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Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: AP ballot mostly status quo

Seems like there’s been a huge shortage of Top 25 matchups and just big-time games through the first three weeks of the season, meaning very few upsets as well. So the top five in my Associated Press Top 25 ballot remained the same from last week. I think you could … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shane Buechele is making some new memories with his 3-0 SMU Mustangs

DALLAS — Shane Buechele was far from perfect Saturday night, and that works well if the numbers add up favorably on the scoreboard. SMU’s graduate transfer quarterback brings confidence, experience and that extra bit of moxie that’s ideal for the position. He made big plays against Texas State. He also … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Why does Texas play Rice? Well, because it’s easy

HOUSTON — JFK had it backward. When the president adlibbed during his ambitious 1962 speech at Rice Stadium about going to the moon, he slipped in a catchy phrase on the fly and posed the question, “Why does Rice play Texas?” The president should have queried, “Why does Texas play … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: What does 12th-ranked Texas have to worry about? Let’s remember 1994 …

I remember the rain. Buckets and buckets of it. Unrelenting. The rain started that Friday in Houston, but by Sunday, it was a full deluge. The Houston area was struck with torrential flooding in October 1994, weather so severe that it cost 17 people their lives and more than $800 … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Tom Herman, Yancy McKnight’s pairing at Rice started long road to UT

It’s rather murky how Tom Herman’s career would have turned out had Yancy McKnight stayed longer than 10 days in Tulsa. McKnight was 33 when coach Todd Graham hired him as the Rice strength coach. That 2006 season was rather special based on current standards. The … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Expect Texas’ Keaontay Ingram to bounce back after his LSU struggles

Rice will be easier. But Keaontay Ingram must put his last game in the rear-view. For Texas to start what it hopes to be a winning streak three games before the annual showdown against Oklahoma, No. 26 will have play like a No. 1 running back. He must play with … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Major betting challenges for Big 12 teams, Week 2 of NFL

The good news: We went 4-1 on NFL games in last week’s Craven’s Corner. The bad news: We went 1-4 on college games. We’ll take the split and move into Week 3 of the college season, which is also … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: ESPN’s Herbstreit not backing off Texas’ CFP chances

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit went out on a limb in late August and predicted Texas would not only win the Big 12 but also reach the College Football Playoff quartet in December. He’s still kind of out there, hoping it doesn’t break off.  But it’s a really long and unstable … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: It’s time to put the DBU talk on the shelf; Texas just needs to get better on the back end

Enough with the DBU talk. The Texas Longorns have more important matters to handle. Like how to better cover good wideouts. Sixth-ranked LSU exposed some glaring weaknesses in the Texas secondary Saturday night, and it had nothing to do with tradition. LSU 45, Texas 38. One hour before kickoff, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas is narrowing the gap, but LSU is clearly already there

Saturday’s frenzied affair at Royal-Memorial Stadium confirmed more than a few notions that were subject to debate going into this second week of the season. Texas is a year away. LSU is, well, maybe four months away. That’s how close the sixth-ranked Tigers could be from a championship. They … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: It’s not sexy, but ‘College GameDay’ should highlight UT’s debt-free growth

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte plans on greeting UT students at 5:30 a.m. Saturday with donuts. Better fill up and rev up as ESPN’s “College GameDay” makes its first appearance in Austin since 2009. Even at 5:30 in the morning? “Damn right. And tacos, baby,” … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: For Texas to beat LSU, Ehlinger needs to be Slingin’ Sammy

Can Sam Ehlinger take out counterpart Joe Burrow in a good old-fashioned Wild West shootout in Austin? Can he raise the level of a running-depleted offense and deliver the biggest nonconference win of the Tom Herman era not with those tree-trunk thighs but with his arm? It might come to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas and Tom Herman — a match made in … Bastrop?

Tom Herman wasn’t pleased to get the question last Saturday night, just a few minutes after he had finally won a season opener at Texas in his third try. Nor was he thrilled with having to address it on Monday, either. “LSU is a great place, a tremendous football program,” … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: A full slate of NFL, college games to bet on provide opportunity

The corner wasn’t kind to us last week with Northwestern giving up a meaningless touchdown to Stanford’s defense with under a minute left in the game and Oregon blowing a win against Auburn. As the old gambling saying goes, “craps happens.” The week ended on a positive note … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: The Big 12 vs. the SEC? As Texas-LSU nears, there really is no argument

OK, class, we know school has just begun, but we are springing a surprise pop quiz on you. Is the Southeastern Conference truly the best conference in college football? The correct answer, until proven otherwise, is yes. Still, yes. The SEC rules because it has the best program in the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ defense was anything but a liability, looks liable to be really good

The notion that the Texas offense would have to carry the defense for the first month or so of the new season was so prevalent that one might have thought those on the offensive side of the ball would be outfitted in backpacks. And on this August evening, Sam Ehlinger … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: The season opener behind us, it’s time to start the Texas-LSU hype machine

Louisiana Tech did a great job of playing the role of speed bump in Texas’ season opener. Now the Horns are on to bigger game. Texas vs. LSU. Big 12 v.s SEC, the sequel. Game on. The last time these two conferences met, Bevo XV nearly had bulldog for dinner … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: My 2019 Texas predictions? Horns are a year away, but still pretty darn good

Saturday can’t get here soon enough. Has this August been extra long or is it just my imagination? Tom Herman probably feels that way, given the state of his football team, so please hurry, Louisiana Tech. The third-year head coach of the 10th-ranked Longhorns can’t be overly happy insomuch as … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: There’s not enough Hall of Fame space for all who shaped Longhorns’ history

The doors will swing open Friday, and the public can freely inspect the new Frank Denius Family University of Texas Athletics Hall of Fame. When you do, understand that school officials squeezed as much as they could into 30,000 square feet. The north end zone of … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Ten bets to place for Week 1 of college football

We won’t know how successful the first trip to Craven’s Corner will be until after the season since most of those bets were futures. We did go 1-1 on game bets with Miami covering but the game failing to reach the over thanks to a missed field … Read More