Texans-Chargers: 4 Winners, 4 Losers, Matt Schaub Is Mr. September!
4. Philip Rivers
I think that ultimately new Chargers head coach Mike McCoy will get it right with Philip Rivers and help rejuvenate him to some extent, and I am basing 95 percent of that prediction on the fact that McCoy made Tim Tebow look somewhat competent as an NFL quarterback in Denver. Using my "Tebow-to-actual compentent QB" conversion chart, this means that McCoy should be able to turn Rivers into something resembling the love child of Tom Brady and Joe Montana. To that end, the first two quarters and change went swimmingly, with Rivers accruing a 134.8 passer rating as the Chargers went up 28-7. After that? His passer rating was a positively Tebow-esque zero. ZERO.
3. Johnny Manziel's privacy
The rematch everyone's been waiting for over the last nine months goes down on Saturday in College Station, Johnny Football versus Nick Saban. For fans or alums with a vested interest, easy enough to pick out a side. For much of the rest of the college football rooting world, this is like one of those late 80's WWE "heel versus heel" matchups designed to eventually turn one of the two into a babyface. (Think Randy Savage versus the Honky Tonk Man in late 1987. Just trust me.) It should be epic. And if you're into Johnny Manziel, well, it should be really epic, because on Saturday CBS, for the first time ever, will institute something called "Johnny Cam," a camera that specifically follows Johnny Manziel around the entire game -- on the field, in the huddle, "ignoring" Kevin Sumlin (you still suck, Mark May!), taking a leak, whatever. I'm not sure what's left to know about Johnny Manziel that we don't already know, but on Saturday, college football's tradition meets good old fashioned voyeurism in an attempt to find out.
2. All of your ears
Traveling to San Diego for a game, while fun, is not an inexpensive proposition. For traveling Texans (or "Traveling Texans," as it were) airfare, hotels, meals, drinks, and insuring your Cowboy hat with horns glued to the side all add up to a collectively pricy experience. But as best I can tell from my Twitter timeline and text messages, it was worth every penny to avoid the all-out assault on the ears that Chris Berman unleashed on all of you on Monday night during the telecast. In fact, I just made an executive decision to give this its own post with embedded tweets. Let's move on...
1. Oklahoma State
If you haven't read Part One of the SI.com story on potential NCAA violations in the Cowboys program, you need to give it a read. It's about as detailed an account as you'll find in a story like this, and the scary thing if you're a Cowboys fan is this is Part One of five parts. FIVE. (The other four parts are titled "The Academics," "The Drugs," "The Sex," and "The Fallout." I'm losing track of whether this is an investigation into a college football program or the sordid tale of some grunge band gone awry. My head is spinning.)
And because the two former OSU assistant coaches implicated in the story are Joe DeForest (now with West Virginia) and Larry Porter (now with Texas), the tentacles of this thing just in terms of distraction, if nothing else, extend as far as Morgantown and Austin.
I think my buddy Jerry Barca, though, sums up my feelings best on all of this:
What did Ok St pay for? Only ranked three times in the final AP Top 25 between 1998-2013. No. 3 in '11, No. 13 in '10 and No. 16 in '08.— Jerry Barca (@JBarca) September 10, 2013
At its very core, this has turned out to be an underwhelming investment for OSU, if winning games is the ultimate goal (if, in fact, any or all of this stuff is true).
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