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Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Taking underdogs in the Big 12, with four NFL wagers

Nothing has been easy in 2020, including sports gambling. This might be the hardest year in memory to place bets on games that may or may not happen, counting on players who may or may not play in the game. The disruptions in practice schedules and missing players … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: OSU’s got the names on offense and lots of game on defense waiting for Texas

Tailback Chuba Hubbard, probably Canada’s biggest export since Dan Aykroyd or John Candy or Rachel McAdams, led college football in rushing last year and finished eighth in the Heisman voting. Wideout Tylan Wallace is the latest in a long line of great Oklahoma State wide receivers … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Hello, Big Ten, welcome to the party

Welcome back, Big Ten. We’ve missed you. With a fourth Power 5 conference back in the fold and on the field, my Associated Press Top 25 college football ballot now includes those from that storied (stubborn) conference. The Big Ten started this weekend with … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas throttles Baylor, eyes its final chance in Stillwater

And now for the main event. Actually maybe the only event left, given what’s at stake. When a team like a 3-2 Texas reaches the halfway point of an abbreviated, 10-game season with two losses already in Big 12 play, the next game is … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Finally, some defense from the Horns in Texas’ win over Baylor

Texas won a football game. That’s the first time we’ve uttered those words in nearly a month. And the Horns won on Saturday because of their defense. That’s the first time we’ve uttered those words since … well, let’s just say it’s been a while.   … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Can someone please explain what’s going on around here?

What a week at Texas, where every day is a new adventure. The steer got sued. That was an interesting Monday night call. “I’m an Aggie myself,” Nick Wagner’s attorney Jon Powell said. “When Nick contacted me, it was of immediate interest for an Aggie to … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: As reunion approaches, former teammates Herman, Aranda dealing with non-football issues, too

Before they became household names as coaches, Tom Herman and Dave Aranda were a couple of freewheeling college football players at tiny California Lutheran University in Southern California 25 years ago. Aranda, now the first-year head coach at Baylor, was a bruising linebacker who first met Herman, in his fourth … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: The Big Ten joins the college football party, the Big 12 is in full swing

Our strong start in September was mostly erased following a three-week span in October. Craven’s Corner started the year 14-5. We now sit at 21-19 thanks to an atrocious three weeks betting on NFL games. We’re 1-8 at the professional level in October with a 6-6 record in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Herman is straddling support of players and appeasing fans

Tom Herman was one mellow fellow on Monday. He was calm. He was reasoned. He was positive. He was organized and thorough and pleasant. He even offered a few book reviews on positive thinking. He wasn’t the least bit defensive or irritable and didn’t … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Soaring Aggies make a statement, on the rise

OK, Aggies, we get it. You’re good. Celebrate. Enjoy your pounding of Mississippi State, your soaring ranking in the polls and a week off before facing new, uh, powerhouse Arkansas. Texas A&M (3-1) made the biggest ascent on my Associated Press … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: For a team (still) unable to run the ball, Slinging Sammy is the best cure-all

The anguish from his Texas team’s 53-45 quadruple-overtime loss to Oklahoma was still fresh on his mind as well as deeply embedded in the hearts of Longhorn Nation. A week later, Tom Herman is frantically searching for answers. For springing the Longhorns’ bottled-up run game. For fixing the kicking woes … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: In other news, Longhorns well on their way to another historic year — in penalties

Let’s turn the eyes of Texas onto all those flags littering the ground. The coaches may change, but referees still earn a full day’s pay working UT games. Texas averaged 6.4 penalties per game in 2015. At the time, Charlie Strong said, “We do it to ourselves.” The next season, … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Eleven bets to place this week across college football, NFL

So far, our October is shaping up similarly to the October that the Longhorns and Cowboys are experiencing. We were riding high with a 14-5 record in September. Going 1-4 last week brings the October mark to 3-7. Still, we’re betting with house money after a 17-12 start … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Georgia chasing Clemson; rising Aggies get signature win

Clemson remains atop my new Associated Press Top 25 ballot after taking on challenger Miami and dominating the Hurricanes at home, but the Tigers have a new team chasing them with Georgia rising to No. 2 ahead of this week’s opponent Alabama. The Bulldogs’ decisive win … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Stinging loss could leave Tom Herman on borrowed time at Texas

DALLAS — The ball floated out of Sam Ehlinger’s exhausted arm and was cradled by Oklahoma’s Tre Brown in the corner of the end zone, ending a game that had almost refused to end. Ehlinger did everything humanly possible — maybe super-humanly possible — but his … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Sam Ehlinger’s legacy at Texas takes a hit with his 1-4 career record vs. Sooners

DALLAS — Legacy is a tricky word. There is a subjectivity about it that can skew the meaning of the discussion, and in Sam Ehlinger’s case, just like any Texas quarterback, it will usually come down to how he fared against Oklahoma. After Saturday’s 53-45 quadruple overtime loss, the Texas … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: His first Texas-OU game is an early Red River gut check for Chris Ash

It’s gut check time, Chris Ash. Texas’ new defensive coordinator came here with a tough-minded reputation and the hope of turning around a run of historically bad defenses. “His rugby tackling style will plug the holes on that side of the ball and toughen up some talented players seeking new … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: On the line in Dallas? Just Texas’ season, CFP hopes and maybe the direction of the program

Oklahoma wants to win on Saturday. Texas needs to win on Saturday. And it’s that wholesale desperation and 60-minute sense of urgency, along with the presence of the most veteran quarterback in the league and one of the 10 best to ever put on a Longhorns uniform, which should signal … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Brenden Schooler’s quick adjustment speaks to his football professionalism

Brenden Schooler’s long hair and wild transfer story make for interesting data points about his college football journey. But let’s talk about the Texas receiver’s football professionalism. It’s a rare character trait, frankly, but one that’s unmistakable. How many players can transfer in late August, learn a new offense and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Case McCoy beat Oklahoma and A&M, has now found ‘what he’s good at’

Case McCoy was as focused as he’s ever been in his life. He’d long considered the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry the greatest in all of college football. He’d hung out at the Cotton Bowl for every blood-feud game since big brother Colt was a high school sophomore and … Read More