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It all comes down to this. Whoever wins between Tech and Texas, wins the virtual SWC. But seriously, despite talks in 2021 that the series would continue after Texas went to SEC, this could be the last one. And the winner, of course, gets the spurs! Series record here. Can we bring the opossum??? A flashback to fifteen years ago... yes, it was 15 years ago! Tech footbal twitter made an incredibly beautiul video - almost feels like the death of the Southwest Conference all over again.
Zero sign of the New Trophy...
TCU was victorious - or shall we say, got stuck with the trophy. Baylor got off to a good start. But just doesn't have it this year. After the win, the new trophy was nowhere to be seen in the player celebration or the locker room. Half of it was sighted leaning up against something. I searched and scrolled through twitter, but nothing... Ha ha, do it! But seriously, looking at this who stole the break the rock thing from who??? SMU or FSU?
2023 penultimate... sigh. THE REVIVALRY. Yep, not calling it the sissified snowflake decided Bluebonnet Battle. Oddly, one of my favorite coaches boasted how important the long term rivalries are a mere few weeks after TCU decidley "cancelled" the TCU SMU series. But for one year - and maybe forever - this SWC matchup will now be the longest running Texas football rivalry. So the student government powers that be decided it needed a more TEXAS name so they went with something cliche. It's embarrassing. Now don't get me wrong - I love quaint names like Bluebonnet Bowl, Dixie Classic Bowl, Salad Bowl - but those were charming things from the golden era of college football - you know, kind of like The Revivalry. 119 year old rivalries should come with things like buckets, jugs, axes, cannons, wagon wheels, and oil cans. NOT BLUEBONNETS... I am sad. The game sort of doesn't even matter anymore with this whitewashed coating. So it may be the longest standing rivalry in the SWC - but still not the longest consecutive SWC matchup. Series record here.
We're Not Calling It That
On the 8th, news leaked about a new name and logo for the Baylor TCU rivalry. Unofficially ALWAYS know as the #Revivalry. Everyone is in complete agreement. Absolutely - Complete - Agreement - Seriously. Someone even drew up a nice logo. Even after all of the negative response, the two schools made it official Monday the 13th. And look at this dog of a trophy... the trophy store down the street in cow town or in wacko could have done better. This is why you don't let student government do things that matter. Do bluebonnets even grow in Fort Worth? Even if the they do, they are dead in November - which is completely appropriate for this year's game. Maybe Baylor was gonna use this for the Texas rivalry before they decided to defect to the SEC. Even still, I want to know whose idea it was so I know who to disrespect the most. I am thinking TCU, since it's crickets on the Baylor accounts.
Three matchups left. On the slate today is TCU and Texas. Series record here.
OU still sucks! Warning to those throwing Horns Down signs... This is the best thing ever!
Where the hell do we start? The opossum I suppose. Battle for the Saddle! TCU had some weird run going on Tech in Lubbock. Back in 2013 a fox entered The Jones and changed things. When the opossum showed up, the TCU twitter burners started falling apart. I have never seen a possum run that fast! Tech account made him their banner photo - can we take him to Kansas or Austin? But the game should have looked liked this - TCU and original artist finally worked it out, she is in the vault.
And then Saturday... what a day! THREE old SWC teams go into OT and win (Arkansas, Texas, and Houston at Baylor) topped off by attendance at the last Rice SMU game in the foreseable future. 2nd featured matchup of the weekend had the first Baylor Houston matchup since the SWC ended. Well, it was unrecognizable - what the game should have looked like. Not much attendance though... There might have actually been more fans at the Rice SMU game than at Shasta's litter box.
I had to watch Dana go for the two point conversion for the Houston win on the phone of a Rice mom who I sat with at the Rice SMU game. Now - on this, SMU HAD ONE JOB. We could of had a fairly true 1982 aesthetic - all SMU had to do was wear their base uni (could have been either home or away). But no, they had to trot in with that Dallas shit trying to make it an Astros/Rangers thing. So dumb. Last time I checked it wasn't Dallas Rangers or Rice Astros. The Rice unis were beautiful - only missing the pants stripes. These helmets were only worn in 1982. This logo was first worn in 1979 (and the original creator spoke up and identified himself). Stripes were on the silver helmet for the first three years. In 1983, the stripes went away on the blue helmet for the last year of this logo (diamond R was next). They were gorgeous in person and on the field. Yes, that IS the Worm Guy - and despite my efforts, he would not give me a single worm. And... apparently I had forgotten since this game had not been played since 2012 - The Mayor's Cup was at stake. The Rice Mob even got in on the fun with alumni wearing period appropriate band unis. They also roasted SMU's tv deal and gave them another check for $0. And also made a valid point. It was slow game and there was way too much to look at since I chose to sit behind the Rice bench. Plus every time I left my seat Rice would score or get a turnover, so I went up to concessions a couple of times and missed most of the exciting plays. Then sadly, my DVR decided to delete the recording even though I set it to not delete - so I did not get to watch it again and really "watch" it. My guess is since SMU is going to the ACC, the Mayor's Cup will never be seen in Houston again.
Holy Hell - THREE matchups this week! And then only three left for the year. We are going out with a bang. First up The Battle for the Saddle which has been disappointing for Tech the last few years. Looks like this series will be every other year under what the Big 12 is doing... or not. I hate all of this, it is just so stupid! Series record here.
Next up is Baylor and Houston. First time since the SWC ended! Series record here.
And then Rice SMU - another one we won't see for a while. In fact this is the next to last SMU SWCmatchup for the foreseeable future (next year's SMU vs TCU is last). Series record here. Rice will be wearing throwback lids Worn in 1982 flanked by the silver version in 1981 and the navy version in 1983 which had the stripes removed. Unis look pretty sweet - only thing missing are the pants stripes.
Texas and UH have only played three times since the SWC ended. 2000, 2001, and 2002. It has been twenty years! I originally had this one circled to attend - but, decided not to go since I thought it would be quite lopsided. Series record here.
Week 6 Wrap-up
TCU and Baylor are really bad. Just like the old days in the Southwest Conference. Tech finally wins in Waco - first time since 2007. I didn't know this was a thing... the nuns left quite early at 24-3, seems like their faith would hang on a bit longer. Tough loss for the Horns in Dallas - so many mistakes and they still almost won. What a crazy start with two interceptions, a fumble, a blocked punt touchdown, forward pass on a kickoff return... My favorite tweet after the blocked punt touchdown! But can we go back and talk about the mustard unitards in Waco... these must go. Baylor should look like this and this. I know, I know, new image, new Baylor that doesn't suck... oh, wait. So then same goes for TCU. And... now that the flying T is unlocked, when do we get to see that back on the field?
BU-TT Bowl... ugh. Don't even know what to expect - this year has just been all around SWC chaos. Tech vs.Baylor ranks fairly high in SWC matchups with 81 between 1929 and 2022. 67 consecutive games between 1956 and 2022. Series record here.
And OU still sux!
It has been over 700 days since OU has scored a point against Texas.
What time is it?
Week 5 Wrap Up
Aggies just played too tough for the Razorbacks.
Texas Tech inducted Mike Leach, Kliff Kingsbury, and Matt Wingo into the Texas Tech Hall of Fame. Only uni notable for the game was a pirate flag on the back of the helmet. It seems though that both teams may have honored Leach by playing no defense for the bulk of the game... This is what the game should have looked like!
1978 UH vs Texas Tech Uni Extravaganza
UH was ranked 5th and headed for the SWC title. Tech had come out pre-game in red jerseys. But when the game started, they were wearing black jerseys with white shoulders. It was the first time since the 40s they had worn black and the first in the modern era. A Tech backer was trying to make an impact and decided to donate these special jerseys to intimidate UH. I guess it worked! Press described as a psychologocal ploy and to inspire emotion.
Surprise Luv Ya Blue Unis for Rice
Another double header today! Annual Southwest Classic in Dallas should be a good game. Hog Toons! The series ranks in the middle of the road with 79 games and 58 consecutive between 1934 and 1991 when Arkansas left the SWC. Series record here.
Houston heads back to Lubbock with Dana thinking they have the advantage because our QB1 is hurt and we are 1-3. Got news for him... The series is fifth lowest of all time with respect to SWC matchups at 34 and ranked third lowest in consecutive with 17 from 1976-1995 when UH was left out of the move to teh Big 12. Series record here.
Just like Houston, Rice pays tribute to the Oilers too. But they are celebrating an earlier Oilers - the team that wore silver helmets and played at Rice Stadium in 1966 and 1967. Helmet full on Oilers of that time period, jersey too - except for the sleeve stripes did not include red. In addition, the pants included no red stripe. I assume this was tie into more Rice theme. Fun, nonetheless! Gear Up segment here.
Our first double header! Baylor and Texas has the third longest consecutive game matchup between SWC teams - starting play in 1914. 77 consecutive games between 1945 and 2022 will stop at 78 this year with Texas heading to the cough, cough... sec next year. I am afraid Waco is in line for a drubbing. Actually, our first three weeks has certainly been an ode back to our beloved SWC with the wins and losses we have seen. A&M and Texas have the longest run which ended in 2011 at 97 (1915-2011). Texas and Rice were 2nd on the list with 80 from 1914-1995. See the series history here. The game will only look half good since Baylor will be wearing all green. Hmmm, wonder if they plan on doing that lay down in the endzone TCU trick...
Now, Battle of the Iron Skillet - TCU and SMU... whew. The hatred between these two right now is flooded onto twitter early this week. Hell, maybe actually last Saturday. It is quantity over quality, that is for sure - and hopefully no real ponies were actually hurt in the filming of the numerous falling horse memes. Consecutive games rank up in the upper half of SWC matchups with 61 between 1926-1986 when the death penalty hit. It has had its gaps in 1919, 1920, 1925, death penalty years, 2006, and in 2020 I really think TCU did not want to play them and claimed Covid. I feel like TCU did not want to continue and risk getting beat by a non-power 5 - but with SMU's move to the ACC, we will see. Hopefully just a miss for a year or two after the 2025 edition and then we get the schedule all sorted out. Should be a good one - SMU has won two out of the last three (both in Fort Worth). But Sonny has won the skillet in the last three matchups (twice as the SMU coach and once as TCU coach)! Series history here.