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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Rutgers paves the way for Longhorn repeat/next chapter in the McCoy legend

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If Rutgers' defeat of Louisville tonight came as a shocker to some, it wasn't for lack of prayers from Texas fans. We usually leave the half-hearted hex stuff to aggy, but there was more Longhorn bad-vibing attention on this game than has ever been paid to such a mid-season Big East tussle.

As most Longhorns recognized, this was the 2nd to last major out-of-our-hands hurdle between us and a chance to return to the National Championship game. The 1st of course being that Michigan has to lose convincingly enough to fall past Texas in the BCS standings. This has been made a little more likely now that Texas is only 2 behind Michigan.

Strength of schedule is still a concern, but I do not anticipate anyone jumping Texas. Auburn and Florida's loses were to weaker teams, and Florida is just inconsistent enough for it not to be shocking if they lose to Florida State. Not to mention that they could meet in the SEC Championship game, if Arkansas drops games to Tennessee and LSU.

And no, no one should be worried about Rutgers claim to the title game, even if they remain undefeated. They are, after all, freakin' Rutgers.

So, now Texas just has to hold serve against K-State, Texas A&M, and the Big 12 Championship (Nebraska?), and hope the Michigan Scenario plays out.

The CBSSportsline.com website has a countdown clock to tOSU/Mich...overlooking the fact that both teams play this weekend. Hmmm...I'm not saying...I'm just saying...


Blogger Scott Boswell said...

I'm not too worried about Florida. After SC, they are playing Western Carolina...a BAD Div II school. They will take a hit for that the same way Texas started in the BCS at #9. Florida has peaked with SoS. As long as we take care of business, we should overtake them. But, the caveat is that we need style points to sway some more coaches. I prefer a Florida loss though :)

USC is the most problematic for us. If they beat ranked Cal, Oregon and ND it could spell bad news. Yes, their loss was MUCH worse, but they will skyrocket in SoS. I don't think it will be enough to overtake us...but they will be nipping our heels.

The 2nd concern is Michigan. If they lose, they need to lose badly. Some could make the arguement that Texas was beaten worse AT HOME and Michigan lost on the road. Michigan falling behind us isn't defacto.

Arkansas probably can't lose more than 2 games unless Auburn drops enough one. (Not likely with their remaining schedule) Auburn getting shutout of the SEC championship hurts them.

But, let's not get too ahead of ourselves. I seem to remember an underachieving Texas team call a "Roll Left" play in the 1996 Big 12 CCG. That ruined an outstanding Huskers team's chances at claiming a NC.

Did I mention that they owe us one?

9:37 PM  
Blogger J D Allen said...

For all my talk that the SEC is far tougher than the Big 12 (which it is) I don't like how this scenario could play out. If your looking at the defending nation champs with one loss and one or two loss teams ahead of them so they don't get to defend their title, this system needs to be placed in the can January 5. Sure, you may get have undefeateds in Rutgers and Boise State, but who cares? Although, do you really want to stiff a team located in the mob capital of the world?

10:13 PM  
Blogger Jason Patlan said...

As much of a homer as I am, I don't agree with your sense of national championship entitlement from year to year in college football. It's not like professional sports where you are likely to have much the same team from year to year. No, in college football, you are guaranteed 100% turnover every 4 yrs...even better if your players are any good.

In fact, this is the same reasoning why I believe we shouldn't have ANY rankings until mid-season. Cuz you just never know...

7:33 AM  

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