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Saturday NCAA recap: Another rough week for Texas schools

Saturday NCAA recap: Another rough week for Texas schools
TCU has had no problems this season. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

After a sad Week 7 for college football in the Lone Star State, Week 8 is filled with much of the same; disappointment and serious need for improvement.

Memphis 42, Houston 38

Coming off of a major victory after handing previously ranked Navy their first loss of the season, the Memphis Tigers were eager to prove they deserved their spot on the top 25 and they did not disappoint. The Cougars were airtight during the first half, securing a 10-0 lead by the end of then second quarter. However, after returning to the field in the second half, the Tigers obliterated the Cougars, scoring 21 points in both the third and fourth quarters in this road win over Houston.

TCU 43, Kansas 0

As expected, TCU dominated both sides of the field in this home victory over Kansas. No. 4 TCU was favored to win, obviously, but it was almost as if Kansas was absent from the field. The Jayhawks’ 44th consecutive road game loss tied an 81-year-old NCAA record.

Oklahoma State 13, Texas 10

UT certainly improved with the season’s progression, but so has Oklahoma State. OSU took the lead late in the first quarter after a 7-yard touchdown run by J.D. King. The Longhorns tied the game in the second quarter with a 2-yard run by Sam Ehlinger. UT Head Coach Tom Herman ran a strong defense but it was not enough to stop OSU. The Longhorns were defeated in overtime.

West Virginia 38, Baylor 36

West Virginia narrowly escaped defeat in a tough road game against a Baylor offense led by scrambling freshman quarterback, Charlie Brewer.

Iowa State 31, Texas Tech 13

According to Iowa State coach Matt Campbell, Texas Tech did not live up to the loyalty of their fans in Saturday’s loss against the Cyclones, which pinned down the unusually low-producing Tech offense early on in this easy victory.

UT San Antonio 20, Rice 7

UTSA took an early lead over the Owls, scoring 10 points in both the first and third quarters in this home victory.

LSU 40, Mississippi 24

Darius Guice had a monster game as the Tigers rolled to another win.










 

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Following Houston's 6-4 road trip, the Astros returned home to finish the first "half" of the season before the All Star break hosting Florida and Texas. Houston's road trip was filled with clutch performances in New York, dominance in taking 3 of 4 in Toronto, and a dose of close calls and tough realities with a short-handed team against Minnesota.

Now the Astros hope to take care of business against the lowly Marlins and division rival Rangers. The Texas series, in particular gives Houston the opportunity to reassert their hold on the #2 spot ahead of the Rangers who have won their last 5 games in a row (as of the time this was published). Both teams have won 7 of their last 10 games and hope to catch a free-falling Seattle team to overtake the division lead.

Dana Brown told the media last week he expects both Justin Verlander and Kyle Tucker to be reactivated following the All-Star break but Tucker's updates continue to be more promising than Verlander's and MUCH more promising than Lance McCullers. Astros manager informed the media this week that McCullers has been shut down from throwing after his arm did not respond well to his recent bullpen sessions and the team is formulating the plan for what's next for the embattled pitcher. McCullers hasn't pitched since the 2022 postseason and underwent season-ending flexor tendon surgery last June. McCullers is under contract with Houston until 2026.

An eventual return for Kyle Tucker would spur a juggling act from Joe Espada to find a proper balance of time for all his outfielders, none of which have separated themselves offensively. Chas McCormick had a great month of June recording an .804 OPS but that run looks more like an anomaly as his scuffles have continued over the past 2.5 weeks, recording just 4 hits over his last 32 plate appearances.

While Jake Meyers has wowed fans and teammates with his glove this season, his offense has hit a skid, hitting just .184 with a .565 OPS over the past month. After rookie Joey Loperfido's torrid debut, he too has struggled with the bat, hitting just .216 with .599 OPS over the same time period.

An unexpected bright spot has been the recent play of first baseman Jon Singleton. Over the last 4 weeks, "Big Jon" is batting .302 with an .802 OPS. It's worth mentioning that Singleton's season numbers are better than Florida's Josh Bell, who drew interest from Astros fans over the past several seasons as a potential answer at first base. Bell has 135 more ABs this season so its not quite an apples-to-apples comparison but there's no doubt Singleton's contributions were sorely needed following the release of Jose Abreu.

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