Happy Monday! High school and college football are back! Really, is there a better time of year? OK, I know many are excited about the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday night too (Wednesday night?), but still we’ve been given a lot to talk about.
♦ All 13 of the Oklahoma colleges were in action this weekend and none them played each other. Collectively, the state went 0-4 vs. schools from Arkansas, 0-3 vs. Missouri, but on a positive note were 2-1 vs. Texas.
♦ Northwestern and Southern Nazarene made their first appearances in the NCAA ranks – and were blown out.
Now really, with respect, if you didn’t see this coming, you probably should have. All of the ingredients for the double-beatdown in Arkadelphia were there.
It was just one game for NWOSU and SNU with a long, full season ahead. There is still a lot of football to be played and neither should be judged by the opener.
♦ Speaking of openers, East Central continued its tradition of scheduling a brutal opponent for its first contest. The Tigers perennially start their season tough and seem to want to spot everyone a game. Since 2000, ECU is 3-10 in season openers, including this year’s 33-3 loss to Northwest Missouri State in Maryville.
It should be noted that the Tigers beat Incarnate Word 31-21 last season in their opener and went on to finish 8-3 overall.
♦ Oklahoma State 84, Savannah State 0. I didn’t think Division I schools were allowed to schedule high school opponents.
Have a great Labor Day. And Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter, Jacelyn Rayne, who turned 17 on Saturday!