While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:
1. Maryland should have a big-time goal in its season opener against Texas. Like score a point. Any point. In three meetings, the Longhorns swept the Terrapins, beating them 42-0 in the 1978 Sun Bowl, 34-0 in 1960 and 26-0 in Darrell Royal’s third year in 1959. In the Sun Bowl loss, Collin and Kirk Johnson’s dad Johnnie intercepted a pass. … That Maryland head coach Jerry Claiborne was once a candidate to become head coach at Texas before it hired Fred Akers before 1977. Frustrated after being pressed by reporters, Claiborne told me, “I’m out. Do you want me to sign it in blood?” … Does anyone yet see Maryland as a Big Ten school? It never had a true rival in the ACC. It thought Duke was its basketball rival, but Duke looked down on Maryland. The Terps would like to consider Penn State its football rival. Good luck with that. “I don’t think when you think of Big Ten schools, that comes into your mind yet about Maryland,” former Terps coach Randy Edsall told me. “The biggest change was the style of play, the physicalness you saw in the Big Ten versus the ACC where there’s a little more athleticism. There’s a lot more power in the Big Ten. When you look at the division they’re in, I don’t know if they’re ever going to be able to get where they want to get. Shoot, you’re going to have to fight like crazy just to be fifth at best. Money was the whole reason for the move. It was really a no-brainer to move, but it made it harder for football. I think the fans are always going to see themselves as an ACC school. I think time will tell. Maryland’s (wild) uniforms are unique, but they don’t win you games. If it’s about uniforms, Maryland would be undefeated.”
2. Sophia Schubert said the Texas women’s golf team is ready to challenge the men’s team in a mano-y-womano match. Well, kinda. “Yeah, we were going to do the girls against the guys. I think they did (chicken out),” the Longhorns senior joked Monday. “They didn’t want to do it.” She added that “seeing what the men have accomplished motivated us girls.” Schubert is coming off a wire-to-wire championship in the U.S. Women’s Amateur, freshman Agathe Laisne won the European Ladies Championship in July, freshman Kaitlyn Papp was part of the winning U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team, and sophomore Emilee Hoffman helped the U.S. team win a gold medal in the World University Games. Texas women’s coach Ryan Murphy caddied for Schubert and said, “She’s been fantastic. She’s essentially played in my No. 1 spot since she arrived here (as a transfer from Auburn). Sophia’s a great ball-striker. That’s the cornerstone of her game. She has good length, she’s a good iron player, she’s really improved her wedge play and she can be a streaky good putter.”
3. Senior second-team All-Americans Doug Ghim and Scottie Scheffler will compete in next week’s Walker Cup matching the best collegians against their counterparts in Great Britain and Ireland. Ghim will play alongside Clemson’s Doc Redman, who just edged him out for the U.S. Amateur title with the help of a 60-foot eagle putt. “So many people think of nerves as a negative thing and they try to get rid of them,” Ghim said. “Nerves can help produce incredible shots. I’ve felt good about my game for awhile now, but it’s good to get affirmation.” He can’t wait to play in next year’s Masters. Scheffler competed in the U.S. Open and won low amateur status. “We have a really talented team coming back and a good amount of motivation,” Scheffler said of sixth-ranked Texas. They’ll be joined by incoming freshmen Christoffer Bring of Denmark, Kristoffer Reitan of Norway and Highland Park’s Cash Carter, whose dad Chris was a teammate of the late Payne Stewart at SMU.
4. Was impressed with the poise and accuracy of Redskins backup Colt McCoy. Even Troy Aikman opined, “A lot of teams have shown interest” in trading for the former Longhorns quarterback. … Eric Dickerson is signing a one-day contract with the Los Angeles Rams. Is there anything sillier that these one-day contracts? Just have a press conference in the city where you made your bones. It’s dumb, like waiting for the next “30 for 30” on Art Briles’ CFL career.
5. As poorly as Charlie Strong’s South Florida team performed for much of its season-opening 42-22 win over a San Jose State team coming off a 4-8 season — the nationally-ranked Bulls trailed 16-0 — it should be noted that his loss to lowly Kansas in his penultimate game at Texas could turn out to be the best loss in UT history. Had Texas beaten the Jayhawks and qualified for a bowl game, I think Texas President Gregory L. Fenves was prepared to keep Strong and give him an extension since he would have been starting the 2017 season with only one extra year left on his contract. Against the Spartans, Strong’s kickoff man kicked the ball out of bounds for a penalty to start the game before a series of other special teams missteps.
6. Tampa Bay has been pretty lame on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” although you have to love Gerald McCoy’s personality. I won’t lie. It was hard to watch the Bucs cutting kicker Roberto Aguayo. That’s tough.
7. Did you see the fan base misery index on ESPN that rates the happiness level of college football faithful? Texas ranked 37th (just below Syracuse) with the “Content” description. Dead last? Texas State at 128th under Distraught with a power rating of 1 on a scale of 1 to 100.
8. Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to Mark McBath, one of the two Texas quarterbacks who went down with knee injuries in the Oklahoma game, paving the way for hero Randy McEachern in 1977.
9. Watched “As Above, So Below,” an extra creepy movie about exploration in the catacombs under the streets of Paris. The fact that my wife, son Zachary and I have visited those same dark caverns made it even scarier. Gave it 6 ducks.
10. Crazy prediction: Chad Morris will replace Kliff Kingsbury as the next Texas Tech coach.
BOHLS, GOLDEN PODCAST
Catch columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden during their weekly “On Second Thought” podcasts, which pop up on Thursdays. This week’s guest is former American-Statesman writer Jake Trotter, who’s now covering the Big 12 for ESPN.com.
HOW CRAZY WAS HE?
Looking back at Kirk’s crazy prediction from Aug. 31, 2016 — that Tony Romo would never start another NFL game. One year later, that prediction was a real home run, especially when you consider it was made less than a week after he injured his back against the Seahawks. Romo is indeed getting ready for the 2017 season opener — just as a CBS broadcaster.