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Schedules mean more in college football than in any other sport.
Under the BCS, a team can be eliminated from national championship contention based purely on its strength of schedule. There are some teams, Louisville, for example, that could have the roster of the Denver Broncos and never get the chance to play for the national championship.
All because of a weak schedule.
Of course, having a difficult schedule is a double-edged sword. While it will gain a team such as Texas A&M valuable points in the final BCS rankings, a loss against a great team could crush any hope of a national title.
Here are five national title contenders whose championship dreams will be crushed by their schedules.
Arizona has started 2-0 without much resistance from its opponents, FCS foe Northern Arizona and FBS doormat UNLV. As a result, the Wildcats sport the 143rd-toughest schedule in the country, according to ratings guru Jeff Sagarin.
There are only 126 FBS programs, so that tells you how easy it's been so far.
Enter the Wildcats' final non-conference opponent, UTSA, which is rated 144th overall by Sagarin (including being placed behind more than 30 lower-division teams). That's despite the Roadrunners winning at New Mexico in their opener and putting in a valiant—albeit losing—effort last week at home against a ranked Oklahoma State team.
Piece-of-cake gimme game for Arizona, right? Not exactly. Not the way head coach Rich Rodriguez is talking.
"It’s going to be a challenge," Rodriguez said during Monday's weekly press conference.
UTSA is in its third year of football existence and first year as a full-fledged FBS member but is already turning heads across the country for its high-speed play, its ability to compete with the big boys for Texas high school talent (it's media guide lists 93 of its 107 players coming from Texas) and its big-name coach Larry Coker.
Coker, who led Miami (Fla.) to the 2001 BCS championship, has a 73-26 career record that includes wins over RichRod-led West Virginia teams in 2001, 2002 and 2003 while with the Hurricanes.
But it's more than Coker's perfect mark against him that has Rodriguez concerned about UTSA, Arizona's final tuneup before a rigorous Pac-12 Conference schedule that begins with road games at Washington (Sept. 28) and USC (Oct. 10).
"I think for our guys, they're pretty sharp in seeing the film and knowing what they're going against," Rodriguez said of UTSA during Tuesday's Pac-12 coaches teleconference.
Rodriguez noted Monday how the Roadrunners scored 35 points against Oklahoma State, a week after OSU held Mississippi State to a field goal. The UTSA offense is expected to be a far more formidable task for the upgraded Arizona defense—something that's not lost on the players.
"They run a different scheme, but I am confident in our defense," senior defensive lineman Tevin Hood told reporters Monday. "We come to play every week, and if we come to play again, we will shut them down."
Even with some lofty numbers on offense—Arizona is averaging 46.5 points and 351.5 rushing yards per game—and a defense that's scored more touchdowns (three) than it's allowed (two), Rodriguez still seems unhappy with how his Wildcats have fared to this point.
"We played pretty hard and our focus was pretty good, but, boy, do we have a lot of things to clean up execution-wise," Rodriguez told the Tucson Citizen following Saturday's 58-13 win at UNLV.
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The Wisconsin Badgers and Arizona State Sun Devils aren't playing Massachusetts, Sacramento State or Tennessee Tech this week—they're playing each other, and it's about to get real.
Between Wisconsin and Arizona State, those were their three opponents over the first two weeks of the season. The combined score in those games? 148-0.
Perhaps those weren't the greatest tests, but each team is about to make up for lost time in pressure-cooked situations. Saturday's showdown will be the first road game for the Badgers since last November when they lost at Penn State, and the Sun Devils' first game against a ranked opponent at home since Oct. 18 when they fell to Oregon.
Back in 2010, these two teams squared off at Camp Randall Stadium, and Wisconsin went on to win, 20-19, thanks to a blocked extra point. At the time, the Badgers were the No. 11 team in the country while Arizona State was unranked.
Wisconsin reached the first of three consecutive Rose Bowls that season, but if it wants to keep that streak alive, it needs to prove that it can win tough games on the road, as a Sept. 28 showdown in Columbus, Ohio, is looming. For the Sun Devils, a victory would undoubtedly vault them into the Top 25, but they can't afford to look ahead to their trip to Stanford on Sept. 21.
Certainly, Arizona State has revenge on its mind, but the Badgers and head coach Gary Andersen are ready to empty their bag of tricks. We'll get you all geared up for one of Week 3's biggest games on the college football schedule.
Day, Time: Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET
Place: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.
Spread: Arizona State -6 (via Bovada.lv)
LSU will play a cupcake for the second straight week on Saturday night in Death Valley. This time, Kent State will make the journey to Baton Rouge.
While Tigers head coach Les Miles battles bad press off the field over a Sports Illustrated investigation of his possible past infractions at Oklahoma State, he will need to keep his team focused for a final softy tune-up before playing five straight SEC opponents.
Last season, Kent State finished 11-3 and was one win away from possibly playing in a BCS bowl.
Head coach Darrell Hazell left Kent State for the same position at Purdue. The Golden Flashes responded by hiring former Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes as their new head coach
Kent State has started the season sluggish, beating Liberty, 17-10, which finished 6-5 in the Big South Conference last season. The Golden Flashes were then thumped at home by Bowling Green, 41-22, last week.
The Tigers should be able to coast through this game easily, especially after looking so sharp against the University of Alabama-Birmingham last week.
The last time Tennessee played Oregon, the Ducks turned Neyland Stadium into their own quack track, scoring 45 consecutive points on their way to a 48-13 win in 2010.
Since then, Oregon has played for a national championship and keeps recycling speed-burning superstars on its way to a continued run of national relevance. Former coach Chip Kelly surged to a head coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles, giving way to offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.
Tennessee, on the other hand, spiraled under former coach Derek Dooley before he was fired in favor of Butch Jones.
Now, the 2-0 Vols make a trip to Autzen Stadium, hoping to, somehow, figure out a way to slow down the No. 2-ranked Ducks. The names have changed for Oregon—De'Anthony Thomas instead of LaMichael James, Marcus Mariota instead of Darron Thomas and Thomas Tyner instead of Kenjon Barner. But the fact remains: Oregon is on a different speed level.
Here's all you need to know about this weekend's out-of-conference showdown.
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Place: Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Ore.
Radio: Vol Network, Oregon IMG Sports Network, Sirius Ch. 85,
Spread: Oregon by anywhere from 27.5 to 28.5 points, according to various Vegas books. It opened at 21.5.
*All quotes were transcribed from videos posted on UTSports.com, unless otherwise noted.
Fresh off of an excruciating 10-7 loss to Washington State on Saturday, USC is making headlines off the field now.
According to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, star receiver Marqise Lee, Devon Kennard and Hayes Pullard spoke at a players-only meeting after USC's loss to Washington State:
Kiffin said there was no players-only meeting, but Lee said that was not true, per Wolf:
On top of that, Kiffin told the media he had an extensive meeting with sophomore Max Wittek about the quarterback situation on Sunday, but Wittek said the meeting was brief, according to Wolf:
On Monday, Kiffin named redshirt sophomore Cody Kessler USC's starter for Saturday's game against Boston College, per Rich Hammond of The Orange County Register.
What. A. Mess.
Kiffin's job security was already shaky headed into the season. USC was ranked No. 1 in the nation in the AP preseason poll in 2012 but finished 7-6, losing to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, 21-7.
After an unimpressive victory over Hawaii and a loss to Washington State, Kiffin is definitely on the hot set in Los Angeles.
USC ranks 19th in the country in points per game allowed this season (11.5), but the Trojans rank 99th in points per contest (18.5). That includes ranking 112th in passing yards per game.
Kessler is 18-of-32 for 136 yards with one touchdown to two interceptions. He also has a rushing touchdown.
Wittek is 8-of-18 for 90 yards with an interception.
After ranking 24th in the country in the AP preseason poll, USC is no longer ranked after just two games.
And the team can't even go a week without some drama unfolding.
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South Carolina is coming off a tough loss to Georgia that leaves the Gamecocks scrambling to regain ground in the SEC East.
The Bulldogs now have the upper hand, though all hope is not lost. South Carolina's team is still very talented, and head coach Steve Spurrier has a very deep roster.
This team has experienced the early-season hardship of a brutal loss to Georgia and should have the resiliency to fight back, but it is going to take a lot.
Here are the three biggest early-season storylines for the Gamecocks.
1. Can the Gamecocks work their way into the SEC Championship Game?
The South Carolina-Georgia showdown on September 7 was talked about all offseason as the major checkpoint along the way to an SEC title game berth. Unfortunately for the Gamecocks, Georgia now owns control of the division.
South Carolina needs some help. Georgia has to slip up, though that could be a long shot.
The SEC East has a trio of top squads at the top and then the rest, but the SEC is still a deep conference, and no one can afford to slip up.
South Carolina needs to avoid a downward-trending domino effect after its loss to Georgia.
The path to the SEC title game is still there.
Can the Gamecocks find a way to it?
2. Will Jadeveon Clowney bounce back?
Clowney had an insane amount of hype heading into the season.
With two subpar performances, questions of his conditioning—regardless of the stomach virus story—and a lack of defensive involvement, Clowney is taking a lot of flak.
His talent is not in question. His heart is not in question.
So, what will it take for Clowney to get back on track and terrorize teams again?
A lighter SEC schedule in the wake of the Georgia loss should help the star defensive end.
Clowney wants to be used more creatively on defense, and this could help his production.
3. What will Spurrier and defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward do to fix the defense?
South Carolina's defense was far less than stellar in the loss to Georgia.
They gave up a handful of long passing plays, including a deadly 85-yard touchdown from Murray to wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley.
The secondary needs some help with its coverage, but some of the issue turns back to Clowney and the defensive line. The Gamecocks need a better pass rush so that quarterbacks get disrupted from their rhythm.
The defense is still young and is in need of a boost.
Ward and Spurrier will search for creative ways to set this defense up for success as the season goes on.
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It's been a week and a half since the Seminoles last played football, and that's a week and a half too long for a nation that's been clamoring for more Jameis Winston since he threw his fourth touchdown pass against Pittsburgh.
This time around, Florida State (1-0) gets to play in the comfort of Doak Campbell Stadium, taking on the Nevada Wolfpack (1-1) in an ACC-Mountain West matchup.
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Place: Doak Campbell Stadiu, Tallahassee, FL
Radio: Florida State IMGSportsNetwork
Spread: Florida State by 33 according to Bovada.lv
All quotes and paraphrases were obtained either firsthand or via phone unless otherwise noted.
The rematch takes place on Saturday in Berkeley, Calif., as No. 4 Ohio State hits the road for the first time this season to take on Cal and close out their two-year home-and-home series.
The Buckeyes (2-0) are coming off a 42-7 victory over San Diego State. Ohio State piled up 445 yards of offense, including 263 on the ground, while limiting the Aztecs to just 280 total yards.
The Golden Bears can expect to see a similar-looking Buckeyes' attack under head coach Urban Meyer, but the same can't be said for Ohio State. Cal's new head coach, Sonny Dykes, has completely remade the Golden Bears' offense, implementing his up-tempo, pass-heavy attack.
The biggest unknown surrounding the Buckeyes is whether Miller, who suffered a slight MCL sprain on the Buckeyes' first drive against San Diego State, will be healthy enough to go this Saturday.
Time: Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m., ET
Place: Memorial Stadium, Berkeley, Calif.
The No. 11-ranked Michigan Wolverines (2-0) host the Akron Zips (1-1) at the Big House. Last week, the Wolverines defeated Notre Dame 41-30 in Ann Arbor, while the Zips beat James Madison 35-33 for their first victory of the season. This will be the first time the Zips have visited Michigan Stadium.
Michigan currently has the longest active home winning streak among BCS conference teams, claiming 16 straight games at Michigan Stadium.
Date: Saturday, September 14, 2013
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Place: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Series vs. Akron: First Meeting
Radio: Michigan IMG Sports Network
Two weeks into the season, Nebraska football fans have already seen a lot. They have seen flashbacks of the Big Ten title game debacle last year as Wisconsin ran up and down the field on the Blackshirts. They have seen an old-school domination by Nebraska over a lesser opponent, with the benches clearing for walk-ons to see the field in the fourth quarter.
So as we are now one-sixth of the way through the 2013 regular season, here are five of the biggest early-season storylines for Nebraska.
Well, it's finally here.
There's not much that can be said about Alabama's trip to College Station that hasn't been said already. The game has been circled ever since the Aggies stunned the Crimson Tide, 29-24, in November and was circled even more almost two months later when Alabama won its third BCS National Championship in four years.
But the time for speculation is nearing an end, and in a few short days, the most anticipated game of the college football season will kick off, and the chatter will be meaningless.
It's game time.
Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Place: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas
Radio: Crimson Tide Sports Network, Texas A&M Sports Network
Spread: Alabama by 7-9 points, according to Michael Casagrande of al.com.
The Texas Longhorns poor showing against the BYU Cougars last weekend needs to be a one-week struggle, as Texas prepares to host the Ole Miss Rebels Saturday night.
The Longhorns have faced a lot of adversity since the 40-21 loss to BYU: quarterback David Ash left the game against the Cougars with a shoulder and head injury and is questionable for the Longhorns' game against Ole Miss; wide receiver/running back Daje Johnson, who has been projected to be a star for Texas this season, suffered an ankle injury in Provo, Utah and has been ruled out for Saturday's game; and let's not forget Mack Brown replacing defensive coordinator Manny Diaz with Greg Robinson. In other words, Texas has all of the odds stacking up against them and could likely be 1-2 heading into Big 12 conference play.
Ole Miss started the 2013 football season on a high note, beating SEC opponent Vanderbilt 39-35 in Week 1 and will head into Austin Saturday night with a 2-0 record. Last season, Texas crushed Ole Miss 66-31, but expecting an outcome similar to 2012 is just wishful thinking.
When: Saturday, September 14, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas
TV: Longhorn Network
Austin Radio: KVET 98.1 FM/1300 AM
Satellite Radio: XM Radio, Ch. 202; Sirius Ch. 117; XM Radio, Ch. 970 en Espanol.
Spread: Texas (-4.5), per VegasInsider.com
Mack Brown came out and addressed the tackling issue on Monday, calling it "a problem in America."
Brown makes it clear that tackling is a problem—but tackling as an American problem? Is that on the same scale as problems such as obesity and unemployment? Of course not. Brown's usage of "America" is in reference to all of college football, not political and social issues in America.
Two games into the 2013 season, the Longhorns rank third in the FBS in missed tackles. The image below is a screen grab, via the Longhorn Network, displaying Texas' ranking among most missed tackles in all the land.
Northwestern ranks first in missed tackles with 33. That's nine more than the Longhorns. Some could make the argument that the Wildcats are still in very good shape as an above-average ranked team—that it's okay for the Longhorns to be in the same category as a ranked team with missed tackles.
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter.
The University of Texas shouldn't be subjected to these missed tackles with the recruited talent. Tackling was also an issue for the 2012 defense, which was statistically the worst defense in school history. A Longhorn football team with the second highest paid coach in the NCAA, to Nick Saban at Alabama, shouldn't be subjected to missed tackles.
After last season and the horrendous tackling, Brown addressed the media plenty of times on the subject matter. Carter Strickland of Horns Nation believed that Brown was "perplexed" by the amount of missed tackles from 2012. Strickland highlighted Brown's public statements in a February article:
"I think it's probably the most talked about thing for the teams that didn't tackle well and when they did tackle well, you say you have a good defense," he responded when asked what can be done to fix the tackling problems this spring. "I've done both. And you have done the same drills, basically, when you do both."
Here we are. The 2013 season with the Longhorns coming off a devastating and embarrassing loss to BYU. Brown had the entire offseason to address the situation; to get his staff to address the situation. Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has been fired. Some may argue that the players were not in the right position to make the tackles.
You be the judge.
Texas currently sits third in the FBS with the most missed tackles. However, it appears to be an epidemic across America. What are your thoughts?
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When the Washington Huskies kick off Saturday at Soldier Field against the Illinois Fighting Illini, they will be facing a team much different than anything the UW coaching staff may have studied in the offseason.
Tim Beckman's addition of Bill Cubit as offensive coordinator has injected immediate life into an Illinois offense that was stagnant to the point of barely functioning in 2012.
The Illini's 16.7 point-per-game average was No. 119 of 120 Bowl Subdivision teams not in a transitional season. After Week 5, Illinois broke 20 or more just once—in a game in which it allowed 52.
Just two weeks into Cubit's tenure leading the offense, quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase is reenergized, and the Illini have put up 87 points. Illinois' Week 2 defeat of Cincinnati upped the ante on Saturday's Pac-12 vs. Big Ten showdown.
Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian has taken note, addressing the challenges Illinois' new look poses to the Husky defense.
"Nathan Scheelhaase...is throwing it all over the field to a variety of receivers. I think they have six explosive plays of 30 yards or more," he said. "I think four of five of those have over 50-yard plays."
Ryan Lankford, Josh Ferguson and Steve Hull have all made catches of at least 50 yards, and each has a touchdown. Five Illini receivers have scores in all.
Use of a deep receiving corps and a pass-happy attack is a Cubit hallmark, evident in his time as offensive coordinator at Stanford and as head coach at Western Michigan. Cubit's ranked no lower than No. 28 nationally for passing yards each of the previous five seasons, and as high as No. 8 in 2011.
"They run a lot of different football schemes [with] a bunch of different personnel groupings," Sarkisian said.
Illinois' immediate transformation under Cubit might look familiar to Washington fans, because it's reminiscent of the total reversal the Husky defense made in Justin Wilcox's first season as coordinator.
Much like Cubit made the available pieces work, Wilcox operated similarly, adjusting his play-calling to the strengths of his players.
"He had a different scheme at Boise [State], he had a different scheme at Tennessee. He came to Washington, and did a really good job of getting the core principles in place, then assessing the personnel," Sarkisian said at July's Pac-12 media day.
Wilcox provided a much-needed face-lift to a defense that languished near the bottom of college football before his arrival.
The Huskies trimmed over 10 points and nearly 100 yards off their per-game averages from 2011 to 2012. In 2013, Washington has shown further improvement on that side of the ball.
A swarming presence against Boise State didn't produce gaudy numbers—the Huskies recorded just one sack of Bronco quarterback Joe Southwick and resulted in just one turnover.
Washington's defense did record an impressive stat where it mattered most, however. Boise State scored just six points, its lowest single-game point total of head coach Chris Petersen's tenure.
Sarkisian said before the season that the tremendous stride made in 2012 still left room for improvement. Week 1 was the first glimpse into just how much better Wilcox's defense could be, and the rejuvenated Illinois offense offers another.
Kyle Kensing is the Pac-12 Lead Writer. All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. Follow Kyle on Twitter @kensing45.
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The identity of the 2013 Notre Dame offense instantly changed in drastic fashion when former starting quarterback Everett Golson was dismissed from the university for academic misconduct.
Both Golson and current starting quarterback Tommy Rees bring a unique skill set to the table, though each causes the Irish offense to operate in a different manner.
The challenge for Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly is transitioning from a Golson-led offense to a Rees-led offense.
Through the first two games of this season, that transition has gone smoothly.
But with Rees set to see his eligibility clock expire following the current season and Golson slated to return to Notre Dame, Kelly will face yet another transition entering the 2014 season.
Comparing these two offenses has been a common point of discussion during the past calendar year, and it continues here.
USC has a commitment from talented 4-star outside linebacker Derik Calhoun, who should be excited by the strong early showing of the Trojans' new 5-2/3-4 defense.
An impressive tradition of linebackers exists in Troy, and Calhoun surely would love to join the ranks of many past greats. He has the skills to be a good fit in USC's defense, not only as a linebacker.
Calhoun's combination of athleticism, potential and production warrant a closer look at his skill set and future. USC has to be excited about his pending arrival.
Have you ever wondered how Texas—which has inked top-five ranked recruiting classes six of the last eight years—hasn’t produced a star quarterback since Colt McCoy?
New light was shed on this phenomenon in a tweet posted by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy during Florida State’s opener at Pitt in Week 1. The post included a quote from Jameis Winston, the young quarterback who was dazzling the nation in his debut, “If I’d gotten an offer from Texas I’d be going to Texas right now.”
According to a follow-up article written by Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports posted the day after the game, Winston did reach out to Texas during the recruiting process, but never heard back from them.
Feldman contacted Winston’s high school coach, Matt Scott, who had an interesting tale of a talented young 5-star reaching out for a major program and hearing, well, nothing.
He [Scott] told me he called the UT football staff ‘four or five’ times, and one time even spoke to a woman at UT after he tried the main line to Longhorns football office… ‘I said, I know you get this call every single day. But lemme tell you, I’ve got a guy who some think is the No. 1 quarterback in the nation. Let me help you. You’re gonna want to get this message to the right folks. He’s interested in your school.’ She said, ‘O.K., I’ve got it.’
I can promise you, they didn’t call me and I called them multiple times. And it’s hard to believe that one of the nation’s top programs is gonna concede, ‘Well, we’re not going to get this guy.’
We were going through some staff changes, Greg Davis had just left as offensive coordinator, Bryan Harsin had just come in…The young man called with some interest, Bryan Harsin talked to him. I had someone that was very close to the situation that I really, really trusted that knew exactly what was going on and I said, ‘Should we bring him in? And they said, ‘absolutely not, it’s a two-horse race it’s down to Florida State who he’s committed to and Alabama. You’re not going to be able to get in it, so you need just stay out of it.’
And that’s what we did. Did we want him? Yes. Would we have taken him? Yes.
Though the under-use of talent at Texas could be labeled as egregious, ignoring a 5-star recruit’s determined interest in your program is criminal.
What’s unique about the Winston incident is that it involved a player outside of the state Texas, where the Longhorns pull most of their talent from.
To illustrate, since 2010 Texas has signed 90 recruits and 80 of these—or 89 percent—have come from within the state lines.
So it’s no surprise that of the nine quarterbacks Texas has signed since Colt McCoy came on board in 2005, eight are kids from the Lone Star State.
This leads to issue number one with the Longhorns’ recruiting of quarterbacks (and perhaps in all positions), the dependence on one regional area.
By and large Texas wins big recruiting battles in its own state, but in the meantime it misses out on bigger fish further out in the waters where big guns like Alabama, Florida, Florida State and USC are trolling.
But, in the case of quarterbacks the issue isn’t that simple. No, not only are the Longhorns missing guys outside the state lines, they have chosen the wrong guys inside the state lines.
Harris waited in the wings for most of his career, playing only a couple of times and accumulating zero stats, he quit the team in August of 2010. Snead wound up transferring to Ole Miss at the end of the 2006 season. After two years as the starter for the Rebels he went undrafted in 2010 and never played in the NFL.
Texas’ misses from the class of 2006 include Matthew Stafford (a 5-star prospect from Dallas), Greg McElroy (a 3-star from Southlake, Tex.), Christian Ponder (a 3-star from Colleyville, Tex.) and Andy Dalton (a 3-star from Katy, Tex).
According to Rivals, the Longhorns did tender an offer to Stafford (who went to Georgia), but didn’t extend deals to McElroy (Alabama), Ponder (Florida State) or Dalton (TCU).
All five quarterbacks Texas passed on in 2006 went on to play in the NFL.
In 2007 Texas signed G.J. Kinne, a 3-star from Gilmer, Tex. Kinne transferred to Tulsa in 2008 and started there from 2009 to 2011. He went undrafted in 2012 and is now trying to secure a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster.
Mallett initially signed with Michigan but landed at Arkansas, while Foles signed with Michigan State and landed at Arizona State.
According to Rivals, the Longhorns did make an offer to Mallett but passed on Foles. Both are active in the NFL.
In what turned out to be a big year for quarterback recruiting in the state of Texas, the Longhorns didn’t sign a signal caller in 2008.
Prospects that Texas missed out on included Andrew Luck (a 4-star from Houston), Robert Griffin III (a 4-star from Copperas Cove, Tex.), Darron Thomas (a 4-star from Aldine, Tex.) and Nick Florence (a 3-star from Garland, Tex.).
Luck went to Stanford, Griffin and Florence signed with Baylor and Thomas landed at Oregon. According to Rivals, none of the four received an offer from Texas, not even Luck.
Both Luck and Griffin are starting quarterbacks in the NFL, Thomas just signed with a team from the Champions Pro Indoor Football League and Florence has retired from the game.
In 2009 Texas signed 5-star prospect Garrett Gilbert out of Lake Travis High School in Austin. After making a notable appearance in relief of an injured McCoy in the 2009 BCS title game against Alabama, Gilbert wound up transferring to SMU in 2011.
Gilbert will finish his career with the Mustangs in 2013 and is rated by NFL Draft Scout as 40th best quarterback in the 2014 NFL draft.
The only real name to come out of the state of Texas in 2009—other than Gilbert—was Casey Pachall, who was a 4-star out of Brownwood, Tex. He is finishing out his career at TCU this season.
Given that the Longhorns were set on top-gun Gilbert in 2009, it’s no surprise that they didn’t knock on Pachall’s door. That said, it’s compelling that NFL Draft Scout has Pachall at No. 14 among quarterbacks available for the 2014 draft.
McCoy—a senior in 2013—is now serving in a backup role to starting quarterback David Ash. Wood transferred to Colorado in August of 2011 and is the go-to guy for a Buffaloes team off to a surprising 2-0 start on the season.
Another relatively dry year for Lone Star State quarterbacks, the most notable miss for the Longhorns in 2010 was 4-star James Franklin from Corinth, Tex.
According to Rivals, Texas didn’t tender an offer to Franklin, a decision that based on his performance at Missouri isn’t tragic. That said, it would have been interesting to see what Franklin—with tremendous athletic ability—could have done with the generous resources available in Austin.
2011 was the year that Texas picked up 3-star prospect David Ash from Belton, Tex. As a junior in 2013, Ash will have to fight to keep the starting job in what is a fluid situation.
Again, according to Rivals, Texas didn’t make either of these guys an offer.
Manziel won the Heisman as a freshman at Texas A&M in 2012, while Walsh was named the starter at Oklahoma State after his Week 1 performance in a win over Mississippi State.
Manziel is especially a sore subject for Longhorn fans because he—like Winston—wanted to play for Texas.
According to Trey Scott in a Dallas Morning News article from December of 2012 which quoted Manziel’s appearance on the Dan Patrick Show, Manziel stated that Texas recruited him a “little bit” as a defensive back.
I actually called them and expressed an interest to them and let them know just how much I wanted to be a part of that program…They were recruiting me more as a defensive back, something that was fine with me at the time because there were schools that were throwing that out there.
2012 and 2013
Though it’s too early to gauge Texas’ misses from 2012 and 2013, it is known who the Longhorns have signed at quarterback over the last two years.
Brewer—the only guy from outside of Texas since 2006—announced his transfer to Arizona in July of this year.
After enrolling in school in January, Swoopes had a solid spring and is considered the No. 3 quarterback on the Longhorns’ roster.
The Bottom Line
There are two ways to explain how Texas hasn’t managed to produce a star quarterback since McCoy: poor evaluation and limited scope in the recruiting process, and poor coaching.
Either Texas isn’t finding the right guys or, instead, it does have enough talent at quarterback and it’s botching up the coaching.
Though the coaching angle is compelling, the hits versus misses ratio in recruiting—especially in the state Texas owns—is so high it is impossible to argue that the problem is all coaching.
The Winston debacle could stand on its own as a red flag that something is amiss in Texas’ recruiting process, but when you add in the lack of an offer to guys like Luck, Mallett, Griffin and Manziel, the pattern is clear.
Not only does Texas not cast its net far enough into the national recruiting scene, it is missing the boat in its own state.
All recruiting statistics presented here are from Rivals.com. This includes recruiting rankings, star ratings, offers made to individual prospects, etc.
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The Miami Hurricanes may be unbeaten after two games, but Al Golden's team has been far from perfect on the field.
From superstars to starters to role players, the 'Canes will be trying to improve simple parts of their game over the next 11 days.
Every team across the nation certainly has some problems to address, and Miami has the luxury of a bye week to get some things settled before a not-suspected-to-be-close tilt against Savannah State.
Golden has prepared his team very well thus far, so it's time to see if he can make key adjustments as the first game of conference play is slowly approaching.
What a difference a week makes in college football. At this time last week, the juggernaut that is Wake Forest led the nation in total defense. One week later, though, the Demon Deacons have tumbled to No. 12 overall.
Teams such as South Carolina, Notre Dame and Texas occupied space in this section a week ago. However, similarly bad weeks, such as allowing 550 rushing yards like Texas did, led to those schools falling out of our defensive power rankings.
Our No. 1 defense last week, Alabama, had the week off. Where will they rank this week? They have a tough test this weekend against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in College Station.
Here's a look at the top 10 defenses in all of college football as we near Week 3.