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Longhorns get into Holiday spirit

December, 16, 2011

Kevin Dunn catches up with Mack Brown at Texas practice on Friday as the Longhorns prepare for the Holiday Bowl against California.

What to watch in the Big 12 bowls

December, 15, 2011
Here are a few things to keep an eye on in the bowl games involving teams from the Big 12 this season.

1. The headless Aggies. A team playing in a bowl after firing its coach is a bit of a rarity, but that's where the Aggies are as they prepare to face Northwestern on Dec. 31 in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Defensive coordinator and interim head coach Tim DeRuyter is leaving to become the coach at Fresno State. Former coach Mike Sherman served as their offensive coordinator, too, and it'll be interesting to see what Texas A&M looks like without him. Cyrus Gray is questionable, but Northwestern's defense is a lot different than Texas'. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill should be able to win this game, but will Texas A&M look like it's playing for anything, and will it show it has fixed the second-half woes?

2. Oklahoma State on the big stage. Oklahoma State has played in a lot of big games over the past two years, but the two biggest -- Oklahoma in both years -- were played in its home stadium. The Cowboys never played in a Big 12 title setting and never played in a huge neutral-site game against a team suited to beat them. The Jan. 2 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, opposite Stanford, will be all new for the Cowboys. Will the team look the same after a week unlike anything it has experienced before?

3. Sooners stopping a swoon? Oklahoma finished the season with two losses in its final three games and now will be without Jaz Reynolds in the Dec. 30 Insight Bowl against Iowa. Landry Jones will be missing his No. 1 and No. 3 receivers, and the Hawkeyes' offense will take on a defense that struggled late in the year against Baylor and Oklahoma State. Iowa is closer to Iowa State -- Oklahoma's only victory in the final three games -- but the Sooners had better show up in this one, or this season will get even more forgettable.

4. A finale for RG3? At Baylor, 2011 has been unforgettable. The Bears already have nine wins, a third-place finish in the Big 12 and the school's first Heisman winner. Quarterback Robert Griffin III has become must-see TV, but the Valero Alamo Bowl against Washington on Dec. 29 might be the last time we see him in green and gold. There's no guarantee on either side, but what's Griffin got in store for the finale?

5. Did the Longhorns learn? Texas lamented its holidays at home last year, with players saying they never wanted to experience the feeling again. Several said they couldn't even watch the bowls. Well, the Longhorns are back. How much will they relish the Dec. 28 Holiday Bowl meeting with Cal? Texas should be back to health by then, and a big win in this game might produce big results next fall for a young offense that needs good vibes heading into the offseason.

Dallas Baptist has shaky debut against Cal

June, 11, 2011
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Justin Jones threw a one-hitter over six innings before leaving the game with a left biceps problem and California powered past Dallas Baptist 7-0 on Saturday in the first game of an NCAA super regional.

Chad Bunting and Marcus Semien each hit a three-run homers and Devon Rodriguez also drove in a run for the Bears (36-21), who won their fifth straight.

Brandon Williamson went 7 2/3 innings for the Patriots (42-19), who entered the game with the second most runs scored in the nation. Williamson (10-4) allowed a season-high seven runs on 10 hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Jones, who walked one and struck out three, was warming up for the seventh when he walked off the mound and began rubbing his left biceps, reporting he felt something tug.

Logan Scott pitched the final three innings, giving up two hits, to record his first career save.

Baylor starts with win over California

June, 3, 2011
HOUSTON -- Logan Verrett threw 7 1-3 innings to lead Baylor to a 6-4 win over California on Friday in the Houston Regional.

Landis Ware drove in two runs for No. 2 seed Baylor, which did all of its scoring in the first three innings.

Cal starter Erik Johnson (6-4) walked six batters in 2 1-3 innings and gave up five runs and three hits.

Jake Miller and Logan Vick each scored two runs for Baylor, which will play the winner of the game between No. 1 seed Rice and No. 4 seed Alcorn State on Saturday, while Cal plays the loser.

Verrett (7-5) didn't give up a run until the seventh. Chadd Krist, Marcus Semien and Devin Rodriguez hit RBI singles in the eighth.

Max Garner got an uneasy save by retiring Tony Renda with two on and two out in the ninth inning.

Horns add Terps, finalize schedule

September, 22, 2010
The Texas Longhorns have added a home-and-home series with Maryland Terrapins in 2017 and 2018, the school announced Wednesday.

Texas will host the Terrapins on Sept. 2, 2017, and travel to Maryland on Sept. 1, 2018.

The Longhorns also set four other non-conference games and adjusted the years on two others to finalize its non-conference schedule through 2017.

UT has added games with New Mexico on Sept. 8, 2012, New Mexico State on Aug. 31, 2013, North Texas on Aug. 30, 2014 and Rice on Sept. 12, 2015. In order to accommodate some scheduling issues, the Horns moved their game with UCF from 2011 to 2017 and UTEP from 2012 to 2016.

A look at UT's non-conference schedule through 2018 (the non-conference schedule decreases to three games next season as the Big 12 contracts to 10 teams):

9/3 RICE
9/10 BYU
9/17 at UCLA

9/15 at Mississippi

9/7 at BYU

9/6 BYU
9/13 at Arkansas

9/5 at Notre Dame
9/12 RICE
9/19 CAL

9/10 UTEP
9/17 at CAL

9/9 UCF
9/16 at USC

9/1 at Maryland
9/8 TBA
9/15 USC

No. 4 TCU tries to keep non-AQs rolling

September, 18, 2010
The pride of the AQs, or "automatic-qualifiers" in BCS language, falls on the Baylor Bears this afternoon when they ride into Fort Worth to meet the No. 4 TCU Horned Frogs.

We've seen TCU dump then-No. 24 Oregon State; Boise State beat then-No. 10 Virginia Tech, BYU bounce Washington and Utah take down Pittsburgh. On Friday night, the embarrassments continued for the big AQs as the WAC's Nevada Wolf Pack whipped the Pac-10's Cal Bears and Southern Miss routed Kansas, a Big 12 team that's already lost to a FCS foe.

The oddsmakers don't believe Baylor of the Big 12 has a chance to act like one of the big boys against the Mountain West's non-AQ Frogs. The Bears are more than three-touchdown underdogs.

What could play a major factor in the 3:30 p.m. kickoff at sold-out Amon G. Carter Stadium is the insufferable heat descending on the city. The temperature is forecast to soar to 96 degrees and well over 100 degrees on the field when taking in the heat index.

Both teams are equally adjusted to broiler-like conditions, but whichever team is in the best physical condition as the game wears on will likely have the advantage if the game is close in crunch time.

NCAA tourney preview: Norman Regional

June, 3, 2010


44-15, 17-11 Big 12, 9-1 last 10

At their best: When Garrett Buechele is leading the offense, and their relievers carry them home. Third baseman Buechele is a true power hitter with amazing consistency. He can change a game with one swing, especially with the Sooners having several hitters who get on base. Oklahoma's starting pitching staff is OK for a tournament team, but they have three relievers in Erben, Rocha and Mayfield who can all pitch several innings to secure a win.

At their worst: They're no better than Cal. The Golden Bears can match up favorably with Oklahoma through the first two starters and also have a very deep hitting lineup. The Sooners didn't control their conference the way most No. 1 seeds did, as Texas was easily the best team in the conference (sweeping OU by 16-3 combined score). As it stands, however, they are the best team in a weak region. They should advance if they stay focused and get a boost from the home crowd.

Biggest strength: The Sooners' three right-handed relievers (Erben, Rocha and Mayfield) don't do anything unusual. None are strikeout machines, but all have low ERAs (4.10, 3.02, 2.03, respectively). It's like having a fresh starter, and they all can be counted on to stifle opposing batters.

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (Regional)


29-23, 13-14 Pac 10, 2-8 last 10

At their best: Sporadically, when their offense is clicking. The Golden Bears were a bad team at the end of the year, as they were soundly swept by UCLA, Washington State and Stanford. But when you look at their quality wins, it's hard to know what to make of Cal. They swept Oregon State late in the year and took two of three games from Oregon last weekend. The Golden Bears can score runs, but they can't prevent runs vs. top teams like most top seeds can.

At their worst: In tough games. The Bears don't really have the necessary wins against a UCLA or Arizona State to be considered an elite team. They're above-average in most categories and played in a tough conference, and it resulted in a two seed. They could surprise, but it won't be because they dominated one aspect of every game. It will be because they limited mistakes and Oklahoma struggles.

Biggest strength: A versatile offense with eight hitters batting at least .300. Tony Renda leads the Golden Bears in average (.365), runs (52) and hits (76). Cal has four players with an on-base percentage in the .400s, but Chadd Krist and Mark Canha can also hit home runs (10 and 9, respectively). It take a great pitcher to silence Cal's bats.

Last NCAA appearance: 2008 (Regional)


36-20, 14-16 ACC, 7-3 last 10

At their best: The Tar Heels have looked really good, although they were swept by Virginia late in the season. They came up just short of qualifying for the ACC tournament because of early conference losses. North Carolina swept Virginia Tech, swept Wake Forest and took two of three at Clemson late in the season. They could be a threat to steal the region if a capable pitcher steps up in their second or third game.

At their worst: National powerhouses Virginia, Georgia Tech and Miami all swept North Carolina this season, but that's not indicative of the Tar Heels' individual talent. Thankfully, there isn't much to be intimidated about in the Norman Regional. Oklahoma is a better all-around team and Cal has a stronger offense, but North Carolina's 4.21 team ERA ranks in the top 25 nationally. Oklahoma isn't that much better (3.79, 16th nationally), and the teams could be even if Oklahoma uses too much relief talent in an early game.

Biggest strength: Starting pitcher Matt Harvey has a 3.10 ERA and has pitched two complete games. He might be the best pitcher in the region. But all hope will be lost if the Tar Heels can't get a win with him on the mound.

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (CWS)


35-25, 22-9 Summit, 8-2 last 10

At their best: The moment Nick Ballgod or Tyler Saladino make contact. The Golden Eagles have a wealth of hitters, and Ballgod and Saladino are the best. They will find a way to produce runs, but whether that means two runs or 10 depends on the opposing pitcher. Their run production was lower against competition from TCU, UCLA, Texas and Arkansas. But they beat the Longhorns, 3-2, showing they could be a tough out.

At their worst: ORU's pitchers have pedestrian ERAs and aren't a very good fielding team. But be assured, they'll go down swinging.

Biggest strength: Ballgod has one of the most ridiculous stat lines in the country: .396, 78 hits, 53 RBIs. But teammate Saladino can beat him: .381, 72 runs, 91 hits, 17 home runs, 73 RBIs, .678 slugging percentage and 16 of 18 stolen base attempts. They're the stuff of nightmares for an unprepared pitcher or cold reliever.

Last NCAA appearance: 2009 (Regional)

Big 12/Pac 10 Hardwood schedule set

April, 28, 2010
The 2010 Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series resumes for a fourth season.

The Big 12 held a 9-3 advantage in Hardwood Series contests last season and leads the three-year series, 20-16. In 2009, the 12 contests drew more than 110,000 fans. In the three years of the event, more than 355,000 fans have come through the turnstiles.

Here's the full schedule:

November 27
USC at Nebraska

December 2
Missouri at Oregon
UCLA at Kansas
Arizona State at Baylor

December 3
Kansas State at Washington State

December 4
Oregon State at Colorado
California at Iowa State
Texas Tech at Washington

December 5
Texas at USC
Oklahoma at Arizona

December 11
Washington at Texas A&M

December 21
Stanford at Oklahoma State

MWC making TCU look better and better

December, 24, 2009
TCU hasn't even left Fort Worth for Glendale, Ariz., yet and the No. 4 team in the BCS standings is already winning. Why? The Mountain West Conference has put together a solid bowl resume and it's not even Christmas yet.

Wyoming, a pretty big underdog, beat Fresno State in overtime in the New Mexico Bowl. BYU trounced Oregon State in the Las Vegas Bowl and Utah beat California by 10 in the Poinsettia Bowl on Wednesday.

Air Force will play Houston in Fort Worth in the Armed Forces Bowl to give the MWC a chance to go 4-0 before TCU takes the field against Boise State on Jan. 4.

But since TCU got wins over all three of the MWC teams that won bowl games, it makes the Frogs' look even better.