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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Texas Football: Official... Horns to the Alamo Bowl 

I'll post my full bowl preview sometime during Christmas Week, but in the meantime there should be a lot to mention regarding the thrilling (*yawn*) Texas-Iowa Alamo Bowl match-up.

First things first: a very early edition of...

Deluded/Rational Thoughts from an Opposing Message Board

"lukecarman," on Iowa's Scout.com board, thinks "Texas = Perfect fit."
They are a mountain ready to crumble. They have QB issues, no d (sic) coridinator, and went from the national champion to alamo bowl. I think this team might get up and excited for this game. We played our best games against good opponets. If you - the turnovers we are in both the Michigan and the Ohio State games. A win over Texas will make me feel a lot (sic) btter about next year (sic) to.
You know what? Looking past the grammar/spelling mistakes, he's exactly right.

Texas' lack of fire against Texas A&M, with a berth in the conference championship game at stake, gives me little confidence that they'll suddenly come out against a 6-6 Iowa team in the Aamo Bowl and play with any greater enthusiasm.

And like the poster mentioned, Texas does have QB issues. Will Colt McCoy play? If he plays, can he be effective? Perhaps most importantly is it even worth risking further injury in a glorified scrimmage? Jevan Snead is gone, third-string QB Matt McCoy is a walk-on that has never thrown a meaningful pass, and Sharrod Harris, the only other scholarship QB on the roster, would have to burn a redshirt to play. That leaves former high school QB Quan Cosby, now one of the Horns' best receivers, as perhaps the best option to run the offense. I have yet to see any credible news reports about Cosby's likelihood to man the position, but rumors have circulated on Texas message boards, for what it's worth.

The two teams won't meet on the field for almost four weeks, but if I'm an Iowa fan right now, I'm feeling optimistic about my team's chances for a big win.


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