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I have some definitive thoughts on how events will play out in the conference this Fall. Realizing that this is pure, biased opinion and it’s worth exactly what you paid for it, it should at least make for fun discussion. Truthfully, I’m just sleep-deprived in anticipation of the new 3-hour College GameDay format.

So, Al Roker, Nostradamus and Jim Cantore walk into a bar….

- Texas A&M will start 4-0 and there will be BCS Championship talk in College Station. They will go on to win one game when they’re an underdog and lose one in which they are favored.

- Robert Griffin III will lead a drastically improved Bears team and folks will rush to credit Art Briles. Yes, it is possible to go 6-6 and be drastically improved.

- Nebraska will not win the Big 12 North outright, but they will advance to the league championship game via tiebreaker.

- DeMarco Murray picks up where Sam Bradford and Jermaine Gresham dropped off.

- Texas Tech will take 2 steps back on offense and one step forward on defense. Tommy Tuberville will say, “It’s a process.” The Red Raiders will have a worse record, but will be trending towards being a legitimate football team.

- Missouri will be the best team in the North, but their schedule/record will disguise it.

- Mike Gundy will be fired at season’s end. The ensuing conversation in T. Boone’s office will be great reading.

- Colorado will confuse Buff fans by winning six games.

- 5 of 6 teams in the North will finish conference play within one game of .500.

- The loser of the Texas-OU game would easily win the North.


Hey look kids, there’s Big Ben, and there’s Parliament.

- Eddie Jones will destroy Landry Jones, forcing him to miss the rest of the series. This site will then do a side-by-side comparison of the Brian Robison-Rhett Bomar hit.

- Kansas State will take another step forward, proving it was smart to thaw rehire Bill Snyder.

- Baron Batch will rush for 450+ yards/4 TD’s in Tech’s first two games simultaneously causing Lubbock to forget Mike Leach and weak-minded Longhorns to worry.

- A Barker will take an unwarranted shot at Bront Bird. It’s his parents’ fault, not his.

- 10/30/10: Texas Tech at Texas A&M – the winner finishes 3rd in the Big 12 South.

- 10/30/10: Kansas at Iowa State – the loser finishes in last place in the Big 12 North.

- 11/6/10: Baylor at Oklahoma State – the loser finishes in last place in the Big 12 South.

- Tre’ Newton will end the season as Texas’ leading rusher, but Cody Johnson will have more touchdowns.

- No Longhorn receiver catches more than 55 balls, but six players catch at least 30.

- Texas ends another season without a 1,000-yard rusher, but has three players run for more than 500 yards.

- Jerrod Johnson will win Offensive Player of the Year in the Big 12. Ryan Broyles will be more deserving based on performance.

- Jeremy Beal will win Defensive Player of the Year in the Big 12. Aaron Williams will be more deserving based on performance.

- Daniel Thomas will edge out Christine Michael and finish as the Big 12’s leading rusher.

- Garrett Gilbert will be the obvious choice as Newcomer of the Year.

I'm clearly not the Oracle at Delphi. If you want legit gambling advice, I encourage you to visit our friends at Fading Las Vegas.

Anyone care to make their own predictions? Plenty of room out here on this limb, just bring your own saw.