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The daily Houston sports and stuff update for Sept. 6

I get that Drake likes Houston, but anybody else worried about him jinxing the Coogs? His track record as fan is not the best.

BY FRED FAOUR

We will start the morning off with the Astros, who have won two in a row after beating a good Cleveland team last night. They are doing well at the plate, and after his brutal start, Alex Bregman is hitting over .260.

Now the bad news: three more with the Indians, followed by the Cubs and Rangers, while the Astros remain in the thick of the wild-card race. And the worse news: Dallas Keuchel has shut it down. As you’ve already read here, a healthy, effective Keuchel is critical to any playoff hopes. No Keuchel, no word on Lance McCullers…it’s hard to see the Astros having enough to make an impact in the playoffs even if they do get in.

That was impressive: So not Houston-related entirely, but Florida State put together an incredible run to knock off Ole Miss. Jimbo Fisher is terrific at halftime adjustments. It was a nice way to close out the best weekend of college football we have seen in years. Other than Alabama and A&M, it was not an impressive showing for the SEC West (see how I made that local? Aggies. SEC West). Both Mississippi schools and LSU lost, and Arkansas was unimpressive in a win against Louisiana Tech. The instant overreaction will be that the SEC is overrated, but things change a lot after week 1. We’ll see.

Heading home again: Speaking of A&M, Johnny Manziel is back in school. Not sure that’s the best environment for him, but it can’t be any worse than trips to Vegas and Mexico. Here’s hoping the kid gets his life in order.

All is right on Cullen Boulevard: The Houston Cougars, still basking in that dominant win over Oklahoma, dodged a bullet with Greg Ward Jr, who had an MRI on his shoulder. He is expected back at practice tomorrow. Frankly, I would sit him against Lamar so he is 100 percent for a short week Thursday nighter at Cincinnati, a game that has trouble written all over it.

Watching the game again, I was blown away by how physical UH was on defense. Ed Oliver was the star, but that group has power five quality talent all over the field. If they can stay healthy — depth is always the biggest difference between power fives and non-power fives — this is going to be a fantastic season. Also can’t wait to see what running back Duke Catalon does against an easier group than the OU defensive line he faced Saturday. The Cougars should be ranked around 7 when the new polls come out.

Meanwhile, here is a great read on how the Kick Six came to be.

Watt, Newton return: All is pretty quiet on the Texans front leading up to Sunday’s opener — unless you consider the return of their best player quiet. Not a shock, but teammates were glad to see J.J. Watt back on the field. Dude is a cyborg. Bill O’Brien says Watt will play against the Bears on Sunday. Derek Newton’s return might be just as critical. The offensive line isn’t necessarily a weak link, but it is a serious question mark. The team seems pretty set everywhere else.

Misc.: A gratuitous Florida story, because why not?…Had my first fantasy draft last night, and Yahoo gave me a B-plus and said I should dominate the league. The last time that happened, I finished 10th of 12th. I assume if you autodraft to their rankings you get an A-plus…a truly disturbing, NSFW video from China on a penis pig. Not for the squeamish.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

The late, great Douglas Adams, my favorite writer of all time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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