Take Ten: Bohls, Golden tackle college football’s big Week 12 questions


American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden address 10 hot-button topics about Texas, the Big 12 and national college football:

1. How should Texas use its quarterbacks in these final two games?

Bohls: However, whenever and whoever will give the Longhorns the best chance to win and get to a bowl game. If that means 10 snaps for Lil’Jordan Humphrey out of the Wildcat, so be it. It won’t shock me at all if we see Shane Buechele, Sam Ehlinger and Humphrey all get the ball from center on Saturday. My fear is it still won’t be enough in a 27-24 West Virginia win.

Golden: Since it’s obvious that Tom Herman has no interest in playing the best athletic option (Jerrod Heard), he should just stick with Shane Buechele. I’m not sure the previously concussed Sam Ehlinger should be playing. Unless Vince Young is coming out of retirement, neither will be enough to get Texas a win on Saturday. West Virginia, 35-30.

2. Which Big 12 coaching jobs will be open after this season?

Bohls: Two. I’m afraid Bill Snyder’s era at Kansas State will end (but I hope I’m wrong). And I’ll say Texas Tech loses to both TCU and Texas in its final two games to leave the Red Raiders out of the bowl picture and Kliff Kingsbury without a job.

Golden: Three. Kansas will part ways with David Beaty, who couldn’t build upon that mammoth upset of Texas. And Texas Tech will move on from Kingsbury. And I won’t be shocked to see Snyder step down at Kansas State and hand over the reins to his son Sean.

3. Who’ll be the College Football Playoff’s top four teams after this weekend?

Bohls: In order, the top four will be Alabama, Miami, Clemson and Oklahoma — the same foursome as this week. Just don’t see Mercer slaying the giant Crimson Tide. However, the CFP committee hopefully will leapfrog the Hurricanes over the Tigers. Miami deserves more credit for stirring wins over Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, and Clemson should drop a spot or two because it’s not being penalized enough for its loss to a bad Syracuse team. So what that Clemson’s quarterback was hurt during the game. Every team has key injuries. Clemson doesn’t deserve preferential treatment.

Golden: Alabama will remain No. 1 after beating Mercer by 112 points. (Just kidding. I think.) Clemson stays at No. 2 after beating the Citadel by 50. (Not kidding.) The Nos. 3 and 4 spots flip — Oklahoma will move up to third with a 35-point win over Kansas, and Miami will drop to fourth after surviving Virginia’s upset bid.

4. Which Top 25 team goes down this week?

Bohls: It’s slim pickings for a big upset, but I’ll say No. 24 Michigan barely squeaks by No. 5 Wisconsin in Madison 20-17.

Golden: Wake Forest will take down No. 19 North Carolina State.

5. Which unranked team will be ranked next week?

Bohls: I’ll gamble on 6-4 Wake Forest, behind 734 yards a week ago from quarterback John Wolford and running back Matt Colburn, repeating its magic against Syracuse by knocking off a strong North Carolina State team 42-38.

Golden: Virginia Tech just fell out of the Top 25 but will be right back in after a blowout over the really bad Pitt Panthers.

6. How will running back Darius Anderson’s season-ending injury affect TCU at Texas Tech?

Bohls: It won’t devastate the Horned Frogs because Kyle Hicks is healthy. Even the questionable status of quarterback Kenny Hill shouldn’t be a killer because backup Shawn Robinson is more than capable. Without both starters, TCU will be more vulnerable to a desperate Texas Tech but also still has the league’s best defense by far and will do enough to escape Lubbock with a 28-27 win and stay on track for a Big 12 title game rematch with Oklahoma.

Golden: The Frogs still have good depth at the position. Look for Kyle Hicks’ workload to increase; the senior ran for more than 1,000 yards last season. Sewo Olonilua and Kenedy Snell also will see time.

7. Where will Kevin Sumlin be coaching next season?

Bohls: UCLA makes the most sense. Sumlin’s always had an eye for the West Coast, and the Jim Mora era has gotten stale in Bruin Land.

Golden: He won’t be in College Station. There will be no end to coaching jobs open in the college ranks, and Sumlin might also explore a coordinator’s job in the NFL. The guess here is he’ll remain a head coach in college. I can see him landing in a place like Virginia Tech, where Justin Fuente is expected to leave for a bigger gig.

8. Who’ll be the top five picks of the NFL draft?

Bohls: USC quarterback Sam Darnold, Penn State tailback Saquon Barkley, North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb, Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson and Alabama’s versatile defensive back Minka Fitzpatrick.

Golden: 1, Cleveland can’t win without a quarterback, so the Browns take UCLA’s Josh Rosen — and somewhere, Sam Darnold exhales. 2, San Francisco grabs Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown. 3, the New York Giants take Darnold. 4, Indianapolis takes Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson. 5, Cincinnati takes North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb.

9. Who has the best chance to spoil Baker Mayfield’s Heisman coronation?

Bohls: Just one — Bryce Love. Stanford’s terrific running back remains the only true threat to ruin Mayfield’s parade.

Golden: A lot of viewers have been asleep while he’s been killing opposing defenses, but Love is as good as they come. He’s 378 yards away from 2,000 for the season and is averaging 9.0 yards per carry.

10. In a 10-team Lone Star State tournament, which FBS school would win?

Bohls: TCU would edge out surprise finalist North Texas.

Golden: I would expect TCU to win a 10-team tournament over Texas A&M in the finals. Yep, the Aggies, who’d edge the Longhorns in the semifinals. I can dream, can’t I?



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