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Bevo's Daily Roundup - August 11, 2010


Horns_bullet_mediumSports Illustrated has the Horns at No. 4. Crimson and Cream Machine was not impressed with SI's evaluation of the Horns' defensive unit.


Horns_bullet_mediumSam Acho is a leader in every sense of the word.

"Wherever the coaches want to put me, I will play," Acho said. "I just want to be on the field so I can do my part to help this team win games."

Players like Acho are hard to come by, and with those special talents there can be a tendency to overwork an athlete with multiple skills, particularly someone of Acho's intelligence. He's a player who can wear many hats without a dropoff in performance, and while the coaching staff would prefer his biggest hat be that of a defensive end, he will most certainly play on the interior, as well.


Horns_bullet_medium I bet they didn't have to wait in line for tickets. Playing football for UT has perks.

Some members of the Longhorns football team broke up two-a-day practices Monday by going to Gregory Gymnasium to hear President Obama’s speech.


Horns_bullet_mediumWe have heard this before. The Aggies are the hot team this season.

By now, non-Aggies fans are at least a little tired of hearing all the reasons a team that's won 10 games in two seasons and never finished higher than fifth in its six-team division is going to challenge for a South title in 2010. Call Texas A&M a dark horse, but the shade of the Aggies' coat has lightened with an avalanche of coverage and expectations from the media over the offseason.



Horns_bullet_mediumChecking in on the Land Thieves. DeMarco Murray is feeling great and will be returning kicks, the Sooners have lots of talent at running back and Bob Stoops blames the kicker for last season's 8-5 season.

Instead, in narrow losses to BYU, Texas and Nebraska, the Sooners missed a total of five field goals. And had to settle for an 8-5 record.

"It wasn't good enough," OU coach Bob Stoops said. "I can see, when you're out there past the 40, that's gonna be that way. But we missed too many in the 30 range that we have to make.

"It would have changed some games a year ago had we made them. So we got to make them."


And the Sooner handy man is working through issues.

"He's working through some personal issues," OU coach Bob Stoops said after practice Monday. "He's not with the team right now. We'll make a decision here in a week or two whether he'll rejoin or not."

Maybe the Land Thieves should stop recruiting kids with felonies hanging over their head. Just a thought.


Horns_bullet_medium Bo Pelini is has softened his dealings with reporters.

So what exactly are the Huskers working on at this early point in camp? "Football," Pelini said blatantly. He eventually expanded. "Fundamentals, technique, teaching, installation. It's a full complement of stuff. Obviously we're not game planning. We're working on our stuff, getting better at what we do."


Horns_bullet_medium  The Pokes want more turnovers.

During defensive coordinator Bill Young's first season, Oklahoma State's defense forced 30 turnovers including 18 interceptions. It was a five turnover increase for the Cowboys over the previous season's 25 forced turnovers under former DC Tim Beckman.

But Young is far from satisfied.

"We raised it over the year before and it factored in some ball games," Young said. "(But) we want a minimum of three each game. If we get four or five that would really be nice."



Horns_bullet_mediumThe Buffs want to surprise the Big 12-2

So, can they emerge as a contender — or at least an upstart — finally under Hawkins?

"He's doing things right," McKnight said, "and we've got to go out and show people who are doubting his ability that he knows what he's doing and he's got the program in the right direction. ....


Horns_bullet_mediumThey let anyone write for the interwebs. This guy has some idiotic ideas about why college football teams should be ranked.

Texas A&M - As a general rule the team with the best quarterback in every major conference should be ranked. At the very least they should get real respect from voters.


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