- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's odd how quickly the football landscape can change.
About 18 months ago, former University of Texas quarterback Colt McCoy completely outclassed Missouri counterpart Blaine Gabbert in a Big 12 showdown. Texas won the game, 41-7, thanks to a near-flawless performance from McCoy, where he completed 26 of 31 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Gabbert struggled. He completed just 8 of 16 passes for 86 yards, one touchdown and was pulled in the third quarter. The October 2009 showdown was the only time these two quarterbacks met at the collegiate level.
But fast forward to the present where Gabbert is now a top draft prospect who could go as high as No. 1 overall to the Carolina Panthers. McCoy, meanwhile, was a third-round pick in 2010 and an eventual starter for the Cleveland Browns.
Depending on where Gabbert lands (Bengals at No. 4?), these two Big 12 alums could continue their rivalry in the NFL. But in college there was no competition. McCoy was 2-0 against Missouri in his four years as a starter at Texas and thrashed Gabbert by 34 points in their only head-to-head meeting.
Credit Gabbert for not letting that blowout loss to McCoy define him and improving to become a top pick over the next year and a half.
McCoy clearly had the advantage in college. But who will have the better NFL career?