College Football Predictions: Texas Longhorns NCAA 2010 Picks & BCS Odds 2011 - Longhorns in Underdog Role in Tough Big 12: For the University of Texas Longhorns and their rapid college football predictions fans, a #7 ranking in the USA Today preseason college football poll and 12-1 BCS odds 2011 to appear in the BCS championship game is a letdown as the 2010 college football predictions season begins. Accustomed to predictions of national championships, after appearing in the game a year ago and losing to Alabama 37-21, the Longhorns might not even be the second best NCAA team in their own Big 12 Conference.
Colt McCoy and his six-shooter are gone and a new era begins for coach Mack Brown’s team. While the offense returns only 5 starters, the defense will have 7 of 11 returning and, in the early going, the Longhorns will rely on their “D.” Texas has a stocked secondary capable of shutting down any opponent, led by junior safety Blake Gideon and senior cornerback Curtis Brown. Sam Acho, senior DT, is the leading sackman and junior linebacker Keenan Robinson is the leading tackler.
Sophomore Garrett Gilbert is the starting quarterback for the college football predictions season after being tossed into the fire after McCoy was hurt in the championship game. The running game had taken a back seat in Austin in recent NCAA picks seasons but look for a breakout back to emerge from a group that includes sophomore Tre Newton. At receiver, gone is star Jordan Shipley, but look for junior Malcolm Williams to take over a deep, talented group of pass catchers.
College Football Predictions: Texas Longhorns NCAA 2010 Picks & BCS Odds 2011 Forecast
Expectations are as low in Austin this college football predictions and NCAA picks season, as they have been since 2006, the year after Vince Young’s spectacular Rose Bowl victory. The Longhorns might be ranked behind both rivals Oklahoma and Nebraska and they will find out as they play both in consecutive games, October 2 and October 16. After the dust has cleared, the Longhorns might be on the outside of the BCS odds 2011 picture.
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