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Jake Shaw's previews the college action across Texas.

 By Jake Shaw
 TexasFootball.com
   

Shortly after the clock struck 6 p.m. on Saturday, Baylor QB Bryce Petty took a knee, the final play of Baylor's 30-10 win over Texas. With that, the regular season for the 12 Texas FBS programs came to an end.

The final day, even though it had just three games involving Texas programs, provided its fair share of memories. That Petty kneel -down came as the Bears wrapped up their first Big 12 title and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl in the final year of the BCS system. For Texas, the loss denied the Longhorns a conference title, but the bigger picture revolved around Mack Brown's (potential) final game as the UT head coach.

Earlier in the day, SMU nearly earned a bowl bid, leading AAC conference champion Central Florida for much of the cold, icy game in Dallas. Alas, the Mustangs -- down to their third quarterback -- fell short, 17-13.

Meanwhile, in a slightly warmer Houston, Rice outplayed Marshall from the get go. The Owls never trailed in a 41-24 win that resulted in the Conference USA title, their first outright championship since 1957.

Rice will move on to the Liberty Bowl, joining six other Texas schools that played well enough to get a postseason berth. Five others are staying home, already trying to figure out how to correct what went wrong.

Below, I recap the highlights of the season that was for the 12 Texas FBS programs.

 

Texas FBS Programs Regular Season Review

> My power poll ballot: Every week, I'm honored to turn in a ballot for DCTF's weekly college football power poll. And each week, I'm the lone brave soul (to my knowledge) to make it public. Here's what I turned in this week, along with a bonus comment about each program.

1. Baylor (11-1/8-1 Big 12) -- The Bears got help from Oklahoma, then beat Texas for the third time in four years to win their first outright Big 12 title. Proof once again that Art Briles is a visionary, not a dreamer.
2. Texas A&M (8-4/4-4 SEC) --
Frankly, this is what people expected out of Texas A&M when it moved to the SEC. Competitive, but a level below the elite. But it wasn't what anyone expected after last year's 11-win season. Now every Aggie is praying Johnny Football can wait to get out of College Station.
3. Texas (8-4/2-7 Big 12) --
All things considered (injuries, in-season coaching changes, the heat under his seat), Mack Brown did a great job coaching this year. But UT expects more -- thanks to Brown, of course -- and it might not be enough to keep him safe.
4. Houston (8-4/5-3 AAC) --
Excellent turnaround from last year's 5-7 season, and with a young offense and just two seniors among its top 15 tacklers, Houston can use its bowl game against Vandy to springboard it into a run at the 2014 AAC title.
5. Rice (10-3/7-1 CUSA) --
Things looked bleak that Halloween night when Rice lost at North Texas, but the Owls responded in a big way, culminating with a dominating win over Marshall on Saturday for its first outright conference title since 1957.
6. Texas Tech (7-5/4-5 Big 12) --
Kliff Kingsbury got Texas Tech back in the postseason, but he hasn't ended the program's November stumbles. The Red Raiders are just 2-11 in November and later over the past three seasons.
7. TCU (4-8/2-7 Big 12) --
The Frogs didn't waste time, getting a new offensive coordinator in the days following the season-ending loss to Baylor. TCU's offense needs fixing, quickly, or else the defense will once again shoulder the load.
8. North Texas (8-4/6-2) --
After waiting nearly a decade to get back to a bowl, UNT will get to travel … to Dallas, just about an hour down I-35. Still, it's hard to complain. This was a great season the program sorely needed.
9. UTSA (7-5/6-2 CUSA) --
Post this record next year, and UTSA will go bowling. There are some great players to replace, but considering how UTSA has fared so far, I wouldn't bet against that happening.
10. SMU (5-7/4-4 AAC) --
It appears June Jones will return to the Hilltop despite entering his contract year and coming off his first postseason absence since his debut season. The 2014 season will be pivotal for his future at SMU.
11. Texas State (6-6/2-5 Sun Belt) --
The Bobcats didn't close strong, but playing three of their final four on the road was a tough draw. Finishing the season .500, even if it won't come with a bowl game, still makes this season a success.
12. UTEP (2-10/1-7 CUSA) --
Many great coaches have started their careers with a bad season. So while it's way too soon to judge Sean Kugler as a head coach, his team needs to show a lot more improvement in Year No. 2.

 


> Top surprise (in good way) team: North Texas
A quick word: Say what you want about conference champs Rice and Baylor -- both were considered strongly for this award -- but North Texas arguably had the biggest breakthrough of any team in the state. The Mean Green hadn't been bowling since 2004. Heck, they hadn't won back-to-back games since that same season. Imagine nine straight years without a winning streak. UNT made all of that history this season, putting together an 8-4 season that included a winning streak of five games. The loss to UTSA on Nov. 23 killed the chance for a conference title, but UNT bounced back with a 42-10 win at preseason favorite Tulsa.
What I said at midseason: Texas Tech; Based on its schedule, the Red Raiders should be 5-1 at the minimum. So going 6-0 isn't that huge of a surprise. But it's how Tech has gotten there: on the arms and legs of two quarterbacks that were playing on Friday nights this time a year ago. If this is what Kliff Kingsbury can do with totally inexperienced quarterbacks, Tech will have a high ceiling once he's had time to get his recruits into the system.

> Surprise (in bad way) team: TCU
A quick word: The Aggies might have fallen the shortest of any team's expectations, but they're going bowling. TCU isn't for the first time in nearly a decade. Injuries hurt the team, as did failing to win games late; TCU lost five of its games by a combined 15 points, including 33-31 and 41-38 losses in the final two games. After a 2-3 start, it was pretty clear TCU wasn't going to compete for the Big 12 title. But closing the season with a 1-5 record was pretty stunning for a program that had won 10 or more games in the four seasons leading up to joining the Big 12. After shutting up doubters over the course of a decade, once again, Gary Patterson has a lot to prove with his TCU program.
What I said at midseason: tie, SMU/TCU; The two private schools from the DFW area are a combined 4-7 (TCU is a little better off at 3-3, with one of those wins coming against SMU). Both are fairly explicable. SMU had the toughest non-conference schedule of any team in the state; that's the source of three of its losses. But SMU wasn't competitive in three of those non-con games, and it needed a last-minute touchdown to get its lone win, against an FCS opponent at that. TCU, meanwhile, has been competitive in defeat (all losses by 10 or less to ranked teams), but past Frog teams might've snuck out a win or two (or even three at their peak). Instead, the Frogs have six games left and might be favored in just two of them, meaning bowl eligibility is somewhat not guaranteed.

> Coach of the Year: Art Briles, Baylor
A quick word: With the most wins in the state, a conference title and a guaranteed top 10 finish with a bowl win, Briles has validated all the lofty declarations he made when he accepted the Baylor job in December of 2007. Briles has helped Baylor prove that their historic 2011 season was neither an aberration nor the ceiling for the program. He did it all with a first-year quarterback and an assist from his defensive coordinator, Phil Bennett, who rewarded Briles's faith in him by turning Baylor's defense completely around. Baylor ranked next to last in total defense in 2012 but finishes the regular season ranked 17th. It was a total team effort to win the Big 12 championship, and Briles was the architect behind it all.
What I said at midseason: Tony Levine, Houston; Yes, I raved about Kingsbury already, and Art Briles is deserving too, but last year's Houston team might be 1-4 at this time of the season. Instead, the Coogs have turned their fortunes around -- like Tech, doing it mostly with a true freshman quarterback -- to open the season 5-0. Houston didn't get its fifth win last year until the final game of the season. The next win in 2013 will guarantee a return to the bowl season. After a shaky debut, Levine is generating some faith and confidence from his fan base.

> Mr. Texas (the state's MVP): QB Bryce Petty, Baylor
A quick word: In the preseason, Baylor head coach Art Briles said he expected Petty to break all of Baylor's single-season quarterback records. He didn't quite do that, but he did lead Baylor to the Big 12 title, something neither RGIII nor Nick Florence could accomplish. And his stats were still pretty dang good: 3,844 yards (seventh nationally), 30 TDs (eighth) and a 179.19 QB rating (second). He also threw just two interceptions, making him the only player in the nation to start every game for his team this season and throw for two or fewer interceptions.
What I said at midseason: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M; It feels like the daily headlines about Manziel have slowed down a bit, which is pretty odd (and telling about today's media coverage) considering he actually deserves more attention for his on-field performances rather than his off-field antics. Manziel is leading the state in yards per game (377), ranking him fourth nationally. He's on pace to produce more touchdowns than he did during his Heisman-winning campaign, and his team would be 6-0 if it had any semblance of a defense. Manziel is essentially carrying his team right now. And like last year, he's doing it in an entertaining fashion.

> Best running back: Charles Ross, Rice
A quick word: Let me start by saying this -- Baylor's Lache Seastrunk is the better running back. But he missed two whole games and parts of others down the stretch, cutting back his impact. And take away Seastrunk, Baylor's offense is still darn good. Rice would not have been the same without Ross, who also missed two games with injury but was great when he was on the field. His 1,252 rushing yards are the most in the state and rank him 15th nationally. That also accounted for 40 percent of Rice's rushing yards (Seastrunk accounted for 33 percent of Baylor's rushing yards). Ross's seven 100-yard games were also the most in the state, one more than Seastrunk.
What I said at midseason: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor; Johnathan Gray has started to make a push, but Seastrunk has built up quite a lead on the state's backs so far that he's still got a tight grip on this award. He has nearly 100 yards more than Gray, who's the second-leading rusher in the state, and has done that in one less game. Seastrunk (65-643) ranks ninth nationally with 131.5 rushing yards per game and already has 8 TDs, one more than he had last season.

> Best quarterback: Bryce Petty, Baylor
A quick word: Also my state MVP, Petty did everything a coach wants out of his quarterback. He averaged the second most yards per attempt in the nation at 10.8; he completed 62 percent of his attempts; and he took care of the ball, throwing just 2 INTs to go with his 30 TDs. Not a bad debut for Petty, who has already announced he will be back for his senior season in Waco.
What I said at midseason: Bryce Petty, Baylor; This is not me giving Petty this award and Manziel "Mr. Texas" just so I can highlight two different players. Manziel is the better playmaker, but Petty is simply putting up astounding quarterback numbers. He leads the nation with a 230.59 QB rating, 17 points higher than the second-place QB and one of just QBs above the 200 mark. He leads the nation in yards per attempt (14.8) by a full three yards and has 13 TDs to just 1 INT. He's achieved all this despite playing only one full game this season. His numbers could be better had Baylor's games been more competitive.

> Best receiver: Mike Evans, Texas A&M
A quick word: It was neck-and-neck between Evans and Baylor's Antwan Goodley, but Evans edged out Goodley at the finish line. He finished with 1,322 receiving yards, just three more than Goodley. Evans, with 12 TD receptions, was edged out by Goodley's 13, but there can only be one winner, and Evans was arguably the biggest-play receiver in the nation this year. He saved his two best games for Alabama and Auburn, getting a combined 576 yards and 5 TDs in those two games.
What I said at midseason: Mike Evans, Texas A&M; No other position has more worthy candidates than receiver, but Mike Evans gets the nod partly because of his dominance (32-737, 5 TDs), and partly because if all the Texas receivers entered the NFL draft, Evans would be the top pick. Baylor's Antwan Goodley (135.8) and SMU's Jeremy Johnson (123.9) barely edge out Evans (122.8) in average receiving yards per game and are equally worthy candidates, but this isn't youth soccer. Not everyone's a winner, and I had to make the tough call of going with Evans, if only because I'd take him on my team over any other receiver in the state -- maybe the country.

> Best offensive lineman: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
A quick word: Once again, this was a close call. Baylor's Cyril Richardson played on the better team and, unlike Matthews, was a unanimous pick for his AP all-conference team. But like at midseason, I sided with Matthews because he plays left tackle, the most important position on the line. Both are deserving, but give any coach a choice between two equal players, he'll take the tackle over the guard.
What I said at midseason: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M; It's basically a coin flip between Matthews and Baylor's Cyril Richardson, both first-round draft material. But the coin sides with Matthews for two reasons. 1) He plays left tackle, the most important position on the OL, while Richardson plays left guard. 2) Texas A&M's OL has allowed one fewer sack than Baylor's while playing more more game. If you want a third reason: Matthews also shut down Arkansas DE Chris Smith, who coming into their matchup led the nation in sacks per game.

> Best defensive lineman: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
A quick word: He wasn't just a pass-rushing menace, though he was excellent at getting to the quarterback (his 12 sacks are tied for third-most nationally). Jeffcoat was an every down type of defensive end, too. His 76 tackles are the most of any defensive end in the Big 12 and 14th overall for all positions. A lot went wrong with UT's defense this year, but it wasn't his fault.
What I said at midseason: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas; After an injury-shortened junior season, Jeffcoat has been about the only consistent presence on an up and down UT defense. He's first in the state with 5 sacks, fourth with 7 TFLs, and his 32 tackles in six games are four more than he had in the six he played in 2012. He's matching the kind of season he had in his breakout 2011 campaign and, with each game, working his way up the NFL draft boards.

> Best linebacker: Eddie Lackey, Baylor
A quick word: Outside of the receiver position, this might've been the toughest position to pick. But Lackey gets the honor for multiple reasons: He led his team in tackles (97), he made a ton of huge plays (13 TFLs, 4.5 sacks, 2 INTs, including one returned for a touchdown), and he stepped up his play in the final three-plus games, moving from outside to middle linebacker to replace an injured Bryce Hager (who was on pace for an all-conference season). Despite all of Baylor's offensive talent, a case can be made Lackey was his team's overall MVP.
What I said at midseason: Zach Orr, North Texas; One of the most underrated players in the state, Orr's 55 tackles in six games puts him on pace for a second-straight 100-tackle season. That number is the second most for any player in Texas. Orr has added 3 TFLs, 3 QB hurries, 2 forced fumbles and a sack in his final season in Denton.

> Best defensive back: CB Jason Verrett, TCU
A quick word: A unanimous pick on the all-Big 12 team, Verrett was the state's top lockdown quarterback. He shut down whichever receiver he was lined up against, including holding Baylor's Antwan Goodley to just one reception. Of his 39 tackles, 31 were solo. He had two interceptions to go with 16 passes defended, the seventh most in the country. And the future NFL first-round pick did it all, his coach would later say, playing with a bad shoulder during the second half of the season.
What I said at midseason: Jason Verrett, TCU; Teams shy away from challenging the Frogs' cornerback, but Verrett still ranks third nationally in passes broken up (10) and fourth in passes defended (11) and has added one interception and several more close calls. But what elevates Verrett even more is his strong one-on-one tackling. Of his 24 tackles, 17 are solo, and he's added 2.5 TFLs and a sack. He's a huge weapon in the pass-proficient Big 12.

> Best offensive freshman: QB John O'Korn, Houston
A quick word: When Houston lost predicted starter David Piland for his career, the Coogs probably weren't too hopeful about the season. But in stepped O'Korn, who played in the first two games and started the final 12 and showed he was ready to lead the team. He passed for 2,889 yards and finished with the sixth-most total yards in the AAC. His 26 TD passes were the second most in his league, and his eight interceptions were lower than what you'd expect from a true freshman. After his debut, Houston seems set at quarterback for the next three seasons.
What I said at midseason: Aaron Jones, UTEP; In a state dominated by passing, Jones has quietly put together an excellent true freshman season that portends great things to come. Jones (99-557, 3 TDs) has been one of the few bright spots for 1-5 UTEP, rushing for at least 100 yards twice and at least 90 three more times. He ranks 33rd nationally averaging 92.83 rushing yards per game and has led UTEP in rushing every game this year. If not for Jones, UTEP might be winless right now.

> Best defensive freshman: LB Darian Claiborne, Texas A&M
A quick word: Of the five conferences that are home to at least one Texas program, only the SEC had a freshman finish among its top 10 tacklers. That was Claiborne, who was also my pick at the midseason. He actually had a better second half of the year, getting 57 of his 89 tackles over the final six games, showing he didn't hit a freshman wall. Claiborne added 7.5 TFLs, 1.5 sacks and an interception. The Texas A&M defense was bad this year, but Claiborne shows the future has some hope.
What I said at midseason: LB Darian Claiborne, Texas A&M; The Aggie defense has not been good, but Claiborne doesn't deserve any of the blame. He's the only freshman defensive player on a Texas FBS team to rank in the top three on his team in tackles (Houston LB Steven Taylor is closest, ranking fourth on his team). Claiborne's 32 tackles are the most of any freshman in Texas, too, and he's added 4 TFLs and an interception to go with it. He's doing it all as a true freshman playing for a team with very high expectations.

> Most improved offensive player: WR Antwan Goodley, Baylor
A quick word: After receiving this honor at the midseason, Goodley played even better in the second half of the season. He had 41 of his 67 catches after my midseason review, getting 7 of his 13 TDs in that stretch. He finished the season ranked ninth in the nation with both 109.9 receiving yards per game and 1,319 yards. He became even more of a go-to guy when Baylor lost fellow receiver Tevin Reese to a wrist injury. Not bad for a guy who had just 19 receptions in his previous two years combined.
What I said at midseason: WR Antwan Goodley, Baylor; Over the years, Baylor has lost Josh Gordon, Kendall Wright and Terrance Williams to the NFL. Each year, a relatively new face has emerged, and Goodley is the latest to do so. After catching 19 passes in his first two seasons combined, the Baylor junior is one pace for a huge season, already having caught 26 passes. He ranks second nationally with 135.8 receiving yards per game and has scored 6 TDs. He's had at least four receptions and a touchdown in every Baylor game this year, making him a consistent weapon in Baylor's dominating offense.

>Most improved defensive player: LB Paul Dawson, TCU
A quick word: My midseason winner did nothing to lose this award, but Dawson came out of nowhere this year. A junior, Dawson didn't start until the sixth game of the season, but he was a terror when he finally played extended time. He led TCU with 91 tackles, finished second on the team with 10 TFLs, broke up four passes and had one interception.
What I said at midseason: Michael Kutzler, Rice; Injury forced the walkon-turned-scholarship senior into a starting role, but Kutzler has looked like a blue chip at times this season. His 49 tackles are the third most in the state and are 29 more than he had in the previous two seasons combined. But Kutzler's made more impacts than simply getting tackles; he has 5.5 TFLs, 2 sacks, a QB hurry, and he returned his one interception 52 yards for a touchdown in the win over Kansas. Kutzler has been playing in place of an injured all-conference linebacker, but he's made sure the defense hasn't lost any ground with him in the lineup.

DCTF Winter Edition cover prediction: Art Briles, Baylor
A quick word: There are a ton of worthy players from Baylor, but Briles is the one guiding the program. I envision a shot of him with either the Big 12 or Fiesta Bowl trophy in hand.
What I said at midseason: QB Bryce Petty, RB Lache Seastrunk and WR Antwan Goodley of Baylor; Baylor's never short on offense under Art Briles, but this year's "Big Three" has a chance to lead Baylor to unprecedented heights. The No. 12 Bears are currently the highest-ranked Big 12 team for the first time in school history. If the Bears can win the Big 12, they could do something even more unexpected: Unseat Johnny Football, who's graced the most recent two DCTFs, from the cover.

> First-glance bowl musings:
> Baylor (Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Jan. 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona vs. UCF) -- Some teams might be let down facing a (no offense, UCF) non big-name opponent, but Baylor's thrilled to be there and will play like it. UCF will make Baylor earn it, but the Bears will pull away.
> Houston (BBVA Compass Bowl, Jan. 4, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama vs. Vanderbilt) -- Vandy closed with a four-game winning streak, yet the Commodores were passed over by two other bowls and ended up here. I think they come in motivated and get a tight win over Houston.
> North Texas (Heart of Dallas, Jan. 1, 2014 in Dallas vs. UNLV) -- It's not quite like a trip to New Orleans, but playing close to Denton should give UNT a home-field advantage, something I think they'll use to their benefit in a bowl victory.
> Rice (AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Dec. 31 in Memphis vs. Mississippi State) -- Both teams play some really solid defense, so this one should be pretty low scoring. I didn't think Rice could beat Marshall, but after the convincing win, I'm leaning toward Rice right now.
> Texas (Valero Alamo Bowl, Dec. 30 in San Antonio vs. Oregon) -- Consider me one of the few that thinks a healthier Texas will compete with Oregon. But also consider me part of the majority that expects Oregon to win. UT just won't have the offense to keep up.
> Texas A&M (Chik-Fil-A Bowl, Dec. 31 in Atlanta vs. Duke) -- Had you told Aggies in August that they'd play Duke in a bowl game, they would've feared a worst-case scenario. But Duke had a strong season and can give A&M a challenge depending on how interested the Aggies are. If it's known going in that it's Johnny Manziel's last game, I think the Aggies roll.
> Texas Tech (National University Holiday Bowl, Dec. 30 in San Diego, California vs. Arizona State) -- Will Connor Brewer finally be ready by then? Texas Tech will need to be at full strength to hang with the Pac-12's runner-ups. Even so, Arizona State looks like a big favorite in this one.

 


> My All-Texas Offense:
OL: Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
OL: Cyril Richardson, Baylor
OL: Nate Richards, Rice
OL: Trey Hopkins, Texas
OL: Cyril Lemon, North Texas
TE: Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
WR: Mike Evans, Texas A&M
WR: Deontay Greenberry, Houston
WR: Antwan Goodley, Baylor
RB: Charles Ross, Rice
RB: Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
QB: Bryce Petty, Baylor
K: Anthony Fera, Texas

> My All-Texas Defense:
DL: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
DL: Kerry Hyder, Texas Tech
DL: Christian Covington, Rice
DL: Cedric Reed, Texas
LB: Zach Orr, North Texas
LB: Efrem Oliphant, Houston
LB: Eddie Lackey, Baylor
DB: Jason Verrett, TCU
DB: Marcus Trice, North Texas
DB: Phillip Gaines, Rice
DB: Kenneth Acker, SMU
P: Drew Kaser, Texas A&M

 


> Game of the Year: Auburn 45, Texas A&M 41, October 19 in College Station
I struggled putting a loss as the top game from the season that was, but this was arguably the most exciting game played by a Texas team this year. There were three touchdowns in the final 10 minutes -- two Auburn scores sandwiching a Johnny Manziel touchdown run -- and six lead changes throughout the game. Texas A&M's biggest lead was just 10 points, a lead Auburn regained with two consecutive touchdowns in a three-minute span in the fourth quarter. The game eventually ended on a most uncharacteristic play for Texas A&M -- a sack. The ever-elusive Johnny Manziel just ran out of time on 4th and 13, getting taken down 22 yards behind the line of scrimmage while scrambling, trying to make a play. We'd seen Manziel make those plays before, but Auburn got one final stop, one of the major reasons Auburn has made a stunning run to the BCS title game.

 


> Play of the Year: Ahmad Dixon INT against Kansas State, October 12 in Manhattan, Kansas
What, not an offensive play from Baylor? The Baylor offense had a ton of candidates, but this was the biggest play in Baylor's biggest game up to that point of the season. The scene: Baylor led by three points but had just punted the ball back to a Kansas State offense that had already rushed for more than 300 yards against Baylor. With 4:28 to play, Kansas State had the chance for another long, clock-chewing drive to, at the very least, attempt to tie the game. So on 2nd and 2, a down where K-State was likely to get another 5-6 yards, the Wildcats tried to catch Baylor off guard with a play-action pass. Baylor forced some pressure on QB Daniel Sams, who fled the pocket and tried to throw the ball away. Dixon intercepted the pass right up against the sideline, barely getting a toe in. It was reviewed, naturally, but the call stood. Baylor countered with a game-sealing 5-play, 39-yard touchdown drive, all on the legs of RB Glasco Martin IV. This was a huge win for Baylor against a K-State team bent on revenge for its 2012 loss at Baylor when it was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Baylor also had to overcome a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to win.

 


> WAY too early 2014 predictions:
Big 12 Champion: Baylor (OSU is senior-laden and OU still has a QB problem, while the Bears bring back a ton of skill players. My prediction might change if Nick Saban comes to Austin to finish his house-hunting trip)
SEC Champion: Alabama (if the note above comes true, give me an Auburn repeat)
American Athletic Champion: Central Florida (as their head coach said in the Fiesta Bowl press conference, the Golden Nights were a year ahead of schedule)
Conference USA Champion: Marshall (the offensive nucleus returns, and the West Division should be down with Rice so senior-heavy)
Sun Belt Champion: Louisiana-Lafayette (the Cajuns return their QB and two 800-yard rushers, plus 17 of their top 18 tacklers)
2014 DCTF summer cover: A split cover featuring Art Briles and the new University of Texas coach.

 


Jake Shaw is a special contributor to TexasFootball.com. Contact him by email whether you loved, hated, were excited by or depressed by this column.




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