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Texas Tech Red Raiders (Football)

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    October 14, 2014

    If You Want More Teams In The College Football Playoff, Here's What To Root For

    Some old habits are hard to break, and as flawed as the old Bowl Championship Series (affectionately referred to and twisted into juvenile alternate acronyms as the "BCS") was, it still began to consume me right about this time every college football season. The BCS got a lot of stuff wrong, but on ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Kliff Kingsbury Organized The Best ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Yet (VIDEO)

    Everybody's doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. You can't make it through three posts on your Facebook newsfeed without stumbling across one of your high school friends dumping the ice cold bucket of water over his or her head. And to be clear, I have no problem with this. It builds awareness for a ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Kliff Kingsbury Launches the Debate: Which College Football Head Coach Is The Best Dancer? (VIDEO)

    Every year, there's a weeding out process in college football, where the certain percentage of head coaches are cut loose, retire, or move onto other endeavors. The coaching carousel begins spinning and schools that fired their coach generally begin looking for something the opposite of the guy th ... More >>

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    November 15, 2013

    Soccer Fan Bets His House AND LOSES! (Also, My Weekend Best Bets)

    There's an old saying that when people feel strongly about a sports betting premonition that they should "bet the farm." The phrase is never uttered with the thought that anyone anywhere would literally do that, though. However, apparently Iganga, Uganda is not part of "anywhere." (And internationa ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 30, 2013

    College Football Week 1 Best Bets: Gambling Season Begins

    Back in my married days, my then wife was from Louisiana (she still is from Louisiana, actually, and still alive, we are just not married anymore) and around late October or early November is when duck hunting season would begin. At least, I think it was around that time, I just remember being cold ... More >>

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    August 26, 2013

    It's College Football Quiz Time (for Houston and Texas)

    Another college football season kicks off this weekend. The national media focus, as always, is on Alabama, LSU, and the schools of the SEC. There's a bunch of interest just up in the road in College Station, with the Aggies being relevant to the world of college football for the first time since R. ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Houston Cougars Employ The Defense of Kings

    Is it game, set, and match for Michael Young? Is the University of Houston out of the woods? Does anybody but the parties involved (and the NCAA) really give a damn? Young sued the university in early July, seeking to rescind an employment contract he had signed but then wanted out of. UH claimed t ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Mike Aresco, Commissioner Of The Conference Stew That U of H Is In Now, Speaks

    On the college football calendar nowadays, everything seemingly has its own season. Years ago, before social media, before a thousand television channels, before those channels shelling out billions of dollars for broadcasting rights, there were essentially two college football seasons: the regular ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    The Incredible, Hilarious Memo On How To Make Texas Tech & Its Coach "Cool": A Quiz

    The guys at Deadspin have gotten their hands on a piece of comedy gold -- a memo on how the school can make itself and its football coach, former Red Raider QB Kliff Kingsbury, into ultra-hip, highly cool icons that the kidz of today will flock to just so they can be hip and cool too. A tall order ... More >>

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    December 4, 2012

    20 Fun Facts About College Football's Final Regular Season Coach's Poll

    College football's methodology for selecting its championship game participants (and its marquee four bowls outside of the title game, for that matter), the BCS, is cloaked in numerous flaws that when all is said and done, more often than not give us a title game shrouded in controversy over who act ... More >>

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    October 12, 2012

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets, "Satan Hates Auburn" Edition

    I was saddened on Thursday to hear of the passing of legendary college football historian and journalist Beano Cook, who passed away in his sleep at the age of 81. Back in the `80's and early `90's, before the television landscape was cluttered with literally dozens of studio shows all blending toge ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    The Six Worst One-Game Uniforms You'll See In The 2012 College Football Season

    Look good, feel good, play good? Not in these cases. This list doesn't include full-time offenders like Houston, who substituted a perfectly slick design for a blob. Instead, these universities -- some with long traditions -- will subject us to a fashion upchuck on select game days.

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    July 23, 2012

    New Baylor Stadium: Now Texas Can Actually Have a Good College Football Venue

    On Friday, Baylor regents gave a thumbs-up to the construction of a new $250-million stadium that will post up on the Waco campus and alongside the Brazos River. If Waco City Council green lights the $35 million tax increment financing zone funds that would be needed, then the 45,000-seat venue coul ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Terrible? Great? Seven Rap Videos About Texas Colleges

    Rap is a universal language, except for most old people. So it's natural that college students would use rap to express their love for their school. Sometimes this is done well, others....not so well. True to form are these Texas schools, be they oh-so-white or not so white. How well do they succe ... More >>

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    May 10, 2012

    Comment of the Day: Craig James Killed 5 Hookers, and...

    We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit ... More >>

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    May 9, 2012

    Mike Leach Jumps on the "Craig James Killed 5 Hookers" Bandwagon

    In case you were wondering, former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach isn't supporting the quixotic senate campaign of Houston native and former SMU star Craig James. Proof is provided by Deadspin, which got this shot of an autograph Leach provided to a fan who bought his new book Swing Your Sword. "To M ... More >>

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    December 26, 2011

    6 College Football Coaching Changes: From Shadiest to Slimiest

    UH's departed skipper makes the cut​From status-seeking coaches to wheeling-and-dealing athletic directors, the post-season shake-up of college football head coaches has been a bit curious. The top (lowest?) six moves are ranked here on a scale of shady to slimy ("mildly shady" being a 1 whi ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    Mike Leach: Former Tech Coach Partners with Houston Publisher of Strip-Club Guides

    Adult Quest: Proud partner of Mike Leach Football.​Texas football hasn't been the same since Mike Leach left Lubbock. Not only have the Texas Tech Raiders struggled on the field, but the goofiness quotient has gone way down. Leach has gone to Washington State, but he hasn't cut off all his T ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    ESPN's Craig James to Run for U.S. Senate In Texas

    The next senator from Texas?​Great news if you're a fan of inept political campaigns, or if you just want less awful announcing on your TV. Craig James, ESPN college football analyst who was personally involved in two ugly college football scndals of varying degrees, is running to replace Kay ... More >>

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    November 18, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets: Take the Bullies

    Not when it comes to betting.​Nobody likes a bully. That is, nobody likes a bully unless that bully can win you piles of loot by doing their bully things. And that's exactly what the gambling gods have continued to bless us with this season. As I outlined last week, if you just rode the four ... More >>

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    November 11, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets: Stanford, Wisconsin & Other Bullies

    Not seen at Camp Randall.​Nobody likes a bully. Unless, of course, that bully can win you some money! Through the first ten weeks of the college football season, in my mind, four BCS conference college football teams have set themselves apart as "bullies" of the college football world, meanin ... More >>

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    November 4, 2011

    Football! This Weekend's Best Bets

    The Flacco Factor: Always keep it in mind​It's the first weekend of football in November. In college football, this means we get into nut-cutting time, weekends that completely weed out the real championship contenders. This weekend includes a quasi-final four in the SEC with the huge LSU- Ala ... More >>

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    October 11, 2011

    The Coogs Go 13-0. Does Anyone Notice?

    Don't get your hopes up, Coogs.​After their impressive win over East Carolina this weekend, talk in Cougar Town is that the team is set to run the table and go undefeated. Such talk has occurred before, of course, like in 2009 when it beat Oklahoma State and a strong Texas Tech team early in ... More >>

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    September 16, 2011

    Cougars Looking to Cage the Bulldogs

    The UH coaching staff hopes the team shows up for the complete game against Louisiana Tech.​The Houston Cougars don't want to start off another game like they did last week. A start where the opposition, a clearly lesser school, jumps off to a lead. A start that finds the team struggling to ... More >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Five Reasons Why Texas A&M Just Ruined College Football

    It's an emo day to be a college football fan. ​Today, Texas A&M basically ushered in the era of the college football superconference when the Southeastern Conference extended an invite to the university. (That legal threat lobbed by Baylor an anonymous Big 12 school is idle at best.) Well don ... More >>

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    August 12, 2011

    Rocks Off's Musical 2011 Texas Football Preview

    buckaroosfunnypictures.comHook 'em Horns...​You wouldn't know it from walking around outdoors, but fall is just around the corner, and in Texas that means two things: We no longer have to consume our body weight in water for shows at the Pavilion, and it's almost time for college football. An ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Five Reasons Why Texas A&M Needs to Elope to the SEC

    ​Hey, Texas A&M and the Southeastern Conference: Get a room already! Then get married or whatever because this idle flirtation, which has been going on for years, is getting tired. For the past few weeks, a potential move by A&M to the SEC has become a hot topic, especially after the A&M Boar ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    College Football Bowls -- This Week's Best Bets

    The color, the pageantry of college football​Since it's Week 17 of the NFL season, we're changing it up a little bit this week. I don't know about people who actually know what they're doing when it comes to wagering, but my experience with the NFL in Week 17 is that it's a good time to stay ... More >>

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    November 26, 2010

    Houston Cougar Football: Definitely Maybe Ending Tomorrow Night

    This may, or may not, be the Cougars last game of the season​When Texas Tech and Houston met in September of last year, it was a truly magical moment for the Cougars. The Red Raiders were seen as one of the top teams in the country and head coach Mike Leach was one of those names mentioned ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Houston Cougars -- An Early Lock of the Century

    That's a very big lock​I realize that my Best Bets for the weekend are usually a Friday thing, and rest assured after my fast start last week, no one is chomping harder at the bit to get back to the business of picking winners than me. (By the way, did ya see? 4-2, bitches! I know 6-0 and 5-1 are ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Game Time: College Football -- Celebrating 90210 and the Big 12

    A&M: The Dylan McKay of the Big 12​I hate making tough decisions. Today was one of those days. I mean, you have the start of the college football season, which in my house and on my show is like Christmas morning wrapped up in a 21st birthday party.And yet, it is also September 2, 2010 -- th ... More >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Game Time: Texas A&M Trying To Break Off From Longhorn Entourage?

    What you fail to understand, Turtle....​What started as a history lesson, in this space at least, on Monday is on the verge of becoming an historical shift in the world of collegiate sports. The college football gods dropped this mayhem in our laps, so let's keep talking about it. (For the recor ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Texas Tech's Mike Leach Knows How To Fling The F-Word Around

    It's no secret football coaches curse, but now, thanks to the Texas Open Records Act, you get video proof of the artistry involved.The website orangebloods.com filed an Open Records Act request for a video shot by a Texas Tech crew after the Red Raiders barely beat Baylor.Then-coach Mike Leach is n ... More >>

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    January 11, 2010

    Game Time: Texas Tech Just Wasn't That Into You, Mike Leach Era

    ​In the end, Ruffin McNeill never had a chance.Despite an Alamo Bowl week where he managed to keep his team focused and united amidst the most bizarre circumstances and an Alamo Bowl game where he made some gutsy calls to get Texas Tech past a frisky, albeit depleted Michigan State squad, replacin ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Cougars Take The Easy Way Out With Next Year's Football Schedule

    Photo courtesy UH​If there's one thing I really hate about college football, it's when schools like Texas schedule FCS teams as part of their non-conference schedule instead of taking on some legitimate, top-flight competition. It's my belief that schools like Texas (you can toss in Florida, ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    Game Time: Global Thermonuclear War In Lubbock

    ​Remember the movie War Games where Matthew Broderick's character hacks into some online set of games, decides to play Global Thermonuclear War and sets of a chain reaction that nearly launches actual government missiles all over the world?  In the end, the missiles don't get launched, instea ... More >>

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    November 17, 2009

    Game Time: In Defense Of TCU, An Open Letter To The Chron's Richard Justice

    ​Dear Richard,I'm not sure if you are aware of this but your Monday column entitled "10-0 TCU Not Equal of 10-0 Texas" has caused quite an uproar among the Horned Frog faithful. I am going to assume you are aware of this because the only logical explanation for your outlandish premise and its su ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Red Raiders Are Chubby Chasers, And That's Why They Lost To A&M, Coach Analyzes

    Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has studied the game film and analyzed exactly why his team got embarrassed by Texas A&M last weekend: The Tech players were more concerned with their "fat little girlfriends."We think this is covered in Alienating Your Fans For Dummies somewhere, but we're not sur ... More >>

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    October 30, 2009

    Aggies and the Ding Dong Song

    ​The code of conduct at Texas A&M is hard to keep straight, but here's the latest: It's okay to be an Aggie yell leader and sing the Ding Dong Song on video, but it's not okay to be a yell leader adviser and sing the Ding Dong Song on the same video.Because of these antics, Rusty Thompson, ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Why Notre Dame Will Win The BCS And Texas Won't, Part 8

    ​We didn't watch the Longhorns this weekend, we have to admit. Subjecting the country to a prime-time match-up of UT and Missouri seemed unnecessarily cruel, but such is the heartless world we live in these days.But we're assuming two things: First, UT won, because come on, it's Missouri. And seco ... More >>

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    October 5, 2009

    Scientists Unsure Whether Huge Reading Indicates Giant Tsunami, Or Coogs Falling To Earth

    Photo courtesy UH​In retrospect, what happened to the Houston Cougars on Saturday night in El Paso shouldn't have been that much of a surprise.Yes, the team was coming off of a last-minute win against Texas Tech. And yes, UTEP was 1-3 and coming off a humiliating defeat to the Texas Longhorn ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Coogs Try To Forget About Their Biggest Win In Years

    Photo courtesy UH​"Everything just slowed down. It was in slow motion," Houston Cougar running back Bryce Beall told Hair Balls yesterday. "I just told myself, whatever you do, do not drop this ball. When it got in there I just made sure I grabbed it and held on tight and took it to the ground. ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    January 9, 2009

    Longhorns Sue For BCS Title; Coach Brown: "We're Texas, Damn It"

    Austin -- Following last night's Florida Gators victory over the Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS Title Game, the Texas Longhorns football team held a press conference outside of the main entrance to Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. Head Coach Mack Brown, reading from a prepared statement, sta ... More >>

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    January 6, 2009

    Longhorns Can't Brag About Buckeye Victory

    I want to thank The Ohio State Buckeyes. Sure, they lost to the Texas Longhorns, but because the Longhorns needed a bad spot by the referees to help get the victory, I'm pretty damn sure that the country has been saved from listening to Longhorn fans bitch about not playing for the BCS Title. Beca ... More >>

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    January 1, 2009

    College Bowl Preview: Picks By A Real Expert, The Finale

    The college football bowl season is here, and it's become such a confusing mess of odd-sounding games played in smallish towns with mediocre teams that you need an expert to figure it out. And nothing says "expert" more than a teen-aged kid, whether the subject is football, driving, or how inutterab ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    Bowling for UT, TCU, UH and Rice

    I'm sure the Longhorns and their fans are still pissed they didn't win the Big 12 and aren't playing for the national title. But screw Longhorns fans. I think I can speak for many college football fans who are pissed the Horns are playing in the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State. Ohio effing State. ... More >>

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    November 21, 2008

    What the Hell. Go Texas Tech!

    I hate the BCS. I hate the bowl games. I want there to be playoffs in major college football. I write this because, normally, I would be pulling for Oklahoma to defeat Texas Tech this weekend for the purpose of screwing up the BCS. But I can’t do that this time out. I just can’t. And I can ... More >>

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