ESPN breaks down the schedules of the top Big 12 teams and calls the October matchup between the Sooners and Longhorns possibly the biggest game in college football history. Watch below:

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Posted July 25th, 2009 by Brian
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The exact minute that the 2009 Texas Longhorns football season will start is no longer a mystery. The kick-off time for the team’s season opener against [tag]Louisiana-Monroe[/tag] has been announced. The game will be September 5th at 6pm and will air only on FSN pay-per-view. The lack of a free TV option is disappointing but not unexpected when you start every season with a cupcake.

Update: From Statesman.com (9/2/2009):

Here’s what we know so far about ordering the pay-per-view telecast of Saturday’s opener against Louisiana-Monroe:

You’ll have to wait until later this week to order it from a conventional digital cable outlet, including Time Warner. The Texas athletic department also still is waiting for more channel information from DirecTV and Dish Network. For AT&T U-Verse customers, the viewing channel is 103. Cost is $40.

Update: Current PPV TV info:

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Posted June 30th, 2009 by BT
Filed under: Feature, Football

Can Texas make it through their schedule and back to the Rose Bowl for another MNC?

Can Texas make it through their schedule and back to the Rose Bowl for another MNC?

It’s about that time to start sizing up the college football season, so here’s my rundown of games on the Longhorns schedule, in order from easiest to hardest. These rankings take each team’s projected strength, plus the location and timing of the game.

12. [tag]Louisiana-Monroe[/tag] (Sept 5)

Why they’re here: Because this is a gimmie game. Don’t kid yourself; this is the Glass Joe on our schedule. In their two games versus big-time teams last year (Auburn and Ole Miss) the Warhawks were outscored 93-0. Best of luck fellas!

Why they’re not higher: Because they finished 4-7 last year and the game is at home. Seriously, the Christians walking into the Coliseum to face Lions had more of a chance. On the bright side, this may be our first glimpse at the QB of the future Garret Gilbert.

11. At [tag]Wyoming[/tag] (Sept 12)

Why they’re not here: Okay, this team is also Glass Joe… but playing at home in what should be the biggest game in their history. Sorry that’s all I got.

Why they’re not higher: Because the got pounded by the “big boys” in the WAC last year (TCU, Utah, BYU) by a combined score of 129-14. Bite the curb, and tell us how it tastes. We’ll try and not make you look too bad in front of your parents.

10. [tag]UTEP[/tag] (Sept 26)

Why they’re here: Yes, they are a small conference school, but they have a coach who guided his previous team to two Rose Bowls. Don’t underestimate the importance of coaching in college football.

Why they’re not higher: Because when you move past the coach, this is still the same team we beat 42-13 in El Paso last year. And there won’t be any chicks giving their boyfriends hand favors on the mountain to distract our defense this year.

9. [tag]Central Florida[/tag] (Nov 7)

Why they’re here: They gave us a hell of a tussle in their place a couple of years ago. More than any “gimme” in the schedule, they probably believe they can beat us. Plus, given where they fall on the schedule (between Oklahoma State and Baylor) our boys could be due for a letdown.

Why they’re not higher: Because they lost to UTEP by 45 points last year. THE END.

8. Colorado (Oct 10)

Why they’re here: Because their coach is pretty damn good, and they play division one football there. Not intramurals brother…

Why they’re not higher: Because we smoked their ass last year, and this team traditionally is not great away from Boulder. Seriously, look it up: the school’s biggest three wins since joining the Big 12 have either come at home or on the a neutral site. Danger Dan Hawkins, danger!!!

7. At [tag]Missouri[/tag] (Oct 24)

Why they’re here: Because last year at this time, people were picking them as a National title contender. Sure they lost a bunch of talent, but I’m sure Pinkle has a bunch of talent ready to shine, right?

Why they’re not higher: Wrong. Sorry, but Chase Daniels was special (for Missouri at least) and Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman are NFL talents. So far, Missouri hasn’t shown the ability to reload and keep pace in the Big 12.

6. [tag]Texas Tech[/tag] (Sept 19)

Why they’re here: Because they beat us last year, and are always a tough out. Tech is the most hit-or-miss team in the country: when they’re off they can lose to SMU, when they’re on they can beat Oklahoma or Texas…

Why they’re not higher: at home. Sorry, I should have finished that thought. Look it up, Tech’s biggest wins in the last few years have come in Lubbock. Factor in that they will be working in a new starting quarterback, and the timing of this game is the final nail in the Red Raiders coffin. Don’t underestimate the “revenge” factor working in Texas’ favor.

5. At Texas A&M (Nov 26)

Why they’re here: It’s the Aggies; they have one good game in them a year and they always seem to save it for “t.u.”. They also will be playing at home and have the benefit of the 12th Man, plus they have a former NFL coach at the helm and a better-than-you-think reservoir of talent.

Why they’re not higher: Because the reservoir doesn’t run THAT deep. Look at the rankings, the Ags recruiting fell off mightily during the Fran tenure (or as they call it on Texags.com “the Dark Ages”). Plus the fact that the Horns seniors are 1-2 versus the Ags will provide a little extra motivation. A+M will really need the 12th Man… hell, they might even need to grab a 13th and 14th while they’re at it.

4. At [tag]Baylor[/tag] (Nov 11)

Why they’re here: Because the Bears have the fastest collection of skill players in the Big 12 (no really!), and now their Freshman All-American QB Robert Griffin has a full year starting under his belt. If you recall, the Bears battled back to tie the score at 14 in Austin last year before Texas pulled away. I just have the feeling that Art Briles has one major upset in him next year… and A&M doesn’t count.

Why they’re not higher: Because playing Baylor on the road is only slightly more difficult than playing them at home. Waco is basically a stone’s throw from Austin, relatively speaking, so the crowd will be 40% Horn fans at worst. Plus, Colt McCoy’s girlfriend will be in attendance, so he’ll be extra motivated. Wouldn’t you be?

3. [tag]Kansas[/tag] (Nov 21)

Why they’re here: Because Kansas is good, that’s why… potentially REALLY good. Todd Ressing is a top 10 quarterback nationally, and Kerry Meier and Dezmon Briscoe form the conference’s best 1-2 punch on the outside. The Jayhawks’ falloff last year can directly be attributed to the defense, which should be much improved this fall.

Why they’re not higher: Because the game is in Austin and an improved Kansas squad is still a notch below what the Horns will line up with. The Texas D, playing without All-American Brian Orakpo, shut down the Jayhawks last season holding them to a season-low 7 points. Plus the timing of this game likely means the Horns will either be locked in on a BCS berth, or at the very worst trying to salvage the Cotton Bowl; regardless, it is unlikely they will have their guard down coming into this game.

2. [tag]Oklahoma[/tag] (Oct 17)

Why they’re here: This is always the game of the year in the Big 12 conference, but with all the late season debate and hoopla last year, this game’s intensity has been ratcheted up to another level. The Sooners are they only team quite in UT’s weight class on the schedule, and like it or not, they’re won the last three conference championships. The offense is manned by Heisman winner Sam Bradford and All-American Jermaine Gresham (who’s caught three touchdowns in his career versus the Horns), and their defense looks both deep and talented. Plus they have Ryan Reynolds back, who’s like the greatest football player ever!

Why they’re not higher: No, really he’s not. This is still the same defense that Colt hung 38 on last season, and Greg Davis seems to have Brent Venerables’ number. The Sooners’ also lost four starters on the offensive line along with their top two receivers, so Bradford won’t likely duplicate his numbers from last year. And to be honest, all the extra motivation is on Texas’ side: they beat OU, OU gets the BCS title shot and Bob Stoops crows and taunts by taking some less-so-subtle shots at Mack Brown. It’ll be a battle, but Texas looks to be a little stronger than 08, whereas OU looks to have taken a slight step back.

1. [tag]Oklahoma State[/tag] (Oct 31)

Why they’re here: 26. That’s the combined halftime deficits the Horns have faced their last two trips to Stillwater. I don’t know if it’s something in the water or what, but our boys always seem to stumble through the first half, only setting the stage for a thrilling comeback. This team is too good for us to spot double digits in the first half, plus the Horns will be coming off one huge game (Oklahoma) and one somewhat tough road game (Missouri) the two previous weeks; can they be at their best three weeks in a row?

A lot of things about this scenario bring back memories from Lubbock last year.

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Times and television have been set for this weekend’s CWS Super Regional for Texas and TCU. Game 1 will take place Saturday, June 6th at 5pm on ESPNU. Sunday’s game 2 will be at 2pm on ESPN. If necessary, the two teams will play in one of two time slots on Monday, either noon or 6pm on either ESPN or ESPN2. Tune in to 40 Acres Sports for all your [tag]College World Series[/tag] coverage.

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The Statesman’s Suzanne Halliburton just reported that [tag]Minnesota[/tag] head coach Tim Brewster has announced an upcoming home and home match-up between the Gophers and the Longhorns. No dates specified yet.

I think this is the perfect out of conference game for Texas. Minnesota is a BCS conference opponent that will help the strength of schedule but is also a team Texas should beat 90% of the time. Of course, any opponent is better than the Arkansas States of the world.

Update: Halliburton’s UT sources say talk of series with Minnesota is “premature.” The first opening in the schedule is 2011.

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Posted November 22nd, 2008 by Brian
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Date Opponent Location TV Time/Result Tickets
Nov. 14 Stetson Austin, TX (Frank Erwin Center)   68 – 38
Nov. 18 Tulane Austin, TX (FEC) FSN 76 – 51
Nov. 24 St. Joseph’s Maui, HI (Lahaina Civic Center) ESPN2 68 – 50
Nov. 25 Notre Dame Maui, HI (Lahaina Civic Center) ESPN 80 – 81
Nov. 26 Oregon Maui, HI (Lahaina Civic Center) ESPN2 70 – 57
Nov. 30 Rice Austin, TX (FEC) LSN 77 – 56
Dec. 4 UCLA Austin, TX (FEC) ESPN2 68 – 64
Dec. 9 Villanova New York (Madison Sq Garden) ESPN 67 – 58
Dec. 13 Texas State Austin, TX (FEC) LSN 81 – 73
Dec. 16 Texas Southern Austin, TX (FEC) LSN 88 – 72
Dec. 20 Michigan State Houston, TX (Toyota Center) CBS 63 – 67
Dec. 23 Wisconsin Madison, WI (Kohl Center) ESPN2 74 – 69
Jan. 2 Appalachian State Austin, TX (FEC) ESPNU 8:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Jan. 6 Arkansas Fayetteville, AR (Walton Arena) ESPN2 8:05 PM Purchase Tickets
Jan. 10 Iowa State Austin, TX (FEC) Big 12 3:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Jan. 12 Oklahoma Norman, OK (Lloyd Noble) ESPN 8:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Jan. 17 Texas Tech Lubbock, TX (United Spirit Arena) Big 12 3:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Jan. 24 Texas A&M Austin, TX (FEC) ESPNU 7:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Jan. 27 Baylor Waco, TX (Ferrell Center) Big 12 8:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Jan. 31 Kansas State Austin, TX (FEC) Big 12 3:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Feb. 4 Missouri Austin, TX (FEC) ESPN2 8:30 PM Purchase Tickets
Feb. 7 Nebraska Lincoln, NE (Devaney Center) ESPN 1:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Feb. 10 Oklahoma State Austin, TX (FEC) Big 12 7:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Feb. 14 Colorado Boulder, CO (Coors Center) ESPN 1:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Feb. 16 Texas A&M College Station, TX (Reed Arena) ESPN 8:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Feb. 21 Oklahoma Austin, TX (FEC) ESPN 8:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Feb. 25 Texas Tech Austin, TX (FEC) ESPN2 8:30 PM Purchase Tickets
Feb. 28 Oklahoma State Stillwater, OK (Gallagher-Iba) ESPN 5:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Mar. 2 Baylor Austin, TX (FEC) ESPN 8:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Mar. 7 Kansas Lawrence, KS (Allen Fieldhouse) CBS 3:00 PM Purchase Tickets
Mar 11-14 Big 12 Championship Oklahoma City, OK (Ford Center)   TBA Purchase Tickets
Mar 19-29 NCAA Tourney TBA CBS TBA Purchase Tickets
Apr. 4-6 NCAA Final Four Detroit, MI (Ford Field)   TBA Purchase Tickets
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Posted August 30th, 2008 by Brian
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Date Opponent Location TV Time/Result Tickets
Sep. 05 Louisiana-Monroe Austin, TX (DKR) PPV 59 – 20
Sep. 12 @ Wyoming Laramie, WY (War Memorial) Versus 42 – 10
Sep. 19 Texas Tech Austin, TX (DKR) ABC 34 – 24
Sep. 26 UTEP Austin, TX (DKR) FSN 64 – 7
Oct. 10 Colorado Austin, TX (DKR) ABC 38 – 14
Oct. 17 Oklahoma Dallas, TX (Cotton Bowl) ABC 16 – 13
Oct. 24 @ Missouri Columbia, MO (Faurot Field) ABC 41 – 7
Oct. 31 @ Oklahoma State Stillwater, OK (Boone Pickens) ABC/ESPN2 41 – 14
Nov. 07 Central Florida Austin, TX (DKR) FSN 35 – 3
Nov. 14 @ Baylor Waco, TX (Floyd Casey) FSN 47 – 14
Nov. 21 Kansas Austin, TX (DKR) ABC 51 – 20
Nov. 26 @ Texas A&M College Station, TX (Kyle Field) ESPN 49 – 39
Dec. 05 Nebraska (Big 12) Arlington, TX (Cowboys Stadium) ABC 13 – 12
Jan. 07 Alabama (BCS) Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ABC 37 – 21 Buy Tickets

Past football schedules

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CFN previews the Big 12 and picks all the games. They predict Texas losses to CU, OU, Texas Tech, and Kansas.

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Horns basketball will get three Big Monday telecasts. Texas will make 11 national TV appearances in 2008-09 season.

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Posted July 8th, 2008 by Brian
Filed under: Football

2008 NCAA Football Excel Helmet Schedule

Once again someone in the vast world of the Interwebs has gone through the trouble of creating the complete 2008 college football schedule in Excel for our use and enjoyment. I still have no idea who makes it, just that someone does it while at work at Compass Bank. Thank you anonymous time waster!

Just like the previous two seasons each conference is broken down into separate tabs, including a simple matrix showing who is playing who. Find your favorite team and read across left to right to see in an easy visual way what team they’re playing each week. Enjoy.

[download#1#size#nohits]

Updated schedule: [download#10#size#nohits]

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