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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

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Fifty years later, the long lost Nixon plaque that he gave to Texas finds its way home

To this day, no one knows where it is. Not an inkling. But anyone who is a college football fan knows its roots. Moments after Texas had beaten Arkansas in the Game of the Century in December 1969, there in the din of a delirious, cramped visitors locker room bursting … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Missed tackles are nothing new around here, but Todd Orlando’s got to stop it

Todd Orlando won’t share his secrets, but it’s clear he’s been losing weight since the season began. The 1993 Wisconsin roster listed the 6-foot linebacker at 225 pounds. He’s bound to be well under that now. On Wednesday, Orlando met reporters with multi-day scruff poking out … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Big 12 bets; Cowboys continue struggles against Eagles

A 4-6 record last week puts us at 26-29-1 since the NFL season started seven weeks ago. Not great, but we’re also not mortgaging our future with losses. A few bad beats and injuries marred the last edition of Craven’s Corner. That should even out … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ goals remain intact — if those goals don’t involve winning national titles, that is

“The sun came up,” Tom Herman insisted in his introductory remarks Monday afternoon. Did it? Technically, it did and the world didn’t spin off its axis, a devastating loss to Oklahoma notwithstanding. The world didn’t stop, but Texas’ shot at a College Football Playoff berth did. In falling by the … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: LSU gets bump to No. 2; Texas slips to No. 16

With LSU’s victory over Florida on Saturday night, the Tigers move from No. 3 to the No. 2 spot in my Associated Press Top 25 poll. Ed Orgeron’s team has proven itself at every turn and touts my Heisman frontrunner, quarterback Joe Burrow. Alabama’s defense, with four freshman starters, isn’t … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: As Texas’ loss to Oklahoma shows, Ehlinger can’t do it all himself

  DALLAS — It was all on Sam Ehlinger. Sometimes that’s enough, but against bloodthirsty Oklahoma, the best tackle football player at the University of Texas can’t do it all himself. The Sooners pummeled the Longhorns quarterback all day long — nine sacks for minus-56 yards and a half-dozen … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ shortcomings exposed in loss to worthy ‘opponent’

  DALLAS — They’re a year away. Or, maybe with a little luck and a very big win streak from here on in, maybe a couple of months away. The feeling here in August was that Texas, while talented in a few spots, lacked enough muscle and offensive firepower … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: As coaches, OU’s Riley, Texas’ Herman stand out as 1 and 1A

Lincoln Riley’s on the Most Wanted List. Every single one of them. If any NFL or high-level college vacancy comes open, the Oklahoma coach inevitably shows up on the list. The Washington Redskins is the latest opening, and yes, Riley’s name popped up as usual. Not immediately. It took at … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Horns’ ‘stone cutters’ up front happy to hammer away at the Sooners

Smack talk is one thing. Speaking to reporters with unmistakable confidence is another. Texas left tackle Samuel Cosmi triggered Oklahoma fans on Tuesday with his comments about OU defensive linemen Ronnie Perkins and Neville Gallimore. “I wouldn’t say they’re super special, but they’re good … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Hurts will soon discover there’s nothing quite like a Texas-Oklahoma rivalry game

Long before he arrived on the Oklahoma campus, Jalen Hurts played in his share of rivalry games. But this one will be different. During his stellar career at Alabama, Hurts encountered the hated Auburn Tigers three times — twice as a starter and once as a backup, when he attempted … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: What’s the right bet in the Red River Rivalry?

Going 4-1 in the NFL allowed us to cash last week and move to 22-23-1 since the start of the season. We’d be back at .500 for the year, but Texas pushed at -11 last weekend over West Virginia. Let’s try to put our college football woes in … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas-OU is closer than this year’s betting line suggests

Unlike the early, lopsided betting line, the breakdown of this week’s Texas-Oklahoma game isn’t nearly that one-sided.  But then, the last time Lincoln Riley had a close shave, he was in his bathroom. The oddsmakers installed the sixth-ranked, unbeaten Sooners as a surprisingly large 10 1/2-point favorite. Maybe it’s … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Florida, SMU, Baylor all on the rise

I’m so tired from a lack of sleep after catching the early flight from Pittsburgh to Nashville to Dallas to cover the Packers-Cowboys game, I may have voted SMU No. 1. OK, so I’ve checked, and I didn’t. But I did put the undefeated Mustangs No. 19 in my Associated … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas out-tricked, outplayed inspired Mountaineers for the win

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. — Presumably Texas has something really special saved up for Oklahoma. It sure did for West Virginia. The 11th-ranked Longhorns unleashed their bag of tricks for a pair of eye-popping, fourth-quarter touchdowns against the unranked and outmanned but inspired Mountaineers, unveiling a throwback lateral to an offensive … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: On third-and-whatever, just go find slot receiver Devin Duvernay

The myth far outruns the truth, but it ruins a great campfire story. Yes, Texas receiver Devin Duvernay has dropped a pass. Maybe just one, though. No more than two. “Yeah, I dropped some in practice,” Duvernay said this week. His quarterback isn’t so sure, though. Sounds like a snipe … Read More

Mike Craven

Hookem.com staff

Craven’s Corner: Betting on Texas to cover, Auburn to beat Florida

The underdogs ruled Sunday and it cost us our first losing NFL week of the season. The corner is now 17-19 since the start of the NFL season. Not great, but there are plenty of opportunities to make that money back with a loaded week of football action … Read More