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    Pitfalls for the Big Boys - 7 opponents in top 40

    3. Oklahoma – The first case of the suspension bug on our list and probably the most detrimental. Starting quarterback Rhett Bomar and offensive guard J.D. Quinn were kicked off the team for violating NCAA rules (for more info see Steven Lassan’s article here:Bomar's Dismissal Leaves Sooners Shorthanded. Bomar’s dismissal leaves the Sooners with a quarterback-turned wideout-turned quarterback to lead the way in what was such a promising season just a few weeks ago. With Paul Thompson leading the way the Sooners may still be able to slip into a BCS bowl but they will be playing more of an underdog roll the rest of the season

    5. Texas – Coach Mack Brown has arguably the biggest hole to fill heading into the season, replacing Mr. Everything, Vince Young. While Texas may have been playing in the BCS title game last year without Vince Young (heavy emphasis on may), the Longhorns of 2006 will have to rely on two freshman at quarterback: redshirt freshman Colt McCoy and true freshman Jevan Snead. Both quarterbacks will see action during the season, but replacing #10 is no easy task.

    16. Nebraska – The Huskers have the schedule for a nine win season if they stay on track – the main drag for Callahan’s crew might be the overall talent output. Most Nebraska fans will boast about their season ending victories over a 7-4 Michigan team and a 7-4 Colorado team, but fail to see just weeks before they were losing games by double digits to Missouri and Kansas. Callahan has some potential stars lining up on both sides of the ball, and its time that they live up to the billing and beat the big boys before the Cornhuskers are considered “back”. :Clown:

    19. Iowa – The Hawkeyes are a team flying under the radar this pre-season with Drew Tate and Albert Young leading a dangerous backfield. However, the defense must replace two stars at linebacker, Abdul Hodge and Chad Greenway, one year after having to replace the entire defensive line. The defense will need a leader or two to emerge with games against Ohio State and at Michigan on the table. If Coach Kirk Ferentz can find replacements on defense and Tate can find a go to wide receiver then Iowa could reach a BCS bowl, if not, the Hawkeyes could be looking at a third place finish in the Big Ten. :Confused:

    21. TCU – Our first “non-BCS” team in the top 40 can earn an automatic BCS berth if they finish in the top 12 in the BCS rankings. To do so, TCU will have to replace four starters on the offensive line before setting their sights on a BCS bowl. Utah also has BCS potential so the early season showdown in Salt Lake City between the two will determine which team grabs the national attention as a BCS buster.

    22. Texas Tech – If Texas Tech is going to finally breakthrough and win the Big XII South, 2006 is the year to do it. Oklahoma and Texas are talented teams, but the Red Raiders have their best shot to win the division now. The hurdle for Leach and company will be to finally breakthrough without two of its playmakers from a year ago, running back Taurean Henderson and safety Dwayne Slay. Leach is used to bringing in a new quarterback so Graham Harrell’s presence should be a problem, but replacing Henderson has to be a concern. Tech always has its place as number three in the South, 2006 is the year to put them over the top and win the division.

    35. Texas A&M – The Aggies might be able to finally turn up the heat on defense with new coordinator Gary Darnell in place. They gave up a bunch of big plays last season so the Aggie pass D has to be the number one priority for this team, especially with two new corners starting this season. However, the Aggies have the schedule to easily open the season 4-0 and momentum will be coach Franchione’s best friend come October. This team could be a sleeper if Stephen McGee can replace Reggie McNeal and if the pass defense finally stops someone. :Bomb:

    36. Iowa State – Iowa State is receiving a decent amount of hype in the Big XII North, but some fail to notice the Cyclones have to replace seven starters on defense. Not a good sign for Iowa State when they have the three toughest Big XII South opponents on their schedule: Texas, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech. The Cyclones may have the league’s best backfield in quarterback Bret Meyer and running back Stevie Hicks, but a brutal schedule and a young defense will make a Big XII title tough.

    40. Colorado – The Buffs are now in year one of Dan Hawkins era and Boulder couldn’t be more pumped for the season. The quarterback situation is still up in the air with three QBs still in the running (Brian White, Bernard Jackson, and James Cox). The Buffs pass defense, which has been poor in the past, may be one of the stronger units, even with two starters kicked off the team. The Buffs toughest test will be the combination of new schemes on offense and defense, and a pretty tricky schedule. Arizona State and Georgia are tough tests – Hawkins will get an idea of where his team stands by October. If the Buffs are to take home another Big XII north title (four of the last five years) then they will need a playmaker to emerge at wide receiver and the quarterback to thrive in the new system. :Guns:

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    Noticed that Oklahoma is above Texas. At 36, we are gaining respect. Nebraska considers the ISU game their pivotal game.


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