The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking while teeing up another season from the crazy college gridworld. Tomorrow's winners right here, right now.
Can we even conduct a series of big campus All-American outings without a beast from the Southeast ending as the big kahuna?
No, no we can't. Not this year for the seventh straight year.
Is the Mack Brown Bunch ready to rejoin the nationally relevant even with a slinger yet to prove he's even adequate?
Yes, yes they are.
Will Bob Stoops and Boomer Sooner go BCS-bust yet again late in the season?
Yes, yes they will.
Can Texas Christian bang into the Big (12) time with a better quarterback/coach combo than Texas?
Yes, yes the Frogs can.
Can the Texas Aggies survive their first entry into the most vicious football league outside of the NFL with a winning record?
No, no they can't.
Can UH replace one of the most productive record-smashing quarterbacks in college hard knock history with a guy who didn't take a single snap in 2011 and still serve up a suitable encore to the program's winningest single season?
Yes, yes they can.
Can Oregon beat any and all on their slate yet lose on the road to USC - twice?
Yes, yes they can.
And here's how ...
Texas returns to their usual standard (101-17 from 2001-09) because the 'Horns are elite in the offensive and defensive fronts, in the offensive and defensive backfields, in a second year inside the schemes of two creative offensive and defensive mastermind assistants.
Mack has morphed UT into an SEC-sort and will reestablish if David Ash can prove capable at quarterback and eliminate the killer turnovers.
If Garrett Gilbert had managed just that the last two seasons, UT would have muddled in 8-4 fashion rather than free-falling into a two-year conference funk.
Average quarterback play the last two seasons with the exact same coaching/talent in place for 2012 would place Texas in a pre-season top-10 position with potential Big 12/BCS championship contention.
If Ash grades out at C to C+ level - that's exactly where the 'Horns are.
Here's the Big 12: Texas loses to OU and at Tech in another Saturday night special in Lubbock. Oklahoma loses at West Virginia and at TCU in two of the last three regular-season weeks. West Virginia loses at Texas and at Iowa State. TCU loses at Oklahoma State, at West Virginia and at Texas.
Texas, OU and newbie West Virginia finish in a three-way for conference title.
Here's the SEC: Alabama loses at LSU. LSU loses at Arkansas in Fayetteville on Thanksgiving Friday. Arkansas loses to Alabama, at South Carolina and at Auburn. South Carolina loses at LSU. Georgia loses at South Carolina and earlier at Missouri. Florida loses to LSU, South Carolina and Georgia. Auburn loses at Mississippi St., to LSU, Georgia and at Alabama.
LSU over South Carolina again in conference title tilt for 12-1.
Here's the PAC 12: USC loses at Washington. Oregon loses at USC.
USC over Oregon in conference title tilt for 12-1.
Here's the Big 10: Wisconsin loses at Nebraska. Nebraska loses to Ohio State, Michigan and at Michigan State. Michigan loses at Ohio State. Michigan St. loses at Michigan and at Wisconsin. Ohio St.* loses at Michigan St. and at Wisconsin.
Wisconsin over Michigan in conference title tilt for 12-1.
Here's the ACC: Florida State loses at Virginia Tech on way to conference title at 12-1.
What is left - no undefeateds. LSU, Alabama, USC, Wisconsin and Florida St. all with one loss. Texas, OU, West Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Oregon, Michigan St. and Ohio St.* all with two losses.
The reigning champ from the evil empire league receives the well deserved benefit of the doubt and emerges from the pack and is paired with the pre-season No. 1 for January 7 in South Florida.
BCS Big Enchilada: LSU (12-1) vs. USC (12-1)
UH reloads with new staff and new game-breakers and smashes out the same results. The Cougars fall Week 3 at UCLA. Next a week off and three straight wins into SMU. They dump UT-transfer qb Gilbert for 6-1 and post two more notches before the showdown tango with Tulsa and beating Nebraska-transfer qb Cody Green on the home turf.
The Cougars close out 11-1 before tumbling (again) in the conference title game to Central Florida and Missouri-transfer qb Tyler Gabbert. Somehow UH avoided Tech-transfer qb Jacob Karam at Memphis. Finally it's on to a Ticket City/Armed Forces caliber bowl against a pedestrian 6-6 sort from BCS land (maybe the breakeven Texas Aggies). So long C-USA, hello Big East.
The rest of the bowl bonanza ...
Fiesta Bowl: Texas (10-2) vs. Michigan St. (10-2)
Sugar Bowl: Alabama (11-1) vs. West Virginia (10-2)
Rose Bowl: Oregon (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (12-1)
Orange Bowl: Florida State (12-1) vs. Louisville (doesn't matter)
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma (10-2) vs. Florida (8-4)
Alamo Bowl: TCU (8-4) vs. Stanford (8-4)
Bowl played in Reliant Stadium: Texas Tech (6-6) vs. Illinois (6-6)
South Carolina and Georgia and Nebraska and Michigan are in some sort of Citrus/Outback New Year's Day combo. Arkansas and Clemson in the bowl formerly known as the Peach.
There you have it. Let the games ... begin.