We walked through the dark and around the graveyard, where I always park when I'm going to a Texas game in Austin. I have kids, so I'm cheap, and parking next to the graves across the highway is free. My son Miles, who was 12 then, knows the routine.
Dear Shane and Sam, Wanted to drop you a quick line as you prepare for Kansas State this Saturday. I know you guys are probably tired of everybody droning on and on about who the starting quarterback should be, about who has the most and least experience, who is he better runner, blah-blah-blah.
Texas has a quarterback who is clearly the most physical at his position. Another UT quarterback is more experienced, and is thus more familiar with the team's system. A third has a very special skill set, unique to the others, and also sees very important playing time.
Sloppy-drunk on burnt orange Kool-aid in July, I stated - publicly and emphatically and foolishly - that Texas would beat USC this week in Los Angeles. Less than two months later, it's Trojan game week, and my friends are spending the week verbally abusing me at every turn.
Now that the Texas two-deep has been released (Shane Buechele is the starter "today", according to Tom Herman), then we can begin to daydream prior to Saturday's 11 a.m. kickoff against Maryland.
Upon landing on the IMG Academy homepage, a visitor is immediately aware of a constant, intense drumbeat of movement. Young athletes - girls and boys - pushing themselves, running, jumping, lifting and yes, even studying, surrounded by modern amenities craved by 17 and 18-year old dreamers.
The reason for the insanity of what I'm about to write might be the long, hot days of summer without football. Or maybe it's the delirium of a new coach who continues to shepherd a steady stream of high-end recruits to Austin. Whatever the case, I'll go ahead and say it: Texas will beat USC on September 16.