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welsh texan
11-19-2012, 08:04 AM
Ok so as many of you may be aware I've followed the Texans for about 8 years now and have gradually built up my knowledge of the game to the point where I'm confident enough to state my opinion (whether that be right or wrong) and contribute to the discussion on the forum, having been a pretty quiet lurker up until a couple of years back for the most part.

Anyway, over that time my soccer team have been liquidated, reformed and dropped to the depths of regional non-league over here, and whilst I'll never give up on my team, the long-standing farce that the club became did sap a lot of my will to be bothered with them over the years and the Texans have gradually taken over to the point where I consider NFL to be my #1 sport.

This brings me to the point where I'm looking to get into College ball, having never really watched any at all I'm looking to pick a team and stick with them.

Obviously the long road following the Texans to where we are today was painful so I'm looking to pick a team that will at least be moderately successful from the outset because I can't go through that again or I'll be dead by 40 :lol:

So with that in mind, I'm considering taking up the Longhorns as my college team, they are close to H-town for when I finally get around to making my first trip and seem to be fairly close to success.

Any comments would be appreciated. I'll look to get the rest of their games this season via stream and see how they treat me. I've got a feeling this is going to seriously eat into my social life though :kitten:

GlassHalfFull
11-19-2012, 08:40 AM
You are gonna start a serious war on here. But since you asked, why don't you pick the team that has the most exciting conference, up and coming coach and player - go Aggies.

Specnatz
11-19-2012, 10:43 AM
You are gonna start a serious war on here. But since you asked, why don't you pick the team that has the most exciting conference, up and coming coach and player - go Aggies.

Or you can go with history, tradition, and a talented freshman QB as well.

Go Irish :shades:

Dan B.
11-19-2012, 03:55 PM
I would recommend trying to squeeze in a trip to Dallas for the Red River Shootout if you are going with the Horns. One of the iconic college experiences.

Are you a Rangers fan by chance?

Hardcore Texan
11-19-2012, 04:52 PM
LONGHORNS BABY!!!!

Just watch a handful of games of various conferences and see who you end up pulling for?

I think we can all agree you should like a Texas team :shades:

steelbtexan
11-19-2012, 06:18 PM
Lonhorns, if you want a Texas team that has won a national championship during our lifetime.

76Texan
11-20-2012, 04:19 PM
Longhorns, Aggies, and Cougars have the most followers in the Houston and vicinity.

Both the Orange Blood and Maroons have rich tradition.

The Big 12 aren't all that so the Horns have a better chance to finish high.
They also have big recruiting class year in and year out.

The SEC is the premier league for a while now; it's much tougher for A&M to get to the Big Dance, but it will be a hell of a feast.
The Aggies also do well in recruit and should do even better.

UH will be moving to the Big East, a step up, but they are still the step child even though they are Houston true blood.
If you like the underdog then take the Coogs.
They also have the red uni same as the Texans.

The Big 12 and the SEC rob us of our coaches.
Art Briles took RG III with him to Baylor.
Kevin Sumlin is taking the Aggies to promise land, I don't know which recruits went with him.

The Coogs are similar to the Texans of 2010.
If only they can recruit well enough on the defensive side, they could have made bigger wave in the Kolb's and Keenum's years.

Would have gone to the BCS in 2011.

Perhaps you can follow all 3 for a few years and then decide.
Enjoy and best regards.

mattieuk
11-23-2012, 05:13 PM
Yeah why not go Lornhorns. Everyone loves a glory hunter. :kitten:

I don't know what the televising of games are like back home - but I presume you get the USC's, Texas's, ND's etc all the time. Supporting a Texas college team would certainly be easier being a TexanTalker.

I'm going to keep my opinion college football alligence (Washington) out of this and say go for something trivial - like the most ridiculous field. You've got a choice of Boise, or Eastern Washington.

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VERSUS

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LonerATO
11-23-2012, 06:35 PM
Longhorns, Aggies, and Cougars have the most followers in the Houston and vicinity.

Both the Orange Blood and Maroons have rich tradition.

The Big 12 aren't all that so the Horns have a better chance to finish high.
They also have big recruiting class year in and year out.

The SEC is the premier league for a while now; it's much tougher for A&M to get to the Big Dance, but it will be a hell of a feast.
The Aggies also do well in recruit and should do even better.

UH will be moving to the Big East, a step up, but they are still the step child even though they are Houston true blood.
If you like the underdog then take the Coogs.
They also have the red uni same as the Texans.

The Big 12 and the SEC rob us of our coaches.
Art Briles took RG III with him to Baylor.
Kevin Sumlin is taking the Aggies to promise land, I don't know which recruits went with him.

The Coogs are similar to the Texans of 2010.
If only they can recruit well enough on the defensive side, they could have made bigger wave in the Kolb's and Keenum's years.

Would have gone to the BCS in 2011.

Perhaps you can follow all 3 for a few years and then decide.
Enjoy and best regards.

You cannot leave out LSU on that list.

eriadoc
11-23-2012, 06:43 PM
Here's the thing about college football - any given game is exciting and fun. The pomp and circumstance coupled with school loyalty yields a really great game environment. So you watch the game and get all happy and excited, but then when the game is over, you realize a bunch of fat billionaires decide everything instead of the players on the field.

Something to think about. D2 and D3 football and all other college sports do not suffer from this issue.

EllisUnit
11-25-2012, 09:11 AM
Ok so as many of you may be aware I've followed the Texans for about 8 years now and have gradually built up my knowledge of the game to the point where I'm confident enough to state my opinion (whether that be right or wrong) and contribute to the discussion on the forum, having been a pretty quiet lurker up until a couple of years back for the most part.

Anyway, over that time my soccer team have been liquidated, reformed and dropped to the depths of regional non-league over here, and whilst I'll never give up on my team, the long-standing farce that the club became did sap a lot of my will to be bothered with them over the years and the Texans have gradually taken over to the point where I consider NFL to be my #1 sport.

This brings me to the point where I'm looking to get into College ball, having never really watched any at all I'm looking to pick a team and stick with them.

Obviously the long road following the Texans to where we are today was painful so I'm looking to pick a team that will at least be moderately successful from the outset because I can't go through that again or I'll be dead by 40 :lol:

So with that in mind, I'm considering taking up the Longhorns as my college team, they are close to H-town for when I finally get around to making my first trip and seem to be fairly close to success.

Any comments would be appreciated. I'll look to get the rest of their games this season via stream and see how they treat me. I've got a feeling this is going to seriously eat into my social life though :kitten:

University of Houston or better known os UH. They are moving to the Big East from conference USA next season and "should" get a lot more national television time, not to mention they will be become a BCS school which will also help them recruit some of the better atletes from around the country.

UH man :)

Texan4Ever
11-25-2012, 11:37 AM
I would say the Irish but since your Welsh, I guess there's a difference? JK...why not go for the team that is an underdog?

My parents never had the luxury of going to college but my dad roots for teams that remind him of the college football glory days (teams that are similar to the 1980s Hurricanes, 1990s Huskers, etc) whereas my mom will root for the underdog.

If you like tradition and excellence then consider the Victors:

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GlassHalfFull
11-26-2012, 12:36 PM
Just don't be this fan. Don't use a mirror to put on your facepaint.

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/186c3bi0atexwjpg/original.jpg

aussie_texan
11-27-2012, 01:21 AM
i find it sometimes difficult to watch college ball because i find my self constantly say "that wouldnt happen in the NFL".
I do watch college though because its american football and also to watch out for the next stars.
I support ND but not a massive supporter, i also look at the results of the aggies and longhorns and hope they do well because they are texas teams and so many on this board follow them.

I picked ND because of the tradition/history of the school. the colours and many of the rituals that they have i found really interesting. thats how i made my decision.

Specnatz
11-27-2012, 02:52 AM
i find it sometimes difficult to watch college ball because i find my self constantly say "that wouldnt happen in the NFL".
I do watch college though because its american football and also to watch out for the next stars.
I support ND but not a massive supporter, i also look at the results of the aggies and longhorns and hope they do well because they are texas teams and so many on this board follow them.

I picked ND because of the tradition/history of the school. the colours and many of the rituals that they have i found really interesting. thats how i made my decision.

I was brain washed early (first football game in my life) it helps for those being over seas to pick a team shown a lot nationally. The one thing ND does I respect the most is that when they face the academies they always walk over and sing their Alma mater song. Out of respect for them.

Showtime100
11-27-2012, 03:41 AM
Don't follow college football. If you do the Longhorns are the worst. They pay cops off to keep players out of trouble, they generally suck. One of the worst schools to root for. Their fans are among the worst too.

Sorry, but an honest opinion.

Speedy
11-27-2012, 08:54 PM
Other than UH, college ball for me is about teams I can't stand, UT, Notre Dame, USC, Florida St, Florida, Miami, Ohio St, and rooting for whoever is playing them. I do find myself mostly watching SEC football though. Alabama and LSU are my favs. Oregon has been a pretty exciting program to watch for awhile.

I don't know if I'd try to pick a team and stick with it. I think I'd just watch all you can and see if maybe something jumps out at you, and then go with that.

htownfan32
11-28-2012, 08:35 AM
Root for the Texas A&M Aggies! Exciting team, and yes, I'm very biased :).
Though to *really* get into college ball you have to get into the traditions and the histories... it's so much more colorful than the NFL, in my opinion. Not necessarily better or worse, just more colorful. :texanbill:

htownfan32
11-28-2012, 08:36 AM
Btw... what's up with the Eastern Washington University field? I thought the only colored one that the NCAA grandfathered was the Boise State one.

badboy
11-29-2012, 11:53 AM
Ok so as many of you may be aware I've followed the Texans for about 8 years now and have gradually built up my knowledge of the game to the point where I'm confident enough to state my opinion (whether that be right or wrong) and contribute to the discussion on the forum, having been a pretty quiet lurker up until a couple of years back for the most part.

Anyway, over that time my soccer team have been liquidated, reformed and dropped to the depths of regional non-league over here, and whilst I'll never give up on my team, the long-standing farce that the club became did sap a lot of my will to be bothered with them over the years and the Texans have gradually taken over to the point where I consider NFL to be my #1 sport.

This brings me to the point where I'm looking to get into College ball, having never really watched any at all I'm looking to pick a team and stick with them.

Obviously the long road following the Texans to where we are today was painful so I'm looking to pick a team that will at least be moderately successful from the outset because I can't go through that again or I'll be dead by 40 :lol:

So with that in mind, I'm considering taking up the Longhorns as my college team, they are close to H-town for when I finally get around to making my first trip and seem to be fairly close to success.

Any comments would be appreciated. I'll look to get the rest of their games this season via stream and see how they treat me. I've got a feeling this is going to seriously eat into my social life though :kitten:WT I am going at this from a different directions than others and maybe in a way you are not interested. I only watch college to discover prospects for NFL and more importantly Texans. Basically I watched Alabama, University of Texas and LSU as they are consistently ranked and more importantly on television a lot. All 3 have placed players into NFL on both sides of the ball.

Others I have watched but who imo are less consistant are Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Baylor (recently) and Arkansas. It has been a pleasure and an extreme help to get feedback from my 3 Amigos mock draft partners Beerlover and Rmartin65. We each have different teams & players from all over the country we exchange info on. We have been friends for years and we can critique, question and give heads up to each other on players we discover. There are few guys on this MB that I can say "What the heck are you talking about?" without pissing the guy off. We freely exchange opinions, gut feelings as well as facts & have no hurt feelings. Well, at least they still PM me. lol

Dutchrudder
11-29-2012, 03:20 PM
I'd recommend Notre Dame if you are in Wales. I can't imagine you will consistently see many games of other teams in that part of the world, unless you are OK with streaming them over the net illegally and at poor quality. Also there's a good chance you're Catholic, so if you are that's a plus for ND. They played a game in Ireland this past year, so if they continue to do that, you might be able to easily make one of their games.

Other than accessibility, I can't really think of a defining factor to choose another team aside from interesting players. Obviously Texas A&M will be interesting with Manziel at QB for the next 2-3 years, but I doubt you will see more than 1-2 of their games on TV in Wales. USC has a great WR in Lee who will be entertaining to watch, possibly a #1 pick in the making. Oregon has a bright future with an excellent freshman QB and an entertaining spread offense. He should be one of the Heisman frontrunners next year.

Lots to choose from if you didn't attend an American college, the field is wide open.

kiwitexansfan
11-29-2012, 04:20 PM
I wasn't a college ball fan till I lived in Nebraska.

Now I am a Huskers fan through and through.

The college game day experience is approximately 1,701,423 times better than the NFL (in my limited experience). The football is ALOT worse than the pros but you get that with all lower tier competitions (like Heineken Cup vs. Super Rugby).

Pick a school with tradition.

And don't pick the Longhorns.

Go Big Red.

CDNTexansFan
11-30-2012, 09:42 AM
Being from Canada, I've had the same issue trying to pick a college team. Years ago, when I first started following college ball, I decided to follow USC because my own high school mascot was the Trojan. That lasted all of one season as they won the National Championship with Bush/Leinart and I couldn't help but feel turned off by the fact I was jumping on a teams bandwagon during such a successful period in their history. It just didn't feel right. Following that, I went back to becoming a college football nomad and a casual fan until three seasons ago when my good friend moved in with me. He's a diehard Florida St fan and got me into the NCAA game more than ever before. It was here that I decided to make a list of desirable qualities I wanted in a team. This is what I wanted...

-Close enough to comfortably travel on a yearly/bi-yearly basis to catch a home game
-Relevant conference = nationally televised games occasionally
-Nice jerseys/gear
-Track record of sending guys to the pros (at least occasionally)
-Not a national powerhouse, but...
-Could someday put together a program that could contend for a major bowl.

I was initially drawn to Tennessee. Calgary-Knoxville can be done in 6 hours with a layover in Denver, they're always on TV, I love the orange. They seemed like an ideal program to grow with as they tried to rebuild. Unfortunately, Lane Kiffin started spouting off around the same time and I was so disgusted his arrogance and what was coming out of his mouth that I was totally turned off to the program.

After further consideration, I found Cal. Calgary- San Fran is a direct flight for me which is convenient. Living out west we got a ton of Pac-10 (12) games on tv. I think their jerseys look really sharp. They send lots of guys to play on Sunday which has made NFL games even more interesting for me. Mostly tho, I love that they have so much untapped potential as a program given their close proximity to star recruits and the quality of their recently renovated stadium/athletic facilities. They're in the dumps right now thanks to the Tedford/Maynard/Allen debacle this season but with a good coach their is no reason they couldn't rise up and play with the big dogs again.

Anyways, this has become long-winded but I definitely recommend getting into college ball. Following recruiting for your team in late December/January is an absolute rollercoaster with guys committing/decommitting on an almost daily basis. It is unlike anything the NFL has to offer and the drama of it all is immense. Extremely entertaining.

Good luck! Let us know who you decide on. More importantly, don't feel bad if you don't "click" with the first team you decide. Over time you will find a program that just feels right.

Tailgate
11-30-2012, 02:00 PM
Simply put. Austin, TX. You really need to visit one of the best and coolest cities in America when you come for a visit. Texas Longhorns are the perfect excuse.

Showtime100
12-01-2012, 01:30 PM
Simply put. Austin, TX. You really need to visit one of the best and coolest cities in America when you come for a visit. Texas Longhorns are the perfect excuse.

And when you get here be prepared to hear how much Austin loves Austin.

"Coolest cities." Austin has it's good points and bad points, nothing special. When you get to the city limits you'll see a sign, "Welcome to Austin, Home Of Austin, The Most Stuck Up City In America."

GlassHalfFull
12-01-2012, 01:46 PM
:foottap:

Where is Welsh? He needs to let us know what he is thinking.

aussie_texan
12-01-2012, 08:48 PM
:foottap:

Where is Welsh? He needs to let us know what he is thinking.

:jogger: his coming takes a while for the poms!:kitten:

drs23
12-01-2012, 10:47 PM
I wasn't a college ball fan till I lived in Nebraska.

Now I am a Huskers fan through and through.

The college game day experience is approximately 1,701,423 times better than the NFL (in my limited experience). The football is ALOT worse than the pros but you get that with all lower tier competitions (like Heineken Cup vs. Super Rugby).

Pick a school with tradition.

And don't pick the Longhorns.

Go Big Red.

I'm watching them getting their ***** handed to 'em. The JJ Watt Badgers are slaughtering them. :)

htownfan32
12-02-2012, 04:14 AM
I was in a restaurant in Austin and one of the guys there was watching the LSU A&M game cheering for LSU. Dude had a Longhorns t-shirt on. People in Austin have a horrible case of ex-girlfriend-itis. All my Longhorn buddies from high school do. I remember the crap they gave me when A&M transitioned to the SEC. One of them was so bold as to say that the Aggies wouldn't win a single game.

Fortunately they all owe me money now, because A&M finished the season ranked higher than UT. Most enjoyable 500 bucks I've ever made xD

MistaRed
12-03-2012, 12:32 AM
I would tell OP to become a Longhorns fan but since I'm a fan myself who's considering to stop rooting for the program all together, I cant do that. At least not until mack leaves.

EllisUnit
12-06-2012, 08:43 PM
I would tell OP to become a Longhorns fan but since I'm a fan myself who's considering to stop rooting for the program all together, I cant do that. At least not until mack leaves.

Ash and McCoy are terrible, i like the rest of the talent they have but them 2 are the worst duo of college QBs i have ever seen.

htownfan32
12-06-2012, 09:14 PM
Well, that defense was supposed to be better than what showed up... I think it might be a coaching issue. Longhorns could use a new coach, but I don't know if Mack is headed anywhere tbh

EllisUnit
12-06-2012, 09:39 PM
Well, that defense was supposed to be better than what showed up... I think it might be a coaching issue. Longhorns could use a new coach, but I don't know if Mack is headed anywhere tbh

Mack is not going anywhere, they just need to get away from the buddy system, McCoys brother, Shipleys brother. Just cause they are related dont mean they're good.

htownfan32
12-06-2012, 09:41 PM
Mack is not going anywhere, they just need to get away from the buddy system, McCoys brother, Shipleys brother. Just cause they are related dont mean they're good.

They could also use a viable QB. Haven't had one since Colt.

EllisUnit
12-06-2012, 10:08 PM
They could also use a viable QB. Haven't had one since Colt.

Ash is the worst College QB i have ever seen. Just terrible

badboy
12-07-2012, 06:24 PM
They could also use a viable QB. Haven't had one since Colt.

They had it good for so many years they now are tasting what it is like without. They need another Earl Campbell

cuppacoffee
12-07-2012, 06:55 PM
i find it sometimes difficult to watch college ball because i find my self constantly say "that wouldnt happen in the NFL".
I do watch college though because its american football and also to watch out for the next stars.
I support ND but not a massive supporter, i also look at the results of the aggies and longhorns and hope they do well because they are texas teams and so many on this board follow them.

I picked ND because of the tradition/history of the school. the colours and many of the rituals that they have i found really interesting. thats how i made my decision.



And a very fine decision to be sure.

Great year to be a Texan and Irish fan. Been a long time coming to be able to say that.

:coffee:

pbat488
12-07-2012, 09:04 PM
Ash is the worst College QB i have ever seen. Just terrible

where were you in 2010?

kiwitexansfan
12-07-2012, 09:51 PM
I'm watching them getting their ***** handed to 'em. The JJ Watt Badgers are slaughtering them. :)

The sooner the T-Magic era ends the better.

That loss against Wisconsin was EMBARRASSING.

htownfan32
12-08-2012, 06:15 AM
They had it good for so many years they now are tasting what it is like without. They need another Earl Campbell

Yep. I'm glad A&M left the Big XII, because of the brand recognition we're getting. I have no ill will to UT, they offer a great education and are pretty much allied with us in everything but athletics, and hope we play against each other preferably while I'm still in college and have student tickets lol.

Grams
12-09-2012, 08:14 AM
Texas A & M

Home of the 12th Man and my granddaugther wants to go there.

thunderkyss
12-09-2012, 11:04 AM
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