Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s October 7th — 280 down, 85 to go.
And 1 till Ringo Starr comes to town.
YESTERDAY: Texas-OU week kicked off, with Charlie Strong and Bob Stoops press conferences in Austin and Norman. A bad year got even worse for Adrian Peterson. The Seahawks cruised past the Redskins on Monday Night Football. MLB playoffs — the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 3-1, to take a 2-1 lead in their NLDS series; and in the other NLDS series, the Nationals staved off elimination with a 4-1 win over the Giants.
TODAY: Two more NLDS games — Dodgers (Kershaw) at the Cardinals (Miller), with St. Louis up 2-1 (4:07 p.m., Fox Sports 1); and the Nationals (Gonzalez) at Giants (Vogelsong), with San Fran up 2-1 (8:07 p.m., Fox Sports 1). Texas’ volleyball team hosts Baylor (7, Gregory Gym, Longhorn Network). Texas ex Priest Holmes celebrates his 41st birthday. And our own Brian Davis and Ryan Autullo will hold their weekly Longhorns chat, at 11 a.m.
TOMORROW: No games on the MLB front. Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden hold their weekly chat at 11 a.m.
Oct. 7 has a bit of a sports history. On this date, Walter Payton — in his final regular-season home game at Soldier Field, passed Jim Brown as the NFL’s career rushing leader (1984).
Last year on Oct. 7, the 5-0 Denver Broncos were established as 28-point favorites over the visiting 0-5 Jacksonville Jaguars, the biggest spread ever for an NFL game. The Broncos went on to win, but not cover, 35-19.
Today’s sports birthdays: Evan Longoria (29), Charles Woodson (38) and Priest Holmes (41). Other notables: Toni Braxton (47), Simon Cowell (55), Vladamir Putin (62), John Cougar Mellencamp (63) and Desmond Tutu (83).
TODAY’S TRIVIA: In John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane,” what does Jack plan to be? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
TODAY’S LEAD: TEXAS FOOTBALL. Our staff takeaways from Monday’s presser:
From Kirk Bohls: “I couldn’t tell if the Longhorn players were riled up or down in the dumps over their 2-3 record. But they definitely seemed glum, and who wouldn’t be? As Quandre Diggs said, ‘We can’t fall to 2-4. I don’t want to say this is a make-or-break game, but at the same time, it’s a lot of pressure.’ It is make or break.”
From Cedric Golden: “I get the feeling offensive line coach Joe Wickline will be participating in ‘The Eyes of Texas’ following the Oklahoma game, rain, sleet or shine. His boss wasn’t too happy to answer questions about why his assistant has been a no-show (there’s a lot of that going around on that staff) for the traditional post-game singing of the Eyes in previous games. Something tells me Wickline will be displaying the Hook ‘em in front of the band in Dallas. If not, this could get fun.”
From Brian Davis: “One thing about Charlie Strong is his infectious, hearty laugh. Take Monday, for example. Strong was asked to give his team a midseason grade, and the coach blurted out, ‘Oh, God!’ What followed was a belly laugh that busted up the whole room of reporters. If he can keep his sense of humor, there might be light at the end of the tunnel yet.”
From Ryan Autullo: “Players are ticked off, but not discouraged. Guys like Quandre Diggs and Jordan Hicks still believe there’s a good team trapped inside there. Saturday is a good time to let it out.”
Our coverage today: Bohls examined this new state of the Texas-OU rivalry ($) now that Mack Brown is no longer here to serve as Bob Stoops‘ stark opposite. One of Golden’s lead nuggets suggested Texas’ goal now should be simply finding four more wins and make a bowl game ($). Davis’ daily looked at the seniors on this team, guys who are staring at the prospect of going through the Longhorns program without knowing what it feels like ($) to post double-digit wins in a season. And our UT notebook led off with Jordan Hicks‘ request to the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility ($).
What others are writing: The Dallas Morning News wrote about Strong’s self-assessment of Texas as it nears the midway point of the season (spoiler alert — the defense is great, but the offense is struggling, as are the special teams), as well as an item on Texas-OU ticket sales, and how this year, it’s cheaper to sit on the Longhorns’ side than the Sooners’.
OPPOSITION RESEARCH: OKLAHOMA. What’s up in Norman? Berry Tramel of the Daily Oklahoman took Sooners quarterback Trevor Knight to task, saying his magical night against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl is looking farther and farther away. And yes, Sterling Shepard is playing lights out, but the Sooners’ passing game right now is basically him and no one else. And the status of injured running back Keith Ford (broken fibula on Sept. 13) for this week’s game isn’t known yet. The Tulsa World wrote about Knight as well, and the pressures he faces this Saturday (coming off the horrendous finish at TCU, needing to avoid any more losses for playoff implications, and playing in a huge rivalry game against the team he grew up following). Might OU be suffering from Horned Frog hangover? The World’s John E. Hoover noticed that most of Stoops’ presser on Monday was spent looking back at TCU, not ahead to Texas.
AROUND THE BIG 12: The Dallas Morning News wrote about Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty‘s prospects of a bounce-back game against TCU, coming off his so-so performance against Texas. Strange as this may seem, but for the first time in their 109 meetings, Baylor and TCU will both be nationally ranked when they play each other, wrote the Waco Tribune-Herald. And the Trib’s John Werner also wrote about the ever-so-toughening portion of Baylor’s schedule. And there was some bad news coming out of Waco on Monday — junior defensive end Jamal Palmer will miss the rest of the season after injuring his ACL against Texas. In Lubbock, Texas Tech players called a players-only meeting for Monday to discuss the team’s 0-2 start in Big 12 play; a loss to West Virginia this week would put the Red Raiders into an 0-3 hole in conference for the first time since 1990. And the Tulsa World’s John Klein wrote about Oklahoma State’s problems on defense and in the running game.
AROUND THE FORTY ACRES: A quick sweep of UT teams.
Volleyball: No. 2 Texas hosts Baylor tonight (7, Gregory Gym, Longhorn Network).
Men’s basketball: Ten UT games this coming season will be televised on the Longhorn Network — North Dakota State (Nov. 14), Saint Francis (Nov. 25), UT-Arlington (Dec. 2), Texas State (Dec. 13), Lipscomb (Dec. 16), Long Beach State (Dec. 20), Rice (Dec. 29), Oklahoma State (Feb. 4), TCU (Feb. 11) and Texas Tech (Feb. 14).
Women’s basketball: LHN will air 14 women’s games — Oklahoma City University (Nov. 9), UTSA (Nov. 15), UT-Pan Am (Nov. 26), New Mexico (Dec. 3), Southern (Dec. 8), Northwestern State (Dec. 14), McNeese State (Dec. 17), Rice (Dec. 30), Kansas (Jan. 3), West Virginia (Jan. 7), Texas Tech (Jan. 17), Kansas State (Feb. 18), Oklahoma State (Feb. 25) and TCU (March 3).
Men’s golf: No. 16 Texas is in third entering the final round of the Nike Golf Collegiate Invitational in Fort Worth. Sophomores Gavin Hall (67-73-140, fifth place) and Beau Hossler (70-71-141, tied for seventh) are both in the top 10 individually after 36 holes. Texas is paired with first-place Oregon and second-place Washington for today’s final round.
Women’s golf: Texas finished 10th at the Schooner Fall Classic in Norman on Monday, but senior Bertine Strauss‘ 54-hole total of 207 (3-under) set a UT record for best round, breaking the previous mark of 208 set by Madison Pressel in winning the 2011 Big 12 championship. She shot a 66 on Monday, the second lowest score in program history. Texas finished 10th as a team. Next up is the Betsy Rawls Invitational, which begins Sunday at the UT Golf Club.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Jack, of “Jack and Diane” fame, wants to someday play football. “Jackie’s gonna be a football star …”
ON OCT. 7 …
2003: Arnold Schwarzenegger was voted in as California’s governor after a recall election boots Gray Davis out. It was the first time in California history that a sitting Governor had been successfully recalled.
2001: The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan began.
1996: The Fox News Channel started broadcasting.
TODAY’S LITTLE NUMBER: 3. Oklahoma has beaten Texas in three of the last four years.
TODAY’S BIGGER NUMBER: 11. Consecutive victories for Texas’ volleyball team to start the season.
TODAY’S BIG NUMBER: 73-2. Texas’ edge over Baylor in their all-time volleyball series. The Longhorns have won 24 straight over the Bears.
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