51 days (give or take a few hours).
Don't get our hopes up. A Texas ground game?
Now it will be up to the players to go and make something happen on the ground over the course of a fall season. And while linemen like Kyle Hix lauded the improvements the line made, it’s almost time for both sides: the linemen and the running backs, to go out and prove it.
With a full backfield, it’s unlikely that Newton, or any of the backs, will break through the 1,000-yard barrier this season, reminding Longhorn fans of days past.
But with a renewed emphasis on the running game, one that hasn’t gone unnoticed by top recruits like running backs Malcolm Brown and Aaron Green, the Longhorns might not be too far removed from their next four-digit back. It’s the future. And it should seem like a blast from the past.
Here's a closer look at Big 12 coordinators in order of winning percentage.
The Cornhuskers have lost some of their class.
For decades, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have been the self-proclaimed kings of institutional class in college football.
Their fans lead the free world in civility and decorum toward opponents -- just ask them. To hear the Big Red faithful tell it, Gandhi could have learned a few things about dignity on a football Saturday in Lincoln.
That context makes this recently released, university-produced video all the more interesting and entertaining. Suddenly, the kings of class have gone Dan Gilbert on the Texas Longhorns -- and turned Oct. 16 into the Bad Blood Game of the Year in the process.
The Big 12's shelf life is just as long as the TV contract.
Will it work? Only until the next contract is up. I agree with what Tommy Tuberville said. It's a league with a lot of financial disparities and different priorities. By the time the next TV contract comes up, more schools might be amenable to a national playoff and maybe even four 16-team superconferences. If you mean, how good is it? Losing Nebraska and Colorado isn't going to hurt it any. Texas and Oklahoma have been the prime teams in the polls over the last 10 years, and that won't change. But the league must schedule tougher games in non-conference to shore up any misgivings voters may have.
Maybe for you, but some teams have other plans. A Sooner-Cornhusker Big 12 title game would be a perfect ending.
Mansfield Legacy High School just started a football program in 2008, but they are definitely making a name for themselves.
Two have already committed to Big 12 schools.
Another is on his way to Boise State and at least four more are likely to end up at Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
Not bad for a school that opened its doors in 2007, and didn't field a varsity football team until 2008.
"Yeah, I'd say it's pretty amazing really," Mansfield Legacy coach Chris Melson said. "It's a shock. These kids have really put a lot of hard work in with these coaches. They've really developed. They've come a long way in a hurry."
At least you have Utah. The Buffs are going to miss those games with Nebraska.
Nine words many folks probably never expected to see emanate from the keyboard of yours truly:
I will miss Colorado's annual football game against Nebraska.
Seriously. All jokes aside. No obligatory tractor references; no snide corn comments; no cheap shots at the only folks in the world who buy their clothes year-round at a Mall Santa outlet store.
Colorado football won't be the same without the Huskers. Not by a long shot. While positives supporting CU's move to the Pac-10 are many, bidding farewell to our pals in Lincoln isn't among them.
The NCAA has put out their yearly cupcake list.
A new recruiting network is starting up.
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