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Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: We’re backing the Big 12 underdogs, Minnesota in this week’s sports bets

Gambling is a painful love. A tricky mistress. We found that out last week with a 3-5 record that could have easily been 5-3 with a few breaks. Instead, the record for the year stands at 41-45-2. Not great. The meat of the college … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Ramey, Texas guards are taking care of business in the early season

The guards are running things early. That’s how it will have to be this basketball season if the Texas Longhorns are to make some real noise in the postseason. Tuesday’s 67-54 win over California Baptist gave us a look at how Texas could look come the money games. The guards … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: In this Big 12 stretch run, Texas will follow the same blueprint or sing the blues

Tom Herman found his blueprint against Kansas State. Or, rather, relocated it. You know, the formula that was supposed to carry the Longhorns to double-digit wins again and ultimately the College Football Playoff to rub elbows with the powerhouses, a narrative that was shattered early after Texas’ second loss of … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: LSU reigns at the top, at least for now

Voting in the Associated Press Top 25 football poll just got a little trickier. Do I displace Ohio State from No. 1 after it totally demolished a bad Maryland team? Do I reward LSU for breaking the curse against Alabama? How about Clemson as it continues to dismantle the horrid … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With its season on the line, Texas boots Kansas State behind its leaders

Congratulations go out to the Texas Longhorns. Tom Herman’s crew just became the fourth team from the state of Texas to become bowl- eligible. Saturday’s had-to-have-it 27-24 win over the scrappy Kansas State Wildcats wasn’t beautiful. It wasn’t a work of art. But the Longhorns got the desired result. Because … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas rebounds against Kansas State but hard-ly ever wins easy

Nine games into its season, there’s one immutable fact about the Texas football team. The Longhorns don’t do easy. Winning, as Tom Herman constantly reminds us, is hard. Really, really hard. So hard, in fact, he really should get T-shirts printed up that declare Texas Does Hard. Even after everything … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Veterans renewing push to remind Longhorns fans it’s more than ‘DKR’

Thursday marked the seven-year anniversary of Darrell K Royal’s death, and there are some who have a humble request of all Texas fans: Please stop referring to the football stadium flippantly as “DKR.” You’ve done it. I’ve done it. We’ve all done … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Can you trust Texas as a betting favorite at home against Kansas State?

We went 4-2-1 last week to grow our season record to 38-40-2. Another week or two of positive performances will put us in the money for the first time this season. The Corner takes the slow and steady approach to life, and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Andrew Jones completes long journey back to normal life

Andrew Jones was feeling it Tuesday night. That was easy enough to see. His easy, fluid motion as he ran up and down the court. His burgeoning confidence when he had the basketball in his hands. The unbridled joy with which he played. The first time he hit a three-pointer, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Herman, fans are wondering which Texas team shows up these final four games

Last we saw the Texas football team, we observed a club pretty much in disarray. The Longhorns were their own worst enemy in Fort Worth, committing four turnovers, failing to capitalize on three possessions in TCU territory and enduring Sam Ehlinger’s worst game of the year. In the month of … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Little movement in Top 25; Memphis-SMU thrilling

Thankfully, we got this past boring weekend out of the way. There was little movement in the Associated Press Top 10 where my top five teams, headed by Ohio State, remains the same. Wasn’t a ton of big games although I thought the Memphis win over SMU was thrilling with … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: We cord cutters may be stuck in the dark without Longhorn Network

Your trusty scribe is a cord cutter. Proud of it, too. TV is not what it used to be. Being that I’m of a certain age who remembers when there were only three major networks, “Bonanza” reruns and no remote control, well, suffice to say TV … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Place your bets, but don’t put your stock into TCU or Kansas this week

I owe each reader a beer or a taco after the 2-5 performance in last week’s Craven’s Corner. A reader pointed out an error in our overall record. After a re-check, he was correct. We are 34-38-1 on the season. Not horrible if we forget about last week. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas falls in a dreary loss to TCU, and now faces some harsh realities

FORT WORTH — Surely there’s a good explanation for this mess of a season. But given the soaring expectations for this Texas team after the statement win in the Sugar Bowl, there’s plenty of blame to be spread around at this jaw-dropping, under-achieving juncture. And that leaves a few harsh … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Tom Herman’s, Shaka Smart’s contracts right in line with their national counterparts

It’ll be a very merry Christmas around Tom Herman’s house this year, provided the Longhorns keep it between the guard rails from now until then. Herman is scheduled to receive a $1-million bonus if he’s still Texas’s coach on Dec. 25. If that’s not the case, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Ken Dabbs talked Earl Campbell into coming to Texas, and then kept talking

You didn’t really talk with Ken Dabbs. You just listened. If you were smart. He was the most spellbinding storyteller since Ernest Hemingway, and he could spin a tale like few others. When the loquacious former Texas football coach/recruiting coordinator and first Westlake head football coach in that school’s history … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Football, baseball, basketball make this a great time of year for sports betting

The corner went 5-5 last week to bring our record since the start of the NFL season to 31-34-1. We’re entering the best time of the year for sports gambling with the football in full-swing, the start of the NBA season as well as the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Tom Herman understands Texas fans’ anger, expectations

Tom Herman said Longhorn fans should be upset. Not to worry. They’re way ahead of him. That said, the Texas head coach struck the proper tone Monday when he said he totally understood why Longhorn Nation is up in arms after an excruciatingly close 50-48 win over three-touchdown underdog Kansas … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Badgers upset shakes up Top 25

Finally our first big upset of the season. And we’re not talking about Kansas covering the three-touchdown spread. Wisconsin’s stunning loss to 30-point underdog Illinois will shake up today’s Associated Press Top 25 poll and could ultimately hurt the Big Ten, especially if the Badgers turn the tables and upset … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas got the win, but the Longhorns’ defense remains comatose

It was a barn-burner for long-suffering Kansas fans. But if you live in Austin, this was closer to a dumpster fire. The Texas Longhorns are beaten up on defense, turnover prone and still one of the friendliest pass rushes in all of college football. They’re also no longer … Read More