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Granted, most of the time things didn't get much more exotic than pitches and handoffs. When David Ash threw the ball in Texas' season opener, it generally stayed airborne about as long as an agitated rooster. And sure, it's probably fair to say the Longhorns moved with the caution of a man carrying a scalpel in his pants pocket.
Third downs are Texas first priority. [AAS]
The topic was third-down conversions making them or preventing them and several Longhorns football players offered their thoughts Monday.
Receiver Jaxon Shipley: "We say third down is the money play. That's when you've got to be clutch."
Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat: "That should be your money down."
Cornerback Carrington Byndom: "They're considered money downs. We try to get off the field, for sure."
The Horns are 31 point favorites this week. [Dallas Morning News]
Tech visits San Marcos this week. [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal]
The Mountaineers have a balanced offense. [Charleston Daily Mail]
WVU passed for 324 yards and rushed for 331. The only other time the Mountaineers had 300 passing and rushing was a 63-48 win against Pitt in 1965.
"That's about as balanced as you can be," Holgorsen said.
Charlie Weis saw the good, the bad and the crummy. [Lawrence Journal-World]
It's not Mike Gundy's fault. [Cowboys Ride For Free]
At least everyone won. [Dallas Morning News]
It was a perfect Week 1 for the retooled Big 12, at least as far as the scoreboard goes. All the league’s members, including newcomers TCU and West Virginia, got off to winning starts.
There's more trouble for Tech basketball coach Billy Gillespie. [CBS Sports]
20 things more exciting than beating a team 84-0. [Cowboys Ride For Free]
Iowa State's Hate Week has begun. [Wide Right Natty Light]
The Sooner special teams play was suspect. [ESPN]
Oklahoma needs just minor adjustments. [Washington Post]
Do athletic department policies banning Twitter and Facebook violate the athlete's First Amendment rights? [Business of College Sports]
Big brother is watching at University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky. [Business of College Football]
The NCAA is all about the student-athlete. [Ames Tribune]
The SEC is a fun place, but... [Dallas Morning News]
On if Texas A&M is in trouble after joining the SEC:Sherrington: "They are in trouble. I thought that when they decided to go. All the fans were right when they said it will be great, and it will be fun. But here is the thing, it’s hard to enjoy all of that when you have an SEC defense shoved down your throat.
Former Texas defensive coordinator and current Florida coach Will Muschamp, who worked with Brown from 2008-10, will bring his team to College Station for the Aggies’ SEC debut. That experience should provide Muschamp with an advantage, Brown said.
"I do," Brown said when asked if Muschamp’s experience will help. "But I also think (all of) the SEC plays in loud stadiums. I don’t think it will be a factor for Florida kids."
And Brown had a little bit of a zinger for the Aggies, who will not play the Longhorns for the forseeable future after their bitter rivalry was discontinued after A&M left for the SEC.
"Kyle Field has a loyal fan base and it’s really loud," said Brown, who compiled a 5-2 record in previous games at Kyle Field with the Longhorns. "We ended up doing pretty well over there. I think, again, it depends on who they are playing, but they have very loyal fans.
A&M hasn't had the best luck when GameDay was in town. [San Antonio Express-News]
This is just stupid. [Gator Zone]
And so is this. [Vimeo]
Words fail me. [SB Nation]
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