Brian Combs

Online marketing pioneer Brian Combs talks the issues of the day.

BCS

Truly a Mythical National Championship

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Most people think the BCS got this season’s two best teams into the National Championship Game. Of course, the computers solidly disagreed with this sentiment, and it doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny of comparative non-conference schedules.

But more than anything, we’ve already seen the game. The pundits told me it was the Game of the Century, so it couldn’t happen again, could it?

Alabama had their shot. On their own field. And they couldn’t get it done.

There’s no …

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January 9th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

A Great Time to be a Longhorn Fan

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Going into the BCS championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns, if you had told me that with four minutes left in the game, we would be down by three points and have the ball, I would have said I liked our chances. If you had told me that we would get there with our true freshman quarterback, I would have told you that you were nuts. After a very ugly first half, most of America thought the Longhorns would be blown off the field in the second half. I'll admit that I was worried it was going to get ugly. Instead, the Longhorns dug deep and were playing for the win late in the game. And while the final score differential as seventeen (thanks for showing your ass, Coach Saban), Texas proved their strength of heart and depth of talent on that field. Read the rest of this entry...

Thoughts on BCS Match Ups

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I'll certainly have more thoughts (and predictions) on the games later, but here's what comes to mind right off. Rose Bowl Ohio State vs. Oregon January 1st, Pasadena, California No surprise here. If the Rose Bowl has the option of taking the Pac 10 and Big 10 conference winners, they almost always will do so. Read the rest of this entry...

Thoughts on the National Championship Game

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The Oklahoma Sooners proved that they didn't belong in the national championship picture last night, as the Florida Gators allows only two touchdowns, winning 24-14. Some thoughts, in no particular order... Read the rest of this entry...

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January 9th, 2009 at 7:28 am

My NCAA Football Top Five

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1st – Florida Gators
They looked great tonight and their defense was amazing, holding a potent OU offense to fourteen points. Yes, their loss was worse than ours, but they’ve certainly gotten it done since then.

2nd – Texas Longhorns
No, they didn’t exactly dominate the Fiesta Bowl, but Ohio State played their best game of the season against us. Besides, it’s my list and I’m still pissed about our not being in the National Championship Game. You’re lucky I …

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BCS Bowl Games Predictions

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My Christmas wish of a playoff in Division 1A football did not come true this year, and the new year approaches, so it's time to start thinking about the BCS games starting next week. [...] Read the rest of this entry...

Texas to the Fiesta Bowl versus Ohio State

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The writing has been on the wall for weeks now, and today it came true: the Texas Longhorns were passed over for the National Championship Game, even though they beat one of the teams going to Miami. Texas’ only loss came on the last second against a top ten team, while Oklahoma lost to Texas on a neutral field by 45-35, and Florida lost to unranked Ole Miss at home by 31-30 (four loss Ole Miss was 25th in the …

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December 7th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

Top 7 BCS Screw Jobs

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After the Bowl Championship Series screwed Texas this Sunday, I spent some time thinking about the long, proud history the BCS has in producing bad results. Here are what I consider to be the top seven most egregious calls.

7. Kansas State Wildcats, 1999
The Wildcats get a repeat screw job (see below), when lower ranked Michigan and Tennessee receive BCS bids, but not Kansas State.

6. Kansas State Wildcats, 1998
Ohio State and Florida receive BCS bids over higher …

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December 1st, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Longhorns on the Outside Looking In

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As expected, the Oklahoma Sooners jumped my Texas Longhorns in today’s BCS rankings. As a result, Oklahoma is off to Kansas City next weekend to play the collapsing Missouri Tigers for the Big Twelve Championship. Win there, and the Sooners are most likely off to Miami to play in the national championship against the winner of the SEC Championship between Florida and Alabama.

In no way do I want to belittle Oklahoma. Ok, I want to belittle Oklahoma just about …

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November 30th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Texas-Texas A&M Predictions

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Mongol General: Conan! What is best in life?
Conan: To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.
Mongol General: That is good! That is good.
— “Conan the Barbarian”

Terry: All right. Now I have complied with your every request, would you agree?
Rusty: I would.
Terry: Good, ’cause now I have one of my own. Run and hide, asshole. Run and hide. If you should be picked up next week

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November 25th, 2008 at 7:10 am