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College Sports: Will the Big 12 title game be as exciting as the first matchup between Texas and Oklahoma? There’s no reason why not

Tim Cowlishaw, sports columnist for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, author of Drunk on Sports and panelist on ESPN’s “Around the Horn,” answered your questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks, Stars and college sports in his reader mailbag. Here are the highlights.

Where do you think Kingsbury is going to land – NCAA? NFL? …Cowboys?

Cowlishaw: The NFL makes a lot of sense for Kingsbury. He’s a young man, he can get back to college if he wants to. But the NFL is currently fascinated with the college game and those who have thrived in it. No one has done a better job teaching quarterbacks and putting points on the board than Kingsbury. An offensive coordinator’s position in the NFL could be a springboard to head coaching duties there as well, but, regardless, he can make a heck of a living as an NFL OC.

What do you make of Horns Down being a penalty? Is the Big 12 taking things too far for a rivalry game?

Cowlishaw: It’s a silly rule. I said it was ridiculous when West Virginia QB Will Grier got flagged for it after the two-point conversion in Austin. That could have been huge — a 15-yard penalty on the kickoff — had Tom Herman saved one of his timeouts. It’s a harmless gesture. I went to UT. I’m not offended by it and I can’t imagine who is. The things the fans of both teams are likely to chant are far worse than any Horns Down symbol. Would hate to see an important penalty as a result.

Do you expect the Big 12 title game to be as nail-biting as the first UT-OU matchup this season?

Cowlishaw: I don’t know why it wouldn’t be. The first game was excellent and this should be more of the same. Texas will stop Oklahoma. A couple of times. Not sure beyond that what can really be expected so the Longhorns have to drive the ball for touchdowns. That’s certainly doable against a team that has given up at least 40 in four straight games.

Who do you think makes it into the College Football Playoff?

Cowlishaw: I’ll go with Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame…and Ohio State. I’ll let you figure out how that’s going to happen.

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