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College Football

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    September 1, 2014

    Cougars Embarrass UH On Supposed Glorious Night For New Stadium

    Stop me if this sounds familiar. The heavily favored Houston Cougars open up the season at home against a team from Central Texas. But instead of winning the game by double digits, the Cougars are upset by double digits. Just replace Texas State with UTSA and make the final score 27-7. But there's o ... More >>

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    August 29, 2014

    This Weekend's Best Bets: College Football Is Here

    207 days. That's how long I've been waiting. When the piece of cheese sitting at the end of the summer-long maze is redemption, the clock ticks slowly. The pages get ripped off the calendar at a glacial speed. August couldn't get here soon enough. Because here's the thing -- I sucked at giving you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2014

    Gambling! Five College Football Season Win Total Bets You Should Play

    Each week in this space, I plan to give you, the faithful HoustonPress.com news blog reader, six picks against the spread for the upcoming football weekend. I would encourage you to read them even if you don't plan to wager as they serve the dual purpose of conveying football predictions as well as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2014

    2014 Heisman Odds: Three Sleepers Who Are Off The Board

    How do we know the college football season is almost here? Well, not all that long ago, it would have been because the best of the preview magazines were hitting the stands -- Athlon, Lindy's, Street & Smith's. When you saw the cover with the best player of whichever the hottest team in your region ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2014

    Even After Leaving, Manziel Still Dominates SEC Conversation

    HOOVER, Alabama - The question was irrelevant, but Johnny Manziel hardly was. After delivering his opening statement at Southeastern Conference Media Days, the first question Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin answered - or heard, rather - was about his Heisman Trophy-winning former quarterback, Manziel. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2014

    Post-Draft NFL Season Win Totals Are Out! The Texans' Number Is....

    Amidst the myriad of Johnny Manziel prop bets and NFL Draft forecast wagers, anyone who enjoys the occasional bet knows that there is a distinct beginning to NFL betting season, a harbinger of the gambling delights of the autumn. It's when the Las Vegas Hilton releases its first post-NFL Draft seas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2014

    NFL Draft 2014: 4 Winners, 4 Losers

    Check out our slideshow of the Texans welcoming Jadeveon Clowney. On Texans Radio on Saturday, covering Day 3 of the NFL Draft with my buddies John Harris (smartest football guy I know) and Ted Johnson (3-time Super Bowl winner, great on the radio himself, and all around good guy), I made the comp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Jameis Winston's "Great Crab Leg Caper" Police Report Released

    As the 2014 NFL Draft rolls up on us this Thursday, one of the top prospects for next year's draft continues to chip away at his draft stock brick by brick, through sheer stupidity, if nothing else. Last week came news that 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, apparently famished, went to a P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    Heisman Trophy Winner Winston Pinched For Stealing Crab Legs

    When Johnny Manziel won the Heisman Trophy in 2012, he followed up his award winning season with an offseason that made it appear like he had purchased every cool auction item at a charity golf tournament. Courtside seats for the NBA playoffs? Check. Spring break trip to Cabo? Oh hell yeah. Care to ... More >>

  • News

    May 1, 2014
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    March 26, 2014

    Texans Head Coach Bill O'Brien Speaks ... And Speaks, And Speaks Some More

    We all know Houston Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien is one of the many branches off of the Bill Belichick tree. To call him a Belichick disciple might be overstating things, as O'Brien likely seeks to carve out his own style. But no doubt, along the way, O'Brien has and will continue to take certai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    Teddy Bridgewater Struggles at Pro Day, Looking Back at Other QB Pro Days

    With the NFL Scouting Combine a few weeks in the rear view mirror, now comes the fun part of the silly pre-draft season -- individual workouts and Pro Days. In plain English, this is the part of the Prospect Assessment Calendar where everyone will freak out (positively and negatively) over how well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    Will Houston Athletes Ever Get Paid to Play in College?

    TaShawn Thomas dreams of one day becoming a professional after college. He's a junior and a forward on the University of Houston's men's basketball team. Without his scholarship he wouldn't be in college, he says. With the money he receives his housing and food are paid for. Still, he thinks it wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2014

    Former Fat Quarterback Jared Lorenzen Is Now Even Fatter (And Still Playing Quarterback!)

    I have great respect for people whose physical shape (shape meaning both "condition" as well as literally their shape -- oval, circle, pear, etc.) belies their athletic performance. For years, I've contended there should be a television show that takes all of the athletic or aesthetically active e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2014

    Gambling! 2014 Heisman Odds Are Out!

    With the off week between the AFC and NFC title games, the opportunities to wager are precious few, so sorry, there will be no "Best Bets" this week. I know that after my 0-2 performance this has to disappoint many of you who have been fading my picks all year and gaining financial independence. Se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Auburn's Gus Malzahn Wins Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award

    College football turnarounds are not easy, especially in the SEC West. At the beginning of the year, we pencil our teams in, expectations shaped by experts and the results of the season before and we jump headlong into college football. In 2013, the names were pretty familiar. Alabama, Oregon, Ohi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2014

    Winter of Johnny: Manziel Announces He's Going Pro

    Since about the time he led Texas A&M to an upset of then-number one Alabama in Tuscaloosa back in November of 2012, speculation on where Texas A&M quarterback and eventual 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel might get drafted has been varied and the debate has been furious. Well, now we will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2014

    ESPN's BCS Megacast Was Awesome: 5 Other "Casts" I Would Add

    If we ever sat back and thought about how much of our sports thinking is shaped by ESPN and its programming, it would be a little bit frightening. The facts are, by and large, when people need sports news, they go to SportsCenter. When they want to get ready for a Saturday of college football, they ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2014

    Johnny Watch: Manziel Says "We'll See" On Going To The NFL

    Johnny Manziel's flair for the dramatic over the last two years is well documented. In 2012, road wins against Ole Miss and Alabama came down to plays made late in the game by the eventual Heisman winner. In 2013, Manziel had to figuratively carry A&M's defense on his back just to will his team to a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2014

    Winter of Johnny: Johnny Football Is Back and Partying In Hollywood!

    Johnny Football is back! No, not the Johnny Football that hops through defenses like a jackrabbit and throws downfield frozen ropes. Not that Johnny Football. I'm talking about the Johnny Football that flips over Twitter, that breaks the internet. I'm talking three in the morning Johnny Football. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 1, 2014

    It Begins, O'Brien/Manziel: New Year's Eve's Perfect Texan Storm

    At around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday night, about the time that my girlfriend Amy and I were leaving small, Washington-area Italian joint Patrenella's after a quiet New Year's Eve dinner, that's the time my iPhone started to buzz. The deluge of tweets and texts (mostly positive) confirmed it -- Penn Stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 24, 2013

    Bowl Season Shenanigans: Boise State Quarterback Sent Home For Allegedly Peeing Off A Balcony

    To this day, it still might be the most famous finish to a game of the BCS Era. A decided underdog in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, upstart Boise State built up a huge lead over Big 12 champion Oklahoma before the Sooners came storming back to take a late lead, only to have the Broncos tie the game up than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2013

    Ranking The Top 10 Bowl Games From A Fat Person's Perspective

    One very underrated calendar quirk this year is the fact that Christmas and New Year's both fall on a Wednesday. Anyone with a regular, Monday to Friday, nine to five job knows what I am talking about. A Wednesday standalone holiday is basically a reason to say "Ah, eff this...I'm just gonna take t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2013

    Jameis Winston Wins The Heisman, Now Where Will He Put It?

    For a Heisman Trophy race that was about as lopsided as, well, many of the recent ones, the 2013 Heisman race had its fair share of storylines. You had last season's winner, Johnny Manziel, no stranger to storylines of his own, as one of the finalists, the fourth former winner to make a repeat app ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2013

    Start Your Morning Off Right With This Video Of Rice Accepting A Liberty Bowl Bid

    To college football fans and media members, looking at the list of bowl games in early December each year, can be a rather impersonal exercise wherein we get lost in making snarky remarks about the sponsors or faux lamenting the lack of intrigue in several of the matchups. The truth of the matter i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2013

    2013 Heisman Finalists Named, How Did The Preseason Oddsmakers Do?

    Despite the arctic (for Houston) temperatures outside, September feels like it just got here yesterday, because in the blink of an eye, the 2013 college football season is now over. With all but one (salute Army, salute Navy) of the regular season games now behind us, the next item on the agenda is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    2013 BCS Shakeup: Who Would Be The Four Teams In A College Football Playoff?

    The BCS Title Game matchup is set and while it wasn't the matchup that was the most highly expected going into Saturday afternoon, it's a matchup between what most college football fans and experts see as the two most deserving teams in the country. As expected, Florida State played a game of "name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2013

    It's Liberty Time For The Rice Owls

    The Rice Owls went out Saturday on a cold, dreary afternoon and demolished the Marshall Thundering Herd, capturing the Conference USA title with a 41-24. Rice stormed out to the lead, didn't let up on the gas, and controlled the action for the entire 60 minutes of the game. It was the best game the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Tim Tebow's TV Career Odds

    Unlike virtually any other vocation, professional sports has a very finite, and for most players a very short shelf life. This makes post career planning (and saving money) a crucially important life skill. What will I do for work? How will I pay the bills? For numerous athletes, this transition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2013

    College Football: What If This Weekend Were The Last One Before a 4 Team Playoff?

    It's conference championship weekend, which means that we have a handful of teams still vying for spots in the BCS Title Game and BCS bowl games. As best I can tell, we are down to five teams who still have a reasonable to remote chance to get into the title game: Florida State and Ohio State cont ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2013

    And The Defenses Shall Lead Them As UH And Rice Go Bowling

    The Houston Cougars (8-4) and Rice Owls (9-3) won their football games this weekend on the backs of their defenses. While that's not the way past UH and Rice football teams won games, it's been how they did it this season. It's been strange to watch, and an entirely different experience, but it's al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2013

    A Few Houston Sports Things To Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

    Since it's Thanksgiving, here are a few things in the Houston sporting world for which I'm thankful. ANDRE JOHNSON Andre Johnson is without a doubt the greatest player in the history of the Houston Texans. He also has to go on the short list with Earl Campbell and Elvin Bethea as the greatest play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Cougars Lose Third Straight Under Awful Field Conditions

    The field conditions at BBVA Compass Stadium were atrocious on Saturday. Huge portions of the field were flooded before the game started with puddles of water evident at the start of the game. By the time Cincinnati had finished defeating UH 24-17, the middle of the field was a nothing but mud. Pla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    College Football Recap: Elimination Saturday Zaps Baylor

    College football is great. We all love college football. (At least, I'm assuming you do if you clicked on this story.) The tradition, the pageantry, college football is the best. The only bad thing about college football is how subjective and arbitrary the process of crowning a champion is compare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Brooke Hogan's Engagement To Dallas Cowboy Crumbles

    If there has been one subtle development in the world of wagering that has been a true godsend (because God doesn't have enough on his plate, He must send things to degenerate gamblers), it's been the addition of non-sports wagers to the various betting windows (actual and online) around the world. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    College Football Recap: The Reverse Jinx And The Return Of Coach O

    The dirty little secret about college football in 2013 is that it hasn't been all that great a season. Yeah, it's college football, and even ho hum college football is still better than 80 percent of what sports has to offer. And yeah, we have the usual tasty controversy brewing with four undefeat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    College Football Recap: Miami Exposed, Much To Degenerate Gambler Brent Musberger's Chagrin

    Sports fans like to say that "sports" is the best reality television. Perhaps I'm nitpicking at semantics, but when it's at its heart-pounding best, sports are more like a fantastic suspense drama, with storylines and characters in whom we emotionally invest. For me, it's that way, at least. In ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2013

    BCS Roundup: Missouri Learns The "Kicker Lesson" The Hard Way

    How fragile is a college football season? Well, let's ask the University of Missouri. Heading into Saturday night's home game against the 21st ranked South Carolina Gamecocks, the fifth-ranked Tigers were one of three teams that theoretically controlled their own destiny in getting to the BCS Nat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Sarlacc Pit On Star Wars Night Edition

    In college football, it's been a strange year in the SEC. The SEC West has gone pretty much according to form, save Auburn suddenly regaining their mojo about two years ahead of schedule under Gus Zalzahn. The SEC East, on the other hand, has been a circus, with last year's sad sack Missouri all o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    Is This The Weekend UH And Rice Clinch Bowl Spots?

    The Texans season might just about be over, but there are still several reasons to care about football in Houston. That is if you don't mind switching your attention to Saturday afternoons. Because with the college football season at the halfway mark, the Houston Cougars (5-1) and Rice Owls (5-2) ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    UH Loses Battle of Cougars to BYU

    The Houston Cougars (5-1) scored points in every way imaginable on Saturday afternoon. There was a kick return, and an interception return. The defense collected a safety. The quarterbacks tossed four TD passes. There was even a field goal. But in the end, after a marathon of a game that lasted over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Father-Son Oakland Raider Weed Smoking Scalpers Edition

    At this point, when it comes to my weekly picks, I've been abandoned by all my family and friends and I'm basically rubbing two sticks together in the middle of the woods. I have no answers, and if last week was the week you finally decided to go opposite of my picks because it was "the right thin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2013

    Yes, It's Early, But Seriously, UH and Rice Could Go Bowling

    This college football season is still early, but early though it might be, it's becoming increasingly evident that both the Rice Owls and Houston Cougars are going bowling. Each team still has some obstacles to overcome, but both teams are fast approaching the needed number of wins for bowl qualific ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2013

    Why Schaub's Latest Blunder Is His Brad Lidge Moment In Houston

    The beauty and tragedy of sports comes in transcendent, "Where were you?" moments. I remember the apartment and spot on the couch in December 2011 where I watched T.J. Yates find Kevin Walter for an improbable last-second touchdown in Cincinnati, clinching the Texans' first playoff berth. On a trip ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2013

    And The Defense Shall Lead Them: Rice Defeats FAU

    There's bad football. There's awful football. Then there's what the Rice Owls played on Saturday night. But here's the thing, as bad as the Rice Owls played on Saturday night, as bafflingly as some of the coaching decisions, as mind-numbingly stupid as some of the officiating, the Rice Owls still wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2013

    This Weekend's Best Bets: Does Pam Oliver Survive 2013?

    I know many of you will be shocked that I feel this way, but one of the most beautiful things about life in 2013 is that you can bet on almost anything. Know a little something about movies, and care to wager on the Oscars? No problem. Have a hunch on whether or not Walter White dies at the end of ... More >>

  • News

    September 26, 2013

    Whatever It Takes: Houston Baptist University Turns to Football to Build a Name

    Houston Baptist University decides the best way to grow is to start a football team for the first time in its 50-year history.

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    The Worst College Football Weekend Lives Down To The Hype

    For me, college football is one of those things in life that gets the "pizza pass." You know, the old saying that "even bad pizza is still pretty good." Well, that's college football. Even a bad weekend of college football is still pretty good, because, hell, it's college football! Well, this past ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2013

    Cougars Beat Owls to Earn Possession of the Bayou Bucket

    Saturday's Bayou Bucket might have been the last of the series for a long time. But if that's how it turns out, then Houston's 31-26 win might go down as one of the most memorable in the series. The game featured just about everything: incredible onside kicks, bombs, trick plays, blocked kicks and q ... More >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Texans 30, Titans 24: Another Comeback Win, A Kicker Problem and a Rookie Emerges

    Texans fans and players probably can't take this kind of heart-pounding action for an entire season. In only their second game, the Texans managed a comeback win in the fourth quarter against the surprisingly good (at least on defense) Tennessee Titans, 30-24. Quarterback Matt Schaub and rookie wide ... More >>

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