Texas stays atop BCS Standings. Not that it's a surprise, but the Longhorns will kickoff in Lubbock as the #1 team in the BCS Standings. Texas earned all but a handful of human #1 votes and scored perfect with the computers to maintain their comfortable margin over Alabama and Penn State. As several Texas players said after the 'Horns hard-fought victory over OSU, the brutal schedule is a blessing in that regard--win and they're in.
Texas Tech enters the week #7 in the BCS despite a #5 ranking in both the Harris and Coaches polls--their relatively manageable schedule-to-date hurting them significantly with the computers. Red Raider fans shouldn't lose any sleep over it: If Tech dispatches of Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in November, the computers will love them dearly.
Bonkers, Part 1. Jordan Shipley and Quan Cosby's numbers this season are getting ridiculous:
Shipley--58 catches, 737 yards, 10 TDs
Cosby--56 catches, 688 yards, 4 TDs
Bonkers, Part 2. With his 38-45 performance passing Saturday, Colt McCoy actually managed to better his season completion percentage, which now sits at 81.8 through 8 games. There aren't words to describe this; it's too surreal.
C. Brown x 2. A week after reminding Texas fans that they had a defensive back as freakishly athletic as Missouri's Jeremy Maclin, sophomore Curtis Brown got his first start in place of the injured Chykie Brown. His reward? An afternoon chasing Dez Bryant, that other superfreak receiver in the conference. Curtis done did good, helping hold OSU's explosive playmaker to just 74 yards on 6 catches--no scores.
With Curtis' arrival, Chykie Brown was able to rest a tender ankle on Saturday, which will help enormously this coming Saturday when both are expected to be at full strength for yet another incredible test--Michael Crabtree and the Red Raiders. It won't be easy, but as Texas hits the home stretch, the young talent that excited fans for a 2009 title run is realizing that potential... except the team has reached November without a defeat. The title run is here, now, in Lubbock on Saturday. Thank God for both C. Browns.
Gazelles rolling. With their 3-0 sweep of BYU on Friday, the #3-ranked Gregory Gazelles enter Wednesday evening's home contest versus OU on a 10-match winning streak (which includes a 3-1 pounding of the Sooners in Norman). Assuming the Gazelles can stay hot and win their next six (KSU looking like the toughest test), a monster shodown in Austin with 19-0 Nebraska looms as the biggest match of the season.
Quick Hits. Your best Texas Tech blog destinations this week are at Double T Nation and The Tortilla Retort... Scipio Tex wonders about the implications of MB-TF's awesomeness (My question: why are people still paying $100 a year for Texas news and analysis?)... Adam Jones' Top 10--stellar as always... Sagarin Ratings update: #1 ELO-CHESS (no margin of victory), #4 Predictor (MOV-included), #18 SOS... Dr. Saturday breaks down the BCS race heading forward... Texas opens a 5-point favorite in Vegas.
I'm away traveling the rest of the work day but will be back in time for EDSBS LIVE this evening. Talk to you then.