The non-power FBS conferences added three more bowl games to the 2014 postseason, bringing the total number of bowls next year to 39 while Houston quarterback David Piland cites concussions while announcing the end of his college football career.
Bob Stoops has gotten the better of Mack Brown and his Longhorns recently, beating Texas each of the last three years as his unbeaten Oklahoma squad is heavily favored to make it four Red River Rivalry wins in a row.
Texas' inability to tackle in the open field kept it from beating Oklahoma last year, or from even keeping the game close. To avoid being blown out this time around, the Longhorns are going to need to tackle better and stay true to their promise to be an up-tempo offense.
Johnathan Gray has averaged more than 100 yards per game in Texas' last four contests and has already rushed for more touchdowns this season (four) than he did last year (three). The Longhorns will need him to have a big game against a tough Oklahoma defense this Saturday.
Tajh Boyd faces Boston College while Jameis Winston gets a week off before facing Boyd's Tigers next weekend in what will be a game that has major Heisman and national title implications. Meanwhile, Marcus Mariota lurks as the top Heisman candidate from outside the ACC.