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Texas ranked No. 5* in Big 12 football power poll

Does the Big 12 have a top team right now? It’s certainly hard to pick one. Texas was No. 1 in the Austin American-Statesman’s Big 12 power poll until its 50-43 loss at California early Sunday morning. Now things look a bit strange. After surveying the sordid Big 12 … Read More

Betting on the Horns: History says be wary of freshmen QBs in their first road game … right?

Now we move to step three of the Texas Longhorns’ recovery process: Road testing. The Longhorns (2-0) have proven they can win a marquee national game as a home underdog, and they handled business as a 30-point home favorite against a weak opponent. Shane Buechele is the focal point of … Read More

Betting on the Horns: For Texas, 30 points is a lot to give UTEP

To win as a slight underdog is one thing. To cover a point spread as a prohibitive favorite is completely another matter. That is the position Texas is in this week. The Longhorns, who outlasted Notre Dame 50-47 as a 3½-point dog, are 30-point favorites over UTEP. Predictably, Horns fans/backers … Read More

The American-Statesman’s Top 25: No. 2 Alabama

Sure, it’s just July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our eighth annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last season’s four College Football Playoff semifinalists were rated Nos. 3, 6, 13 and … Read More

The American-Statesman’s Top 25: No. 3 Florida State

Sure, it’s just July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our eighth annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last season’s four College Football Playoff semifinalists were rated Nos. 3, 6, 13 and … Read More

The American-Statesman’s Top 25: No. 7 Ohio State

Sure, it’s just July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our eighth annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last season’s four College Football Playoff semifinalists were rated Nos. 3, 6, 13 and … Read More

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Longhorn fans, Las Vegas does not like your team

So most, or all, of the pieces are in place. Four-star players — yours and Baylor’s — are overpopulating the roster. It looks like there might be a competent new quarterback for a change. The conference isn’t anything great. The coaching staff is pretty much under a mandate to win … Read More

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Malik Jefferson makes Sports Illustrated top-50 list

Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson made Sports Illustrated’s list of the top-100 players in the country for the 2016 college football season. Jefferson, the 6-foot-3-inch, 232-pound sophomore wrecker from Mesquite, is No. 48 on the list. Of the 10 Big 12 players who made the top 100, Jefferson is the … Read More

The American-Statesman’s Top 25: No. 20 North Carolina

Sure, it’s just July. But it’s never too early to talk college football. Here’s your daily fix — our eighth annual countdown of the preseason Top 25, as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last season’s four College Football Playoff semifinalists were rated Nos. 3, 6, 13 and … Read More

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Will Iowa’s C.J. Beathard be better QB than VY, Colt?

Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis really likes his quarterback. Make that really, really, really likes his quarterback. How much? The former Texas OC, who tutored Vince Young and Colt McCoy with the Longhorns, raised a lot of eyebrows when he said this the other day about Hawkeyes senior C.J. Beathard: … Read More

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Previewing the American-Statesman’s Top 25 football poll

Fourth of July is in the rearview mirror, college preview magazines are hitting the newsstands and the countdown to kickoff will last for a mere eight more weeks. In Texas, we don’t need an excuse to start talking football, but the American-Statesman is set to crank up the hype with … Read More

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Ex-Longhorn Jalen Overstreet to be in NFL supplemental draft

Sam Houston State running back Jalen Overstreet, a former Texas Longhorn, is one of six players declared eligible for the NFL supplemental draft July 14. Overstreet was the Bearkats’ No. 2 rusher last year with 821 yards, and he scored seven touchdowns as a redshirt junior for a Sam Houston … Read More

Big 12 schools and expansion: What’s in it for them?

The pros and cons of Big 12 expansion — among the topics of discussion at this week’s Big 12 meetings in Irving, which begin Tuesday — seem maddeningly complicated, but, in reality, they might be quite simplistic. Texas and Oklahoma drive the bus, and they will get what they … Read More

Big 12 expansion: BYU aims to be conference’s pick to click

Attention, Big 12. BYU brings the clicks. If the conference is to expand, we know this: BYU would serve up a large and energized fan base that knows its way around social media. Cougars fans proved that this past week when the American-Statesman conducted an online series of … Read More

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The Big 12 Expansion Tour: South Florida

Big 12 chancellors, presidents and athletic directors meet next week in Irving to discuss several issues, including whether the conference should expand to 12 teams by adding two more. That may or may not happen, but if it does, what are the Big 12’s expansion options? We’re taking a look … Read More

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The Big 12 Expansion Tour: Colorado State

Big 12 chancellors, presidents and athletic directors meet next week in Irving to discuss several issues, including whether the conference should expand to 12 teams by adding two more. That may or may not happen, but if it does, what are the Big 12’s expansion options? We’re taking a look … Read More

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The Big 12 Expansion Tour: Central Florida

Big 12 chancellors, presidents and athletic directors meet next week in Irving to discuss several issues, including whether the conference should expand to 12 teams by adding two more. That may or may not happen, but if it does, what are the Big 12’s expansion options? We’re taking a look … Read More

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The Big 12 Expansion Tour: BYU

Big 12 chancellors, presidents and athletic directors meet this week in Irving to discuss several issues, including whether the conference should expand to 12 teams by adding two more. That may or may not happen, but if it does, what are the Big 12’s expansion options? We’re taking a look … Read More

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The Big 12 Expansion Tour: Boise State

Big 12 chancellors, presidents and athletic directors meet next week in Irving to discuss several issues, including whether the conference should expand to 12 teams by adding two more. That may or may not happen, but if it does, what are the Big 12’s expansion options? We’re taking a look … Read More

Big 12 expansion primer: Everything you need to know

Big 12 chancellors, presidents and athletic directors will gather for league meetings next week in Irving to discuss a range of topics, including two that are critical for the conference’s future: Should the conference add a championship game in football, now that the NCAA is allowing them to do so? … Read More