and 6 touchdowns- Dell will be a really good slot, but has some outside skills. Namely, his speed. He's more slippery than if Mick had greased that chicken before Rocky tried catching it. I could see his production going up as the season gets longer because Stroud will begin to look for him more and more as they build chemistry. Yes, I know I only have him with six scores. Keep in mind this is a run first offense. At least that's what we can deduce from looking at where it came from in San Francisco.

In his debut game last week vs the Ravens, he notched three catches for 34 yards on four targets. He was tied for third on the team in targets with Noah Brown and Mike Boone. While Robert Woods and Nico Collins were one and two in targets last week, I think Dell will ascend that list starting this week. Word came down that Noah Brown is headed to IR, meaning he'll miss at least the next four weeks. The chemistry he and fellow rookie C.J. Stroud have developed is palpable. From working out together, to attending UH games together, these two seem to have a nice bond already.

Woods is a solid vet two years removed from an ACL injury. Collins was a third rounder with size who hasn't done a whole lot. Dell is easily the most exciting option at receiver this team has. John Metchie III was expected to be the next guy up. Unfortunately, cancer had him take a backseat, until now. Metchie is back at practice this week, so a debut is imminent. He could potentially challenge for more playing time, but it may take him some time to get used to things and get going again.

As far as my statistical prediction for his season, he only needs to average four catches for 67 yards per game, and get a touchdown every two to three games for the remainder of the season. Given Brown being out the next few games, Metchie not quite being up to speed, Woods being an older player on a short-term deal, and Collins not really being what everyone thought he could be, it leaves things wide open for Dell to step up.

Playmakers come in all shapes and sizes. Levon Kirkland was a 300-pound middle linebacker in a 3-4. Doug Flutie led teams to playoff wins as a 5'9 quarterback. In football, size matters. The bigger, stronger guys normally win out. When it comes to receiving and returns, you want speed, quickness, and agility. Dell has that in spades. Add his competitive nature and chemistry with his quarterback and you have a recipe for a star in the making. I know I'm not the only one hoping the Texans continue Tank-ing.

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome