Our 10th annual Top 25 countdown: No. 24 LSU has a tough schedule, questions at key spots

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 5, 8 and 14 on our 2017 list. Our … Read More

It’s time for our 10th annual Top 25 preseason series — and we cannot figure out the Big 12

Fire up that Fourth of July grill and let’s talk a little college football. The Astros, the World Cup? Fun diversions. Yet we all know what really moves that meter #deepintheheartof. In our rite of summer, the American-Statesman counts down its 10th annual Preseason Top 25 beginning this week. We’ll … Read More

Former Texas catcher Cameron Rupp makes his way back to Austin area with Express

The newest member of the Round Rock Express will need no introduction to area baseball fans. Cameron Rupp, a standout catcher for the Texas Longhorns from 2008-10, spent the past three seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. When the Phils surprisingly released him, he was out of work for only a week before … Read More

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Oklahoma’s Trae Young — college basketball’s No. 1 attraction — makes his Texas tour stop

The best show in college basketball rolls into Austin on Saturday. No, we’re not talking about ESPN’s GameDay, which will be at the Erwin Center for the first time in nine years. Trae Young will be making his one — and surely only — appearance in town before … Read More

Bucking the line: Competitive Longhorns have made some people a lot of money

And you thought Texas only led the Big 12 in moral victories. The Longhorns are not only tied for first in the conference against the line, they have one of finest records in the country. Any gambler in Vegas would be envious of the roll Texas is on. The Horns … Read More

Bucking the line: Will Oklahoma struggle again as a favorite over Texas?

The Sooners might have the Longhorns right where they want them. Much has been made of these teams seemingly headed in opposite directions, arrow pointing up for Texas and Oklahoma scuffling of late. That could actually play out in OUs favor Saturday. The burden of expectations has hurt Oklahoma in … Read More

Bucking the Line: Texas can’t stack up to USC — and here’s why

Vince Young has offered his school words of inspiration this week. It’s too bad Texas can’t find a way to suit him up Saturday night in Los Angeles. The biggest reason why Southern Cal should easily handle the Longhorns isn’t the home-field advantage, the Trojans’ experience in big games or … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bucking the Line: Our best bets are back this season

If you’ve been around Austin long enough, you might recall a popular American-Statesman feature called Bucking The Line. It was a weekly column I wrote from the mid-1980s to the early 90s, offering college football picks against the point spread. Most seasons, the selections were quite good. The mail and … Read More

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Pick Six: Previewing the best of the 2017 college football season

Previewing the 2017 college football season: NATIONAL CONTENDERS (Las Vegas odds in parentheses): Alabama (5½-2): The Crimson Tide have rolled to 17 straight SEC victories by an average of 21 points and are a massive favorite to claim a fourth consecutive league title despite losing four NFL first-round draft picks. Read More

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The American-Statesman’s Top 25 countdown: No. 2 Ohio State

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 2 … Read More

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The American-Statesman’s Top 25 countdown: No. 12 LSU

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 12 … Read More

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The American-Statesman’s Top 25 countdown: No. 14 Georgia

Sure, it’s July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s CFP semifinalists were ranked Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 17 on our 2016 list. Today’s team: No. 14 … Read More

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Next up: Statesman Preseason Top 25 college football poll

SEC media days roll out next week, the Big 12 taps the hype machine in two weeks, teams report to camp in late July, and kickoff to the 2017 college football season is barely eight weeks away. While fans count the days, the American-Statesman will crank up its ninth annual … Read More

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Texas ex Stubbs making most of home with Express

Center fielder batting .308 and catching most everything. Some tweaks helping 32-year-old show new side to his game. Nine-year major league veteran also is an excellent golfer. Drew Stubbs relishes a return to the major leagues, but in the meantime it’s pretty nice to be able to drive to his … Read More

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What needs to happen for Texas baseball to host a regional?

On Friday we laid out scenarios where anywhere from seven to 11 teams from Texas could earn NCAA baseball tournament bids. The Lone Star State — and Big 12 — remains on track for a huge haul when the field of 64 is announced Monday (11 … Read More

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