COLLEGE FOOTBALL DRAMA IS BACK
Two teams from great state of Texas will be at center stage for NCAA Top 12 action this weekend as the number 12 Texas A&M Aggies take on the defending FBS Champion and number one nationally ranked Clemson Tigers on their own turf at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina.
Aggie Head Coach Jimbo Fisher and his team most defiantly have their work cut out for them taking on Dabo Swinney and his bunch of returning national champions. The football program at Clemson has emerged as one of the top programs in the country rivaling even Nick Saban and his legendary tenure at Alabama.
Aggie OL Jared Hocker guarantees that ‘there will be an upset’ when his team takes on Clemson. However, A&M (+16.5) will go into the game as a significant underdog and could draw a respectable percentage of the wagering on the game. Sixteen and a half points are a lot of points, even for the defending national champions, and against one of the best coaches in the game in Jimbo Fisher who very nearly upended Clemson in a great game just last season.
Swinney and Fisher have a long history with each other going all the way back to working as assistant coaches for Nick Saban at Alabama, so, they know each other very well. Both have reputations as being excellent play callers and top tier college football strategists. This should be a great game.
Later on that very same Saturday evening the LSU Tigers will be in Austin to take on the University of Texas Longhorns with second year head coach Tom Herman in a battle featuring the number 6 Bengal Tigers and the number 9 Longhorns in what many are looking forward to as being a showcase preview for the future of these two fine teams in the FBS race this season.
Another mini-drama in the news these days is how LSU was wooing now Texas head coach Tom Herman after firing Les Miles early on in the 2016 season. LSU AD Joe Alleva make no secret the Herman was his first choice as the future head coach in Baton Rouge. Alleva has since been replaced as Athletic Director at LSU by Baton Rouge native and former AD at Texas A&M, Scott Woodward, just to add to the drama.
But Coach Herman ended up at Austin coaching the Longhorns and LSU assistant coach Ed Orgeron, a true Louisiana native and legitimate Cajun, made such an impression on the powers that be at LSU that they decided to give the gruff voiced Cajun coach a shot at the head coaching job. To most folks eyes that has worked out very well. ‘Coach O’ is now a very popular figure in Louisiana and around the SEC. LSU fans expect nothing less than a run for the FBS title.
Otherwise there are not really any games this weekend featuring ranked teams against ranked opponents. Number two Alabama gets to cruise playing New Mexico State at home while number three Georgia will host Murray State and number four Oklahoma will take on South Dakota in Norman.
But the drama this week will take place on Saturday afternoon and evening when the Aggies will try to take down mighty Clemson (-16.5) at 3:30 EST and then LSU (-6.5) and Texas go head to head in Austin at 7:30. Don’t miss out on the action.
Welcome back college football drama!