Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Proud Taylor Duck. Graduated from Texas with honors.

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ goals remain intact — if those goals don’t involve winning national titles, that is

“The sun came up,” Tom Herman insisted in his introductory remarks Monday afternoon. Did it? Technically, it did and the world didn’t spin off its axis, a devastating loss to Oklahoma notwithstanding. The world didn’t stop, but Texas’ shot at a College Football Playoff berth did. In falling by the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

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Bohls: LSU gets bump to No. 2; Texas slips to No. 16

With LSU’s victory over Florida on Saturday night, the Tigers move from No. 3 to the No. 2 spot in my Associated Press Top 25 poll. Ed Orgeron’s team has proven itself at every turn and touts my Heisman frontrunner, quarterback Joe Burrow. Alabama’s defense, with four freshman starters, isn’t … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ shortcomings exposed in loss to worthy ‘opponent’

  DALLAS — They’re a year away. Or, maybe with a little luck and a very big win streak from here on in, maybe a couple of months away. The feeling here in August was that Texas, while talented in a few spots, lacked enough muscle and offensive firepower … Read More

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Bohls: As coaches, OU’s Riley, Texas’ Herman stand out as 1 and 1A

Lincoln Riley’s on the Most Wanted List. Every single one of them. If any NFL or high-level college vacancy comes open, the Oklahoma coach inevitably shows up on the list. The Washington Redskins is the latest opening, and yes, Riley’s name popped up as usual. Not immediately. It took at … Read More

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Former Texas golfer Scottie Scheffler named Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year

Yet another Texas Longhorn is off to make his mark on the PGA Tour. Scottie Scheffler, 23, earned his full-time PGA Tour card recently and on Tuesday was named 2019 Korn Ferry Tour Player of the Year as well as the Rookie of the Year in a vote of his peers, … Read More

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Bohls: Texas-OU is closer than this year’s betting line suggests

Unlike the early, lopsided betting line, the breakdown of this week’s Texas-Oklahoma game isn’t nearly that one-sided.  But then, the last time Lincoln Riley had a close shave, he was in his bathroom. The oddsmakers installed the sixth-ranked, unbeaten Sooners as a surprisingly large 10 1/2-point favorite. Maybe it’s … Read More

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Bohls: Florida, SMU, Baylor all on the rise

I’m so tired from a lack of sleep after catching the early flight from Pittsburgh to Nashville to Dallas to cover the Packers-Cowboys game, I may have voted SMU No. 1. OK, so I’ve checked, and I didn’t. But I did put the undefeated Mustangs No. 19 in my Associated … Read More

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Bohls: Texas out-tricked, outplayed inspired Mountaineers for the win

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Presumably Texas has something really special saved up for Oklahoma. It sure did for West Virginia. The 11th-ranked Longhorns unleashed their bag of tricks for a pair of eye-popping, fourth-quarter touchdowns against the unranked and outmanned but inspired Mountaineers, unveiling a throwback lateral to an offensive … Read More

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Bohls: Buckeyes top my AP Top 25 ballot

I’m all in on the Buckeyes. For the first time this season, my Associated Press Top 25 ballot reflects a change at the top, thanks to a near upset of Clemson by Mack Brown’s plucky North Carolina and yet more total domination by Ohio State, this time over outmatched Nebraska. Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ Shaka Smart is confident with familiar faces, better shooting

Jarrett Allen popped into Denton Cooley the other day, and his former coach was so impressed with his maturity and growth that he couldn’t have been happier to see him. Well, maybe Shaka Smart could have been a little happier. Like if Allen was sticking around the Texas basketball program … Read More

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Bohls: Texas was finally better than Oklahoma State, if barely

At long last, Texas can definitively and safely make a legitimate boast. The Longhorns are better than Oklahoma State. If barely. As in the game ended just in time after quarterback Sam Ehlinger’s clock-killing run, and the Longhorns sprinted into their locker room at Royal-Memorial Stadium before someone ordered them … Read More

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Bohls: Texas looks poised to snap its home losing streak to Cowboys — here’s why

Texas hasn’t beaten Oklahoma State in Austin since … wait for it … since 2008. It’s been a minute. Seems longer. That was two UT head coaches ago. That was two presidents ago. That was at least two Mike Gundy hair-dos ago. That was too, too long ago. The last … Read More

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Bohls: AP ballot mostly status quo

Seems like there’s been a huge shortage of Top 25 matchups and just big-time games through the first three weeks of the season, meaning very few upsets as well. So the top five in my Associated Press Top 25 ballot remained the same from last week. I think you could … Read More

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Bohls: Why does Texas play Rice? Well, because it’s easy

HOUSTON — JFK had it backward. When the president adlibbed during his ambitious 1962 speech at Rice Stadium about going to the moon, he slipped in a catchy phrase on the fly and posed the question, “Why does Rice play Texas?” The president should have queried, “Why does Texas play … Read More

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Bohls: What does 12th-ranked Texas have to worry about? Let’s remember 1994 …

I remember the rain. Buckets and buckets of it. Unrelenting. The rain started that Friday in Houston, but by Sunday, it was a full deluge. The Houston area was struck with torrential flooding in October 1994, weather so severe that it cost 17 people their lives and more than $800 … Read More

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Bohls: ESPN’s Herbstreit not backing off Texas’ CFP chances

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit went out on a limb in late August and predicted Texas would not only win the Big 12 but also reach the College Football Playoff quartet in December. He’s still kind of out there, hoping it doesn’t break off.  But it’s a really long and unstable … Read More

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Bohls: Texas is narrowing the gap, but LSU is clearly already there

Saturday’s frenzied affair at Royal-Memorial Stadium confirmed more than a few notions that were subject to debate going into this second week of the season. Texas is a year away. LSU is, well, maybe four months away. That’s how close the sixth-ranked Tigers could be from a championship. They … Read More

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Bohls: Texas and Tom Herman — a match made in … Bastrop?

Tom Herman wasn’t pleased to get the question last Saturday night, just a few minutes after he had finally won a season opener at Texas in his third try. Nor was he thrilled with having to address it on Monday, either. “LSU is a great place, a tremendous football program,” … Read More

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Bohls: The Big 12 vs. the SEC? As Texas-LSU nears, there really is no argument

OK, class, we know school has just begun, but we are springing a surprise pop quiz on you. Is the Southeastern Conference truly the best conference in college football? The correct answer, until proven otherwise, is yes. Still, yes. The SEC rules because it has the best program in the … Read More

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Bohls: Texas’ defense was anything but a liability, looks liable to be really good

The notion that the Texas offense would have to carry the defense for the first month or so of the new season was so prevalent that one might have thought those on the offensive side of the ball would be outfitted in backpacks. And on this August evening, Sam Ehlinger … Read More