The Wildcats have been a thorn in Iowa’s side the last two years. Entering week 3, the Texas A&M Aggies take on the Vandals of Idaho. Broyles caught his tenth pass of the first half, breaking the Oklahoma record for receptions in a single half.
The football season will be here before we sports fans know it. But before the most popular sport in the state of Iowa takes center stage, I wanted to put a stamp on the college basketball season.
Utah football schedules a two-game series with Pittsburgh. Apparently the Panthers want revenge from their 2005 Fiesta Bowl loss to the BCS-busting Utes. The two teams will play in Salt Lake City in 2010, and then the return game in Pennsylvania in 2011.
NEEDS TO: Beat Baylor. Nice things are going on with Doc Sadler’s program in Lincoln, and if the ‘Huskers hadn’t lost in overtime to Oklahoma State and at the last second to Texas A&M, they might be in the hunt for an NCAA bid (to be completely fair, losses to Maryland-Baltimore County, Iowa State basketball and Oregon State might have been difficult pills to swallow for the NCAA committee, no matter whom Nebraska beat). As it is, Nebraska is poised to make a serious NIT run and set themselves up for 2010. A loss to the Bears might be the difference between two home games in the NIT and traveling in the first or second rounds.
Kyle Singler needs six more points to reach 600 points for the third straight season. Only Art Heyman and Christian Laettner have accomplished that feat in school history.
Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery is adamant that his Hawkeyes are not far off. He trusts his style of play, he trusts what he is teaching and he trusts that his way will work in Iowa City. Iowa fans also are trusting in Fran’s ability.
The following Tuesday all classes were postponed and a funeral service was held for Jack Trice before 4,000 students and faculty members on the central grounds of campus.
Texas A&M Aggies – Led by explosive QB Jerrod Johnson and explosive outside linebacker Von Miller, the Aggies have an outside shot at winning the Big 12 South.
Two losses and one win would put the team at either a semi-acceptable 6 and 6 or a joyful 7 and 5. For Aggie fans who have faith in what Dr. Johnson, in another context, called the “triumph of hope over experience,” those numbers could be bettered to 8 and 4. But don’t bet the farm on it.