#42 Texas Tech Red Raiders: College Football 77 in 77

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Yo ho yo ho! a pirate’s life for me! For the Texas Tech Red Raiders a pirate’s life consists of lots of passing, not a lot of running, and not a lot of defending. Last year was a bit more extreme as they did all those things, only more so. Usually the defense is more serviceable and the running game has a little more punch than they did in 2011.

We expect more of the same in 2012- they’ll throw it, they’ll score, but they’ll give up a ton of points as well, as they face a very pass-friendly conference with a lot of high-powered offenses in it. What’s interesting about the TTU program is what happens at the college football level hasn’t translated to any NFL quarterbacks of note. In Wes Welker and Michael Crabtree, you’ve had wide receivers that have done something on the pro level, but no signal caller is yet to do so.

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Big 12 Trying to Avoid Dissolution by Potentially Adding TCU

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Today, Big 12 Conference brass cleared the way to potentially add TCU, a maneuver that could honestly save a league that seemed ready to collapse a few weeks ago. The Big 12 fired commissioner Dan Beebe a couple weeks ago, the first step in trying to rehab the league. Instead of just dissolving, the move would counter-act the rumor that Mizzou is jumping to the SEC.

Although TCU is not meeting expectations this season, they’re still a program on the rise which has more than out-grown it’s mid-major status.

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#12 Oklahoma State Cowboys: College Football 77 in 77

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One of two things usually come to mind first when you talk about Oklahoma State Cowboys football. 1.) the infamous Mike Gundy “THAT’S GARBAGE! and “I’M A MAN, I’M 40!” rant from 2007 (we know you’ve seen the parodies, but just in case you haven’t go here and here)

2.) the richest most powerful and all-seeing, all-doing alumni booster in college football in T. Boone Pickens. The stadium is not the only building on the OSU campus with his name on it.

But after the first 11 win season in school history, featuring the most explosive offense ever at Oklahoma State, the Cowboys will soon become more nationally known for their winning ways and exciting white-collar football.

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#20 Texas A&M Aggies: College Football 77 in 77

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It’s very rare that the college football program which happens to be dominating media headlines also gets featured in the 77 in 77. But that’s coincidence coupled with fact that maybe I’m underrating the Texas A&M Aggies.

Ok, so here’s what we know- the SEC did not officially extend an offer to A&M. However, the University did meet and officially vote to explore leaving the Big 12. Right now they’re a decent size fish in a medium pond. But if they get what they want, they could become fish food in the ocean.

Anyways, here’s the latest:

the outcome of the meeting signaled the A&M-to-the-SEC talk will not die anytime in the near future.

According to multiple media outlets, the regents unanimously voted this afternoon to give President R. Loftin Bowen permission to “take action on conference alignment.”  Translated into English, that means Loftin has been given official permission to pursue a move from the Big 12 to the SEC.  The next step in the process — provided there are no legal obstacles that still need to be navigated — will likely be for Loftin to officially approach the SEC regarding A&M’s interest in becoming a member of the conference.

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SEC Doesn’t Extend Offer to Texas A&M

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In 2010, the fun began. Nebraska to the Big Ten was the first domino to fall. Colorado to the Pac 10 was the second. Utah followed them. Boise Jumped to the Mountain West, TCU left the MWC for the Big East. And now it’s starting up again in 2011. Texas A&M to the SEC is actually not happening now; but still a possibility in the future.

And Mizzou, Clemson and Florida State might follow them.

June-Aug is typically the sports media dead zone; especially so if your baseball team is from Chicago, because they’re almost always out of the race early.

However college football conference recruiting season heated the news up in May 2010, and it could get going again this summer. Maybe. Just not today.

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#21 Texas Longhorns: College Football 77 in 77

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In the U.S. government,it is said that the Federal Reserve Chairman is the guy who “takes the punch bowl away, once the party gets started.” This is due to his responsibilities to raise interest rates once the economy takes off- (I guess we won’t have to worry about this any time soon) in order to keep inflation risks at bay. The Texas Longhorns were the college football version of that tremendous buzzkill last summer.

Once the fun started with teams jumping conferences, and the very realistic possibility of super-conferences forming, and therefore bringing us closer to a real postseason, UT was Captain Bringdown. Texas, which nearly left the Big 12 for the Pac-10 last year, instead stayed put and created its own television network.

The Longhorn Network (partnering with ESPN for 20 years, $300 million) ensured that Texas, the biggest/richest/most powerful Athletic Department in this scenario would keep the Big 12 alive for a little while longer. I understand why they did it, it was in their best interests, but man did that news disappoint me at the time. Texas would have been the biggest domino to fall, and it would have opened the floodgates to all sorts of conference moves/mergers. We could have had media coverage of college football all summer long, instead of boring ass baseball. Shame on you Texas!

You could have made the summer lull in sports news, a million times more interesting for all of us. I guess it’s karma that the Longhorns suffered a losing season for the first time in quite awhile.

But this year, look for them to be back in a bowl.

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