If there were any Vince Young doubters after last year’s BCS national championship performance, they have definitely been silenced by his fantastic rookie year in the NFL. Young’s shoes were nearly impossible to fill, but the Texas Longhorns’ redshirt freshman Colt McCoy (this has to be the best name for a Texas quarterback ever) has been outstanding this season with a school record 27 touchdowns.
The Longhorns have the sixth-ranked scoring offense and number two rush defense in the country. Their weakness comes when their opponents pass the ball, as they give up an average of about 233 yards per game (98th in the country). Their chances of a repeat trip to the national championship were dashed when they lost to Ohio State early in the season and then to Kansas State a bit later.
The Iowa Hawkeyes, at 6-6, are eighth in the Big Ten and have lost their last three games. Senior QB Drew Tate played 10 games this season and threw for 2,349 yards and 16 TD’s – but he also had 12 interceptions. The Hawkeyes have a pair of good junior running backs in Albert Young and Damian Sims – combining for 1,353 yards and 12 touchdowns. The Hawkeyes aren’t in the top 25 nationally in any category, and turn over the ball an awful lot.
Texas is playing pretty close to home, will have tons of fans in the stands and as long as their rush defense shows up at the stadium, the Longhorns should win.