Mack Brown met the media on Thursday to discuss UT's Alama Bowl matchup with Oregon. Of course, not many people are focused on the actual game at the moment with all that has gone on around Brown regarding his job status.
As expected, Brown didn't say much of anything about his situation other than he's looking forward to meeting with President Bill Powers (who is expected to retain his job) and new athletic director, Stever Patterson.
About the only good tidbits came following the press conference from Texas booster Red McCombs who held court with the media for a few minutes.
It sounds as if McCombs remains in full support of Brown, however if things were to change, he flat out indicated money is not going to be an issue in trying to lure Nick Saban away from Alabama.
McCombs is campaigning for Mack. Believes Mack is entitled to decide if he's the head coach next year or not.— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 12, 2013
More McCombs: "I think Mack has earned the right to do whatever he wants to do, whether he wants to stay or wants to go."— Mike Finger (@mikefinger) December 12, 2013
More McCombs on Mack: "If you can find a reason to get rid of a guy like that, you’d really have to reach."— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 12, 2013
Is a change inevitable? From most indications, yes, although I suppose with Powers expected to remain in charge, there's a chance Brown could find a way back to the sidelines in 2014.
But if the likely happens, expect Texas to try and write whatever size check they have to in order to lure Nick Saban away from Alabama.
But Red McCombs said luring Nick Saban to Texas won't be a problem. "All the money that is not up at the Vatican is at UT."— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) December 12, 2013
I know I'm a bit naive, but that's of course assuming Saban doesn't care about anything other than money. It's not as if the guy is struggling financially in Tuscaloosa. Whatever Saban's motives may be, it's obvious McCombs is a fan.
McCombs said he admires Saban. "I think Nick Saban takes a player that’s a good player and he’s capable of making him a great player."— Max Olson (@max_olson) December 12, 2013
While it's not known when the meeting will happen between Brown and UT's administration, it's safe to assume it'll be going down soon, maybe as early as today.
Once that meeting happens, we'll likely know whether Brown was able to work his magic for another season or if we'll continue tracking every plane that comes and goes from Tuscaloosa Regiona Airport, airport code TCL, by the way.
To finish, here's an old tweet but a good one considering the recent events. Say what you want, but it's a good thing to have friends in high places, right? What do you say, will it be enough?
Team's having great time with dinner & activities at our good friend Red McCombs ranch. It's our yearly break from camp pic.twitter.com/xeNNzMmr— Mack Brown (@UT_MackBrown) August 18, 2012
As the World Turns could be a new reality series based on what's happened in Austin, Texas over the past four seasons. Those four seasons have led us to where we are today following five days of chaos after the Longhorns loss to Baylor to end the season.
Mack Brown is going. Mack Brown is staying. Nick Saban is coming. Nick Saban isn't coming.
Who knows what to believe, but it seems all but a foregone conclusion that by week's end, Mack Brown will no longer be Texas' head coach either by his own admission, or by those higher up the food chain.
All that seems to be happening now is those people in UT's administration trying to convince Brown everybody would benefit if he were to go quietly and with a smile on his face.
The chances of that happening still remain, although if you believe the latest reports, Brown may have other idea about how is potential ouster at Texas will go down.
According to ESPN's Travis Haney, who also spent time covering the Big 12 and Oklahoma prior to heading to ESPN, Brown might head to the exit kicking and screaming.
It's becoming obvious, but source told me that Mack Brown "isn't going to make it easy. He's told people he's not going to resign."— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) December 11, 2013
Source made reference to Brown's desire to chase Royal's all-time wins mark at UT. He's 9 behind. Says Brown would feel validated by that.— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) December 11, 2013
Brown will not get his wish, the source said. Everyone - except Brown, evidently - expects him to step down by week's end. He's digging in.— Travis Haney (@TravHaneyESPN) December 11, 2013
On one hand, it's hard to blame Brown if this is how he chooses to go out. Even if he comes out and says that it was his choice to step down, nobody is going to believe him so if he wants to go out guns a blazin', more power to him. The end result will be the same.
Texas isn't happy with the 18-17 record in Big 12 games since they lost to Alabama in the national title game following the 2009 season, nor should they be. Brown misfired in a myriad of ways leading to the last four seasons of mediocrity and UT has every right to make a change if they see fit. Brown also has every right to disagree with them.
As for UT's handling of the whole situation, it's been a complete train wreck. Brown might no longer deserve to be the football coach at the University of Texas, but he at least deserves to be treated with a little bit of dignity. Greg Doyle at CBSsports.com wrote a great piece on the situation so I'll save my brain cells trying to do the same. Whatever effort I might put towards the subject would fall well short of what Doyle already penned (I think that's why he's a professional, no?).
So, here we are. Today is Wednesday. Brown is set to meet the media on Thursday at 10:00 (CST) to discuss the Longhorns upcoming bowl game with Oregon. Assuming he's in attendance, I'll set the over/under on the number of questions asked about the actual game at two.
And if he is there, it may very well be the last time we see him wearing burnt orange, at least with the title of head football coach.
Kansas suffered through another abysmal season that saw them finish last, once again, in the Big 12.
Are brighter days ahead for KU? Certainly. Does that mean there are brighter days ahead next season? Not necessarily.
Here's a look at some of the good and the bad for Kansas this season along with a quick outlook on what the future may hold for the Jayhawks.
2013 record 3-9, 1-8 in Big 12. 2012 record 1-11, 0-9 in Big 12
The good: Two more wins
Success is always measured in wins and losses and as bad as Kansas was for most of the 2013 season, the simple fact is they won two more games this season than in 2012 which included their first Big 12 win in three years. Call it what you'd like, but that's progress no matter how small it was. Of course, when you're at the bottom there's only one way to go and KU did move the needle no matter how small the steps.
The bad: the offense
The Jayhawks offense was anemic once again in 2013. In fact, Kansas actually took a couple steps back offensively, at least statistically, which was hard to do considering where they were in 2012. Kansas averaged just 15.3 points per game which was good for 118th in the nation ahead of only Purdue, South Florida, UMass, Miami (OH) and Florida International.
|2013||Big 12 rank||2012||Big 12 rank|
Whether or not Weis was to blame for the offensive woes, he has decided to turn the entire offense over to John Reagan next season who will return to Lawrence after spending the past four seasons at Rice. Time will tell, but is sounds as if Reagan will have full control of the offense and this won't be a "title only" position. The Lawrence World indicated he'll be free to bring the offense he was running at Rice with him to Lawrence rather than run what Weis what's him to run.
The good: defensive improvement
Even if it was modest in nature, the Kansas defense showed steady improvement in Weis' second season. Clint Bowen took over calling the defenses from Dave Campo and now will also have the title going forward.
|2013||Big 12 rank||2012||Big 12 rank|
The Jayhawks improved in all the major defensive categories this season and outside of the Baylor and Texas Tech games, the KU defense kept the Jayhawks competitive in nearly all their games outside of a late season flop when they allowed a below average Iowa State offense to rack up over 500 yards.
The bad: the quarterbacks
For as much hype as there was surround the quarterback transfers of Dayne Crist and Jake Heaps, both turned out to be major disappointments. Crist struggled mightily last season and Heaps was nearly as ineffective in 2013. Heaps will have another season to redeem himself, but if 2013 was any indication, he'll have his work cut for himself just to earn playing time.
As a team, Kansas completed just 47.3% of their passes after completing only 46.8% last season. That simply isn't going to cut it.
KU has had plenty of issues at wide receiver over that time, but there's no question the Jayhawks have to find a way to be more competent in the passing game if they hope to win more than three games a season.
The good: James Sims
James Sims completed a phenomenal career in Lawrence rushing for 1110 yards and earning first team All-Big 12 honors. As bad as KU's passing attack has been, it's remarkable Sims has been able to accomplish what he has during his career. Teams knew what was coming and he still got his yards.
Sims finished his KU career gaining 3,592 yards while scoring 34 touchdowns. As good as he was for KU, it's easy to wonder how much more he could have accomplished had the Jayhawks had the ability to be more balanced on offense.
The bad: wide receivers
The Jayhawks quarterbacks weren't often on the mark, but they received little help from their receiving corps. Converted running back Tony Pierson had a few highlight plays but finished with just 24 catches on the year. After that? Christian Matthews had 11 catches, Rodriguez Coleman eight catches, Justin McCay and Tre' Parmalee nine along with Andrew Turzilli seven. That's it.
Miami transfer Nick Harwell should help next season after sitting out this year, but until KU gets some playmakers opposing defenses have to respect, scoring points is going to remain a challenge.
It's no secret Kansas had a long road back to Big 12 respectability, but if there's a silver lining in all this, Charlie Weis isn't standing for the status quo. He already relinquished play calling duties during the season and then cemented that change by hiring a new offensive coordinator that will take over the reins next season so he can focus on the big picture within the program. That's in addition to handing over the defense to linebacker's coach, Clint Bowen, who also will have the official title of defensive coordinator to go with it next season.
That's all fine and dandy, but until Kansas can put more Big 12 talent on the field, it's hard to envision more wins coming KU's way. They've missed badly on the past two quarterbacks although there's a possibility freshman Jordan Darling could get himself into the mix (he redshirted this season) even with Heaps and Montell Cozart returning next season.
They also have a slew on underclassmen on the two deep depth chart that saw plenty of playing time this season - especially on defense - to go along with a handful of guys that redshirted this season that could make an impact next season.
|09/06/14||SE Missouri State|
|10/04/14||@ West Virginia|
|10/18/14||@ Texas Tech|
|11/29/14||@ Kansas State|
The schedule with be difficult as usual with KU rotating to five Big 12 road games next season. In addition, they'll face a tougher than originally expected road test from Duke who played in the ACC championship game last season.
Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zinger's decision to stick with Charlie Weis is probably a good one. After giving Turner Gill only two seasons, it probably isn't going to do anyone any good to try and bring in another coach only two seasons later. “I’ve been through rebuilding projects many times, and we’re going to stay the course,” Zenger said. “Wins and losses aren’t always indicative of the effort put in by this coaching staff and these players over the past couple of years," Zenger said. "I’m proud of their effort and their work ethic, and we’ll continue to chop away at this.”
What happens if they're 3-9 against next season? That probably depends on how competitive they are among other things. Either way, Kansas' climb back up the Big 12 ladder still has a long ways to go. Some would even wonder whether they've yet to begin that climb, after all, they are still at the bottom of the Big 12. But hey, this season was better than last season so there's that. I think they call that baby steps.
The folks covering the Big 12 have voted and released the 2013 All-Big 12 team. Below is a rundown of who made the first team. You can also take a look at the second team right here.
Offensive player of the year: Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor (Preseason selection was Lache Seastrunk, Baylor).
Defensive player of the year: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas (Preseason selection was Devonte Fields, TCU)
Offensive newcomer of the year: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia (same as preseason selection)
Defensive newcomer of the year: Dominique Alexander, LB, Oklahoma
First Team Offense
|WR||Tyler Lockett||Kansas State||Jr|
|TE||Jace Amaro||Texas Tech||Jr|
|OL||Le'Raven Clark||Texas Tech||So|
|All-Purp||Tyler Lockett||Kansas State||Jr|
First Team Defense
|DL||Calvin Barnett||Oklahoma State||Sr|
|DL||Ryan Mueller||Kansas State||Jr|
|LB||Jeremiah George||Iowa State||Sr|
|LB||Caleb Levey||Oklahoma State||Sr|
|LB||Will Smith||Texas Tech||Sr|
|DB||Justin Gilbert||Oklahoma State||Sr|
|DB||Ty Zimmerman||Kansas State||Sr|
First team selections by school
|School||# of Sel|
The bowl lineup is officially set and it wouldn't be bowl season without the annual unveiling of the gift packages that players will receive upon arriving at their respective bowl sites.
The Sports Business Journal tracked down the gift packages for each of the bowls and have the results posted on their website. Bowls are allowed to provide gifts to 125 people per school not to exceed $550 in value.
For the Big 12, here's a rundown of what each of the six teams from the conference will be receiving from their respective bowl games ranked from one through six. Hint: just becausee you're playing in a higher ranking bowl game doesn't mean you're getting the best gift package.
Note: the Cotton Bowl did not release what its gift package will entail so for ranking purposes, I'll use what they dished out last season and assume it will be something similar this year.
1. National University Holiday Bowl; Texas Tech vs. Arizona State
You can't beat a gift card to pick out your own electronics, can you? Any Maui Jim shades? Very nice.
2. AT&T Cotton Bowl; Oklahoma State vs. Mizzou
An Ipad Mini and Beats by Dre headphones, a must for any music listening college student.
3. Valero Alamo Bowl; Texas vs. Oregon
It's tough to complain with a new IPad mini and Apple gift card. Very solid.
4. (Tie) Tostitos Fiesta Bowl; Baylor vs. Central Florida
4. (tie) Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl; Kansas State vs. Michigan
4. (tie) Sugar Bowl; Oklahoma vs. Alabama
Not to take the easy way out, but without knowing the contents of the "gift suite" it's tough to differentiate between the last three bowl packages. Also, the Buffalo Wild Wings and Fiesta Bowl are ran by the same people, hence identical bowl gift packages.
Here's a note from the SBJ on the gift suites. Depending on what selections are available, this could shoot these right to the top of the list. It almost sounds like an all emcompassing gift card of sorts.
Gift suites are set up as private events in which game participants, and often bowl VIPs, are given an order form and allowed to select a gift, or gifts, up to a value that is predetermined by each specific bowl, not to exceed the NCAA limit of $550 per person.
What do you say? If given the choice, what would you go with?
The final coaches' poll of the regular season was released on Sunday and with it all the ballots from the individual coaches who participate in the poll were also revealed.
Outside of number one and two, it doesn't mean a whole heck of a lot, but it's always interesting to get some insight into how coaches view other teams around the country.
There is always plenty of talk about how the coaches don't have the time to follow closely enough to cast a vote for 25 teams and while there is probably some truth in that, don't think these guys aren't good judges of who's good and who's not.
Even so, it's probably safe to assume that some bias creeps into the process in regards to their own team and the team's within their own conference.
But anyway, here are the ballots from the five coaches in the Big 12 that had a vote in this year's poll with a few quick notes to follow.
|Art Briles||Mike Gundy||Dana Holgorsen|
|1||Florida State||1||Florida State||1||Florida State|
|6||Oklahoma State||6||Stanford||6||Ohio State|
|8||Michigan State||8||South Carolina||8||South Carolina|
|10||Ohio State||10||Oklahoma State||10||Oklahoma|
|11||South Carolina||11||Oregon||11||Oklahoma State|
|15||Louisville||15||Central Florida||15||Central Florida|
|16||Northern Illinois||16||Arizona State||16||Louisville|
|20||Arizona State||20||Georgia||20||Texas A&M|
|21||Wisconsin||21||Fresno State||21||Arizona State|
|24||Notre Dame||24||Northern Illinois||24||Vanderbilt|
|Kliff Kingsbury||Bob Stoops|
|1||Florida State||1||Florida State|
|11||Oklahoma State||11||Oklahoma State|
|14||Arizona State||14||Arizona State|
|21||Fresno State||21||Northern Illinois|
|22||Texas A&M||22||Fresno State|
All of the five voting Big 12 coaches had Florida State and Auburn ranked one and two except Dana Holgorsen who slipped Michigan State into the number two slot.
Holgorsen and Kliff Kingsbury were the two coaches who did not have Alabama at number three. Kingsbury ranked the Crimson Tide at number six behind the five conference champions while Holgorsen had them at number four.
As for Baylor - the Big 12 champs by the way - all of the Big 12 coaches had the Bears at number four or five except Kingsbury who had them at number three.
Art Briles had three Big 12 teams in his top seven including Oklahoma State and Oklahoma at number six and seven. Nobody else had either team higher than nine. Briles also ranked Oklahoma State ahead of Oklahoma even though the Sooners just knocked off the Cowboys. His reasoning? You would have to ask him, but it's probably not hard to figure out his thought process given the Cowboys were the only team to beat Baylor and did so handily.
Mike Gundy also ranked Oklahoma State ahead of Oklahoma.
Three of the five voting coaches included Texas in their top 25. The two that did not were Mike Gundy and Holgorsen. The Longhorns finished as the fifth team in "others receiving votes" or 30th overall.
You can see how all the coaches voted at USAToday.com and sort by either individual coach or team.
Baylor is your 2013 Big 12 champion.
Let that think in for a second.
From not winning a Big 12 game in 2007 opening the door for Art Briles' arrival in 2008, to a conference championship six years later, it's been a remarkable run.
"This is a defining moment for our program and hopefully one we can repeat multiple times," Briles said. People said they can be pretty good, but not Big 12 champions. Well now they can stop that sentence because we are Big 12 champs."
Baylor beat Texas the same way they've been winning games all season. With a better-than-you-think defense to go along with an offense that never takes their foot off the gas pedal.
Baylor held Texas to 217 yards for the game while racking up 508 yard of their own. They did it with a solid ground game (221 yards rushing) and relied on Bryce Petty's arm for the rest (287 yards passing) in the coldest game ever played at Floyd Casey Stadium.
And what a way to close out The Case.
“I don’t think this is going to set in until I wake up and see that we’re Big 12 champs,” Baylor senior defensive end Chris McAllister said. “Who would have ever thought that Baylor would go to a BCS game?”
The Bears can now look forward to their first ever BCS game in the final year of the BCS era. They're headed to the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe to likely take on Central Florida winners of the American Athletic Conference.
"It was a tremendous crowd and a tremendous atmosphere--a lot of emotion, a lot of energy and a lot of support. When you're away from home for 30 days like we have been and you get the opportunity to come back home, it's a good feeling. Our guys and our Baylor family took full advantage of it. We're deeply indebted to all the support we've received all year."
Here's a video from Baylor Athletics that puts on bow on the Bears' Big 12 title. Well done, Baylor, and congratulations. Hightlights of the game are also below.
Oklahoma didn't want to hear anything about playing a spoiler role coming into Saturday's Bedlam game against Oklahoma State, but that's exactly what they did to the Cowboys Big 12 title hopes like it or not. And in the process, they threw themselves right into the BCS bowl game mix with most predicting an unlikely matchup with Alabama coming in the Sugar Bowl.
By virtue of their 33-24 come from behind win over the Cowboys, the Sooners forged a three way tie for second place in the Big 12 allowing Baylor to capture the conference title by knocking off Texas in the day's second game.
Oklahoma relied on Jalen Saunders 64 yard punt return for a touchdown in the first half to keep the game close as their offense struggled to get anything going early on.
Late in the third quarter, the Sooners needed the special teams, yet again, with Bob Stoops calling a fake field goal in which holder Grant Bothum rolled to his left and threw to kicker Mike Hunnicutt for a touchdown that tied the game at 17.
"I just thought a field goal wasn't going to be good enough," Bob Stoops said. "I knew we were going to need more than that, we had a numbers advantage out to that side and the way they were lining up and it worked out that way."
Oklahoma State wasn't done as they put together their most impressive drive of the day late in the fourth quarter going 89 yards on seven plays behind Clint Chelf's arm and capped by a one yard touchdown run by Desmond Roland putting the Cowboys back in front, 24-20.
Blake Bell wasn't having any of it, however. He in turn led OU right back down the field on a eight play 66 yard drive throwing the winning touchdown pass to Saunders in the game's final seconds. As good as Bell was on the final drive, he needed a little help along the way as Justin Gilbert dropped what would have been a game ending interception.
"Then on Gilbert's interception, I thought he caught the ball," Mike Gundy said. "He came down and he had it. I thought after he was on the ground that it rolled out, but again, I don't have as good as view as you guys did." As close as it was, it was probably the right call, although it's one that easily could have went the other way just as easily. Hey, everybody needs a little bit of luck, right?
Bell then threw the game wining touchdown several plays later with only 19 seconds remaining which was an absolute thing of beauty. There's a reason they call this thing Bedlam.
"Blake went in and did a great job," Bob Stoops said. "I'm really proud of his poise, he scrambled around and made some plays on his own. Jalen Saunders again was sensational."
The bowl games will be announced on Sunday night and it appears as if it will come down to either Oklahoma or Oregon heading to New Orleans to take on Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma State is likely heading to Dallas to take on an SEC team (Mizzou/South Carolina?) in the Cotton Bowl.
Oklahoma has now won nine of the last 10 meeting with their instate rival with the lone Cowboy win coming in 2011 when the Cowboys captured their first Big 12 title. Saturday would have been the Pokes second in three years, but the Sooners simply weren't having any of it.
#15 Oklahoma (9-2) @ #6 Oklahoma State (10-1)
1. The quarterbacks. Trevor Knight is back in the starting role for Oklahoma and is coming off his best game of the season after completing 70% of his passes and rushing for 82 yards against Kansas State. That followed his 123 yard rushing performance against Iowa State after replacing an injured Blake Bell.
Likewise for Oklahoma State, Clint Chelf is coming off a phenomenal performance against Baylor. In his last two starts, Chelf has completed 35 of 47 passes (74.5%) with five touchdown passes.
In comparing the two quarterbacks, Chelf probably gets the edge simply based on experience. This isn't his first Bedlam start not to mention, he'll be playing on his home field.
2. The weather. The high in Stillwater is expected to be a balmy 23 degrees on Saturday with some snow and sleet in the forecast. The grounds crew at Boone Pickens Stadium is already hard at work getting the field ready to play.
Okla St. sends out release affirming crews have been working around the clock to ensure Boone Pickens Stadium is ready for Bedlam— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) December 6, 2013
3. The Big 12 title. If Oklahoma State can knock off the Sooners, the Cowboys will gain a share of the Big 12 title and earn the league's automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl. Should the Sooners win, they'll forge a three way tie for second place and leave the Big 12 champion to be decided in the Baylor - Texas game to be played later Saturday afternoon.
4. Don't call the Sooners spoilers. Oklahoma can indeed spoil the Cowboys chances at the Big 12 title, but don't go about calling them a spoiler. "The fact that you call us the spoiler against Oklahoma State, I'm not even going to answer that," Gabe Ikard said, rolling his eyes.
"We're OU and they're OSU, so I wouldn't call it a spoiler role," Gabe Lynn said.
"That may be the lowest form of motivation that a competitor can have. So no, that has nothing to do with how we approach the game whatsoever. That is a very, very low form of motivation," Bob Stoops said.
5. Barry Switzer vs. Pat Jones. Oklahoma's former coach took to twitter this week to say the Sooners would "Hang Half a Hundred" on the Cowboys. Former Oklahoma State coach Pat Jones - to no one's surprise - wasn't exactly in agreement.
It's interesting to see (although probably not surprising) Switzer come out with such a bold prediction given how OU has topped the 50 point mark exactly once this season, against Tulsa.
6. Aaron Colvin returns for Oklahoma. The Sooners secondary got lit up last week by K-State's Jake Waters and Tyler Lockett without Colvin in the lineup. He is expected back this week and wil undoubtedly give the Sooner secondary a big boost against the Pokes passing attack.
7. Oklahoma State stopping the run. The Cowboys lead the Big 12 in rushing defense allowing 130 yards per game but they'll be tested on Saturday. Damien Williams may be gone for OU, but they still have Brennan Clay, Roy Finch, and Keith Ford to go along with Knight who figures to get his share of carries from the quarterback spot. If they can keep the OU ground game in check, it stands to reason they may win going away.
8. Josh Steward and Just Gilbert on punt/kick returns. These guys are good, like really good, in the return game. It goes without saying, OU can't afford to give up big plays on special teams if they want to pick up a victory on the road.
9. Recruiting. It's no secret the Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are after a lot of the same high school players. How much does the Bedlam outcome affect recruiting? Whatever your view point, it stands to reason recruits are paying close attention when these teams get together. NewsOK.com had a good piece this week on what this game means on the recruiting trail.
10. It's Bedlam. Do you really need a reason to watch other than that?
The college bowl selections will be released on Sunday night following the conference championships played on Saturday.
You may think you don't have a voice to say who should be playing where which may be indeed be true in some cases, but not as far as the Discover Orange Bowl goes.
This year Discover has created a social media dashboard where fans can voice their opinion and vote who they think will - or should - play in this year's Discover Orange Bowl game slated for January 3rd, 2014.
To participate, simply head over to DiscoverOrangeBowl.com to cast your vote, tweet for your team, and share your photos via Instagram and Facebook.
As you can see, Clemson and Alabama are leading the charge at the moment as the favorites to play in the Orange Bowl following along with most of the recent BCS projections. Whether you are in agreement or not, let your voice be heard.
Since we're partial to the Big 12 around these parts, how about casting some votes for the Baylor Bears who for one reason or another, aren't getting much love as far as the BCS bowls are concerned. Should Baylor knock off Texas Saturday afternoon, they'll finish with an 11-1 record and depending on what happens in the other games, should finish ranked anywhere from 5-8 in the final BCS standings.
That, by the way, will be well ahead of (cough, cough) Clemson who is already sitting with two losses and ranked 13th in the latest BCS rankings. And that's not to say we have anything against Clemson who has a fine football team, but what fun is it if you're not even joining the conversation?
So get to it, head over to DiscoverOrangeBowl.com and leave your mark via your favorite social media channel.
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|09/07/13||Southern Miss||W, 56-13|
|09/21/13||S. Dakota State||W, 59-20|
|10/12/13||@ Purdue||W, 44-7|
|10/26/13||@ Minnesota||L, 23-34|
|11/23/13||@ Penn State||TBA|
|12/07/13||Big Ten Champ.||TBA|