University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy had a strong showing in 2007, leading the Longhorns to an 11-3 record, including a Holiday Bowl win over then number 12 Arizona State. McCoy threw for 3,303 yards in '07, reaching number two on UT's all time list, and while he is no Vince Young, McCoy showed his ability to make plays with his feet by rushing for 492 yards (second on the team in '07), and four touchdowns.
In my opinion, McCoy could have a breakout year in '08, with several winnable games on the docket for the Longhorns. There are several big games that the Longhorns are playing at home this upcoming season that I could foresee the Longhorns putting the "W" column. Most notably are Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Baylor, and most importantly, the Longhorns are hosting the Texas A&M Aggies, one of their biggest rivals. Missouri could present a little bit of a problem for the Longhorns, being that they had great success in '07, but again, I'm giving the Longhorns the benefit of the doubt and picking them to take care of business at home.
With all of that said, the Longhorns do have some challenges ahead of them in '08. As always, the Oklahoma Sooners will be a big hurdle that the Longhorns have to jump, but I'm hopeful that McCoy will continue to improve (he posted a 65% completion rating in '07), and it's possible that the Longhorns can come out winners. I will personally be on Upset Alert when the Longhorns visit the Kansas Jayhawks on November 15th. With 15 returning starters (nine on the defensive side of the ball), "rebuilding" shouldn't be too hard for the Jayhawks, who were once ranked as high as number two by the BCS and Associated Press rankings in '07, (Week 12).
What are your thoughts on Colt McCoy and the Texas Longhorns' '08 outlook?