The ESPN prestige rankings No. 6 through No. 10 are out and UT comes in at No. 7.
Positives: Texas has claimed four national titles, with three of them coming in an eight-year span from 1963 to 1970. The Longhorns won their most recent title behind Vince Young's incredible Rose Bowl performance in the 2005 season. They have had two Heisman winners: Earl Campbell in 1977 and Ricky Williams in 1998. UT has 22 10-win seasons (fourth-most of any program), including 10 victories in each of the past eight seasons. The Horns' 48 bowl appearances are the second-most of any program. They were dominant in the 1950s and '60s, earning the second-most points, trailing only rival Oklahoma.
Negatives: The 1980s and '90s weren't kind to Texas, which finished 22nd and 19th, respectively, in those decades. The Longhorns had the best record in conference play just once from 1991 to 2004. It's hard to believe, but the program won only one bowl between 1982 and 1993.
OU is still complaining about the lack of respect, even from people in their home state. Even the sports writers are a little tired of the refrain.
For the past few games, coach Jeff Capel and his players have sounded a whole lot like Ms. Franklin as they repeatedly sang a version of the tune that made her famous — R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
Capel went on a rant last week, explaining that he was tired of the critics who questioned if his team was worthy of its No. 6 national ranking.
"Everyone talks about everyone else," said Capel, complaining about the lack of national attention his team has received. "We don't (even) get any respect in our own state."
See, there's Ms. Franklin's favorite word again.
So Capel wants respect? OK, coach, earn it.
It was a tough day for Kansas graduate Mark Turgeon. Texas A&M lost to Kansas 73-53.
Oklahoma beat Nebraska 72-61 on Wednesday.
Dave Campbell Texas Football has put out its 2008 All-Texas teams.
There is a silver lining for Texas Tech's loss of Michael Crabtree.
However, in the long run, Mike Leach's program can use Crabtree's departure to the program's advantage.
Above all else, there is one motivating factor that unites all talented young football players - the desire to play in the National Football League. And Leach's reign at Tech - for all of its offensive production - has yet to produce a single offensive draftee taken in the first three rounds.
Those Idaho State teams are tough, especially when you play them at home. The Sooners have completed their 2009 football season by adding Idaho State on September 12. Oklahoma has rescheduled their game with Miami University due to a conflict at Dolphin Stadium. The game will be played October 3.
"Working in concert with our coach, Bob Stoops, we are pleased with the quality of our non-conference schedule and feel fortunate to adhere to our core scheduling philosophy in preparing our team for a rigorous conference slate," Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a prepared statement.
He just won't go away. More on everyone's favorite ex-Sooner quarterback Rhett Bomar.
An award Aggies don't want: Deadbeat dad. Former Aggie football player and professional baseball player Troy Neel is the Texas Attorney General's No. 1 Deadbeat Dad.
We just love it when Sooners give us moral and ethical advice. Joey Helmer, The Oklahoma Daily, believes public figures are held to high standards and should act accordingly. He cites Augie Garrido as an example.
Another very slow news day. Only 225 days left to go until the Louisiana-Monroe game on September 5...