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Poll Report: The BCS is Out and Texas is 9th
The BCS computers were not friendly to the Texas Longhorns. On Sunday, the initial BCS rankings were released and Texas comes in at No. 9.

Offensive report card---Baylor
We scored seven offensive td's against a decent defense in a game filled with some brilliant efforts by our receivers, a new record of td passes by a freshman QB, and the first night our Oline found difficulty dominating the defensive front. Our receivers scored six td's with three bordering on the spectactular adjective. Our QB threw six td passes that included two that featured great runs after the catch and another that saved the QB from a third interception--one which counted, one which was eliminated by a penalty, and a great steal saved the third. The Oline finally played an opponent that we couldn't finish our blocks against---it might have helped that they knew we would only run zone, counter, or stretch and completely ignored any threat of misdirection. We gave up multiple sacks because our QB left the pocket protection without any real pressure for the first time this year. Here are the grades:

Defensive report card---Baylor
The defense didn't have a crisp game and allowed the Bears to score thirty one points in a game filled with missed tackles, busted assignments, and Baylor turnovers. The Horns' defense recovered four fumbles and intercepted a pass while scoring two td's and setting up another on the plus seven yard line but had too many bad plays to rate this a quality defensive effort. Thirty one points in a game for first place in our division can't be sugar-coated regardless of how many turnovers are made---here are the grades.

Texas opens 9th in the BCS
Austin American-Statesman
One fact was obvious when this season's initial Bowl Championship Series standings were released Sunday: The six computer polls don't have much respect for Texas, the defending national champion. The Longhorns opened at No. 9, far behind the top three — Ohio State, Southern California and Michigan.

UT is Big 12's great, slight hope
Dallas Morning News
Welcome to Lincoln, Neb., where the Big 12's hopes of remaining relevant this college football season rest with the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns on Saturday.

Around the Big 12
Dallas Morning News

BCS makes Longhorns a long shot to keep title
San Antonio Express-News
Texas fans should enjoy the trappings of last season's national championship while they still can. Because it looks like the Bowl Championship Series has made it almost impossible for the Longhorns to defend that title.

Texas QB helps Horns dig hole, then climb out of it
San Antonio Express-News
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy enjoyed much of the credit for his school-record six touchdown passes in Saturday's 63-31 victory over Baylor. He also took most of the blame for the sluggish start that led to the team's 10-0 first-quarter deficit.

Battle of leaders could be preview
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Based on the records, the rankings and the eyeball test, the Big 12's best will collide Saturday in what should be a preview of the conference championship game. The last remaining undefeated teams in league play, No. 5 Texas (6-1, 3-0) and No. 17 Nebraska (6-1, 3-0), meet at 11 a.m. Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. For those who doubt that these are the league's best teams, check out some telling statistics, updated Sunday by league officials:

UT, Big 12 not getting proper due
Houston Chronicle
IT is easy to believe the hype when you're the one creating it. And for that, I am sorry. In fact, everyone who has perpetuated the myth, participated in polls, input data in computers or wasted air time hyping the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten, Pac-10 and Notre Dame should apologize today. The first Bowl Championship Series poll was released Sunday and while we won't go into the whole playoff discussion — I think you know I stand firmly behind the idea — clearly the BCS brought to light a bigger, more pressing problem. It's all a lie.

Unholster the Colt
Daily Texan
Mack Brown knew there would be some sort of post-Oklahoma hangover lingering around the Longhorns when they took the field on Saturday to face Baylor.

Longhorns roll Bears
Daily Texan
With over 25 percent of Texas' defensive starters dinged up and held out of Saturday's game against Baylor, it came as no surprise to see the Bears successfully move the ball. But the 31 points allowed represent a season-high, something no one could have expected to see Baylor do.

Longhorn's BCS title hopes still worth watching
Kerrville Daily Times
The Longhorns had their eye on the scoreboard Saturday. Not Godzilla-Tron. Even spotting Baylor a quarter-and-a-half lead, Texas didn't sweat the Bears. They battered them 63-31, outscoring them 42-7 in one stretch after spotting Baylor an early 10-0 lead. No, the scoreboard that held the 'Horns' interest was in Alabama.


Team begins fall practices amid renovation
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas baseball team began fall practices Thursday without an audience. It was anything but quiet, though. The sound of a jackhammer breaking up the concrete stands filled the air at Disch-Falk Field as the Longhorns' stadium undergoes a huge makeover.


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