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TCU Preview: The Immovable Object
No. 7 Texas struggled to a victory over Arkansas State last weekend, but the challenge the Indians provided pales in comparison to the task the Longhorns have before them: Moving the ball against No. 19 TCU.

Orakpo Out; Shipley 'Questionable'
DE Brain Orakpo (knee) will not play Saturday against No. 19 TCU, Longhorn trainer Kenny Boyd said Thursday.

The Inside Texas Podcast
It's the Inside Texas Podcast! On this episode, IT's Ross and Ross preview the TCU game and talk about what Texas must do to beat the Horned Frogs this weekend.

Longhorns linebackers need to take anger, turn it into results against TCU
Austin American-Statesman
Robert Killebrew is as cerebral off the field as he is intense on it. He measures his words, speaks them, and gives a serious nod to the listener as if to say, "That's all you're going to get. Live with it." The Longhorns need to get more than a measured response from their linebackers against TCU on Saturday. An angry, but productive one would be better. That would probably mean a win over the Frogs, a 2-0 start to the season, and the end of the continual barrage of Arkansas State questions.

Questions on the Longhorn running game, secondary and more
Austin American-Statesman

Horned Frog to gentle giant
Austin American-Statesman
Many fans see the waving of the arms, the animated coach who always appears to be on the verge of an all-out tirade. TCU insiders see a passionate man who paid off an administrative assistant's mortgage after her husband died unexpectedly. Some fans see a defensive genius who lives and breathes football. TCU backers see that too, along with a man who loves sitting around playing country music on his guitar. Everyone sees a football coach, but those who know Gary Patterson best see a football coach who lives life to the fullest.

Austin American-Statesman

UT's season may be defined by TCU game
Dallas Morning News
Before last week, I didn't think TCU would define Texas' season. Now, I think it will.

TCU back to grinding Big 12 ax
Dallas Morning News
TCU last faced Texas 12 years and three conferences ago.

Fixing the running game isn't so simple
San Antonio Express-News
The consensus among the armchair offensive coordinators on the Internet seems to be that Texas needs to run the ball out of the I-formation. Callers on the radio talk shows second the motion. Even he who is regarded as the lowest form of football intelligence – the newspaper columnist – has joined the chorus calling for an end to UT's shotgun runs. Deep down, Longhorns tailback Jamaal Charles might even agree with all of them.

Longhorns notebook
San Antonio Express-News

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

UT talking about the Jones boys
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The tune, recorded in the 1950s, lacks the hip-hop beat popular today. But in Austin, the lyrics ring as true this week as they did when the Mills Brothers first proclaimed, "The whole town's talking about the Jones boy." Regardless of which unit is on the field Saturday for No. 7 Texas (1-0) in its showdown against No. 19 TCU (1-0), a backup named Jones will be asked to shoulder a larger-than-normal share of the load in relief of a missing starter. And wide receiver Nate Jones and defensive end Eddie Jones (no relation) will be coming off career-best efforts, thanks to last week's breakthrough performances.

Former Aledo star is back in TCU backfield
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
A 12-yard touchdown run that could have gone for 99 had some TCU football coaches recalling the greatness of Robert Merrill. Merrill, who led the Horned Frogs in rushing for three straight seasons beginning in 2003, could hit the cutback lane just about every time it was available when a running play was called. No tailback on this season's roster has mastered the cutback, but a player listed as a wide receiver seems to have it down cold. That player, sophomore Ryan Christian, put his vision to good use Saturday on a power run to stake the Frogs to a two-touchdown lead against Baylor.

Longhorns respect former SWC rivalries
Houston Chronicle

Blake remains mystery
Daily Texan
There's a very good chance that Tommy Blake will be in the TCU lineup against Texas this Saturday, but what happened to this two-time All-Mountain West Conference pick and top NFL prospect against Baylor? Recent reports had him on medical leave with an undisclosed illness. He had left the team for a week in mid-August for personal reasons, and has only practiced three times since.

TCU takes a crack at surprising, with No. 7 Texas next
USA Today
"Beat Texas" is the message on the front of a bestselling TCU T-shirt. On the back it reads, "If you will not adhere, I will bring trouble to you … with frogs. Exodus 8:2" Old Testament, pharaohs and plagues aside, if the No. 19 Horned Frogs defeat No. 7 Texas on Saturday in Austin it won't be an upset of biblical proportions.

Underappreciated TCU looks to make statement vs. UT
If ever there was a case study in just how drastically the 9-year-old BCS has changed the face of college football, look no further than the game taking place Saturday in Austin, Texas. In theory, it is a high-powered matchup between two top-20 teams, No. 7 Texas and No. 19 TCU. In reality, nary a soul outside of Fort Worth views those two teams in the same light.

Football recruiting

Chris Whaley: 2009 Prospect
If you're looking for the best running backs in the country, Texas is a pretty good place to start. The Lone Star State has produced some of the great ball carriers and Madisonville High School (Texas) head coach Greg Morgan has a special player in Chris Whaley. Whaley is just a junior and he'll be one of the top back in Texas this season.

Photo Gallery: Ryan Roberson
Three Texas Longhorn commits were on the field when Brenham took on Nederland to open the 2007 season. In today's photo gallery, we look at 2008 FB/LB commit Ryan Roberson.


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