BLITZING SEVEN: Racism, Big 12's Big Weekend & Lamar Jackson Bandwagon is Back
1. Racism Rears its Head In College Station: After the week 1 collapse against UCLA Texas A&M Head Coach Kevin Sumlin received a racist letter. Sadly given the passions involved it is not surprising. Those who point to the letter as a product of some newly racist climate in America haven’t been paying attention. These types of letters have appeared at a number of schools for years. In 2000 Penn State’s starting quarterback was black and was falsely accused of hitting a white police officer. I was the quarterbacks coach at the time. After Joe Paterno refused to suspend him, letters and e-mails received by our quarterback, head coach and by me contained the same menacing racist rhetoric aimed at all of us. Kevin Sumlin’s letter may be shocking to many but it is certainly not new nor is it isolated.
2. Which Longhorns Will Show Up: After being shocked by Maryland at home Texas absolutely rolled San Jose State 56-0 in week two. The offense has been capable of scoring in both games, the defense in week one surrendered over 400 yards of offense. After turning the ball over twice in week one the Longhorns had none in week two. USC’s defense is vulnerable but if Texas is to have a chance at #4 USC they’ll have win the turnover battle. As good as USC quarterback Sam Darnold is he has thrown interceptions in both games this year.
3. The Big 12’s Big Weekend: After two weeks the Big 12 has win just 2 games against Power-5 teams in just 5 games. The Big 12’s 8-5 record versus FBS teams leads only the ACC’s 7-7 mark. There have been bad losses to Central Michigan, Liberty and UTSA. Oklahoma’s win at Ohio State was huge, but one win does not make a conference’s resume complete. The conference can boost that resume this week with 5 Power-5 games against Pitt, Vanderbilt, Arizona State, Duke and at #4 USC.