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After horrible openers, these 5 college football teams are now on the upswing



There were some notable Week 1 flops, and they were followed by the usual visceral reactions. But a few of the teams that looked really bad in their debuts look a lot better now. The Dash list:

Texas (11).

What happened in the opener: The Longhorns were taking on a Maryland team presumed to be in disarray after the suspension of head coach D.J. Durkin and an investigation of the program culture. Instead the Terrapins came out inspired and upset Texas, 34-29, in a weather-delayed marathon.

What’s happened since then: Texas is 3-0 and looking better with every game. After a struggle to beat Tulsa 28-21, the ‘Horns thumped USC 37-14 and then dominated the second half in a 31-16 upset of TCU.

What’s changed: After being a minus-three turnovers against Maryland, Texas is plus-five since (quarterback Sam Ehlinger hasn’t thrown an interception after two in the opener). The Longhorns’ secondary has made significant strides, creating turnovers and making big plays.

Is it real: Check back Oct. 6, after Texas plays Oklahoma in Dallas. But signs are promising in Tom Herman’s second season.

Michigan (12).

What happened in the opener: The Wolverines fell behind Notre Dame immediately and never recovered, losing 24-17. The offense looked every bit as punchless as it did when they finished last season with consecutive losses to Wisconsin, Ohio State and South Carolina.

What’s happened since: Michigan is 3-0 against admittedly soft competition, beating teams the Sagarin Ratings place 88th (Western Michigan), 104th (SMU) and 77th (Nebraska). But they have been beatdowns: 46, 25 and 46 points, with the Wolverines scoring 45 or more in each game — last year they never scored more than 36.

What’s changed: A beleaguered running game has come to life, producing 790 yards in the three wins. That has reduced the burden on Shea Patterson to carry the offense with his arm — after throwing it 30 times against Notre Dame, he’s averaged 19 attempts per game since. That’s clearly more in Jim Harbaugh’s comfort zone — the last six times his starting quarterback has attempted 30 or more passes, Michigan is 0-6.

Is it real: All talk is cheap with the Wolverines until they beat a quality opponent. An eight-game losing streak against ranked teams has to be dealt with before anyone buys into Michigan. That means the three-game stretch against Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State Oct. 13-Nov. 3 looms large. That said, this has been Michigan’s most authoritative stretch of football since a bad night in Iowa City in November 2016 changed the trajectory of Harbaugh’s tenure.

Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines are looking much better after dropping their opener to Notre Dame. (AP)

Miami (13).

What happened in the opener: The Hurricanes were dominated by LSU, trailing 33-3 before scoring a couple of late touchdowns to make it look better. Team Turnover Chain failed to produce a takeaway, quarterback Malik Rosier threw two interceptions, and the Hurricanes were outmuscled in the trenches.

What’s happened since: Miami has coasted past Savannah State, Toledo and Florida International — not exactly a gauntlet, but the ‘Canes have taken care of business. Toledo was a trap game on the road, and they took a 21-0 lead and extinguished any comeback hopes in the fourth quarter. Miami also led FIU 31-0 through three quarters before coasting to a 31-17 win.

What’s changed: The quarterback. Mark Richt tossed the keys to freshman N’Kosi Perry on the third series against FIU, and he responded by throwing three touchdown passes. Richt hasn’t said whether Perry will start Thursday in the ACC opener against North Carolina, but that seems probable. Beyond that intrigue, Miami’s ability to run the ball — three straight games of more than 200 yards for the first time since 2014 — has made a big difference.


Is it real: In a wide-open ACC Coastal, Miami may be the team to beat. Which doesn’t necessarily translate to challenging Clemson.

Texas Tech (14).

What happened in the opener: The Red Raiders were boat-raced out of Houston by Mississippi, 47-27. Tech gave up 24 points in the first quarter and 546 yards for the game, continually being gouged for big plays.

What’s happened since: Texas Tech is 3-0, lighting up Lamar and Houston for 140 points and then shocking Oklahoma State in Stillwater, 41-17. That ended a nine-game losing streak against the Cowboys, and dramatically altered the perception of Kliff Kingsbury’s team.

What’s changed: The Red Raiders are actually balanced offensively, running it 138 times the past three games and throwing it 140. That’s compared to 39 runs and 56 passes against Ole Miss. Outrushing Oklahoma State by 96 yards was a statement — it was the first time in seven games that Tech had out-rushed a Big 12 opponent. Freshman quarterback Alan Bowman is good, but the team is better off if he isn’t throwing it 50-plus times per game.

Is it real: If Texas Tech can back up the win in Stillwater by beating undefeated West Virginia Saturday in Lubbock, it may be time to buy in.

Washington (15).

What happened in the opener: The Huskies lost a red-zone battle of futility against Auburn in Atlanta, 21-16. It was hardly a discouraging loss beyond the fact that Washington had multiple chances to beat a quality opponent and couldn’t secure the game.

What’s happened since: Washington is 3-0 and 2-0 in the Pac-12, with wins over a pair of solid teams in Utah and Arizona State. Since the opener, the Huskies have allowed just one touchdown drive after the first quarter.

What’s changed: A defense that surrendered 420 yards to Auburn hasn’t given up more than 268 in a game since. Since the Tigers threw the game-winning touchdown pass Sept. 1, Washington has allowed a single TD through the air. Washington also has improved its running production and gotten Myles Gaskin more involved in the offense — he had 17 touches against Auburn, then 33 against Utah and 24 against ASU.

Is it real: Real enough to compete in the Pac-12? Yes. Losing to Auburn was never a sign of major trouble. This still isn’t a high-octane offense, but it probably doesn’t need to be to compete for division and league titles.


Five breakout QBs with eyes on Baker Mayfield's NCAA record

Yahoo Sports national columnist Pat Forde runs down the list five highly efficient quarterbacks with strong starts to the 2018 season.


Coaches love nothing more than experience at quarterback, but what if that’s overrated? It’s been a spectacular September for some new (or relatively new) QBs on the scene. Five who are either first-year starters or first-year collegians who are threatening to rewrite the history books at their schools:

Tua Tagovailoa (16), Alabama. Current pass efficiency rating: 230.47, which leads the nation and would destroy the NCAA record of 198.90, set last year by Baker Mayfield. Alabama’s single-season record: Gary Rutledge, 222.36, in 1973. The caveat there: Rutledge threw just 88 passes while operating Bear Bryant’s wishbone offense and sharing time with Richard Todd. The school record for a minimum 100 attempts is AJ McCarron’s 175.28 in 2012. Tagovailoa may not have the three-year body of work that McCarron did as the ‘Bama starter, but he’s launched a great starting argument to be considered Nick Saban’s best quarterback ever.

Dwayne Haskins (17), Ohio State. Current pass efficiency rating: 207.04, which is third nationally and also ahead of Mayfield’s record. Ohio State’s single-season record: J.T. Barrett, 169.8, in 2014 — before Barrett’s passing productivity began to decline. The Buckeyes have wisely shelved Urban Meyer’s long-cherished quarterback run game to focus on Haskins’ passing — he’s run it just 10 times while throwing it 115 times. Haskins is working on a streak of 88 straight passes without an interception.

Kyler Murray (18), Oklahoma. Current pass efficiency rating: 203.01, which also is slightly ahead of Mayfield’s national and school record. Mayfield also has the NCAA single-season record for most yards per attempt with a minimum of 700 passes at 11.5, and Murray currently is clocking in at 11.7. (It’s a star-studded record list: behind Mayfield in 2017 is Michael Vick in 1999 at 11.3, Mayfield in 2016 at 11.1, Ty Detmer in 1989 at 11.1, Robert Griffin III at 10.7 in 2011 and James Winston at 10.6 in 2013. All but Vick won the Heisman Trophy.)

Trevor Lawrence (19), Clemson. Current pass efficiency rating: 191.83. Clemson single-season record: Deshaun Watson’s 188.6 in 2014, when he played just eight games. Lawrence has been backing up Kelly Bryant, but on Monday Dabo Swinney made the inevitable move to his five-star freshman as the starter against Syracuse on Saturday. Lawrence has thrown nine touchdown passes in just 60 attempts, and both those numbers should rise significantly as he assumes greater command of the Tigers’ offense.

Brady White (20), Memphis. Current pass efficiency rating: 189.80. Memphis’ single-season record: The school media guide doesn’t keep track of its all-time leaders in that category, but the record appears to belong to Riley Ferguson last year at 161.18. White transferred in from Arizona State and has raised the bar, at least for the time being, completing 72 percent of his passes with 12 touchdowns and only one interception.



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Dazed and Confused Is a Movie About Time. It's So Subtle, You May Have Never Realized It.


Richard Linklater's '70s-era high school comedy is 25 years old today.

SEP 24, 2018
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"The '50s were boring. The '60s rocked. The '70s, my God, they obviously suck. So maybe the '80s will be, like, radical. I figure we'll be in our 20s and, hey, it can't get any worse."

That's the "every other decade" theory that Cynthia (Marisa Ribisi) posits in Dazed and Confused's third act. It's a compelling one, even if I don't necessarily buy it—but maybe that's because Richard Linklater's ingenious ensemble teen comedy, which celebrates its 25th anniversary today, single-handedly convinced me that the '70s were, indeed, cool as hell. The '90s were inspired by much of the era in which Dazed takes place; the movie predated the '70s fashion revival that became a trend in the last third of the decade, just as it hit theaters before a '70s-inspired pop culture boom (consider: 1995's Casino, 1997's Boogie Nights, 1999's The Virgin Suicides). Linklater's film was seemingly pushing '70s propaganda early on, even if one of its characters would reject the nostalgia it promoted.

But I can't blame Cynthia really. When you're a teenager, there is nothing worse than the time and place in which you live—and it's perfectly natural to look back to the past and think of what you missed (and to look forward into the future and hope, not dread, that you can break out of the monotony of your own era). Dazed and Confusedperfectly encapsulates the very human experience of grappling with time, and it achieves it so subtly and seamlessly that it's almost easy to miss.

Set on the last day of the school year in 1976, Dazed follows a group of teenagers—members of the rising senior and freshmen classes—as they cruise around the sprawling suburbs of Austin, Texas. Each character has his or her own story and conflict: Jason London's Pink has the chance to be the star quarterback in the fall, if only he can focus on his athleticism instead of beer and weed; Ben Affleck's O'Bannion flunked his senior year and has to repeat it (possibly so he can have a second shot at ruling the school); Wiley Wiggins's Mitch Kramer wants to hang out with the cool, older kids, even if that puts him in danger of O'Bannion's violent hazing; Parker Posey's Darla simply wants to terrorize the incoming freshmen girls to prop up her own popularity. And then there's Matthew McConaughey's Wooderson, who graduated from Lee High School years ago but remains stuck in a permanent adolescence, partying and f##king with the kids years younger than him.



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The ensemble is flush with equally brilliant players that represent the various social circles of the school, from the jocks to the nerds, the cheerleaders to the burnouts. Linklater's script allowed for his actors and their characters to develop as the shoot progressed. (McConaughey, who delivers what might be one of the great breakout performances in film history, improvised much of his character's lines.) Dazed plays with those classic teen movie archetypes, but its characters are not clichés. The film doesn't directly offer these kids' backstories or shared history, but it's so lived in, so realistic and genuine, that the years these kids have spent together offscreen—and even the rest of the summer and the ensuing 1976-1977 school year that awaits them—feel like borrowed memories.

In fact, it's hard not imagining these characters' personal stories as they extend beyond the narrative borders of the film (which covers roughly 15 hours of time over the course of its 102-minute length). That's a testament to the central truth of Linklater's script, and how easily viewers may recognize its characters as those who crowded the halls of their high school. It's also easy for viewers to see themselves in the film, whether it's the timid girl with a crush on an older boy, the philosophizing stoner who trucks in conspiracy theories and urban legends, or the neurotic geek who reexamines every social interaction to the point of self-defeat.



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All of these kids are quite literally stuck in time: May 26, 1976. (I'd like to note, possibly only because it interests me, that Linklater himself was about to turn 16 when his film takes place.) They'll never age, and whether you watched it in 1993 or see it for the first time in 2018, you'll know as little about their adult lives as they did in the film. Aside from the simmering violence—the result, mostly, of Affleck's O'Bannion character—there's very little narrative conflict, a product of most ensemble-driven movies that are told primarily as a series of vignettes.

There is, however, a certain thematic tension that grows larger and larger the further from its release date we get. The aimlessness, the low-level frustration and angst, gets more overwhelming, especially if you watched it when you were a teenager like I did. Don't you know that feeling, of being on the edge of some big change? Can you imagine feeling it for the very first time?

Nostalgia is a powerful thing, and Dazed delivers a triple dose of it. It's both a '70s anda '90s movie, with a stacked cast full of young Hollywood hopefuls featuring three future Oscar winners (Affleck, McConaughey, and Renée Zellweger, who makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance). When the other cast members appear in a movie or on TV, it feels like unexpectedly running into someone from Algebra class. (My, how old all of us have gotten.)



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But it'll also inevitably makes you nostalgic for your own high school years, no matter when they were or how great (or likely miserable) you felt. Linklater is no dummy, not even in the case of his second major film. The power of looking back can't be disputed; it does funny things to your heart and mind.

Dazed and Confused remains a cult classic for its bell bottoms and bongs, the incredible soundtrack, and quotable dialogue. But under its light and comedic surface lies the reminder that we can't control time—not when we came of age or how we grew up after we officially became grownups. You just have to keep l-i-v-i-n, and you're always able to go back in time and visit your friends every now and then.



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I had a blast in the 70s, maybe too good of a time! Let's just say I'm glad I'm not a politician (in more ways than one)!  B)


Edit note: Back to the main topic and the music they play now during the game breaks, it sucks but the kids enjoy it.

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‘We’re happy’: Players admit key difference in Herman’s second season

Photo Credit: Anthony Mireles | Daily Texan Staff


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Published on September 25, 2018 at 11:49 pmLast update on September 26, 2018 at 12:07 am

During preseason camp in August, head coach Tom Herman asked his leaders one question: What’s different this season?

Before the back-to-back wins over then-No. 22 USC and then-No. 17 TCU, and even before Texas’ loss to Maryland, the answer was eye-opening.

“Breckyn Hager, before anybody could say anything, was like, ‘We’re happy,’” senior tight end Andrew Beck said. “And it’s true. It’s a big difference from last year.”

Herman announced members of what he calls Texas’ “leadership council” during Monday’s press conference. He started off by listing obvious players such as Collin Johnson, Kris Boyd and Breckyn Hager. Then he listed the team captains, both quarterbacks and several offensive and defensive linemen before eventually naming every single member of the group.

“I hope I didn’t forget anybody,” Herman said.

Herman meets with members of the group to discuss anything from the tone of the locker room to possible turmoil the squad might experience in the near future.

“Those are the guys we really lean on in terms of having a voice in the locker room and conveying our message, but also conveying any messages that the players,” Herman said. “The players in the locker room know that they can go to them with anything, and it will get back to us, too.”

The issues at the beginning of the season were simple. Herman spelled it out for anybody who listened, exhausting the term “playing too tight” and emphasizing the importance of having fun. This all came after Texas struggled to put together an inspiring performance against lacking opponents in the first two weeks.

After two consecutive wins over ranked opponents, that doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore. Winning has its way of doing that.

“I think winning is intoxicating. And it feels really, really good,” Herman said. “But I think the key that I’m proud of this group of guys, this team, is they understand that you don’t beat TCU on Saturday. You don’t. The three and a half hours on Saturday is the reward for how hard you prepare and the sacrifices that you make.”

The team hasn’t only bought into Herman’s belief system of the game’s result being decided during the week, but Texas fans can finally see what Breckyn Hager told his coach back in the preseason.

“You just get out there and play freely, just having fun,” freshman safety Caden Sterns said.  “Guys are out there smiling, before games and during games. It’s understanding that this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to play at a university like this.”

Over a month and a half after Hager admitted this team is finally having fun, Beck announced a similar sentiment during Tuesday's availability, saying this season “just feels different” from his previous four seasons at Texas.

While Beck is joined by numerous players in displaying excitement regarding the program’s culture, Texas’ offensive leader continues to remain levelheaded when it comes to the team’s early season accomplishments.

“We certainly have not arrived,” sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger said. “We certainly have not reached our peak of what we can be. … We have to keep working. There’s nothing that we’ve done that has been incredible. I think we understand that. We know what we’re capable. We see it and know that we haven’t even scratched the surface yet.”




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1 hour ago, dillohorn said:

Bring back the cowbells. You can never have too much cowbell.

The only ones I've seen with cowbells at UT games in recent years are in the band (not just percussionists).

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