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Weak Ending for Strong Era

Talk about going out with a whimper! It’s hard to imagine a more demoralizing finish to the Charlie Strong era at the University of Texas than this past Friday’s disappointing 31-9 loss to road underdog TCU. It was the polar opposite of the exciting 2016 debut on the same field Labor Day Weekend when the Longhorns electrified Austin with an exciting win over Notre Dame. But, it was a fitting end to a season that left the...

New Era Looms at Texas after Debacle in Kansas

Just seconds into this past Saturday’s college football game between the Texas Longhorns and 23-point underdog Kansas Jayhawks, the Horns broke a short pass play into a long 75-yard touchdown. It was 7-0 after one play…and 5-5 Texas was on its way to bowl eligibility! The rest of the day was such a DISASTER that Texas now may not go to a bowl, and will certainly be welcoming in a new coaching regime in short order. The only...

Betting Big: Big 12 Week 12 Preview

Texas Tech Red Raiders (-3) @ Iowa State Cyclones (O/U 75.5) How things have changed since I had to step away for a few weeks.  West Virginia’s Skyler Howard went from Mr. Consistent to an interception machine, Baylor went from a playoff contender to looking like they won’t be favored in another game this season, TCU went from conference title contender to looking at a losing record only to bounce back to being a...

Texas Takes Fifth Loss, as West Virginia Survives ...

Sometimes you watch a college football game and come away thinking that both teams should hold their heads high because each played as well as they could. But, in this past Saturday’s 24-20 victory for the West Virginia Mountaineers over the Texas Longhorns…it was more the opposite…   West Virginia won despite turning the ball over four times against a defense that hasn’t done a good job of forcing turnovers all season....

Texas Still an Underrated Team in an Overrated Con...

The Texas Longhorns moved to 6-3 vs. betting market prices (5-4 straight up) this past Saturday with a 45-37 victory over the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock. The game wasn’t as close as the final score suggested in terms of pure “offense vs. defense.” But, a “flipped touchdown” helped create the illusion of closeness (and a lot of actual late game drama!). Midway through the second quarter, Longhorn running back D’Onta...

TOP RATED BIG 12 PICK – WEEK # 10

Kansas State -2.5 Ok, this one involves two teams with opposite strengths and weaknesses…Ok State has a big edge on offense with their very potent passing attack…while Kansas St has a big edge on defense with their very dominant play, especially in games played at home…Both teams also come into this game off of wins…Ok State upset then undefeated WV 37-20, while Kansas St took care of Iowa State on...

Strong Spoiler Helps End Big 12’s Final Four Dream...

It was a pretty big longshot anyway, given how unimpressive the Big 12 has been in non-league play this season. But, losses by previously undefeated Baylor and West Virginia this past Saturday look to have locked the conference out of any Final Four possibilities in the National Championship race. Texas head coach Charlie Strong is unlikely to save his job. He can still play spoiler! Texas did that to Baylor to the tune of...

Strong Probably Won’t Survive ’16 Off K-State Loss...

Despite playing poorly for the bulk of this past Saturday’s 24-21 loss at Kansas State, the Texas Longhorns had a chance to steal a win (or force overtime) in the final moments. The failure to do so probably means head coach Charlie Strong won’t be brought back for the 2017 season. And, there’s now a legitimate chance that he won’t even finish this season. Texas looked SO BAD until Kansas State started to implode that you...

Iowa State vs Texas: The Perils of the Pendulum

It can be very tricky to evaluate and handicap teams prone to wild swings on a pendulum. Things look so good in the best of times that success feels like it’s just inches away. But, then things look so bad in the worst of times that it’s obvious changes have to be made. The 2016 Texas Longhorns have had their ups (beating Notre Dame, hanging close to Oklahoma), and their downs (losing unimpressively at disappointing...

Texas Coaching Conundrum Continues After 45-40 Los...

Texas Coaching Conundrum Continues After 45-40 Loss to OU We’re now dealing with the very real possibility that the 2016 Texas Longhorns will be a pretty big “disappointment” compared to preseason hype, while also managing to beat expectations on a regular basis during the regular season. That came into even sharper focus as Texas covered a tall pointspread of +11.5 in a 45-40 loss to archrival Oklahoma. Preseason dreams of...

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