Coming into Thursday night's Sugar Bowl, most of the quarterback talk centered around Alabama's AJ McCarron and for good reason. On the other sideline, nobody knew for sure who would even get the start for Oklahoma.
Redshirt freshman Trevor Knight was injured in the Sooners final game of the season and Blake Bell - who Knight replaced after he was injured against Iowa State - came in and played a phenomenal second half leading the Sooners to the win.
It was Knight, however, who got the start and by the end of game, his performance was all anybody could talk about.
Congratulations to Fr QB Trevor Knight. 348 yds passing w/ 4 TDs!! What a talented young man. Also Sooners Defense creates 5 TOs & 7 sacks— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 3, 2014
Back in the preseason, Oklahoma folk were really, really high on Trevor Knight. Said he had “it.” … Guesss we saw what they saw “it” tonight— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) January 3, 2014
Trevor Knight set a Sugar Bowl record w/32 pass completions against Alabama. #Sooners didn't have more than 27 in any regular-season game.— Eric Bailey (@EricBaileyTW) January 3, 2014
Trevor Knight. Wow. A #9 playing lights out in the Superdome, Brees style. Bodes well for OU in '14 if he can build on this.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) January 3, 2014
Knight finished his freshman season with a performance that people will be talking about for a long, long time. Not only because of his stats - 32 of 44 for 348 yards and four touchdowns - but because of who it came against.
Nobody outside of Johnny Manziel has sliced and diced the Crimson Tide defense the way Knight did on Thursday night. There were crucial third down throws and touchdown passes dropped perfectly over receivers' shoulders. Nearly every time OU was in need of a big play, Knight was there to make it. And this from a guy who had essentially started and completed three games the entire season, heck in his entire career.
"Trevor Knight, of course, was exceptional," Bob Stoops said during his post game press conference. "I think he showed the whole country what we've been watching for two years in our practices and our scrimmages and things like that. The game has started to slow down for him where he's really starting to feel comfortable in what he can do. He's got a very live arm with great legs."
Alabama had undoubtedly watched Knight on film with a month to prepare, the problem for Nick Saban's crew came in the fact they hadn't seen this Trevor Knight. Nobody had, well, except for the OU coaching staff as Stoops alluded to in his previous comments.
His best game of the season to this point had been his performance at Kansas State in OU's 10 point victory when the completed 14 of 20 passes for 171 yards while also gaining 82 yards on the ground. That was good but Thursday night's performance will be hard to top anytime soon.
The victory over Alabama will no doubt to wonders for the Sooners confidence heading into next season. It'll also likely make them the early favorites in the Big 12 and could very well land them a top five preseason rating not only because Knight showed what he's capable of, but because nine of the starters you saw on defense will return, as well.
"The more snaps you get, the more comfortable you feel," Knight said in the aftermath. "The more completions you get, the more comfortable you feel. And it's all about just getting in that rhythm hitting a few shots early, set the rhythm, set the tone for the game. The more snaps you get, the more comfortable you are."
Alabama found out the hard way the truth in that statement. And if the rest of the Big 12 sees the Knight we all saw in the Sugar Bowl after another offseason of work, well, we might want to go ahead and reserve OU's spot in next season's four team playoff.
Sugar Bowl highlights: Oklahoma 45 Alabama 31
There were times this season when it appeared all Baylor had to do was step on the field and they would score 50 points and then play the second and third stringers for most of the second half. The victories were just that easy.
Then the loss to Oklahoma State happened and people were left scratching their head given the ease in which the Cowboys took care of business. Baylor responded with two wins to close the season earning a Big 12 championship thanks to Oklahoma's victory over Oklahoma State during the season's final week.
Even though questions about Baylor's dominance came to the forefront after the Oklahoma State game, few thought they'd have any trouble dispatching Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl. The odds makers had installed the Bears as 17 point favorites but UCF quickly proved Wednesday night their victories at Penn State and Louisville and a close loss to South Carolina were no flukes.
The Knights jumped out to a 14-0 lead after their first two possession needing only 11 plays to do so and never looked back despite Baylor's potent offense. The Bears managed to tie the game at 28 in the third quarter but UCF answered each and every time Baylor threatened.
Baylor's defense simply had no answer for Blake Bortles, Storm Johnson, or really any member of UCF's offense. The Knights ran (255 yards rushing), they threw (301 yards passing), and basically did whatever they wanted against a Baylor defense that had shown major improvements throughout the season.
With as much success as Baylor had this season, Wednesday night's loss in the Fiesta Bowl proved there is still plenty left to accomplish if they want to be considered among the nation's elite.
And it starts with the guys in the trenches. As good as Baylor's offensive line was this season, the group appeared to take a significant step back following the season ending injury to left tackle Spencer Drango prior to the Oklahoma State game.
You can view Drango's loss however you like, but depth up front still appears to be an issue. Baylor's offensive line had trouble with the UCF pass rush and were plagued by false start penalties Wednesday night and quite frankly, the group wasn't the same over the last quarter of the season.
The same can be said for the receiver position. Make no mistake, there is still plenty of talent there, but Baylor's offense struggled after Tevin Reese went down with his wrist injury. The loss of Reese's speed on the outside meant Baylor's ability to stretch the field took a hit and made defending their other weapons just a bit less complicated.
Reese returned for the Fiesta Bowl and finished with five catches but considering the Bears then lost Antwan Goodley to an ankle injury in the second quarter, Baylor was still without one of their biggest offensive threats. "Tevin provided a spark for us. I'm disappointed we couldn't get the ball down the field to him and let him exploit his greatest strength which is his speed," Art Briles said following the game.
On the other side of the ball, Baylor's defensive line was pushed around by the Knights. Their performance validated that the improvements made this season on defense are still a work a work in progress.
Not that it should be all doom and gloom, however. The good news is there is plenty of youth among the group especially on the interior meaning they'll likely improve with another year of experience.
But if an offense scores 42 points, a team should win most if not all of those games. It still wasn't enough against UCF.
"We didn't execute tonight," linebacker Eddie Lackey said. "When you don't execute and you get to the point of attack, you don't get things done, you can't play good defense. I think that's what really what happened with us tonight is we weren't strong at the point of attack."
Baylor will have big shoes to fill next season especially among the secondary, but Wednesday night's performance notwithstanding, the defense still has plenty to build on considering where they were coming from just a season ago.
And let's reconsider for a moment what we're talking about; Baylor being thought of among the nation's elite. It was just a few short seasons ago, Baylor was fighting tooth and nail just to make a bowl game.
Not that going bowling should ever be taking for granted, but Briles has officially raised the bar in Waco. With the increased success comes increased expectations and that's exactly where Baylor finds itself at the moment.
Is an 11-2 record and a Big 12 title just a flash in the pan? We will find out next season but that is the new challenge going forward. The Fiesta Bowl only proved there is still a ways to go.
"I'm extremely proud of our football team. What they did this year was a first in Baylor history. The seniors have done a tremendous jog of setting the standard high," Briles said. "And it's my job and it's our job for those that are going to be there to continue to try to attain and surpass it. That's our motivation right now. We've got to do a better job with the people we have on campus, the people we have coming in, to reaching that height and surpassing it."
Getting to a Big 12 title hasn't been an easy road. The Bears were 15-20 during Briles first three seasons on campus. Now, they've won at least 10 games in two of the past three seasons.
No, getting there wasn't easy but staying there while trying to raise the bar one more notch isn't going to prove to be any easier. Central Florida made that abundantly clear.
The Discover Orange Bowl is set for Friday night. Twelfth ranked Clemson will take on seventh ranked Ohio State in what is one of the better matchups of the entire bowl season.
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I'll go ahead and cast my vote for Ohio State. You can bet the Buckeyes will be looking to prove their loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game was nothing more than a fluke. The sting of not playing on the national title game has to hurt and what better way to prove their point than by knocking off Clemson who had one heck of a season of their own.
On top of that, you won't find a better quarterback matchup all bowl season than the one in the Orange Bowl between Tajh Boyd and Braxton Miller. Boyd has thrown for 3,473 yards on the season with 29 touchdowns.
Miller, on the other hand, has been doing his damage with his legs having rushed for at least 140 yards in each of the past four games.
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Following another solid performance against Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl, Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro announced he will forego his senior season and head for the NFL draft.
“I feel like it was the best decision for me personally. It took a long time and if it was about money or anything else, I wouldn’t have been debating it for so long," Amaro said. "It was a really hard decision for me because I love all these guys. They mean the world to me, and of course I want to come back. At the same time it’s just too much of an opportunity to pass up.
The announcement shouldn't come as a huge surprise. He was not only the best tight end in the Big 12 but likely the entire country. And considering he'll likely be a first round draft pick, it's not hard to see why he made the decision.
In the victory over Arizona State, Amaro finished with eight receptions for 112 yards. He also broke the receiving yardage records for a tight end in the game finishing the season with 1,352 yards on 106 receptions.
It was the tenth game of the season in which he had eight catches or more.
Whoever drafts him is going to be getting a big target that can run and change a game from the tight end position. It's hard to imagine what Tech's offense would have been this season had he not been of the field.
“I feel like I did a good job this year and I know what I can do next year,” Amaro said. “I can improve on a lot of things. For my sake, it’s my time to go. Thank you for everything Texas Tech’s done for me and my family.
Entering Monday's night Alamo Bowl, if you had known Texas would hold Oregon to just one offensive touchdown not only would you have been surprised, but you would have thought the Longhorns would have a better-than-average chance of pulling the upset over the 10th ranked Ducks.
As it turns out, that wasn't the case and really it wasn't even close despite Texas' defense holding up its end of the bargain against one of the best offenses in the country.
That's because the Texas offense fell flat despite a strong showing from Malcolm Brown who finished with 130 yards on the night 113 of which came before halftime.
Not helping matters was the fact that the UT offense became Oregon's best scoring threat as Case McCoy threw two interceptions both of which were returned for touchdowns including one on the opening drive of the game that set the tone for the rest of the night.
In the end, it was the fifth defeat on the season for the Longhorns and sent Mack Brown out with back-to-back defeats after putting together an impressive run through the middle part of the season as Texas fought their way back into the Big 12 race. Texas failed to reach nine wins for only the third time in Brown's 16 seasons at Texas but unfortunately all three have come in the last four years and well, you know the rest.
''I think it's best for Texas. It's best for me, it's best for the players,'' Brown said. ''We need to win more than eight games. Last year was nine. I really thought we had a chance to win all the games this year. It didn't work. It's my job to make that work. I told them tonight, the only regret I had is we didn't win enough games this year.''
For the game, the Longhorns completed just nine of 23 passes for 56 yards although McCoy and Tyrone Swoopes weren't helped by UT's receivers who had at least four drops that kept Texas from building any kind of momentum. All told, it was more of the same for Texas, however, as shaky quarterback play once again was the story as it has been for much of the past four seasons since Colt McCoy led Texas to 13 wins in 2009.
"They obviously knew we wanted to run the ball and protect our quarterback a little bit so we came out in the second half with a little bit more quick game, throwing the ball little more on first down just because they were loading the block so much," offensive coordinator Major Applewhite said afterwards.
Protecting the quarterback? Unfortunately that's been the case far too often of late and one of the main reasons Texas is looking for a new coach. And that's not to throw any of Texas' quarterbacks the past four years under the bus, but rather to make note of the misses in recruiting Texas has had over that time.
Just take a look around the league and it's not hard to see what we're talking about. Baylor has thrived at the position. The same goes for Oklahoma State as well as former Big 12 mate Texas A&M. Texas Tech won eight games this year and finished second in the league in total offense playing two true freshmen quarterbacks for the bulk of the season. Oklahoma parlayed Blake Bell and Trevor Knight into a BCS bowl bid following Landry Jones graduation. The list goes on.
All the focus now turns to who will be the next head coach in Austin. We should have the answer to that question in the next two weeks as Steve Patterson has said he'd like to have someone in place by January 15th. Whoever it is, it'll be strange to not see Brown walking the sidelines.
"It's been a wonderful 16 years. It's been a great ride," Brown said.
That is has been even if Brown fell victim to his own lofty standards set during a nine year stretch when Texas won at least 10 games every season including a national title. But in a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world, Brown's tenure has come to close and we now wait to see who UT's brass chooses to fill his shoes.
Alamo Bowl Highlights
It's often said that winning a bowl game can be a catapult for positive momentum heading into the following season. If that is indeed the case, then Kansas State has plenty to look forward to following a dominating 31-14 victory over Michigan in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
Kansas State led from the start putting together two impressive scoring drives to open the game while the defense rose to the occasion in the red zone holding the Wolverines to two field goals after two impressive drives of their own. From there, Kansas State never looked back.
Jake Waters was on target all night completing 21 of 28 throws including three touchdown tosses to Tyler Lockett who was on the receiving end of 10 of Waters' completions.
On the other side of the ball, K-State's run defense never allowed Michigan's running backs a chance to breathe. Take out a late 40 yard run by Wolverine quarterback Shane Morris and the K-State defense held Michigan to just 25 yards rushing on the night.
Take a look at the totals for Michigan's three running backs and you get the story on why the UM offense finished with just 261 yards. De'Veon Smith, 4 carries for 8 yards. Derrick Green, 1 carry for 5 yards. Fitz Toussaint, 2 carries for 3 yards.
Morris was making his first career start for the Wolverines and by and large, had a solid showing completing 24 of 38 passes for 196 yards. But as it turned out, he was the least of Michigan's worries.
That's because the Michigan's defense could do nothing to slow down the KSU offense. The Wildcats only had four first half possession and scored touchdowns on the first three. The fourth possession only ended because the clock ran out for halftime.
The Wildcats punted only once the entire night.
Michigan on the other hand, punted on five straight possessions following the opening two drives that resulted in field goals. After running 24 plays on those opening two drives, the Wolverines ran only 31 plays the rest of the game.
All told, it was the dominating performance KSU was looking for following five straight bowl defeats. Bill Snyder even had to spend time in the fourth quarter trying to dodge a Gatorade bath.
The season may be over but who knows, Ryan Mueller may be running stadium stairs when they get back to Manhattan.
Bill Snyder on Ryan Mueller: "He's going to get his. And it won't be a water bucket."— D. Scott Fritchen (@DScottFritchen) December 29, 2013
Kansas State ends the season with an 8-5 record which is an impressive turnaround considering at the season's halfway point they stood just 2-4. They also gave the Big 12 a nice start out of the gate in the conference's first bowl game although the road will get tougher on Monday with Texas Tech and Texas set to face Arizona State and Oregon, respectively, on Monday.
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
Kansas State (7-5) vs. Michigan (7-5)
Kansas State and Michigan enter Saturday night's Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl heading in opposite directions. The Wildcats found themselves with a 2-4 record at the season's midway point but won five of their final six games turning around a season that saw them lose to North Dakota State in the season opener.
Michigan, on the other hand, busted out to 5-0 start but a four overtime loss to Penn State started a slide that saw the Wolverines lose five of their final seven games to end a disappointing season that once had Michigan thinking about Big Ten titles and BCS bowls.
Not helping Michigan's cause will be the fact they'll be entering Saturday night's game without their starting quarterback. Devin Gardner is out with a foot injury which means true freshman Shane Morris will begin his career in earnest sooner than anyone expected.
The former four-star quarterback in Michigan's latest recruiting class has appeared in just two games this season and only attempted nine passes six of which came in the season opener against Central Michigan.
For the Wildcat's, they'll continue their two quarterback system they've used throughout the season. Jake Waters has thrown for 2,198 yards while Sams has rushed for 784 yards including a 199 yard performance against Baylor. “Both of them are good, young guys, both of them have played well,” Bill Snyder said. “They’ve grown immensely through the course of season. We had some difficulty early in the season with just their growth."
Even with the effectiveness of Sams on the ground, it was Waters who saw nearly all the action in the Wildcats final two games of the season. This week, Sams even discussed the possibility of playing wide receiver as a way to get on the field more, although that looks to be a possible move for next season and not on Saturday night.
Whatever the case, Michigan will have to be prepared for both Waters' arm and Sams' legs. The Wolverines have been solid against the run most of the season although Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller rushed for 226 and 153 yards respectively for Ohio State the last time Michigan took the field. My guess is that Michigan will see plenty of both guys on Saturday night.
An interesting note on Saturday's game is that both teams will be without their starting place kickers. Michigan's Brendan Gibbons is tending to a family issue in Florida while K-State's Jack Cantele will miss the game due to an injury. If this somehow comes down to a field goal contest, both team's backup kickers will be front and center.
Kansas State, Keys to Victory
1. Pressure Morris. What better way to try and rattle a freshman quarterback taking the first meaningful snaps of his career than by letting loose your defensive front seven? Ryan Mueller leads a good KSU pass rush that tallied 27 sacks on the season. I'd expect to see KSU try and generate plenty of pressure on the Wolverine signal caller especially now they don't have to worry about Gardner making plays with his legs.
2. Slowing the Michigan ground game. One would have to think Michigan will rely heavily on their ground game until Morris gets his feet under him especially early in the game. Fitz Toussaint has received the bulk of the load this year although expect to see plenty of freshmen Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith, as well.
3. The red zone. With Cantele out, K-State doesn't want to leave the games in the hand of an inexperienced kicker meaning when they get inside the 20, the Wildcats need to find their way to the end zone. The Wildcats have scored 28 TD's on 44 trips to the red zone this season. That's not bad, but you can bet they'd like to be closer to 100% against the Wolverines.
Michigan, Keys to the Game
1. The offensive game plan. It'll be interesting to watch how UM offensive coordinator Al Borges goes about his play calling with Morris under center. There's little doubt Michigan will rely on the ground game, but does he have the confidence to let Morris air it out when the situation calls for it? One thing Michigan will need to avoid is becoming one-dimensional which would play right into K-State's hands.
2. Michigan's front four vs. K-State's offensive line. The Wildcats will be without senior guard Keenan Taylor but this is still an experienced KSU front that has gotten better over the second half of the season. The Wildcats offense isn't a juggernaut, but they have tallied at least 30 points in each of their last six games. If Michigan's defensive line losses the battle upfront, Michigan likely losses the game.
3. Special teams. Michigan will be without their field goal kicker, but the real challenge comes in trying to contain the Wildcats return men. K-State features two of the best returners in the country in Tramaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett and it goes without saying - giving up a big return won't help Michigan's chances against the Wildcats.
Kansas State has lost their last five bowl games and Bill Snyder can't seem to figure out why. "I'm just not smart enough to figure out what the issues are," Snyder said this week. If anyone truly believes that, well, then you aren't paying close enough attention to how this guy goes about his business. Rest assured, Kansas State will be well prepared Saturday night.
Michigan had their share of struggles over the second half of the season, but even with a freshman starting at quarterback, this isn't a team anyone should be taking lightly. Just ask Ohio State about that who barely squeaked out a one point win over the Wolverines to end the regular season.
So what's going to happen when they meet in Tempe? Kansas State is going to win, that's what going to happen. The Wildcats will use a balanced offensive attack and will take advantage of a conservative game plan from Michigan's offense.
Jake Waters will be effective through the air although I suspect the difference will come in the resurgence of Daniel Sams churning out yards on the ground. However they choose to go about it - via the ground or air - the Wildcats will control the line of scrimmage on offense and the defense will do its part keeping the Wolverines ground game in check. Kansas State 38 Michigan 24
Oklahoma State is set to play Missouri in the Cotton Bowl in one of the more intriguing games on this year's bowl slate. With the Tigers only two year's removed from being in the Big 12 themsleves, that topic naturally came up during Mike Gundy's bowl press conference on Thursday.
"I don't know if I'm into them being an SEC team yet or not. Obviously they're in the SEC now and it's changed but I don't really see it as different," Gundy said. "It's only been two seasons."
Gundy was also asked about the success both Missouri and Texas A&M have had thus far in the SEC. The Aggies are 19-6 since making the move which included a road win at Alabama last season, not to mention Johnny Manziel's Heisman trophy.
Missouri, on the other hand, got off to a slow start in year number one finishing just 5-7 but rebounded this season with an 11-1 regular season earning them a berth in the SEC championship game which they lost to Auburn.
"I think the success they had across the league surprised most people across the country," said Gundy. "The talk then was Missouri and A&M were getting into a league that they weren't prepared for in some people's opinion."
We always hear about the dominant lines in the SEC, especially on defense, and there is no doubt some truth in that. Both Missouri and A&M have held up just fine, however.
"It's interesting that they would make the change going into the SEC and both teams have had tremendous success up front. It would certainly make us feel pretty good about ourselves being in the Big 12."
So what about the high flying offenses in the Big 12 and the fact the league took a hit nationally as it became known as a "defense-optional" league? That sentiment seemed to change just a bit this year because the Big 12's quarterbacks, by and large, struggled as compared to recent seasons. Meanwhile, the teams in the SEC started to put more points on the scoreboard.
"Scores are increased by two things in my opinion: teams that don't huddle up and teams that have NFL type quarterbacks," Gundy said.
"This year when I did have the time to watch an SEC game, their scores were higher than what I ever remember them being. I haven't looked at draft lists, but the guy at Georgia, the guy at LSU - I'll miss some of them. They had quarterbacks that some people think are going to be NFL players. And you're seeing more offenses in that league not huddle up. Because of that, there are more plays which creates more points."
Gundy went on to make some valid points about how defenses should be judged in college football today saying people should emphasize the points given up per possession above all else.
More teams running no huddle means more possession and hence more plays per game making it much tougher on defenses. So maybe, just maybe, what he's saying is that the SEC defenses while still good, may have benefited from the lack of offensive innovation in the league.
As far as Missouri specifically in the SEC, Gundy was asked whether or not they'll still be able continue to mine the state of Texas for recruits as they've done in the past. In the Big 12, Mizzou played in the state all the time. Now in the SEC, they'll play there at most every other season assuming A&M remains on the schedule every season.
"Should be (a tougher sell now). It's hard to speak to what their strategy is in recruiting. For us, we felt like the Big 12 would be an advantage because of the number of teams in the state of Texas and we go to the state of Texas. We felt like it was an advantage to be in a league where there were other teams we were going to play (and recruit)," Gundy added.
"It's hard to say what their plan would be. Thirty-seven is the number now (Texas players on the roster). I guess four years from now, let's see what the number is They may be going the other direction. They may be going down more to the south and east. But we see them in Texas all the time."
Gundy's entire Thursday press conference can been seen below.
Clemson is set to take on Ohio State in this year's Discover Orange Bowl on January 3rd at Sun Life Stadium and you could be there in person all thanks to Discover.
The Discover Fan Loyalty Poll has been running throughout the season allowing fans to express their college football loyalty by asking a variety of questions throughout the season. They've also polled fans asking them to cast their vote for the top team in college football. In a nutshell, they've given fans a voice.
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Miami. In January. How does that sound? I'll tell you what, it could be a lot worse.
Ohio State enters the game with a lone loss on the season, a loss that unfortunately kept them playing for the national title. But after not being eligible for a bowl game last season, there's plenty of reasons for Ohio State fans to be excited about heading to south Florida.
Clemson comes in on the heels of a 10-2 season and a 7-1 finish in the ACC. The Tigers feature two of the most exciting players in the country in quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins.
Both teams have been ranked in the top five this season and now they'll get the chance to meet head-to-head.
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Everybody has on opinion about who should or will be the new football coach at Texas.
So who's the odds on favorite for the job?
Well, if you listen to the online odds makers, Louisville's Charlie Strong is the leader out of the gate.
Sportsbook.ag has posted the odds on who will be walking the sidelines next season in Austin and the top three are Strong, Baylor's Art Briles, and James Franklin at Vanderbilt.
Here's a list of the top ten favorites according to Sportsbook.
|5||Chip Kelly||Philadephia Eagles||8/1|
|5 (tie)||Bill O'Brien||Penn State||8/1|
|7 (tie)||Jim Mora Jr.||UCLA||10/1|
|9||Jimbo Fisher||Florida State||20/1|
|10||Jim Harbaugh||San Francisco 49'ers||25/1|
|10 (tie)||Mike Gundy||Oklahoma State||25/1|
|10 (tie)||John Gruden||----||25/1|
|10 (tie)||Will Muschamp||Florida||25/1|
(No, Nick Saban was not included on the list).
If you're wondering how that breaks down, a $100 bet on Charlie Strong would yield you a $120 win. The same bet on Mike Gundy, for example, and you would be walking away with $2500 (not a bad value, by the way).
What do you say, do you put any stock into these odds?
It's hard to say although these guys just don't throw numbers out there without having some sort of basis for doing so. Maybe there's something to it, of course, maybe there's not, either.
According to Chip Brown in an interview with Sirius radio prior to Brown's official resignation, he believed Texas would look first to coaches that had either won a national title or a Super Bowl. If you believe that logic, then these numbers probably don't mean a whole heck of a lot.
The first coach who fits that criteria is John Gruden followed by Les Miles who checked in a 30/1. That could change, however, as either Malzahn or Fisher will be adding a title to their resume following the BCS national championship.
So what's your best guess, who's going to land the job in Austin next season.