5 Predictions for the Big 12 E-mail
Written by PRF   
Sunday, 29 August 2010 15:22

Mack Brown alone may be enough to vault a depleted Texas team into the Championship.

1. The Nebraska Lovefest has gone too far and may be in need of birth control.

I turned on College Gameday on Saturday morning just as Chris Fowler began asking Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard for predictions on the 2010 season. Each of the three selected Nebraska to play in the Big 12 Championship. Okay, fine. Can’t knock them for that. On paper, the Huskers are the North’s best team. Lee Corso took it a step further, however. He picked the Huskers to win the National Championship! That’s right, Corso picked a team led by the Mayor of Mediocrity, Zac Lee, to win it all. I know the defense is good, but this team lost the nation’s biggest gamechanger in Nadamukong Suh to the NFL and I think the assertions that Jared Crick is better than his “mentor” are very, very optimistic. Prediction: Nebraska’s title hopes end in their Week 3 visit to Washington. Ever heard of Jake Locker, Lincoln? Record prediction: 9-3 (Losses @Washington, v. Texas, @Texas A&M).

2. Texas needs to be getting more love. In the morning, on weekend getaways, after dinner, whenever.

There is an old saying by Mark Twain that says, “Whenever you find yourself in the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).” I heeded these words when I began looking at the 2010 Texas Longhorns. No one, and I mean absolutely no one, has been saying watch out for Texas this season. Instead, people are overvaluing Nebraska like Fannie Mae stock and jumping on the Sooner wagon to take a ride with Bob “Bowl Bust” Stoops. (By the way, Corso also picked Landry Jones to win the Heisman. WTF?!! And Herbstreit picked DeMarco Murray. WTF?!!) That’s fine, because I’m going to be the one looking like the genius when Texas tears up the Big 12. Are we forgetting who coaches Texas Football? Are we forgetting that Mack Brown is the face of college football coaches? Are we forgetting what National Championship experience can do for the mojo of a sophomore QB? Sure, Texas lost McCoy, Shipley, and lots of defensive studs.  But, they still have Mack and they still have all the recruits.  Mack Brown is moving away from the spread this year and transitioning into a power running, play action heavy offense… and I like it. Tre’ Newton will be a horse at RB, Garrett Gilbert will handle the expectations, and an always star-studded defense will anchor Texas into the National Championship.

Jerrod Johnson is the best (and most exciting) player in the Big 12.

3. Jerrod Johnson will be the LeBron James of the Big 12.

In every game that LeBron James plays, he delivers a series of “WOW!” moments that leave you breathless, giddy, and amazed. Jerrod Johnson will be that guy for the Big 12 (and maybe the entire country) this season. I remember watching Johnson last year against Texas and thinking, “This guy plays for an opposing team in my team’s conference, and still, he just might be my favorite player.” I don’t know if Johnson will throw 30 TDs again this year, but I do know he will produce 30-squared dazzling plays. Whether it’s on the ground or through the air, this guy is just a fun, fun player to watch. Now, if only he would act more Lebron-like off the field. Transfer to Mizzou. Build a dual-threat QB dream duo with Gabbert. Boy oh boy, I like the sound of that.

4. Texas Tech will have a 1,000 yard rusher.

If I had told you that a Tech back would reach the century mark during the Mike Leach era you would have tarred-and-feathered me. But, by bringing in Tommy Tubberville (an excellent selection, if I may add) Texas Tech will be much more balanced on offense and this claim gains merit. Tubberville said he plans on rushing the ball at least 40% of the time this season, up from 32% last season. Texas Tech does have a good group of running backs--they have just gone underutilized to the point that no one outside of Lubbock even knows who the Raiders have in the backfield. Expect senior RB Baron Batch to be the first Tech back in yeeeeeears to rush for 1,000.

5. Mizzou will beat Kansas.

I mean, seriously, how could I not?

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