#21 Texas Longhorns: College Football 77 in 77

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Welcome to The Sports Bank 77 in 77. We’re previewing one team a day everyday as the college football season approaches. And we’re doing it in rapid fire sequence. Today, the Texas Longhorns

 

2011 was: a mediocre year in school history. They led the Big 12 in defense, but overall their passing offense was terrible. Since Vince Young and Colt McCoy departed, it’s been three years they’ve tried to find a new captain of industry at the position. The Longhorns went 8-5, but under .500 in conference, but won a bowl game over California in their opponents home state

2012 will go smoothly if:  the new signal caller David Ash or Case McCoy or whoever runs things like a mayor. There’s plenty of experience at WR for him to work with. 4/5 starters return on the OL. And the running game should be deeper than ever, as HIGHLY RECRUITED frosh Johnathan Gray joins Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Bergeron

2012 will be rough if: the injury bug bites. they have talent everywhere, but also a lack of depth. New starters all over the front seven, but we love the talent there. NFL talent like DEs Alex Okafor and Jackson Jeffcoat. The secondary is loaded with CBs Carrington Byndom and Quandre Diggs.

BMOC: All the dudes I just mentioned, plus Jordan Hicks

 All Name team: very very strong at this area, both with freshmen: Curtis Riser and Torshiro Davis in the veterans who I’ve already mentioned plus Jaxon Shipley

Bottom Line: 7-10 wins looks likely. They might be deserving of more, but it all depends on if they stay healthy at the positions where they have little depth and the QB play. They need to beat Kansas State finally too.

Rankings:

Lindy’s- 19 , Athlon-11, Phil Steele- 7 ESPN/USA Today Coaches- 15

All the 77s

#22 Texas A&M

#23 Michigan State

#24 Louisville

#25 Stanford

#26 Auburn

#27 Kansas St.

#28 Utah

#29 Missouri

#30 Georgia Tech

#31 Virginia

#32 Notre Dame

#33 NC State

#34 Iowa

#35 BYU

#36 UCF

#37 Washington

#38 Tennessee

#39 Rutgers

#40 Penn State

#41 Baylor

#42 Texas Tech

#43 Pittsburgh

#44 Cincinnati

#45 Mississippi State

#46 North Carolina

#47 Northwestern

#48 Miami, FL

#49 California

#50 SMU

#51 South Florida

#52 UConn

#53 UCLA

#54 Illinois

#55 Vanderbilt

#56 Washington St.

#57 Wake Forest

#58 Ole Miss

#59 Purdue

#60 Iowa St

#61 Kentucky

#62 Arizona State

#63 Boston College

#64 Ohio

#65 Marshall

#66 Arizona

#67 Southern Miss

#68 Tulsa

#69 Oregon State

#70 Houston

#71 Syracuse

#72 Colorado

#73 Kansas

#74 Maryland

#75 Duke

#76 Minnesota

#77 Indiana

Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, an official Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Fox Sports, Walter Football and Yardbarker

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