Big 12 recruiting recap: Longhorns slotted second behind Oklahoma in national rankings

(Ordered by 247Sports consensus rankings) OKLAHOMA SOONERS National rank: 8 OU methodically put together its best class since finishing fourth in 2010. It’s the only group from the Big 12 in the top 25. Seven players from the American-Statesman’s Fab 55 list of top state recruits and 12 … Read More

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Austin tuned in for Sugar Bowl, not much else this bowl season

Two years running with no bowl bids for the Texas Longhorns might be taking its toll on the Austin market. Austin reached the top 10 in television viewership for just one of the big New Year’s Six games — the Sugar Bowl. With Big 12 champion Oklahoma playing in that … Read More

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Clemson’s DeShaun Watson says Vince Young was his inspiration

In Clemson’s post-game celebration after the national championship game in Tampa late Monday, quarterback Deshaun Watson said he was thinking of Vince Young when he threw the game-winning touchdown pass with one second left. Watson and the Tigers became the first team to beat Nick Saban’s Alabama team in a … Read More

Our sixth annual Ranking the NFL Longhorns project: Part 2

Once known as DBU, the University of Texas looked more like LBU for the 2016 NFL season. Three linebackers stole the show, slotting near the top of the American-Statesman’s sixth annual Ranking The NFL Longhorns project. LOOK: A photo gallery of all the former Longhorns in the NFL … Read More

Our sixth annual Ranking the NFL Longhorns project: Part 1

Once known as DBU, the University of Texas looked more like LBU for the 2016 NFL season. Three linebackers stole the show, slotting near the top of the American-Statesman’s sixth annual Ranking The NFL Longhorns project. One snapped the two-year reign of our previous standout who topped our list with … Read More

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Even if offered, Texas won’t accept bid, bowl sources say

While Texas might be extended a bowl invitation Saturday, the Longhorns will not accept one, multiple bowl sources have told the American-Statesman. The sources did not want to be identified because they said that decision should be announced by the school. So far, Longhorns officials have not declared whether they … Read More

Horns need a couple of upsets to move into bowl picture

If Texas is to snag a minor bowl invitation as a 5-7 replacement team, the Longhorns will need help from a Sun Belt Conference underdog. Texas has two shots Saturday afternoon: Louisiana Monroe (4-7) will need to take down Louisiana Lafayette (5-6) or New Mexico State (3-8) will need to … Read More

Betting the Horns: Texas-TCU is a game to watch, but not to gamble on

For all the distress over the Texas Longhorns, check out the 2016 TCU Horned Frogs. Picked by the league’s coaches to finish second in the Big 12, the frustrating Frogs are flailing away at 5-5, just hoping — like the 5-6 Horns — to squeeze into a minor bowl game. Read More

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Arlington will host next 5 Big 12 football title games

When the Big 12 Conference football championship game returns next year, it will be anchored in AT&T Stadium in Arlington. AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, will host the game for five consecutive years from 2017-21. The Big 12 voted to bring back the title game after a six-year … Read More

Betting the Horns: Vegas has been right on target for Texas all season

The Texas Longhorns are often puzzling to their fans, but Las Vegas has consistently had them figured out. Only one Texas game has deviated more than 6½ points from the point spread, and that was against Cal way back on Sept. 17. The Longhorns were 7½-point favorites and lost by … Read More

Betting the Horns: West Virginia looks like it’s for real

In its fifth year in the Big 12, West Virginia is chasing its first football championship. The Mountaineers have never been so close, yet they’re still quite a long shot. Until this year, West Virginia (7-1, 4-1) has never been three games above .500 in conference play. Overall, the Mountaineers … Read More

Betting the Horns: This Texas-Texas Tech matchup has shootout written all over it

When quick-moving offenses meet slow-reacting defenses, expect plenty of points. Las Vegas oddsmakers see Texas at Texas Tech as the highest-scoring game in college football this weekend. The over/under for total points is 81½. Of the other 55 games on the board, only a couple from the Pac-12 are in … Read More

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Texas 23rd in Kevin Lyttle’s AP preseason basketball ballot

For the fourth year in a row, I am honored to be part of The Associated Press’ national media panel of voters for the men’s basketball poll. There are 65 of us spread across the country. Texas has three voters, one of six states with three. No state has as … Read More

Betting the Horns: This may sound scary, but the fun is over for the Texas defense

Texas fans will cringe when they read this, but the fun is over for the Longhorns defense. The Horns just faced two of the three worst offenses in the Big 12, with mixed results. These next three weeks, Texas gets three of the nation’s top 10 offenses in Baylor, Texas … Read More

Betting the Horns: Kansas State’s strengths play in to Texas’ strengths

Bad things happen to the Texas Longhorns when they venture into Manhattan, but there are indications this year’s trip to the Little Apple could be different. Although the Texas defense is improving, it can still look silly against a good quarterback and an up-tempo offense. Kansas State won’t present those … Read More

Betting the Horns: So far, Texas has been solid against the line

On the surface, Iowa State at Texas looks like a dog. It’s two losing teams unlikely to factor into the Big 12 race, except as a spoiler. From a betting perspective, Iowa State at Texas pairs two of only three Big 12 teams with a winning record against the point … Read More

Betting on the Horns: In this Red River rivalry, OU has struggled against a different kind of spread

For the fourth year in a row and the fifth time in six years, Oklahoma is a double-digit favorite over Texas. Overall, the Sooners are favored for the seventh straight year in their Red River rivalry. Those stats, along with the Sooners’ nine Big 12 championships to the Longhorns’ three, … Read More

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Texas drops to No. 7 in Big 12 football power poll

It’s been a rough few weeks for Texas, with 99 points given up the past two games to California and Oklahoma State. Hardly anyone is playing defense in the Big 12, but few are doing it worse than the Longhorns. Because of that, their stock is dropping fast — all … Read More

Betting on the Horns: Texas has OSU right where it wants it — in Stillwater

If there’s one thing a fan could bank on for the past decade of the Texas-Oklahoma State series, it’s a victory by the visiting team. The past eight times the Longhorns ventured into Stillwater, they roped the Cowboys. The past four times Oklahoma State played in Austin, Pistol Pete came … Read More

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Texas stays at No. 5 in Big 12 football power poll

While Texas stayed home last week, Baylor made a bit of a power move with its win over Oklahoma State. The Bears are No. 1 in the Austin American-Statesman’s Big 12 football power poll, with the Longhorns sitting at No. 5. Texas can move up at least one spot if … Read More