Steed: Lone Star Conference doesn’t disappoint on excitement

In four years of having the privilege of covering Lone Star Conference football, I can say with complete confidence there is rarely a week that doesn’t disappoint.

 

There are some incredible games in this league with some crazy outcomes.

I cover West Texas A&M football and do my homework to the best of my ability to follow the other eight teams in the conference through live streams, stats and staying in touch with opposing coaches.

I don’t get the luxury to watch a lot of the other games but do what I can.

Just when I think I’m becoming some kind of self proclaimed “expert” or feel good making a prediction on a game, the league likes to quickly humble me.

Take week six for example. Texas A&M-Commerce at Midwestern State in an LSC showdown last week.

All year if you listened to me, I’ve said, “It’s Texas A&M-Commerce and everyone else.” That’s because Colby Carthel’s team seems to have all the pieces for a deep playoff run. They play physical defense, they’re fast, disciplined and Luis Perez is one of the top quarterbacks in the country.

However, when I check the score Saturday night from Wichita Falls, Midwestern State is up 40-14 in the third quarter and end up holding off a late rally 47-42.

How about that. Boy, was I dead wrong.

MSU has now won 11 of the last 13 against TAMC under head coach Bill Maskill. Hats off to Maskill and their quarterback Layton Rabb. Rabb, the younger brother of former WT quarterback Preston Rabb, saved his best outing for the big stage. Rabb threw for 265 yards with three TDs in the win.

And how bout Western New Mexico beating Tarleton State. Who saw that coming? Not me. I saw TSU in person knock off the Buffs a few weeks ago. If you see the Texans in person, they’re huge. But somehow the Mustangs put it all together.

I guess my point is, on any given Saturday, any team in this league is capable of beating anyone.

UT Permian Basin is that prime example. Sure, they’re 1-5 overall and 1-3. But they out played WT for three and half quarters and almost rallied to beat Eastern New Mexico on Saturday.

Head coach Justin Carrigan seems to have the Falcons flying in the right direction. I can see another win before the year is over for UTPB no doubt.

It should be a fun final month of the season. The Super Four Regional Rankings come out on Oct. 21. The top seven teams at the end of the regular season will head to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. I expect when the first regional rankings are released, barring anything else crazy happening MSU and TAMC are locks in the top seven.

If ENMU stays with one loss, the Greyhounds will be on the bubble. Wins over Southwest Baptist and Angelo State are in the Greyhounds pocket.

TSU and Angelo State will start off on the outside looking in.

ENMU still has a trip to TSU, and home games with Texas A&M-Kingsville and MSU on the schedule.

MSU could have a tough time at ASU this weekend if they play sluggish after coming off a high off that big W against Commerce.

The Lions have a pretty decent road to close the year. The home schedule sees WNM and UTPB, with trips to ASU and TSU.

Covering WT, I’d love to see the Buffs play spoiler somewhere in between all this mess. I like coach Hunter Hughes and his staff, and though WT is slumping at the moment, I think Hughes is on his way to building something special in Canyon.

Let’s see if the Buffs can trip up MSU on the road or take out TAMC at home in the next few weeks. Wouldn’t that throw a wrench into some playoff plans.

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