Soaking it all in: Thousands celebrate Texas-LSU hoopla on GameDay

ESPN’s “College Football GameDay” traveling road show made its first trip to Austin in nearly a decade Saturday morning. It’s one of the most popular programs featured on the most popular sports network in the country. Want to know how popular the show was … Read More

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‘GameDay’ returned, and the Forty Acres was ready

ESPN brought its weekly “College GameDay” show to Austin on Saturday morning for the first time in a decade — and the Longhorns were ready … early. Some students began lining up at 10:30 p.m. Friday, and the number reached the thousands by Friday morning. They were greeted early by … Read More

Our annual Big 12 of the Big 12: The conference’s best dozen players, regardless of position

The best player in the Big 12 could be Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the guy who has been favorably compared to Tim Tebow, SEC royalty, for his on-field passion and instinctive power. Or maybe it’s Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, the one-time best offensive player in the SEC who transferred to the … Read More

Suzanne Halliburton

American-Statesman Staff

Halliburton: For those who covered Cedric Benson, No. 32 left a long, lasting legacy

I slept in Sunday. Turned the ringer off on my phone. It was one of the last free weekends before the season starts. There were so many messages when I woke up. That’s how I heard the news after everyone else. Cedric Benson, whom I covered for four years when … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: West Virginia’s muddled QBs room looks to OU transfer Austin Kendall

We conclude our annual Triplets of the Big 12 series, looking at every conference school’s expected standouts at quarterback, running back and receiver. Here, we finish with West Virginia. Quarterback: Austin Kendall … right? FYI: 6-2, 221-pound junior, from Waxhah, North Carolina; signed with Oklahoma in 2016, choosing the … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Bowman, Vasher give Texas Tech an electric pass-catch combination

We continue our annual Triplets of the Big 12 series, looking at every conference school’s expected standouts at quarterback, running back and receiver. Here, we’re talking Texas Tech. Quarterback: Alan Bowman FYI: 6-3, 210-pound sophomore, from Grapevine; only five other Tech quarterbacks have started a game as a true … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Ehlinger, Ingram and Johnson all give Texas some dynamic offensive weapons

We continue our annual Triplets of the Big 12 series, looking at every conference school’s expected standouts at quarterback, running back and receiver. Here, we’re talking Texas. Quarterback: Sam Ehlinger FYI: 6-3, 230-pound junior, from Austin Westlake; has played in 23 career games and has started 20 of those, … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: TCU’s Delton can bring a bit of Manhattan over to Fort Worth, Frogs hope

We continue our annual Triplets of the Big 12 series, looking at every conference school’s expected standouts at quarterback, running back and receiver. Here, we’re talking TCU. Quarterback: Alex Delton FYI: 6-0, 200-pound senior from Hays, Kansas by way of Kansas State; started six games in his Wildcats career, … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Oklahoma State’s offense should focus on talented Hubbard, Wallace

We continue our annual Triplets of the Big 12 series, looking at every conference school’s expected standouts at quarterback, running back and receiver. Here, we’re talking Oklahoma State. Quarterback: Dru Brown FYI: 5-11, 200-pound senior from San Mateo, Calif. by way of graduate transfer (Hawaii); he brings two years … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Another year, another Heisman Trophy quarterback for Oklahoma?

We continue our annual Triplets of the Big 12 series, looking at every conference school’s expected standouts at quarterback, running back and receiver. Here, we’re talking Oklahoma. Quarterback: Jalen Hurts FYI: 6-2, 219-pound senior and Alabama transfer, from Channelview; went 26-2 as a starter at Alabama, leading the Crimson … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Kansas State’s new coach has a QB history, and Thompson cant wait

We continue our annual Triplets of the Big 12 series, looking at every conference school’s expected standouts at quarterback, running back and receiver. Here, we’re talking Kansas State. Quarterback: Skylar Thompson FYI: 6-2, 212-pound junior, from Fort Osage, Mo.; ranks fifth in school history in career completion percentage (59.4) … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Kansas, needing a solid building block, is all in on Pooka Williams Jr.

We continue our annual Triplets of the Big 12 series, looking at every conference school’s expected standouts at quarterback, running back and receiver. Here, we’re talking Kansas. Quarterback: Thomas MacVittie FYI: 6-5, 225-pound junior from Cincinnati; a former Pitt signee, he was one of the country’s top JUCO quarterback … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: The cleats of Montgomery, Butler are big ones to fill for Iowa State

We continue our annual Triplets of the Big 12 series, looking at every conference school’s expected standouts at quarterback, running back and receiver. Here, we’re talking Iowa State. Quarterback: Brock Purdy FYI: 6-1, 210-pound sophomore, from Gilbert, Ariz; went 6-2 as a starter last year, the best season by … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Baylor knows what it’s got in Brewer, but there are questions after that

We kick off our annual Triplets of the Big 12 series, looking at every conference school’s expected standouts at quarterback, running back and receiver. Here, we’re talking Baylor. Quarterback: Charlie Brewer FYI: 6-1, 206-pound junior, from Lake Travis; Big 12 co-offensive freshman of the year; has the second-best career completion … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: Same ol’, same ol’ for No 2 Alabama?

We’re 34 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We continue with our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked first, second, eighth and 13th in … Read More

Want to know why Iowa State is a Big 12 contender? Check out the offensive line

ARLINGTON — The top two Big 12 teams in the preseason media poll are Oklahoma and Texas. Makes sense. The Sooners seemingly are always winning the title. The Longhorns, after a 10-4 year and a Sugar Bowl victory, are trying to return to their spot as … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: No. 12 Texas A&M has a loaded schedule to navigate

We’re 44 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We continue with our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked first, second, eighth and 13th in … Read More

A show of hands: Big 12’s most dazzling stars could be a trio of wide receivers

  ARLINGTON — There could be a lively debate that says the best returning players in the Big 12 are the guys who catch the ball. OK, we concede the fact that Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who hoisted the Sugar Bowl MVP trophy on New Year’s … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: For No. 16 Central Florida, it’s about who’s NOT on the field

We’re 48 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We kick off our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked 1st, 2nd, 8th and 13th in … Read More

Our 11th annual Top 25 countdown: No. 17 Iowa State aims to maintain its recent rise

We’re 49 days away from the 2019 season opener, but it’s never too early to talk college football. We kick off our 11th annual countdown series of our preseason Top 25 as selected by the American-Statesman sports staff. Last year’s eventual CFP semifinalists ranked 1st, 2nd, 8th and 13th in … Read More