Texas Longhorns linebacker Gary Johnson (33) looks to tackle Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Alex Delton (5) in the 3rd quarter of the NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan, at the Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Bohls: These five Longhorns deserve All-Big 12 honors

Posted October 24th, 2018

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Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction. A couple were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here are Kirk’s takes on those items:

Who makes the All-Big 12 football team at this point:

To this point, I’d nominate these five Longhorns for All-Big 12 honors: wide receiver Collin Johnson, defensive end Charles Omenihu, linebacker Gary Johnson, cornerback Kris Boyd and safety Brandon Jones, with safety Caden Sterns pushing hard for inclusion.

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What Chris Nelson did during Texas’ open week:

Asked what he did on the bye week, Texas defensive tackle Chris Nelson said, “Hibernate. I didn’t leave my bed, except for Gatorade and water. Did I sleep 12 to 14 hours a day? Yeah, honestly I did.” Omenihu said he studied tape. I asked at the beach? He said, “I don’t have money for the beach.”

What changes need to be made to the College Football Playoff system:

I know this will disappoint all my Central Florida fans, but here’s the reality: I’ve missed the last several UCF Conspiracy meetings, and frankly I think my dues are past due. Seems my most recent Associated Press Top 25 ballot upset the fan base because I ranked an outstanding UCF No. 11 behind Ohio State. How many of you think UCF would beat the Buckeyes? Would UCF beat any top 10 teams? Maybe. I’m actually a UCF advocate. Some have pointed out UCF barely got by a Memphis team that in turn got clocked by a mediocre Missouri, but UCF also crushed a Pitt team that nearly upset Notre Dame. I do think UCF could beat some Top 10 teams. It did so last year to Auburn’s despair. But Power 5 teams also play a more challenging, rugged schedule. I have made it clear that the Group of 5 has been royally screwed by the “democratic” process that’s supposed to be the College Football Playoff system. There is nothing fair about it. It’s not their fault they’re not in a Power 5 conference. They’d love to be and reap all those rewards that come with such membership. In truth, there’s the Power 5 and the Powerless 5. That’s why I adamantly support expanding the playoff field to eight teams with five Power 5 conference champions, the best Group of 5 team and two at-large picks, which could be another Group of 5 club. Until this happens, no Group of 5 team will ever crack the (four-team) CFP. Television will always prefer a two-loss Georgia or Notre Dame over an unbeaten UCF. College football needs to be as inclusive.

For the rest of Kirk’s 9 Things, including his thoughts on the World Series, Houston Astros’ recapture of the Round Rock Express and Alabama football, click here.

 

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