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The date was October 26, 1985 and the place was the great West Texas city of El Paso. I was ten years old and in the fifth grade, and like most El Pasoans was looking forward to the upcoming college basketball season. The UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso) Miners basketball team, coached by the legendary Don Haskins, was the pride and joy of the Sun City. They regularly ranked in the AP Top Twenty (as the rankings were then called) and were expected to not only compete for a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) championship every year, but to also go deep into the NCAA Tournament.

Expectations for UTEP Miners football, by contrast, were lower. Much lower. Gridiron-wise, UTEP was college football Siberia: a place where coaching careers went to die. Such was the fate that loomed over head coach Bill Yung during the fall of 1985. The Miners were 0-6 and the team they were slated to play on that last weekend of October was none other than the #7-ranked Cougars of Brigham Young University (BYU), the defending national champions. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was expecting a blowout. Coach Yung likely felt the same way, but not his young offensive coordinator, a native of San Antonio named Hal Mumme (pronounced “mummy”). For some time, Mumme had been studying BYU’s passing plays, in particular a play called the Y-cross, which the Cougars never expected to see used against them. But Mumme did, and that plus an inspired Miners defense resulted in a shocking upset over BYU, 23-16.

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This weekend’s college football post comes a day early as there are a multitude of games on Friday as well as Saturday. Many of the games will be in-state rivalries, so there should be plenty of fireworks. Indeed, there already have been; on Thursday night the Ole Miss Rebels narrowly upset the No. 16 Mississippi […]

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As the second week of this season of college football unfolds, there are plenty of potentially thrilling matchups to take in. The No. 4 Penn State Nittany Lions host the Pittsburgh Panthers in an intra-state showdown, the No. 23 TCU Horned Frogs travel to Fayetteville to face the Arkansas Razorbacks, and it’s Tigers versus Tigers […]

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As longtime Ricochetti are well aware, I am a big fan of Washington State Cougars head football coach Mike Leach, who coached my Texas Tech Red Raiders from 2000 to 2009. I even wrote a post about him a few years ago. Thus, imagine my joy when I learned that the Old Pirate endorsed Donald […]

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This week features an early-edition college football open thread because my Texas Tech Red Raiders are facing off against the Texas Longhorns in Austin this Thanksgiving evening. It’s been seven years since the Raiders last beat the Horns on an epic catch by Michael Crabtree, arguably the signature win of the Mike Leach era: Preview Open

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For the second week in a row, I’m running late with my college football post.  Anyway, here are a few games of interest this weekend. In the Big Ten, the No. 12 Michigan Wolverines are leading the Penn State Nittany Lions 21-16 midway through the fourth quarter.  Later today, the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes […]

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Due to the furor caused by the recent depredations committed in Gay Paree by the violent, insane adherents of the “Religion of Peace,” I got distracted and forgot to post my usual college football thread early this morning.  Here it is. In the Big Ten, the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes are leading the Illinois […]

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We are now two-and-a-half months into the season, and on this Veterans Day weekend a number of key games should bring some clarity to the playoff picture. What might well be this weekend’s biggest matchup is in the Atlantic Coast Conference, where the No. 16 Florida State Seminoles face a difficult game on the road against […]

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Most of this week’s college football games will be played on Halloween, and more than a few should offer a good fright to viewers.  Out west, Mike Leach and the Washington State Cougars take on the visiting No. 8 Stanford Cardinal in what has become an unlikely battle for Pac-12 North supremacy.  Y’all know who […]

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This week’s lineup of college football games features a couple of big games in the Southeastern Conference.  The Tennessee Volunteers head to Tuscaloosa to face the No. 8 Alabama Crimson Tide, while the No. 24 Ole Miss Rebels host the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies in Oxford. Up Big Ten way, the Northwestern Wildcats travel to […]

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Apologies for the delay in posting this week’s college football thread, but it’s been an unusually busy few days at the LaRoche estate in the Texas Hill Country. As it happens, my Texas Tech Red Raiders have already played today, defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 30-20 on the road in Lawrence.  It was a game filled […]

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Disaster.  That’s the only word that can adequately describe the results of Texas Tech’s 63-35 beatdown last week at the hands of Baylor.  This week, the Red Raiders are hoping for some redemption as they host the Iowa State Cyclones, traditionally one of the weaker teams in the Big 12 Conference.  But given Texas Tech’s […]

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Well, I won’t mince words: last week sucked.  My Texas Tech Red Raiders lost a 55-52 heartbreaker at home in Lubbock to the TCU Horned Frogs, the final score coming on a luckily-tipped pass.  The officiating was lousy (though in retrospect, not determinative of the game’s final outcome), something that has become a hallmark of […]

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College football, that is.  Nine months after a national champion was crowned, with new student-athletes recruited in the interim and coaching changes galore, the 2015 college football season is finally upon us.  Fans of the sport, filled with the optimism of a new season, will watch their teams take the field, rooting for them as […]

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