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That was an impressive win for UTSA over Middle Tennessee Friday night. The Roadrunners were dinged up and shorthanded. Middle Tennessee was playing at home after upsetting Miami last week. That took huevos, something the ‘Runners never lack. And 414 in the air for Frank? Outrageous. That’s a nice league start as UTSA strives to defend its Conference USA championship.

What’s gotten into UCLA? I tend to dismiss them early every season. But I can’t now ignore their 5-0 record after that upset of number fifteen Washington.

The Houston Cougars have a talented team. But their season is now teetering on the brink. The Cougars don’t all appear to be on the same page.

Wow. SMU and Central Florida have pushed their game all the way back to next Wednesday because of Hurricane Ian. They can do that since both teams have an open date next Saturday.

Where are we going with Tua? This is going to get very contentious. There are a lot of different “interests” involved. Here’s what we know. Tua suffered a concussion Thursday night against the Bengals. That’s all that is currently certain. But the unanswered questions are endless.

As absurd as this may sound, I absolutely believe that Belichick’s job is in jeopardy. The Pats are essentially irrelevant, and that is not going to change anytime soon. Kraft won’t have it.

The Seattle Mariners are in the MLB postseason. End Times?

That’s 701 for Pujols, if you’re still counting, which I still am.

It appears that using crude language to a female subordinate prior to initiating an improper relationship with her is frowned upon. It might even get you suspended for a year. It might even get you fired. It might even end your promising career. It might harm your family. That said, I do believe in redemption. It will be a long, hard road back for Udoka, but I hope he completes the trip.

What do you think the odds are that Arch Manning will finish his college football career at Texas? Aside from being the head coach at Texas, being a highly-hyped quarterback at Texas is the worst job in North America.

The Texans will beat the Chargers Sunday.

So now we segue to Paul’s Peerless Picks for the fifth Saturday of the COLLEGE football season.

Au Jus 37 TCU 33

Kansas State 34 Texas Tech 31

Alabama 31 Arkansas 21

Oklahoma State 41 Baylor 38               

Wake Forest 24 Florida State 21

Kansas 38 Iowa State 35

Maryland 27 Michigan State 24

North Carolina 38 Va. Tech 17

LSU 37 Auburn 21

Georgia 31 Missouri 17

N.C. State 27 Clemson 24

Rice 31 UAB 28

Texas A&M 27 Mississippi State 21

Texas 41 West Virginia 24

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Paul's Bio

I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.