The Unabashed Blogorrhea stirring and shaking through the latest big campus All-American activities while wishing Godspeed to Darrell Royal.
Three national championships, 11 Southwest Conference championships and 167 wins. One losing SWC season in 20. Nobis and Duke. Whittier, Worster, The Wishbone. Willie. "Slick" Street. Earl. Dancing with who brung you. Coach and icon. None of which begins to fully paint his impact still felt on the program. The Godfather of Longhorn football.
No knock was larger than No. 1 Texas over No. 2 Arkansas in the 1969 Big Shootout, no one apparently more impressed in those twilight hills than Richard Nixon who annointed the 'Horns the national champs in college football's centennial season. One of 14 wins in 19 tries against Frank Broyles and the Razorbacks. Royal was also 6-1 against Oklahoma legend Bud Wilkinson, 3-0-1 against Bear Bryant, 0-3-1 against Barry Switzer.
Now ten athletic-student Saturdays into the gridworld season and wondering what sort of scare Johnny Rock Star can put into big bad ‘Bama. And wondering if the nation, or even the state, realizes the sizable dent Manziel in planting on the record book in his first nine games since Kerrville Tivy.
He's already racked the league's third-best quarterback rushing season ever (second only to Cam's 1,473 in his Heisman season and more than Tebow's 895 with 23 touchdowns in his Heisman season).
He's already passed for more than 2,500 yards.
He's on track for more total offense than both Cam in 2010 and Tebow in 2007.
He's a redshirt freshman.
But not even in this Heisman discussion. Not even a whisper. Not right now.
That hardware is there for Collin Klein's taking. But if he's unable to answer the bell in Fort Worth that campaign and Kansas St.'s BCS title trek likely all comes crashing down in the same afternoon. Even with Klein shaking off sort of concussion type issues - don't underestimate Gary Patterson. The Killer Frogs have one more killer take-down left. If not K-State then turning Boomer Sooner sour with a Sugar Bowl trip at stake for Oklahoma December 1. And there's always Thanksgiving night in Austin.
1. Kansas State (9-0, 6-0): Two lost fumbles in nine games while recovering 12. Two interceptions while steeling 13. 111 points scored off turnovers. 111? Points surrendered off turnovers - zero.
2. Oklahoma (7-2, 4-1): No one seems to move from great to not so good in the same game quite like Landry Jones.
3. Texas (7-2, 3-2): Forget potential Cotton Bowl date with Aggies. Neither wants the match-up and Mack may not even win enough to earn the spot.
4. Texas Tech (6-3, 3-3): Headed to nine wins in what seems like Tuberville's springboard.
5. Oklahoma State (5-3, 3-2): Still fighting for as high as third in final shakedown.
6. TCU (6-3, 3-3): Patterson now two-for-two going for the two-point & the win rightnow.
7. West Virginia (5-3, 2-3): Quite a fall from No. 5 in the nation. Last win the first Saturday in October.
8. Iowa St. (5-4, 2-4): Feasted on Garrett Gilbert turnovers for 2010 upset. Steele Jantz could steal the Austin show again. On Longhorn Network.
9. Baylor (4-4, 1-4): No bowling and back to sort of being Baylor. Bears on brink of losing out at OU, KSt., at JerryWorld against Tech and OSU.
10. Kansas (1-8, 0-6): Decided schematic advantage cannot prevent 18th straight conference loss. Only 11 more to bust Baylor infamy. Yes, 29 in-a-row 1998-2001. Kevin Steele remembers.
1. Alabama (9-0, 6-0): Definitive nation's No. 1 with only nine seniors on scholarship - 2nd fewest in big campus ball.
2. LSU (7-2, 3-2): Rising despite losing down on the bayou.
3. Georgia (8-1, 6-1): Wrapping SEC title tilt mere formality with visit to Auburn.
4. Florida (8-1, 7-1): Regressing since slugfest with LSU. BCS bid likely hinges on finale with Florida St.
5. Texas A&M (7-2, 4-2): In six weeks Sumlin with as many SEC West wins as Dan Mullen in four years and Derek Dooley in three.
6. South Carolina (7-2, 5-2): Friendly hatred finale with Clemson with possible BCS impact.
7. Mississippi State (7-2, 3-2): Consecutive slapdowns to reality.
8. Ole Miss (5-4, 2-3): One more win and back bowling for 1st time since back-to-back Cottons in 2008-09.
9. Vanderbilt (5-4, 2-3): First SEC shutout in almost 50 years, biggest beatdown on Kentucky in 96.
10. Mizzou (4-5, 1-5): Almost must win with Tennessee for 8th straight bowl season.
11. Tennessee (4-5, 0-5): Dooley Factor in full force - gashed for 721 yards of total offense. By Troy. Most allowed in the history of the program. To an outfit without winning record in Sun Belt. Get that Patterson fellow from Fort Worth on my cell.
12. Arkansas (4-5, 2-3): Coach Tuberville is on hold. Gary Patterson is returning on your cell.
13. Auburn (2-7, 0-6): Second win and lowest homecoming attendance (74,676) since 1992. Bobby Petrino returning on line one.
14. Kentucky (1-9, 0-7): The Joker is fired. Coach Tuberville, can we put you on hold? Bobby Petrino on line two. Sonny Dykes confirms his 3:00.