NCAA football gambling expectations are always high for Texas but they will enter the 2010 NCAA football wagering season with just 12 returning starters.
McCoy was the 4-year starting quarterback that led Texas to some of its greatest success in decades but he also departed without a BCS title. Sophomore Garrett Gilbert, who had to replace McCoy in the BCS Championship Game against Alabama last year when the senior went down with injury, takes over the full time reins on offense.
Gilbert is actually reputed to have a stronger arm than McCoy.
The Longhorns may have a lot of starting spots to fill but head coach Mack Brown is not known as “Mr. February” for nothing has he has proven to be one of the top recruiters in the land with classes that are always ranked in the top 5.
Brown will be going back to the basics in 2010 as he will junk the spread for a more traditional power running game in order to help take heat and keys off Gilbert.
“We want to go back to being more balanced,” said Brown.
One of the keys to Texas success this year with the college football odds is that the offensive line is experienced with 4 seniors starting. Sophomore Tre’ Newton will be the lead running back after averaging 4.8-yards per carry as a freshman on a pass oriented team.
The defense has kept teams under 20 points per game in 5 out of the last 6 seasons and is again expected to be an asset with the college football lines. Senior defensive end Sam Acho will be a key leader after compiling 10 sacks in 2009.
Texas was an overlay last year that got the money in just 5 out of 14 games despite going 13-1 straight up. The Horns have shown a NCAA football gambling profit in just 1 out of the last 4 seasons as the general public flocks to them due to their consistency as a perennial contender and national reputation.
Texas will have a tough 4-game stretch that could determine the success of their season starting September 18 at Texas Tech, followed by a home game against improving UCLA, the Red River Rivalry against Oklahoma, and then a trip to Nebraska to face the revenge seeking Huskers that lost to UT in the Big 12 title game.