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July 12, 2013

TF didn’t ask me, but I will answer anyway

As I See It ... Tony Eierdam

Probably not surprising is one of my favorite features of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football Magazine, the annual publication that deals with high school, college and pro football, is the writers’ poll.

Sports writers from across the state are asked to give their predictions in categories ranging from Big 12 champion to Heisman Trophy winner to the Super Bowl winner.

My lone problem with TF is once again they did not ask for my input. But that’s OK, I care more about my readers here in Mineral Wells and surrounding areas than I do anywhere else, so I will share with y’all my thoughts by answering the exact questions these fine sports writers were asked.

The writers’ poll section is broken down into two phases, the first, which are specific questions asked to specific writers; the second is a prediction breakdown box asking who the writer’s feel will win the Big 12, the SEC, the BCS title and the Heisman Trophy. It also asks each writer for their prediction on the Dallas Cowboys’ overall record for 2013, and it asks the writers to predict the NFC and AFC champions in the NFL and their Super Bowl winner.

Before I give you my predictions, I want to touch on a couple of answers writers gave in the first phase of this section.

One question asked if Texas would finish in the top three of the Big 12. Five writers were asked this question, and only one gave a firm “yes.” Two said Texas would if this and that happened, while another said “no.”

My answer? Tough question. My first thought would be a resounding “no.” However, if Texas gives former Aledo standout Johnathan Gray 30 carries a game and the ‘Horns come up with their usual strong offensive line, then I would say “absolutely.”

Texas has been a puzzle in the past few years on offense, and I am not sold on David Ash being the type of quarterback that can carry a team that has high expectations. But if Ash “drives the bus” and lets J-Gray handle the load, then “yes” I feel Texas will be in the top three.

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