Wednesday Links

Obviously the biggest news of the day is coming out of Lubbock, Texas, where Mike Leach has been fired as the head coach at Texas Tech. This is situation already has gotten worse before it gets better. One writer predicts Leach will land on his feet. Remember, he was a coveted coach last season. Of … Continue reading

Bowl Predictions, Volume 2

And it can’t be any worse than the first version. After watching the first three games, the tallying of the picks just stopped. It was a 180 degree flip from the success picking regular season games. These will go through Dec. 31, at which point the real games begin. AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Texas A&M … Continue reading

College Basketball Previews: Big-12

The best team in the land resides in the Big-12, Kansas. The Jayhawks have two members of the AP Preseason All-American team and right now are dwarfing Texas in the conference. But don’t be so sure the Longhorns can’t keep up. It is absolutely true that Bill Self has himself another dominant team, with Cole … Continue reading

CFB Preview, Week 6: Tebow back?

Will he play, or will he be smart. Referencing Tim Tebow of course. For those of you who don’t watch sports television (honestly, often it’s good to avoid listening if you have any experience in athletics), Steve Young today talked about the aftereffects of a concussion. Young ought to know a little something about this. … Continue reading

Conference Previews: Big-12

2008 Final Standings

North
1. Missouri
2. Nebraska
3. Kansas
4. Colorado
5. Kansas State
6. Iowa State

South
1. Texas
2. Oklahoma
3. Texas Tech
4. Oklahoma State
5. Baylor
6. Texas A&M

Of course Texas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech all beat each other and finished 7-1. Oklahoma ended up in the Big-12 title game by virtue of a higher ranking.

This conference looks a little different in 2009, especially in the North. Missouri lost Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin to the NFL. Bo Pelini continues to make Nebraska relevant again. And in the South Texas Tech lost both Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree to drop them a little.

North
1. Nebraska
2. Kansas
3. Missouri
4. Colorado
5. Kansas State
6. Iowa State

This looks crazy at the top, but a lot like the Big-12 media poll. Remember when Nebraska was dominant, winning three titles in four years under Tom Osborne? Well, guess who hired Pelini. The Huskers were 5-3 in conference last year and don’t have to play Texas or Oklahoma State in 2009. They get Oklahoma at home, where they will probably lose, but that very will could be a preview of the Big-12 Championship.

South
1. Oklahoma
2. Oklahoma State
3. Texas
4. Texas Tech
5. Baylor
6. Texas A&M

Yes, the will be an Oklahoma-dominated fall. The Sooners are just plain dominant and that offense, with Sam Bradford and Chris Brown, could better that 55 ppg average. Oklahoma state has a legitimate chance of starting the season 7-0 before a trip to Austin. If they can get by Georgia in Stillwater there won’t another tough game until they travel to Missouri. The Fighting T. Boone Pickens’ are not really flying under the radar, but they not being Oklahoma or Texas, Zac Robinson and crew may surprise.

What to look for:

Best Offensive Player: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma – Threw for 51 touchdowns in 2008 on the way to a Heisman.

Best Defensive Player: The Nebraska Defense – Led by Ndamukong Suh the Huskers had 35 sacks last season.

Up and Coming Coach: Bo Pelini, Nebraska – Cornhuskers have put those lopsided blowouts in the past.

Coach on the Hot Seat: Dan Hawkins, Colorado – Buffs have to get to a bowl with Toledo, Wyoming and a four game stretch of KSU, Missouri, A&M and Iowa State.

Prediction: With Oklahoma and Nebraska in the Big-12 Championship game, the Sooners are just too strong. Assuming USC is going to trip up in the Pac-10 there is little reason not to think there will be a BCS Championship rematch in January 2010. Also a lock for bowls: Oklahoma State, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Colorado and Texas Tech should get in and the best Big-12 quarterback you’ve never heard of is Robert Griffin. His blazing speed could run Baylor into a bowl game in December.