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Welcome to a trip back to the old Southwest Conference!
Most notably I include Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Rice, SMU, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, and Texas Tech.
SWC football ended in 1995 after Arkansas fled to the SEC in 1990.

I started this website a long time ago - and have been running a virtual SWC for 12 years now.
Column on the left includes historical links to all things Southwest Conference - many of the links are pages researched and developed by me.
In the middle column is the running blog commentary for the current year.
The right column is the virtual standings, a uniform wrap-up for the current year, and links to the pages from other years.

Sounds of the SWC
Hand Signs

Longhorn Band Traditions Site
The Aggie Ring
Aggie Traditions Timeline
University of Houston Athletic Traditions
SMU Band and Traditions
Halftime scripts from The MOB

Birth of Sic'em Bears
Frog Horns History
The Whole Story behind Pony Ears

How Sammy the Owl got his name
U of H History of the Cougar
Baylor Mascot History
TCU Horned Frog Mascot History
History of the Masked Rider
Creation of Raider Red

SWC Football Programs
Another 100 Programs Added!

Texas - TAMU  Texas - OU  Bowl Games

Humble Schedule Decals
Other Humble SWC Memorabilia
Humble Ads in SWC Football Programs

Bowl Game Souvenirs
SWC Buttons
SWC Pennants

Ad for Humble Decals

SWC Mascot/Logo Project
SWC Logos
SWC Mascot Artwork
Bill McClanahan SMU Art

History of the Longhorn Logo
Arkansas Razorback History
100 Years of Razorback Logo
Running Hog on the Helmet

SWC Football Helmet History

My SWC Champions Site
Neat Texas OU Look Back
UT's Tower
SMU Football Greatest Moments
Amazing Archive of Arkansas Photos
1947 Texas Tech Promo video

A Look Back at the SWC
SWC Timeline
February 25th

Earl vs. Bevo

Earl vs. Rice's Michael Downs

The Story Behind the Play - Revisited

Historical SWC Bowl Games
1954 Cotton Bowl
1957 Sugar Bowl
1961 Sugar Bowl
1969 Cotton Bowl
1970 Cotton Bowl
1973 Gator Bowl
1974 Peach Bowl
1989 All American Bowl
1995 Copper Bowl
1977 Texas OU

Orange Bowl History

Books on SWC Football

SWC Uni Database - TBD
2017 SWC Uni Tracker
2016 SWC Uni Tracker
2015 SWC Uni Tracker
2014 SWC Uni Tracker
2013 SWC Uni Tracker

How Texas Tech became the Red Raiders

All SWC Radio Broadcasters
Humble Football Broadcast History
Kern Tips (dead link)
Kern Tips Bio Info
Kern Tips & Chronicle Sports
Kern Tips Links
Golden Voices of Football
Frank Fallon
Dave Campbell and Frank Fallon inducted into TSHoF
Eddie Barker

1956 A&M-Texas Game Highlights

Time has run out on the Southwest Conference, but what a time it was

Fronteir Justice (a story about TCU football)

End of an Era: 81-Year Tradition Will Take One Last Breath

10 years later

Silver Taps for the SWC (search page for "Silver Taps")

The Dying Days of the SWC

Life was good in the old Southwest Conference

It Was a Conference with Charachter

Awesome SWC Site - Thompsonian

University Archives
Texas Tech Game Programs

Live Streaming Audio
Texas Longhorns audio

20 Year Look Back
2015 marked 20 years since the last official Southwest Conference games had been played. While the SWC ended in 1996, the last year for football was 1995. Throughout the 2015 football season I looked back at those last official games. Leaving them here this year since 1996 was the official end of the SWC and I still need to load some of the games.

Arkansas @ SMU
SMU won 17-14 in a thriller that went down to the final minute. Arkansas had one more chance and drove the ball down to the one yard line on a six minute drive. With 56 seconds left, Arkansas fumbled the snap trying to get it in the endzone and SMU recovered. That was the only win the ponies got in 1995 and Arkansas went on to win its SEC division title and its first winning season of the 90s. Check the 5:10 mark of this video for game highlights. Here is the original NCAA Official Scoring Summary (an amazing handwritten 13 sheets of paper - old school, baby)! Note: Arkansas had already fled to the SEC (because of basketball - SEC was about basketball back then) - technically I probably should not include this game.

Texas @ SMU
Apparently a yawner per some of the reviews. One of those articles from the UT paper says SMU didn't belong in the game - this the week afer they beat Arkansas and Texas got whipped by Notre Dame. Although Arkansas sucked back then (why the fled to the SEC for basketball). Texas ran up a season high 558 yards (341 on the ground mostly on the back of Shon Mitchell (his first game over 100 yards - 185 to be exact) with a hobbled Ricky Williams only carrying 9 times for 48). Game video with Celebrating SWC intro here. Complete stats here.

Houston @ TCU
TCU beat an undefeated Houston (4-0) 31-21 in Fort Worth. The defense was able to shut out the Coogs in the first half. Andre Davis set a school record with the 14th 100-yd rushing game of his career while Knake established a TCU record of 45, topping the legendary Sammy Baugh's 44. It was the largest crowd to watch a TCU/Houston game at Amon Carter at the time (34,684). Game summary here.

Rice @ Texas
Horns scored on their first three posessions but stalled in the 2nd quarter. Rice racked up 253 yards and were tied 13-13 at the half. The Horns had a strong second half capped off by two 4th quarter touchdowns by the still injured Ricky Williams - making it 24 unanswered points. Texas wins in Austin 37-13. Daily Texan article - game summary in the second article on that page.

A&M @ Texas Tech
Simply one of the biggest games of the year! Tied up 7-7 at the half, the remaining two quarters of the game was a defensive struggle... until the last Aggie possession. This was the infamous Zach Thomas INT game winning touchdown with 30 seconds left! An unranked Tech beat #8 Texas A&M 14-7. Spike Dykes' first win over a top 10 team and first win over a top ranked team in 17 years. The phrase "Wreck 'em Tech" may not have stemmed from this game - but it was surely born here! Game stats here.

Baylor @ Houston
A whipping... 49-7. Baylor gained 591 yards against the Coogs in the Astrodome! It was the first 500 plus yard game for Baylor since SMU in 1984. Baylor held Houston to 178 yards (compared to 401 in the previous game against TCU) and chased Chuck Clements out of the pocket all night. Baylor Lariat article.

SMU @ Texas A&M
SMU led most of the game and was leading 17-13 with 56 seconds left to play. The Aggies, without Leeland McElroy, drove it 70 yards in five plays and scored with only eight seconds left to avoid the upset and secure a 20-17 victory at Kyle Field.

TCU @ Rice
Rice led 14-10 at half time. But TCU rallied - catching up in the 3rd quarter and taking over in the 4th to win 33-28. Game summary here.

Rice @ Texas Tech
Owls fell behind early but launched a furious 18 unanswered points rally sparked by Chad Nelson replacing an injured Josh LaRocca in the waning minutes of 3rd quarter. At 24-18, the Owls defense could not stop Zebbie Letheridge and Byron Hanspard. Rice had a couple more chances: one due to a dropped snap on a Tech punt resulting in the offense set up in Red Raider territory which produced no points and a drive ending in an interception. Rice was able to score again and get a safety but came up short in the 31-26 loss at Jones Stadium. Scoring Summary here and Rice Thresher article.

SMU @ Houston
The week after nearly knocking off Texas A&M, SMU loses 38-15 to Houston who hadn't won a game since last year when they played SMU. But that game was closer than it looked with Houston scoring three touchdowns in three minutes. A 78 yard pick-6 by James Reddish cut he rally short.

Texas A&M @ Baylor
In an effort to "Color the Town" when the Aggies arrive, students encouraged anyone with a collie to dress their dog in Baylor colors! No idea how that worked out... On to the game! Baylor was hopeful, especially since the Aggies barely got by SMU AND had lost to Tech which Baylor had already beat. After a strong start by Baylor in hopes of getting their first win in 10 years against the Ags, the Aggies blocked a punt and quickly scored. Baylor tried to play catch up for the rest of the game and fell 24-9 at Floyd Casey. Baylor Lariat articles: post-game and pre-game. Another article about the history here.

Houston @ Texas A&M
Despite numerous turnovers by the Coogs, they were able to stay in the game until the end of the 3rd quarter. With 4:23 left in the 3rd quarter, Aggie Keith Mitchell chased Clements into his own endzone resulting in a hurried throw and a pick-6 for Andre Williams. TBD - more to come. Aggies won 31-7maintaining the lo ngest home winning streak in the nation. LA Times SWC Roundup for the week.

Rice @ SMU
Rice broke a six game winless streak by beating SMU 34-24. But it was not without drama. Rice allowed SMU to score two touchdowns to get back in the game and then a turnover allowed SMU to take the lead midway through the 4th quarter. With 8:47 to play, Rice scored and the defense was able to hold on to seal their 7th staight victory over SMU. Rice Thresher articles: pre-game and post game.

TCU @ Baylor
Baylor won 27-24 in Waco. TCU CB Godrey White got his hands on two field goals and a PAT. The TCU defense did a good job of holding Baylor after turnovers. But two big misses for TCU prevented them from a comeback win - touchdown pass in endzone was intercepted by Robinson and an outstanding pass/catch/run was called back for illegal motion. Despite some good efforts by TCU, Baylor controlled the game. Baylor Lariat artcile here.Game summary here.

A cold rainy homecoming in Fort Worth did not dissappoint! SMU jumped out to a 10-0 start , but were dominated in the 2nd quarter after that. But SMU pulled back to 17-16 on a one yard touchdown run. SMU attempted a two point conversion for the win late in the 4th quarter - but Rick LaFavers intercepts and returns it 100 yards adding the two points to TCU's score instead for a 19-16 TCU win. TCU will have two consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1959. Instead of a win, SMU clinches the longest consecutive loss streak (for major colleges) at eight - and winless in their last 18 SWC games. TCU Game Summary here. LA Times Southwest Roundup.

Texas Tech @ Texas
A promising Top 25 matchup ended up in a 48-7 rout by No.13 Texas over No.23 Texas Tech in Austin. I was at this game - I remember telling dad and begging the powers that be to "make it stop..." It was supposed to be such a good game with promise and a chance for Tech! Despite struggling against Tech's defensive pressure the previous two years, Texas scored on four of its first seven posessions and led 28-0 at halftime with 304 yards. Three of those scores took less than two minutes. And it only got worse for the Tech fans. 48-0 at the end of the 3rd quarter. We had great seats, first row in the upper deck on the 50 yard line. I was mis-er-a-ble! The 41 point margin was the largest over a Top 25 team in Texas football history. Zebbie Lethridge saw his SWC record string of passes without an interception end at 211 when he was picked off in the 1st quarter. Texas went on to score a touchdown shortly thereafter, pushing Tech behind 14-0. This was also the game that I thought Tony Brackens had killed my kicker on the fake field goal early in the 2nd quarter when we were down 14-0 and trying to make something happen. Tech had more chances in the 2nd quarter to get back in the game but came up empty. Texas ended up scoring 28 points off four Tech turnovers. Daily Texan articles and game summary. Tech game summary.

Texas A&M @ Rice

Baylor @ SMU

Texas @ Houston

TCU @ Texas Tech

Rice @ Baylor

TCU @ Texas

Texas Tech @ SMU

1995 Links
Texas Tech - 1995 in Review

1995 Texas Football Highlights - The Final Chapter

1995 Arkansas Football Season Review - A Season of Firsts

Football alive, Well in Arkansas - Danny Ford turns things around

Baylor Lariat Newspaper Archives

Rice Thresher Newspaper Archives

SWC Infographics
Historical Win Record

Historical Win Record by Team

Mini Blog Comments
Full blog can be read here

Ugly Bowl Showing
Not onl did Arkansas and Baylor join Rice in not going to a bowl, the SWC went 2-4 in bowl games. Only Texas and TCU pulled down the wins.

Tommy Nobis

Another SWC great is gone. The ESPN story has a video with some hard hitting clips. Texas Sports article with a great photo of him at a jersey retirement.

Upset Lives Here!
Okay, so the game was actually in Austin... What a win by Texas Tech! Kingsbury skates away with the first back-to-back Austin wins in program history. Equalling Mike Leach's two wins against Texas (although they were both in Lubbock). Now both are bowl eligible along with everyone but Arkansas, Baylor, and Rice. Two of those schools lost their coaches after this weekend. Bret Bielema and David Bailiff are both out of a job.

Week 13 Doubleheader

[Helmet matchup from 1968]
It all comes down to this... TCU claims a spot in the Big 12 chanpionship by beating Baylor at home. A pretty even series, although TCU dominating the Revivalry since the end of the SWC.

[Helmet matchup from 1977-83]
And this. It's all on the line for Tech in Austin. A win and Tech might get to go bowling. Will the defense show up? Hell, will the offense show up??? I don't even know why I post the winsipedia link on this one...

Week 12 SWC Matchup

[Helmet matchup from 1967]
West Texas Championship is back. We got your rivalry right here! In 1961 the Saddle Trophy was a joint purchase between Lubbock Avalanche Journal and the Fort Worth Star Telegram. After 10 games the trophy went missing. The internet cried for a new saddle and M.L. Leddy's Boots and Saddlery in Fort Worth made it happen complete with backdated results. Pretty even series - but since the SWC ended, Tech edges out TCU 4-3. Tech will have their hands full today - but TCU is riddled with injuries and is starting a freshman quarterback.

Week 11 SWC Matchup

[Helmet matchup from 1970-71]
For the sake of history... dead even! We broke out of a 6 year Baylor stronghold last year. Looking to repeat this year. To say Tech needs this win is a massive understatment.

Week 10 SWC Matchup

[Helmet matchup from 1961]
TCU has won the last three... big, ugly blowouts - even last year when TCU finshed with a losing record. TCU favored by eveybody... which Kenny shows up?

Week 9 SWC Matchup

[Helmet matchup from 1957]
Baylor and Texas in Waco... there is the potential for something really bad to happen here. For the helmet matchup 60 years ago, they tied. Being the victim of Baylor's lone win this season I wish on no one. Nobody deserves that. While my heart goes out to the players (most of which probably weren't here when all of that happened), the universe has mandated a death penalty of sorts to get Baylor back in line with its values and morals. Can't fight Mother Nature. Let's hope Texas Football takes care of business.

Two Rough Weeks
Only TWO old SWC teams have won each of the last TWO weeks! (A&M + TCU and TCU + SMU)

And OU still sux!
While it was fun watching twitter after the OU loss, I really wish Iowa State had not beaten OU last week. They may have more focus this weekend. Or maybe they will have less confidence? Either way... what I have learned is that the Red River Shootout (yes, I am old school and not PC) is a normalizer and ANTHING can happen. Two good snippets I found on twitter: since WWII series is 34-34-4 and the last five years we alternated with Texas being up next. Oh and another one from twitter: We say y'all in Texas because OU sucks.

What time is it?

SMU Swag and Gray Pants
In what had to be a recruiting move - but perhaps just some motivation, SMU announced mid week, mid season new lockers for next year. And with very little fanfare SMU might have worn a new uni combo...??? My uniform records are less complete for SMU than other schools. I remembr SMU wore gray pants with triple stripes back in the days of the SWC and have photographic evidence for 1972 in red helmets and somehwere in 73-75 with silver helmets. But I have found no evidence of that during white helmet years. Provided there were gray pants at some time during the SWC, I thought it was very likley W-W-G had been worn since white helmets were worn from 1976 to 1996. Although, I looked through all of my Texas Fotball mags for those years and saw not one single SMU gray pant. Perhaps the gray pants with white helmet first appeared between the end of the SWC and the navy helmett??? Or did they not reapper until the navy helmet? There were new gray pants with the navy helmet - with non-separated stripes. That is where my records have a big hole. I still have some research to do on this one between 1996 and 2003 when they went to the navy helmet. Those gray pants came back in 2014 week 4 with a red jersey (after the throwback blue and ensinuing lack of jersey and pants stripes phase began). The gray pants without stripe separation were worn four times that year, three times in 2015, and zero in 2016.

UH Hand Sign Origin
This whole paw torn theory is cooked up! When I saw this statue at the Tech UH game, I knew this was a "new" story. I have tracked the history of SWC handsigns for many, many years and have documented them (and their evidence) on my Hand Sign page. There is more sleuthing detail over there about the history of the documenting UH websites. Basically, the story started to change around 2010. Now I understand, you want to get to the bottom of things and a research effort may have commenced. But there is ZERO citing of any injured Shasta photos, any written or published source, or any documented interview with someone who was there when they claim the paw thing happened. So let's put basic logic to work. There is documented photographic evidence that in 1962 the victory V was being used as a handsign. In 1953 if Shasta's paw was torn in the cage in Austin, how in the world (in 1953) would students in the stands know about it? Maybe UH asked for medical assistance (her handlers were just frat boys afterall) from the UT staff - but how would students at the game get word of this so quickly? And then so cleverly come up with a missing toe handsign? Which, I might add, was the addition of the middle finger to their own handsign... Yea, let's use the middle finger and deface our own handsign. Nope. And then in 1968 when UH beat Texas, this handsign used at a game 15 years earlier reappearred - when the school had been using the victory V handsign. Nope, nope, nope. It's a great story, but it is fabricated. We all know how the sign came about.

Week 6 SWC Matchup

[Helmet matchup from 1963-65]
SMU is the only school in the country to score at least 35 points in every game this season and number 3 in scoring offense in the country at 48.2 points per game. Can the Houston defense stop that or will we have the first back-to-back pony wins since 1986? Whoa, maybe I should go to the game...

And There She is!

Texas Tech surprised all with a 1974 throwback uni in week 5. And I mean completely surprised me because I had missied the #GearUp on ESPN earlier in the day. I was expecting this beauty last year against Baylor based on the resurgence of red Tech unis had been seeing... well, they made me wait a year - so worth the wait! But I was definitely onto something. Despite this uni predating stripes on the sleeves, it has long been one of my favorites. 1974 in particular because it was the only year a red facemask was worn with the triple striped white helmet. It was the first year any SWC team wore a colored mask, followed by SMU in 1976. TTU Equipment even nailed the merit stars! Even with the heartbreaking ending to this game, I could watch it over and over in awe of those uniforms. The only difference from the 1974 uni is the addition of the black outline on the numbers and TEXAS TECH to better match with the current signature.

Baylor Bear Logos

Fun little article about the history of the Baylor Bear logos. Of course, I have many more logos from Baylor (not all of them posted yet) - he clearly used sportslogos.net as his source. What I love about this article are their names for each logo. Also, there has long been disagreement over the sailor capped mascots. Arthur Evans, who drew most of the early mascots, worked for Angelus Pacific Company (who made all the decals back then). I tracked down the family that still owns that company and spoke with them regarding the hat which is often mistaken as a freshman beanie. While Art drew many mascots with freshman beanies, he was in the merchant marines an had an affinity for drawing them in sailor hats.

An SWC Record Holder!

While I was still standing around on the course watching the start of the game, I had the privelage of meeting SWC record holder Paul Smith. A really nice guy who struck up a conversation with me because I was wearing black (Tech fans were told to wear black to the game to contrast the red out... whew, a summer day game in Houston!) and looked to be about his same age. He said he had played Tech while I was going to school there. We had a nice conversation and it turns out he holds the SWC record for most yards receiving in a single game against SMU. Yea, that game! He was on the other end of Andre Ware's arm for the record setting 95-21 SMU loss their first year back from the death penalty. That is him, with his son wearing his jersey from 1989. He wore number 41 the years before that.

Helmet Cart Alert

Now I have seen this cart over the years. It used to look a little different. And from looking inside the cart this year when I was at the Tech game, I can guarantee it is the original cart! In light of this year's outpouring of Harvey love, it even has its own version of a helmet sticker!

What a Weekend!
The games did not dissapoint - even though I had to watch a recorded A&M/Arkansas game on Sunday already knowing the outcome. I checked into the streaming game occasionaly at the Tech/Houston game (mostly during spells of cloud cover). I was really unable to do much tweeting at all because I just could not see my phone screen. Houston's new stadium is a great little stadium - maneagble seats, people and traffic wise), I will be going back! But if you are going to do a color out, it is best to sell out... and show up. I had wondered if Tech would wear all white causing a white helmet duel and was happy to see them on the field with red helmets for only the second time since 1961 Paired with road whites, this was a new look. And it did confuse many UH fans at the game who were pulling for Tech that first posession.

Week 4 Doubleheader!

[Helmet matchup from 1967-71]
A new meaning to doubleheader... Some bozo went and put this game at 11am at the same time as the Tech Houston game which I was planning to attend. But I don't want to miss this game - could be a great game and those Arkansas Jerry Jones tribute unis promise to be pleasing to the eye. What to do, what to do? Good Bull Hunting played a great prank saying the Aggies would be wearing these Oiler tributes. Aggies have won five in a row, but I am not sure they are good enough this year and Arkansas is coming off that TCU drubbing. During the SWC years Arkansas was more successful. Now they are both red headed step children of the SEC. I'd say they deserve each other... Am I still bitter? You betcha!

[Helmet matchup from 1995]
Battle of the Bevel... can we both please lose that crap? Surprisingly there are only 30 games in this series and Tech has only won 11. And during the 20 year SWC overlap of the two teams, Tech only won 7. Houston has the longest home win streak in the nation, should be a great game. And I probably will end up going since I know we could lose and it would be no shocker if we do. You see, I went to the Tech Houston game at Robertson in 2009 - we were supposed to win handily and we got beat by Cougar High. Their very first win over a Big XII team. I have not been back since. New stadium, I think it is time. Plus, I won't have to listen to #Tuberfail as an analyst!

Arkansas Tribute to Jerry Jones

First and foremost... not a huge fan of the guy. But this is a very unique and well thought out tribute. And man, do those unis look good! Lots of detailed looks (front, helmet, shoulder stripes, pants) including a step by step of the helmet assembly. And an informative piece done by Uni Watch that questions the Arkansas Equipment Director about how the uni came to fruition. And... the graduate assistant that actually came up with the idea!

Rice and Harvey

Rice surprised us with a wonderful helmet decal honoring Texas and echoing #HoustonStrong at Saturday's #SWCmatchup against Houston. Both teams met pre-game at midfield for handshakes too - video here. It was a beautiful game... of course, except for the lopsided nature of the game. Houston retained the Bayou Bucket.

I missed this earlier in the Week

With a chance to be 3-0 for the first time since 1984, SMU coaching staff tweeted this gem of an homage to 1984 complete with a pair of striped socks I begged for (but sadly no response)! As for the game, SMU got another strong start and dominated the first half. But TCU pulled it together after halftime to retain the Iron Skillet.

Week 3 Doubleheader!
A skillet and a bucket!

[Helmet matchup from 1982]
The Bayou Bucket is Back!!! Rice vs. Houston was the last football game played in the SWC. It's a classic SWC matchup and it has been missing for the last three years. The series heavily favors Houston over the years, but Rice manages to consistently upset Houston every few years or so. As for the bucket, it was found in a New Braunfels antique shop, mounted on a trophy and cost $179.20. Named after Houston's "dirty old bayous", it is fitting this game is being played for the city of Houston in the wake of Harvey and our overflowing bayous. Talk about dirty old bayous... More fun details in this article. And some memorable games here. ESPN article on the two Houston teams playing in Houston after Harvey. Rice Thresher preview here. And... some serious smack talk!

[Helmet matchup from 1991]
SMU is looking for its first 3-0 start since before the death penalty three decades ago. Morris wants the Iron Skillet on the hilltop. However, TCU looked strong against Arkansas last week. TCU is favored heavily - will that play into complacency despite Patterson's reminder of the 2005 loss right after a top 5 upset of OU? Has TCU really rid themsleves of last year's inconsistency? If you are new to this game and wonder what the heck the Iron Skillet is, look here. But please don't use this article as evidence of good journalism - it is a near copy of their 2010 article... You can do better SMU.

Houston and Harvey, Part 2
Week 3 sees UofH playing for more than the name on the front of the jersey. That same name on the front will be on the back of their jersey instead of individual player names. While this may be considered TNOB (Team Name on Back), it is really the city name. Putting all of Houston on their backs and playing for Houstonians in their matchup against Rice.

Houston and Harvey
Houston's first game was rescheduled to a later date - they were supposed to wear a Texas flag decal. They wore it in week 2 with an additional #TexasStrong decal.

Honoring Broyles
After wearing JFB inside the hog logo on the helmet for week 1, Arkansas has gone back to their standard helmet logo and now has a Frank Broyles decal on the back of the helmets.

First 2017 SWC Matchup!

[Helmet matchup from 1995]
(if they had played in 1995)
This matchup is only the second meeting of these two teams since the SWC broke up. Arkansas dominated the series since 1959 with TCU winning only twice. Last year saw the series revived with Arkansas pulling out the win in double overtime at TCU. They play in Fayetteville this year - I am 30 miles away and am not going... wtf?

One Day and Counting!
Texas A&M. Well, the only played one SWC game last year... beating Arkansas.

Two Days and Counting!
Texas finished pretty high up with two wins just outcscoring Baylor and Tech. But then got trounced by an average TCU ending Charlie Strong's tenure. Last year had a definite classic SWC feel to it.

Three Days and Counting!
Texas Tech also ended with a 2-1 season with a win against TCU and a pounding on Baylor.

Four Days and Counting!
TCU also played five SWC games - but was all over the map. Three wins against SMU, Texas, and SMU. But losses against Tech and Tech and Arkansas.

Five Days and Counting!
Arkansas split with the win against TCU and a beating by A&M.

Harvey Helmets
Lots of schools showing support for Texas in the wake of Harvey. Here is a collage of Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, and SMU. Tech, despite their aid for Harvey and Kingsbury's #ScoreOnHarvey campaign, came out wearing only the I Like Spike memorial decal. Kingsbury is wearing a red and white Harvey patch.

Six Days and Counting!
SMU is stil on the verge of greatness, but just can't pull it completely together. The stunning win against a 6-1 Houston but a drubbing by TCU and and Baylor earlier in the season.

Seven Days and Counting!
Baylor played five SWC games last year but only managed wins against SMU and Rice. Hmmm, looks like the Make Baylor Suck Again campaign already began last year...

Frank Broyles Memorial
A beautiful tribute on the Arkansas helmet decal for Frank Broyles. The story is here

Eight Days and Counting!
Despite the fact Houston was clearly a better team this year, they only played one SWC game this year and that was the upset loss to SMU.

Nine Days and Counting!
Rice fell back down into the bottom spot this last year with only one game against Baylor.

I Like Spike
Very well done decal paying tribute to Spike Dykes! Video getting helmets ready.

Bright Lights?

The first uni surprise of the year. Absolutely hideous. Pretty much the worst thing I have seen in a while. Maroon and black tire tread - a signaure Adidias element that is a solid woof. Helmet fades from maroon to black? That ridiculous big ATM on the side of the pants? I guess "Bright Lights" is a fiting name for a uni that belongs on a high school student.

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Ranked by Last Year's SWC Finish


Virtual SWC

2017 SWC Matchups
Arkansas - SEP 8 - TCU
TCU - SEP 15 - SMU
Houston - SEP 15 - Rice
A&M - SEP 23 - Arkansas
Houston - SEP 23 - Tech
SMU - OCT 6 - Houston
Baylor - OCT 28 - Texas
TCU - NOV 3 - Texas
Tech - NOV 11 - Baylor
Tech - NOV 18 - TCU
TCU - NOV 24 - Baylor
Texas - NOV 24 - Tech

Virtual SWC Records
5 - TCU - 0
1 - Texas A&M - 0
3 - Tech - 1
2 - Houston - 1
1 - Texas - 2
0 - Rice - 1
0 - SMU - 2
0 - Arkansas - 2
0 - Baylor - 3

Overall Records
11 - TCU - 3*
7 - SMU - 6*
7 - Houston - 5*
7 - Texas - 6*
7 - A&M - 6*
6 - Tech - 7*
4 - Arkansas - 8
1 - Baylor - 11
1 - Rice - 11
* Denotes a Bowl Game

In the Wash
Sticking with the 2014 base "tusks" unis and keeping it simple with 2 jerseys, 2 pants, and 2 helmets. Coach also still going with old school black cleats. They did have an anthracite uni last year but not sure if that is still in the rotation or was auctioned off. Helmet decals are discussed in the middle column. UPDATE: See middle column for Jerry Jones tribute - a Cowboys uni in Arkansas colors for the A&M game in Dallas.

When is the last time Baylor got a new uni set??? Saturation point reached and now they are the forgotten ones (purposely, I would imagine). I kid... a litle. Working with the base 2013 set along with he gray set added in 2015. Check me if I lose count here: I think we have five colors of the pants, jerseys, and helmets - green, gold, white, black, and gray. Plus the chrome dome helmet. The regular gold helmet has a throwback gray facemask.

Houston keeps their nice classic look with stripes on jersies and pants (brought back last year). Of course, we are suck with the bevel. 2 pants, 2 jerseys, 2 helmets.

Tragic turn of events in Houston as Rice loses the old english "Rice" on their jerseys for some lame copycat stylized font (read: not at all exclusive). Why? Who is responsible for this? Will the old english R still be on the helmet??? Or will it be one of the new logos? On a side note, I do miss how Rice would do a complete makeover every few years. Super easy to date photos that way! 2 pants. 2 jerseys, 2 helmets (white matte introduced in 2015 is only worn when in all white stormtrooper mode - or as I like to say Longhorn copycat mode). UPDATE: No one is messing with the Old English R on the helmets. Just needed an updated look for web and paper graphics.

Chad Morris ever recruiting that high school kid has seen quite an increase in the SMU wardrobe. And they have done it while staying true to their classic roots at the same time. From the classic triple striped helmet, jersey , pants to that new shade of blue head to toe (was for first reponders salute) and the closet full of different Peruna decals. The reason that this gets my approval is that through it all, they have not changed their identity. Somehow they still look like SMU - with exception maybe to the red chrome helmet and silly black #ponyup uni that has no stripes (I guess they need something to wear the pinkwashing with)... And they keep it in check even though there are metallic logos, a chrome facemask here and there and sometimes no helmet stripes. So lets count it up - 4 jerseys, 4 pants, 4 helmets (white, blue, black, red chrome). With all that aresenal, they only wore 6 different combos last year:
White-White-White four times
Black-Black-Black twice
Blue-Blue-Blue once
White-White-Blue once
White-Red-White once
Red chrome-White-Red once
But had a different uni on every game except three (which were classic W-W-W). It will be interseting to see how often the blue and black are worn this year.

The good news for this year is that the metallic helmet decal is gone under Tom Herman. Hmmm... he is the one that brought the classic look back to UH. So the got a new fabric template and they have some helmets. And some new cleats with a stupid name. But the look stays the same. As it should. Always. White on the road, burnt orange at home. Got it? Got it.

Texas A&M
2012 brought us those 1975-77 throwbacks and we get to enjoy them for at least one more year! Every year is a total blessing. See the middle column for the unfortunate high school "Bright Lights" alternate uni.

TCU also went to the new Nike fabric template. And it looks to me like the sublimation pattern is different - but probably not. Certainly looks like a brighter purple - but that could be the lights because player headshots look like the old jersey color. This shot looks brighter too. The black has a frog skin collar with a Give Em Hell motivational slogan. We will have to wait and see if there is a new gray frogskin jersey. The banner on their twitter page shows what looks like the gray frogskin helmet with a horny toad on it - but it could be the purple chrome one. I suspect there will be a few surprises (albeit I think minor tweaks) this year. They do a good job of making different looks just by adding or subtracting stripes on the helmets or switcing out facemasks. I sure hope the women's workout tights are gone! We have not lost the spitting blood reference, sadly.

Texas Tech
In a stunning move, the flared font has been ditched for good ole varsity lettering. Honestly, I really don't know what that means. Varsity is old school but they are keeping the UA bi-colored v which is not old school. I do like the heavy black outline, but I am just not sure how this will all tie together on the field. Here is the white and black with the red outline. With metallic helmets it just seems to be a mishmash of bleh.

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