Grading the Big 12’s signing classes: Texas, OU dominate as new coaches scrambled

The Big 12 is all about the new. There were four new head coaches trying to attract recruits. The top two classes were put together by coaches who’d just completed their second seasons on campus. The league’s identity will be retooled this fall. That started with the coaching hires and … Read More

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30 years of the American-Statesman’s Fab 55: The 30 No. 1s

In 1989, Dallas Carter linebacker Jessie Armstead topped the American-Statesman’s initial Fabulous 55. Football recruiting has changed a lot in 30 years. RELATED: The Fabulous 55 is celebrating 30 years, and oh how recruiting has changed since 1989 Suzanne Halliburton takes a look back at all 30 No. Read More

The Fabulous 55 is celebrating 30 years, and oh how recruiting has changed since 1989

Jessie Armstead represented everything that’s still so gloriously ostentatious about recruiting in the state of Texas. Three decades ago, he was the best player starring for possibly the best high school football team in the country. The linebacker from Dallas Carter High School called a press conference the first Wednesday … Read More

Revisiting our 2014 Fabulous 55: If we had to do it all over again …

If we knew then what we know now, the top 10 prospects on our 2014 Fabulous 55 list of the state’s top recruits would have looked like this: 1. Myles Garrett, defensive end: The Texas A&M defensive end from Arlington Martin was the top player taken in the 2017 NFL … Read More

Revisiting our 2014 Fabulous 55 (and no, you won’t find Patrick Mahomes or D’Onta Foreman on it)

This recruit was so important to his program that Kevin Sumlin, then the coach at Texas A&M, borrowed a maroon helicopter from a booster so he could drop in for a high school football game. Back in September 2013, Sumlin didn’t have time to waste. He was preparing his team … Read More

The 2018 Big 12 of the Big 12: QBs, WRs dominate our annual list of conference’s 12 best players

Can the Big 12 change its name to WRU? Seriously, there are so many quality receivers in the league that it’s difficult to name them all in a who’s who list of the conference’s best players. There are seven Big 12 wideouts who already have 1,000 receiving yards for the … Read More

In a role reversal, it was Oklahoma’s defense that made the big plays this time

ARLINGTON — When making comparisons to other elite teams, the knock on Oklahoma always has been its defense. As in, the Sooners didn’t have much of a defense that could stop anyone with any consistency. National analysts have pondered whether the Sooners are a complete team, especially after they survived … Read More

Oklahoma 39, Texas 27: Our five pregame questions for Oklahoma — answered

ARLINGTON — Revisiting our five pregame questions that were facing the Sooners ahead of Saturday’s 39-27 win in the Big 12 championship game. 1. Did Oklahoma hit the 300/300 combo? No. The Sooners didn’t come close to 300 yards passing and 300 yards rushing. They’d done it in five games … Read More

Texas vs. Oklahoma: Five questions facing the Sooners

Texas and Oklahoma meet for the second time this season in Saturday’s Big 12 championship game. Five questions facing Oklahoma: 1. Will Oklahoma hit the 300/300 combo? The Sooners’ offense, statistically, is the best in the country. And it’s incredibly balanced. OU has pulled off at least 300 yards … Read More

Red River roadmap: How Texas and Oklahoma each navigated their way to Arlington

A look back at each game of the season for Texas (9-3, 7-2 Big 12) and Oklahoma (11-1, 8-1), which meet on Saturday in the Big 12 championship game: Sept. 1: An opening stumble Maryland 34, No. 23 Texas 29: Goodbye, national ranking. The Longhorns started off in a funk, … Read More

For Oklahoma, there are two opponents this week: Texas for a Big 12 title, Ohio State for a CFP berth

You’ll have to forgive Lincoln Riley if he thinks he must prepare for two teams this week. The first is obvious. Riley’s Sooners take on Texas for the Big 12 title Saturday morning at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. That’s already an unusual game. It’s the first time OU and the … Read More

Time for a change? Kansas State could feature a new starting quarterback for the Texas game

Bill Snyder sometimes steps on a pedestal to preach about how schools are putting too much money into big, gaudy sports palaces. He doesn’t like excess. That’s a big no for the 78-year-old, so he doesn’t mind gigging administrators (including his own) who are all in on the building trend. Read More

Size matters: The building boom continues for bigger, better Big 12 athletic facilities

Jimbo Fisher inherited a palace of a football stadium when he accepted the job at Texas A&M. The Aggies are three years removed from finishing a $500 million renovation of Kyle Field, giving them the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference and one of the biggest in the country. But … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: West Virginia will wow nationally with its quarterback and receivers

We’re wrapping up our tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every Big 12 team. The final triplets: West Virginia. QB: Will Grier (2017 — the Florida transfer was 250 of 388 for 3,490 yards, 34 TDs and 12 INTs. He averaged 317.2 yards a game; … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech face a quandary at quarterback

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: Texas Tech. QB: McLane Carter (2017 — Played in four games and started one, finishing 23 of 46 for 359 yards, 2 TDs and 2 INTs; Texas history — The … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Is this the season Texas grows up on offense?

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: Texas. QB: Sam Ehlinger (2017 — 158 of 275 for 1,915 yards, 11 TDs and 7 INTs; Texas history — Started 6 games as a freshman and also was the … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Gary Patterson doesn’t want to give away QB details, but Horned Frogs skill players are no secret

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: TCU. QB: Shawn Robinson (2017 — Kenny Hill’s backup made it into six games, going 13 of 27 for 184 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT; Texas history — Has … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Oklahoma State is looking to replace two offensive heavyweights

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: Oklahoma State. QB: Taylor Cornelius (2017 — 6 of 10 for 148 yards, including a 56-yarder, but made it into only 5 games; Texas history — Has never faced the … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Oklahoma lost a lot of firepower, yet somehow still has a lot of firepower

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: Oklahoma. QB: Kyler Murray (2017 — 18 of 21 for 359 yards, 3 TDs and no INTs, as Baker Mayfield’s backup; Texas history — he didn’t play last year against … Read More

Triplets of the Big 12: Delton or Barnes? Kansas State’s quarterback battle is still too tight to call

We’re taking a tour of the top quarterback, running back and wide receiver of every Big 12 team. Today’s triplets: Kansas State. QB: Alex Delton (2017 — 49 of 85 for 637 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs. He played in seven games; Texas history — Was 2 of 5 … Read More