Saturday, August 30, 2008

Game Two: SMU @ Rice

I just finished watching the Conference USA game from last night....and I had the following thoughts and observations....

....maybe we just ought to give Chase Clement the Heisman Trophy right now. The senior signal caller threw six touchdown passes (including four by halftime). He was the perfect example in my mind of how an experienced signal caller makes a college team.

....that Syracuse Spread thing might work out pretty well.

....because there is no way you can tell me that SMU or Rice has more talent and better personnel then the Orange has. They combined to score 83 points.

....Of course, maybe it had something to do with the personnel that the two teams were putting on defense.

....I don't expect Nick Provo to be as versatile as Rice TE James Casey was, but I do expect the Orange to use the TE/HB/FB in a lot of similar situations. And I think Provo can be very succesful in that role.

....I hate the shirts that June Jones and his coaching staff were wearing on the SMU sidelines. I guess it was some sort of effort to combine a golf shirt with the classic Hawaiian shirt that Jones had been wearing the last few years. You're in Texas now.

....Can the Owls become a player in Conference USA this year? I think maybe they can. But still its one of those things where maybe SMU is just that bad.

....Of course, when it was 13-0 Ponies, you had to think that June Jones was a miracle worker. But things went south in a hurry.

....I loved the enthusiasm of the Rice crowd, and particularly the student section. I wonder if it's like that everygame or just for ESPN broadcast Friday night games. Nice job, but I'm still not a fan of the thundersticks. But if that is what you have to do, you have to do it.

....I'll be interested to see how Rice fares next week at Memphis.


  1. Anonymous4:56 PM

    The only person to mention Chase in regards to the Heisman so far that I know of is you. But I don't think that's a bad thing. I think it is a reflection of how the mainstream media overlooks C-USA. Hopefully, Chase will be mentioned at the end of the season, along with Dillard, as serious contenders.

  2. Truly I think the chances of Clement being in the Heisman discussion at the end of the season are very, very minimal.

    He's a good quarterback, playing in a system that fits his abilities. He has lots of experience and he makes good decisions.

    But even with all that said, the Heisman isn't going to really be a part of the equation.

    Good luck to him and Rice though, and if he keeps posting numbers, you never know.