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December 29, 2008

MUNCHIES BOWL

Maybe Colt McCoy didn't get the Heisman or AP Offensive Player of the Year, but he did get a great Christmas present when best bud Jordan Shipley was granted another year of eligibility.

That means more chances for W's next season, and that's what it's all about for Colt.

Fans of his are chomping at the bit for next season, and I've heard the word "redemption" used already.

What does Colt have to redeem? He had a great year - beating biggest rivals Oklahoma (and the Heisman winner, heads-up) and Texas A&M and set more school records than I can count.

And if the Red River Rivalry had been later in the season, he'd be playing Florida for the national championship instead of what someone in the chatroom referred to as "Texas North" (OU).

Well, anyway, back to the grindstone ... so let's focus on one week from today at 7 p.m. when the Longhorns tangle with the Buckeyes in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.

On paper, Texas should win this game, but I bet Ohio State still wants to play.

Here are some comparisons:

_smallUTlogo.gif Total Offense: 5,717 yards for UT vs. 4,075 for OSU - breaking down to 476.4 and 339.7 per game, respectively

_smallUTlogo.gif Passing Offense: 3,594 for UT vs. 1,777 for OSU - math says that's doubled.

_smallUTlogo.gif Rushing Offense: 2,123 for UT vs. 2,299 for OSU - not that much difference, really.

_smallUTlogo.gif Total Defense: UT has been giving up 339.9 yards a game vs. 279.2 for OSU - being in the Big 12 makes a difference.

_smallUTlogo.gif Scoring Offense: UT averaged 43.9 points per game vs. 28.2 for OSU.

_smallUTlogo.gif Scoring Defense: UT held opponents to 18.6 ppg vs. 13.1 for OSU.

I've also heard a lot about the Buckeyes well aware of the fact that they aren't getting any respect as this game draws nearer.

So, you have two highly-motivated teams wanting to prove themselves to the nation.

I say Texas is just a little more motivated and will win 35-17.

December 15, 2008

WAIT 'TIL ...

Oh, I hate cliches, but Longhorn fans have a lot to look forward to next year.

No Heisman Trophy in Colt McCoy's stocking this year, but his chances next season already look great.

Just in case you missed the Heisman vote totals, it was indeed close. Sam Bradford had 1,726 votes, followed by Colt's 1,604 and Tim Tebow's 1,575.

I thought voting in the six regions was interesting as well:

Northeast - 289 (Sam); 274 (Tim); 266 (Colt).

Mid-Atlantic - 267 (Sam); 264 (Tim); 252 (Colt).

South - 382 (Tim); 250 (Sam); 247 (Colt).

Southwest - 360 (Sam); 313 (Colt); 184 (Tim).

Midwest - 292 (Colt); 281 (Sam); 259 (Tim).

Far West - 279 (Sam); 234 (Colt); 212 (Tim).

"Silver" in the Heisman race ... not too shabby at all. Good job, Colt!

P.S. Merry Christmas, everyone! I don't plan on being back on these pages until right before the Fiesta Bowl.

December 12, 2008

THE BIG THREE

One of these guys from the Associated Press photo above will walk away with the Heisman Trophy tomorrow night. I know my preference, but with Tim Tebow winning the Maxwell last night, Colt McCoy would now be a "surprise" winner.

Colt won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, of course, voted on by the nation's college coaches. That's a big honor, as is the Davey O'Brien Award won by Sam Bradford and, of course, the Maxwell and the Spirit Award also won by Tebow. As you recall, last week Colt won the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Award.

All three of those guys are quality young men, who also do good work off the football field, so I'm glad they were honored for their efforts.

I bet we'll be seeing all three leading NFL teams in the years to come.

P.S. Somewhere I heard that Tebow is a second or third cousin of Colt's. I'll have to look into that.

December 11, 2008

SI REVERSE CURSE

Got my Sports Illustrated yesterday and was surprised to see at the very top of the cover that they had already given the Heisman Trophy to either Sam Bradford or Tim Tebow.

Tonight, the Davey O'Brien award is announced, and a bunch of other ones, including the Maxwell - for which Colt McCoy is also in the running.

I guess Colt and Sam could've split the Big 12 vote in the Heisman, giving the trophy to Tebow this coming Saturday, but I have a gut feeling Colt will win it. (Read news story >>).

As far as tonight's awards, Bradford might win the O'Brien due to his sheer numbers, but I would think Colt would win the Maxwell given what he means to his team.

Tonight's awards are at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.

BTW: That photo was taken by Gary W. Green yesterday on Disney's Boardwalk Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

December 9, 2008

DEJA VU?

Been getting deja vu lately.

Colt McCoy had already said this season that he was coming back next, but he was asked again ... as if the Big 12 championship game would change his mind.

Of course he's coming back. I also like the fact that Texas will be playing Ohio State again. This will give Colt a chance to beat the Buckeyes for the first time. If you recall, that was his only loss his freshman year before injuries added two more L's late in the season.

I also like the fact that Colt's next-to-last year is looking a lot like Vince Young's. UT came thisclose back then to winning it all, and they came thisclose again this season. I believe you'll also recall what happened during Young's last season wearing the burnt orange jersey.

So, see you around the TV for the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 5 from Glendale, Arizona.

_smallUTlogo.gif IMPORTANT P.S.: The Scripps Howard News Service has just predicted Colt will win the Heisman Trophy. They were right last year about Tebow and have been right 17 of the last 20 seasons. READ STORY >>

December 3, 2008

THE PILE STARTS ...

Colt McCoy's pile of awards starts with this one ... straight from the Associated Press brief bulletin just a minute ago:

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and Longhorns defensive end Brian Orakpo have been named The Associated Press Big 12 offensive and defensive players of the year.

McCoy set a school record with 3,445 yards passing and 32 touchdowns. He also led the Longhorns in rushing with 576 yards and 10 TDs. Orakpo led Texas with 10½ sacks.

The offensive newcomer of the year is Baylor freshman quarterback Robert Griffin. Oklahoma freshman linebacker Travis Lewis was voted top defensive newcomer.

The players were selected by a panel of media that covers the Big 12.

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Nice start.

And there were no computers involved.

ONE MORE ...

Oops, almost forgot this one.

Colt McCoy is also a finalist for the 2008 Manning Award, honoring the nation's top quarterback.

This is a relatively new award (5 years old), and Vince Young won it in 2005.

The other finalists include the usual suspects: Sam Bradford (Oklahoma), Chase Daniel (Missouri), Nate Davis (Ball State), Graham Harrell (Texas Tech), Brian Johnson (Utah), Zac Robinson (Oklahoma State), Mark Sanchez (USC), Matthew Stafford (Georgia) and Tim Tebow (Florida).

With the Heisman finalist announcement waiting in the wings, that's FIVE awards Colt is up for so far this season.

I'm sure there will be more.

December 2, 2008

AND THE FINALISTS ARE ...

Two out of the four BIG major awards finalists for the 2008 college football season were announced today.

If you recall, last week Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow and Graham Harrell were chosen as the three finalists for the Maxwell Award.

Today, Colt joins Harrell and Sam Bradford as the three finalists for the Davey O'Brien award for best quarterback.

And just now, our man is one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award - along with Tebow, Bradford, Harrell and Michael Crabtree.

I expect Colt to join Tebow, Bradford and Harrell in their invitation to the Heisman Trophy presentation in a couple of weeks.

The Heisman ballots went out Nov. 19th, and voters have until Dec. 10th to return them. The winner will be announced at the annual dinner on Dec. 15th.

December 1, 2008

ONE LAST MOAN

I've got a lot of post-Turkey Day catching up to do - not just the A&M stats and slideshow, but my real job as well - so I will only say one more brief thing about the BCS.

The BCS is not really THAT worthless - except when its computers are faced with situations such as the one we have now.

I'm no geek, but it seems to me that they just need to change one little algorithm.* The computer just needs to "digest" this bit of info before spitting out a result: "If two teams have the same records and one of them beats the other, under no circumstances would the losing team be awarded a higher standing than the winner." I'm sure the gearheads could figure out how to code that in.

What's wrong with head-to-head? The human polls finally saw the value of it Sunday, but the computers could not - given the way they must have been programmed.

No more on this subject. It'll just sound like whining. And you know how much Aggies and Sooners like it when you whine - since that is their normal means of communication.

* a prescribed set of well-defined, unambiguous rules or processes for the solution of a problem in a finite number of steps.