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Six Pack- What happens with Texas?


Posted Nov 30, 2009


The Longhorns seem in prime position for a title spot. Are they really?

Conversation Starting Six Pack

It’s Friday night. You are sitting around with your friend drinking some beverage of choice. And it is fall. What are you talking about?

Well, if you are anything like me, you’re talking college football. So this provides a framework for that discussion. It will give six topics to talk about. Sometimes the topics will be controversial, and sometimes not. Basically, these are conversation starters- six topics that are at the center of the college football discussion.

So, this week starters. Let’s get to it!

1. Can Texas lose to Nebraska? Nope. No way, no how. Just like Nebraska could not POSSIBLY lose to Texas in the inaugural Big 12 Championship Game in 1996. Not a chance. Until there was one. In what be one of the great games of all time, Texas upset Nebraska in the 1996 showdown. This one is eerily similar. That kept Nebraska from winning possibly four consecutive national titles. An upset by the Cornhuskers here would keep Texas from advancing to the national title game. Nebraska has a great defense, lead by Ndamukong Suh, and they could shut down the one dimensional Longhorns. Of course, if they can score is a whole other matter. But the Longhorns defense was exposed a little bit last week. Nebraska’s offense has been bad, but they are good enough to pull off the upset, and send the BCS into upheaval.

2. If Alabama beats Florida, does Florida stay in the Top Two? Hmmm. This situation is a real puzzler. After all, there is a legitimate chance that the Gators would stay ahead of TCU or Cincinnati if they lose. Would they be able to stay ahead of a Texas team that wins? That seems unlikely. But it is possible. Here is my bet. The voters will punish Florida worse than they deserve if they lose to Alabama in an attempt to insure that a rematch would not happen. Remember, in 2006 Florida jumped Michigan in the polls because the pollsters wanted to avoid a Michigan-Ohio State rematch in the title game. In 2008, LSU jumped Georgia because the pollsters did not want a team who had not won their conference title to play in the title game. This year, there is a real chance that if Florida loses, they will fall behind possibly even Boise State in the polls to prevent a rematch from happening if it is perceived to be necessary. This could get interesting.

3. Who will replace Charlie Weis as head coach at Notre Dame? Got me. I have a gut feeling it is not Brian Kelly like most people seem to expect. That just seems too normal for Notre Dame. Would Bob Stoops take it? Urban Meyer? Maybe, but probably not. Bill Cowher? Jon Gruden? Possibly. I really have no idea. I think it could be someone kind of out of left field that a lot of people are not talking about. I’m not sure who that is, but the job is an interesting one that I’m not sure who it goes to. The job search will be entertaining, at least.

4. Cincinnati or TCU? It is something to ask every week at this point. Which team deserves to be number four right now? It doesn’t REALLY matter unless Texas loses, but it is an interesting debate. If the Bearcats beat Pittsburgh, that would be a solid road win. Of course, if Clemson wins the ACC Championship Game, that would become a better win for TCU. My feeling is that TCU is the better team and deserves the spot if it really matters. The Bearcats are a very good team, and I’ve been on the bandwagon from day one (I picked them to win the Big East in the preseason), but I just think the Horned Frogs are the better team.

5. Is naming a replacement a good thing? Look at Bobby Bowden at Florida State, who has more or less been forced out, partly because his replacement was already on the staff and had been named in Jimbo Fisher. But does Fisher deserve the job? The offense has not been something special particularly this year, so is he the best fit for the job? What about at Kentucky, where Joker Phillips has already been named the next head coach when Rich Brooks resigns? Wildcats fans want Phillips off the staff right now, not in charge of it, after what has been viewed as questionable play calling against Tennessee. Sure, Will Muschamp at Texas replacing Mack Brown looks like a good move at the moment, but who knows if it will in a couple of years. This is a major mistake for programs to be making. There are just too many questions about the message it sends to the players. It just doesn’t seem to be working.

6. Which Championship Game will be the most exciting? OK, I have to throw out the SEC Championship Game, which should be special. But the Oregon-Oregon State game that is virtually the Pac Ten Championship Game is probably the most exciting game on the slate. The Civil War is anything but civil, and who can wait to see Jacquizz Rodgers featured yet again in a big game. Throw in the Ducks offense and how well Jeremy Masoli has played, and it is easy to understand why the Ducks-Beavers game on Thursday night has potential to be the best game of the whole weekend.

Thanks for reading! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns or want to get into the conversation, feel free to e-mail me at JohnRoberts_CFN@yahoo.com. I love talking college football!