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,” answers your questions about the Cowboys, Rangers, Mavericks and local college sports in a live chat recently. Here are some highlights.

What is the likelihood that the Big 12 will regret the championship game? I could easily see OU or OSU finishing first, with OSU/OU and TCU tying for second. Then what happens if the second place team wins the game?

Cowlishaw: Have discussed that a lot and for three years. It’s a huge risk. I think it would have made more sense to break the team into two five-team groups (although the geography doesn’t really work with four Texas teams and two Oklahoma teams) and have the winners of the groups play. With No. 1 playing No. 2, you run a greater risk of No. 1 getting beat. And it’s unlikely that this conference will be so strong that a No. 2 will just jump into the CFP. So the answer to your question is it’s a considerable risk being taken to get that precious 13th “data point.”

What’s your way-too-early College Football Playoff prediction?

Cowlishaw: OK, LOVE way too early predictions. Penn State, LSU, Oklahoma State and USC. Boom. There you go. With USC defeating Penn State in the national championship (and a Rose Bowl rematch).

Would you rather watch a South Florida-Texas bowl game (Charlie Strong vs. Tom Herman), or A&M-Texas in a bowl? I mean, neither is out of the realm of possibility this year, right?

Cowlishaw: I think the South Florida-Texas is a once in a lifetime opportunity and would be more fun. Texas and A&M need to get their acts together and play each other in the regular season. I think that will happen but we may be a decade

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