Thoughts on the 'Best of Texas' voting on College FB Live

July, 22, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

I got a chance to watch College Football Live's recent two-day look at the traditions and greatest players and teams from Texas.

Here are the most recent results of the viewers and readers poll taken in conjunction with the visit, which is part of the program's state-by-state tour leading up to the season.

The results of the poll are up-to-date through noon ET on Wednesday. I'm also including my thoughts on the vote.

Which team is the best in state history?

  • 1939 Texas A&M 41 percent
  • 2005 Texas 28 percent
  • 1938 TCU 27 percent
  • 1982 SMU 2 percent
  • 1969 Texas 2 percent

Ballots cast: 2,586 votes.

Right or wrong: Wrong.

My take: It's hard to believe there are too many teams better than the 2005 Texas team. It looks like a lot of voters have read Mickey Herskowitz's fine book about that A&M team, elevating them above the others because of the mystique of being the "greatest generation's greatest team."

Who is the best player to play college football at Texas?

  • Earl Campbell 55 percent
  • Vince Young 27 percent
  • Ricky Williams 7 percent
  • Bobby Layne 6 percent
  • Tommy Nobis 5 percent         

Ballots cast: 3,622 votes.  

Right or wrong: Right.

My take: Hard to argue with "The Tyler Rose" as the best player in the history of the school.

Who is the best player to play college football at Texas A&M?

  • John David Crow 49 percent
  • Aaron Glenn 16 percent
  • Lester Hayes 15 percent
  • Darren Lewis 10 percent
  • Johnny Holland 9 percent

Ballots cast: 3,378

Right or wrong: Right.

My take: The school's only Heisman Trophy winner always epitomized to me what an A&M player should be -- tough and determined. But I was surprised that Dat Nguyen, the greatest modern-day defensive player in school history, wasn't included on the list.

Who is the best college player at a school other than Texas or Texas A&M?

  • LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 36 percent
  • Eric Dickerson, SMU, 22 percent
  • Sammy Baugh, TCU, 19 percent
  • Doak Walker, SMU, 17 percent
  • Davey O'Brien, TCU, 7 percent

Ballots cast: 3,742.

Right or wrong: Wrong.

My take: Even with recent familiarity from watching him, how could voters elevate Tomlinson above three iconic figures in Baugh, Walker and O'Brien who all have trophies named after them? My pick would be Walker, but you can't go wrong with either of the other players.

Which coach is the best in state history?

  • Darrell Royal, Texas 33 percent
  • R.C. Slocum, Texas A&M 30 percent
  • Mack Brown, Texas 17 percent
  • Dutch Meyer, TCU 11 percent
  • Bill Yeoman, Houston 8 percent

Ballots cast: 4,055

Right or wrong: Right

My take: The homespun Royal didn't attend college in Texas, but got there as fast as he could after his playing career.

Missouri remains the last of the Big 12 states to be profiled. The show will examine "the Show-Me State" in detail on July 29.

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