Texas' dominant D, Shoelace's Heisman odds; more Mailbag
You'll have to excuse me if, over the next couple of weeks, I morph into a pseudo-Alabama beat writer. After
However, we've got another interesting gauntlet looming in the Big 12. In its next three games, Texas hosts UCLA, meets Oklahoma in Dallas and, after a bye week, visits Nebraska. By Oct. 17, the 'Horns may well be the new No. 1 or 2 team in the country -- or be staring into the face of an Alamo Bowl season. Some of the natives are nervous.
At this point, I think it's safe to say that much of the Texas coverage this offseason focused on the wrong side of the ball. Quarterback
But Texas' defense? It's so freaking good. Brown said before the season he thought this defense had a chance to be the best of his 13-year tenure, and he may be right. Texas receiver
But can Texas expect to beat Oklahoma on Oct. 2 and Nebraska on Oct. 16 (I'm not that worried about UCLA this week) solely with its defense? I doubt it, because those teams have pretty good defenses themselves. I do believe Gilbert will only get better as the season progresses, but I don't have much faith in that running game. The Longhorns' offensive line simply is not physical enough and none of the tailbacks are elite difference-makers. Gilbert will have to do a better job of avoiding mistakes, and the defense will have to be flat-out dominant, for Texas to make it through that stretch unscathed.
First of all, it's a big presumption to think Robinson will keep up his current pace (410 yards per game of total offense) throughout Big Ten play. It's probably a safer bet that Michigan's defense will in fact cost the Wolverines at least four games. But let's say he does continue to put up ridiculous numbers. Recent history has favored the star player from a national-title contender, a la
But there is one notable precedent for Robinson: 2007 winner
You know I believe strongly in the cyclical nature of conference strength, but admittedly the ACC has yet to hit its "up" cycle. And the interesting thing is, you can actually divide the league's seven seasons since expansion into two cycles.
The quarterback void was definitely a prominent factor for several years, starting after
Now, the league finally has a whole bunch of good quarterbacks --
I hit 80 percent of my picks the first two weeks, and do you know how many e-mails I got about it? Zero. But of course after this weekend's
Well played, sir.
As I wrote this summer, Locker is the rare player whose "hype" was trickling down from the NFL rather than vice versa. Personally, I've long ago given up trying to figure out which quarterbacks will succeed at the next level and which won't. If you'd told me in 2005 that five years later
With that in mind,
Just a guess, here: Perhaps some of that pressing and lack of confidence comes from having been anointed a No. 1 pick more than a year before the actual draft. Between the pundits' hyperbole and Washington's own aggressive Heisman campaign, Locker bore some serious public expectations coming into the season despite relatively modest production his first three seasons. Physically, he's a great talent, and we've seen him make some fantastic plays, but he's yet to do it for a full game against an elite opponent. Hopefully he'll get back on the right track and not pull a
Thank you, David. I received
Kapernick has been putting up those silly numbers for four years now. He's the unquestioned king of the Pistol offense, a master of ball-fake handoffs and keepers. And he's got a heck of an arm, too. I started to have doubts, however, when he tailed off a bit last year, particularly against the best opponents on his schedule: Notre Dame (188 yards in a 35-0 loss), Missouri (205 yards in a 31-21 loss), Boise State (172 yards in a 44-33 loss) and SMU in the Hawaii Bowl (200 yards in a 45-10 loss).
But there's no doubt he's off to an incredible start this season, including a dominating performance against Cal. He ran 17 times for 148 yards and three touchdowns, but I was more impressed with the way he attacked downfield through the air, finishing 10-of-15 for 181 yards and two scores. With the caveat that Cal was playing without its best defensive player, linebacker
That's cool. But if Arizona goes to its first Rose Bowl in school history this season, your daughter is ineligible to purchase a ticket.
Unfortunately, it's extremely unlikely Keenum would get a sixth year. I think perhaps you're getting confused with the graduate-school waiver
You may recall that Cincinnati quarterback
One current player who will definitely have a case for a sixth year, should he choose to go that route, is Iowa running back
Now that's just cold.
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