QB controversy won’t end anytime soon for Longhorns

Can you feel it All ‘Bout Texas tailgaters? Football season is here and this Saturday the Longhorns will be on the field with Wyoming for the season opener. ABT will bring you continuous coverage of all Longhorn football news along with our take on the happenings of the Big 12 and the national scene.

Texas Rise Magazine Cover

Relentless | Intensity | Swagger | Emotion

But first, the worst kept secret from camp was revealed with the release of the depth chart. Sophomore David Ash will get first shot at starting QB in 2012. Why do I say first shot? Because after watching last year, I have a hard time thinking that there is still that much separation between Ash and fellow Longhorn QB Case McCoy. They both had their good and bad moments last year (mostly bad) and I don’t believe that we have seen the last of a QB controversy in Austin. Just take a look at the Texas Rise’s cover (pictured). Ash and McCoy side-by-side, which is where I think they truly stack up in the minds of the coaches right now. But only one QB can start so Ash gets the nod as he has improved on his decision-making and has more raw talent than McCoy.

As much as I believe that Texas’ defense will be one of the best in the country this year, I find it hard to believe the Longhorns’ record will be better than last year without much improvement at the QB position. It’s a problem not even a three-headed beast at running back can fix.

We will have more UT football coverage as we get closer to gameday so unless you enjoy sounding like you have no clue what you’re talking about at your tailgate, keep stopping by ABT for more Longhorn news and analysis.

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The Longhorn Network exists! See for yourself Nov. 11-13

Believe it or not, the Longhorn Network does exist! If only for a weekend (for non-Verizon FIOS or Grande Communications customers). Go to http://espn.go.com/longhornnetwork/freepreview for the free preview weekend which begins today and runs through Sunday, Nov. 13. Enjoy!

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Pre-Gaming w/Schmidtty: Mizzou Editionl

I know it’s been a while, but let’s get back on it! Texas travels to Missouri this weekend for what many may consider a trap game (seeing as the Tigers have already upset one Texas school this year in the Aggies). A ranked opponent lies in waiting next week in Kansas State, so lets hope the Burnt Orange and White doesn’t get caught up in looking ahead. The forecast for Columbia is a high of 62 degrees and a low of 51 degrees with winds that could occasionally gust over 40 mph. This will be the first time the Horns have been in less than sunny weather this season.

Head Coach (Record): Gary Pinkel (154-91-3 overall; 81-54 @ Missouri)

Current Record (Big 12): 4-5 (2-4)

BCS Standings: NR; AP Top 25 Ranking: NR; USA Today Coaches Poll Ranking: NR

Player(s) to Watch for Mizzou: A lot of attention goes to the quarterback James Franklin as the sophomore is a legitimate threat to run (599 rushing yards, 10 rushing TDs) and pass (2,195 passing yards, nine passing TDs). But the guy you are going to hear more from on Saturday will most likely be Big 12 leading rusher Henry Josey. The 5-foot 10-inch sophomore is averaging 9.0 yards per carry at home this season, albeit that was mostly against opponents like Miami (OH), Western Illinois and Iowa State. Texas has been more than capable at stopping the run this year, but this may be one of the tougher tests of the season to this point (with solid running teams like Kansas State and Texas A&M to come).

Key Matchup: All Texans against All Missourians … Missourans … Missouriis … however you say it. Earlier this week Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, a native of St. Louis, had some very pointed comments toward Texans.

“I hate people from Texas,” Richardson said. “I give people on our team from Texas a hard time because they’re from Texas. I hate Texas. I just do. I hate Texas. Any other overrated state in football, I pretty much hate. That’s how I feel about it.”

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/11/08/3510949/missouri-dt-hates-overrated-texans.html#ixzz1dPRValMM

Down here them’s fightin’ words. If that’s not bulletin board material then I don’t know what is. And Missouri actually has 35 players currently on their roster that are from Texas! Including the two mentioned above as players to watch! Texas produces more DI football players than any other state. Yes, there are bound to be misses (cough, Garrett Gilbert, cough) but there are also Heisman candidates (Andrew Luck, Case Keenum and LaMichael James are all in the Top 10 in the Heisman Race currently). So hold on tight because Malcolm Brown (if healthy), Fozzy Whittaker and Bam Bam Bergeron (new nickname I just coined, like?) are going to run all day.

No Love Lost for Longhorns via KOMU

Prediction: Texas should and will win this game against the Tigers. The Horns are 1-0 against teams on their way out of the Big 12 so I’d like to see them say ‘don’t let the door hit you on the way out Mizzou!’ Final score … 45-32.

Where to Watch: The game will be on live at the crack of dawn (for a Saturday) at 11 a.m. on FX.

Hook ‘Em!

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Have you hugged a computer today? First BCS rankings released and Texas is No. 24

The first BCS standings are out and Texas has a spot in the Top 25. After being shunned from every other poll in America, the Horns are getting some love from the computers. Texas is not ranked in any of the three human polls that factor into the BCS formula, but the computer rankings are seeing things differently since Texas’ only two losses are to the No. 3 (Oklahoma) and No. 4 (Oklahoma State) ranked schools in the BCS. I don’t think Texas will only have two losses at the end of the season, and I certainly don’t think they will factor into the BCS equation, but at least it’s nice to be recognized.

BCS Standings
1 LSU 7-0
2 Alabama 7-0
3 Oklahoma 6-0
4 Oklahoma State 6-0
5 Boise State 6-0
6 Wisconsin 6-0
7 Clemson 7-0
8 Stanford 6-0
9 Arkansas 5-1
10 Oregon 5-1
11 Kansas State 6-0
12 Virginia Tech 6-1
13 Nebraska 5-1
14 South Carolina 6-1
15 West Virginia 5-1
16 Michigan State 5-1
17 Texas A&M 4-2
18 Michigan 6-1
19 Houston 6-0
20 Auburn 5-2
21 Penn State 6-1
22 Georgia Tech 6-1
23 Illinois 6-1
24 Texas 4-2
25 Washington 5-1
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Un-renewing a rivalry?

Going to UT vs. A&M this year? If you haven’t bought tickets yet, you may want to grab some while you can because it might be the last matchup of the traditional rivals for a while. The San Antonio Express-News is reporting that Texas AD DeLoss Dodds has informed A&M AD Bill Byrne that the Longhorns don’t have an opening in their non-conference schedule to play the Aggies in football until possibly 2018. In light of this news, I want even more for Texas to give A&M the same proper send-off that Nebraska got last year from the Horns. This game will be bigger than it’s been in a while. Road trip anyone?

I don’t usually agree with Mark May, but I think he’s still completely right about A&M’s move to the Big 12. Watch below:

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