UNT = BCS title
Posted by Travis on 4 September 2009

Well, first things first: I watched the entire North Texas-Ball State game last night. Did you?

In case you didn't, North Texas escaped with a 20-10 victory over '08 sensation Ball State, seemingly living in a state of flux between trying to win the game and trying to lose it. By the early second half, I counted at least 27 points that the Mean Green left on the field -- a wide open touchdown pass that Riley Dodge just missed, an interception return for a touchdown nullified by a knucklehead penalty, an open man in the end zone that Dodge couldn't find and, instead, got picked off, and two missed field goals. That's a lot of scoring to pass up!

But that's being particularly harsh. I found myself rooting for Dodge and the Mean Green from snap one, and I'm glad the beleaguered UNT program was about to win its season opener (just its second in its last 12 chances). This, of course, matches last year's win total, and though Ball State didn't look particularly good, it still bodes well for the rest of the season. And Riley Dodge? Some freshman mistakes (noted above), but he actually played pretty well. The final line: 23-33-216-1, 1 TD passing, and 12-73 rushing. Not bad.

Speaking of 2006 QB sensations, I saw that G.J. Kinne will start at Tulsa. This is another feel good story, even if he'll be torching Texas teams all season long. A superstar at Gilmer and one of the best passers in state history, Kinne spurned Baylor for Texas, where it soon became clear that he would never play with Colt McCoy in the starting spot. So he transferred out to Tulsa, and hard work in camp has netted him one of the most envious jobs in college sports -- playing QB for Todd Graham. Tulsa opens the season tonight against Tulane on ESPN, 7 p.m.

I know this one is old news, but the now-legendary Cedar Hill-DeSoto game that aired last weekend on ESPN2 has been sitting in my DVR for days, and I finally got a chance to sit down and watch it. And one thing immediately struck me: Cedar Hill QB Driphus Jackson is much better than last season. I went to the Cedar Hill-Irving game a year ago, and came away very impressed with RB Ben Malena. Jackson seemed average. But in that game against DeSoto, he looked like college material. His footwork was exceptional, and his throwing motion was quick and accurate. I don't know if he'll ever be big enough for big-time football, but he certainly has talent. He deserves looks.

I'm pretty disappointed about the Garland-Duncanville rainout last night, and even more so that it won't be rescheduled. I know these games mean nothing, but I would have really liked to see that one. It would have been a great measuring stick match for both programs. Now there's just puddles in my backyard. Stupid rain.

And one last heads up: Altair Rice's game vs. Edna has been cancelled due to health problems for Edna. Altair Rice will instead play Freer in Victoria tonight at 7:30 pm.

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