Houston, BCS payouts in Mailbag

Time for another edition of the mailbag. Keep your questions and comments coming. Remember, you have a better chance of getting a response if you ask something I have not answered yet. Sorry, Brandon in Allendale, N.J., I have already answered questions about being a "UCF homer." You will have to check this mailbag for my response.

Now on to some original questions:

Jonny Danger in Houston writes: I've read about the schools that made/lost money on their big bowl games (good for Ohio State, bad for UCONN). When a school goes to a bowl game do they keep a chunk of the payout themselves or does it all go into the conference pot that is then divvied up among all the schools? How much money does a non-bowl team in a BCS conference make from such payouts? Non-BCS?

Andrea Adelson: The automatic qualifying conferences get a lump sum based on the number of teams they get into the BCS. Then the conferences divide it among their member schools. Each conference divides the money up differently. As for the non-AQ teams, all five conferences receive a lump sum and then decide how to divide it up. I did a post on the breakdown earlier this week that answers your question.

Oliver in Philadelphia writes: With Temple finally getting an experienced quarterback, some serious depth on the offensive line, a stacked defense as usual and a head coach who knows what he's doing on offense, is it possible Temple finally wins the MAC and its first bowl game since 1977?

Adelson writes: I could put you in touch with Gators fans who would dispute that Steve Addazio knows what he is doing on offense. But that is another story and another blog post. Your point is well taken. It certainly is possible for Temple to win the MAC. After watching Miami (Ohio) do it last year, anything is possible I suppose. But any time you go into a season with uncertainty at quarterback, alarm bells go off for me. The defense might be stacked, but it also is losing NFL draft picks in Muhammad Wilkerson and Jaiquawn Jarrett, who was the defensive MVP of the team last season. There is no question Temple has the talent. But Northern Illinois and Miami (Ohio) have plenty of talent returning as well.

Bill Davis in Seoul, South Korea, writes: Who came out of the spring as the No. 1 quarterback at UTEP? I know there were four guys after the job at the start of the spring -- Nick Lamaison, Javia Hall, Carson Meger and Tate Smith. Lamaison won the JC title at Mount SAC, Hall was a decorated Texas prep who got into Coach Mike Price's doghouse in the past for not being enough of a team leader, Meger is the undersized son of a coach who keeps beating the odds after winning a scholarship and Smith is the New Mexico transfer looking to get the keys to the car in his senior year.

Adelson writes: It appears to be a two-man race between Lamaison and Hall following the end of spring practice. Hall showed much improvement in the spring and had the best spring game of all four quarterbacks. Coach Mike Price said Hall was "outstanding" in the spring. But Lamaison does have starting experience. Price told the El Paso Times, "They've got four months to keep their position. Four months to show leadership, work with the team. Both need to learn the offense better. I was really pleased with the play of both of those guys."

Stephen Silva in Houston writes: With Case Keenum returning to the Houston Cougars, do you think we will see another season with 5,000+ yards passing? Also, do you think the Cougars will fix their defensive woes with the most recent draft class?

Adelson writes: I had a good conversation with coach Kevin Sumlin yesterday and asked him your question about Keenum. "I don't know," he said with a laugh. Methinks he probably has been asked about that a few times. As for the defense, there definitely are some good players with good size who could contribute. They have got to get their defensive line to play better to have any shot at the type of improvement Sumlin wants to see.