Look out for Luck and Colts


Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - Con­tin­ued from C Con­tact Kirk Bohls at 4453772. Twit­ter: @kbohls

ably saved Mack Brown’s ca­reer. Those were two of Brown’s big­gest games in his 15 years at Texas.

3. Big 12 Com­mis­sioner Bob Bowlsby, who serves on the sub­com­mit­tees study­ing the sites, se­lec­tion com­mit­tee and rev­enue distri­bu­tion for the play­off sys­tem that will be­gin in 2014, said they’d all like to see a new brand cre­ated. “Some­thing like the Masters,” Bowlsby told me. “It might not be achiev­able. I’m pretty sure it won’t be called the BCS. Of course, I thought Su­per Bowl was the most stupid name ever. You want a name that’s unique and highly iden­ti­fi­able.” How about sim­ply “The Cham­pi­ons”? Beats “All the Mar­bles” or “Look, Ma, No Polls.” Or what­ever Nick Sa­ban wants to call it. Bowlsby also said Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro will be sus­pended for the first half of the Red Raiders’ 2013 opener for throw­ing a punch at a Min­nesota player.

4. Asked about Mike Leach’s ar­rival in the Pac12, Ore­gon State of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Danny Langs­dorf said, “I think his style is pretty unique. They hardly even at­tempted to run. If he gets a good quar­ter­back and some re­ceivers, they could be a dan­ger­ous pro­gram, but they prob­a­bly took a step back this year.” Speak­ing of of­fense, very few run true pro-style of­fenses like the Beavers. Former San Diego Charg­ers head coach Mike Ri­ley runs a phys­i­cal, two-back of­fense with pro sets, some­thing few pro­grams use in this sprea­dat­tack era. South­ern Cal, Stan­ford and Alabama do, and Ge­or­gia and Vir­ginia have gone to Cor­val­lis to learn some nu­ances. Ri­ley’s one of the most lik­able coaches in col­lege foot­ball. He even rides a Beach Cruiser bike to work, the same as four or five of his as­sis­tants. He also drives a sil­ver Prius. Asked if that might not ex­cite re­cruits, Langs­dorf said, “Some­times we get in a flashy Sub­ur­ban and fool ’em. Be­sides, we’re very green and earth­friendly.”

5. Just amaz­ing that a sec­ond-half in­ter­cep­tion by Texas Tech in the come­back win over Min­nesota was the Red Raiders’ first take­away since Oct. 20 and ended a five-game string in which Tech was mi­nus-12 in turnover mar­gin. Un­til Ore­gon State’s in­ter­cep­tion when David Ash’s arm was hit as he threw, Texas was turnover­free. In their five games with­out a turnover this year, the Horns outscored their op­po­nents 231-110 and were 5-0. Tech hir­ing Kliff Kings­bury is a smart move, but he should be care­ful about hir­ing all his bud­dies. He prob­a­bly ought to add a veteran or two to his staff.

6. Got to show some love for the Bay­lor Bears, who drilled UCLA and have now gone 11-1 in Novem­ber-De­cem­ber the past two years. Art Briles is the man, and Lache Seas­trunk is a stud whether he wins the 2013 Heis­man or not. Odd that Seas­trunk was once the fourth-string tail­back at Ore­gon and couldn’t even catch a kick­off to get on the field with the Ducks.

7. In shock over the Hous­ton Tex­ans’ col­lapse and how bad their of­fense has looked down the stretch. They’re 1-4 when trail­ing at the half. Will not be stunned if they bow out quickly in the play­offs.

8. In the sea­son re­view of 42 Crazy Pre­dic­tions over the past year — nine of which re­quire more time, such as Robert Grif­fin III win­ning Rookie of the Year — eight came true and one was half­cor­rect (Bay­lor’s women went un­de­feated and won the na­tional cham­pi­onship, but its men did not). Among the other eight were prophe­cies that the WAC won’t ex­ist in two years, Texas State will move to the Sun Belt, Josh Hamil­ton will leave the Rangers as a free agent and sign with Los An­ge­les (OK, I guessed the Dodgers in May — picky, picky), Alabama will not go un­de­feated, J’Co­van Brown will turn pro, and A&M will up­set the Crim­son Tide 27-24.

9. Not the big­gest Hob­bit fan in the world, but en­joyed the first of the tril­ogy. Gave it 7 ducks.

10. One crazy pre­dic­tion: The Indianapolis Colts will reach the AFC cham­pi­onship game.

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