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Horns Crush the Hogs
The Longhorns demolished Arkansas on Saturday 52-10 thanks to a huge game for quarterback Colt McCoy and for the Texas defense. It was a big win for the Horns, but it also indicates this is a different Texas team than the one from a year ago.

Running Game – With McCoy – Is Just Fine
Texas beat the Arkansas Razorbacks 52-10 on the arm and, perhaps more importantly, the legs of quarterback Colt McCoy. Inside Texas magazine editor Mike Blackwell writes on McCoy's stellar Saturday and what it means for the supposedly beleaguered Texas running game.

Game Observations
An unstoppable quarterback, a "multiple" defense, an over-achieving walk-on and more. Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from the Longhorns' blowout win over Arkansas.

Pollsters put UT in Top 5 after rout of Arkansas
Austin American-Statesman
Hello, top five. After both major polls were released Sunday, Texas learned it would start Big 12 Conference play ranked as the fifth-best team in the country. One unidentified coach voted the Longhorns No. 1. Texas players appeared unaffected.

McCoy moving up in the Heisman race
Austin American-Statesman
Yes, it's early, but it's never too early to keep track of the candidates for the Heisman Trophy. Sam Who? Chase Whazisname? Tim Tebow? Forget it. He's so yesterday, he can't even beat Ole Miss. OK, so Oklahoma's Sam Bradford has been sensational in September. And Missouri's Chase Daniel has taken his team to scores on, what, something as preposterous as 30 times in 29 series or some such improbable number. But Mr. Heisman himself obviously hurt his back-to-back chances Saturday, when Florida suffered its first loss to former Longhorn Jevan Snead's Rebels. Colt McCoy belongs in the conversation.

Three questions for the Longhorns football team this week
Austin American-Statesman

UT finding defensive indentity
Dallas Morning News
First-year Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp's defense is embracing its new identity. Relentless. The Longhorns have 14 sacks in the last two games, including seven against Arkansas on Saturday. And flat-out stingy. They are allowing 10.75 points per game this season.

Big 12 in a bountiful position
San Antonio Express-News
Some people can't handle good fortune. They receive a gift and immediately fret about what is expected in return. Their moments of happiness are filled with doubts about how long they'll last. Every bit of success is approached with caution, every sign of hope is overanalyzed, every windfall greeted with thoughts of the cost.

Texas Longhorns can't start celebrating just yet
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Based on decades of historical evidence, it is tempting to look at Texas' 52-10 rout of Arkansas and surmise that, as of Saturday, the seventh-ranked Longhorns have arrived as national title contenders. In time, that may prove to be the case. We'll know within the next three weeks, when the Longhorns (4-0) will get ample opportunities to test-drive their impending top-five status — expect poll voters to confirm that later today — against better teams than the Razorbacks (2-2).

Running Game Lone Question For 'Horns
Arkansas News
Our level-headed host, a UT grad, initiated the conversation about the Texas running game. He fears that the more rabid Longhorn fans see Texas' high national ranking and leapfrog ahead to the BCS title game, overlooking the fact that the Longhorns are missing a 20-carry-per- game running back. UT is plenty good to handle Arkansas, with or without a meat-and-potatoes running game. After watching the Longhorns dismantle the Razorbacks 52-10 on Saturday, the question is whether UT can run the ball well enough to beat hated Oklahoma and other quality opponents from the Big 12 and be a contender in the national championship picture.

Colorado turns attention to Texas, Big 12 schedule
Denver Post
It wasn't that Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins was ignoring what happened Saturday in Jacksonville, Fla., but Sunday, when he returned to work, he had reasons for looking ahead.

Eye on ... The Longhorns
Denver Post

70-3 still lingers with Buffs
Boulder Daily Camera
There is plenty of intrigue in the recent history between the Colorado football program and its next opponent, the Texas Longhorns. Some of it is several years old now. Some is still fresh from the past 12 months. Whether any of it matters much when the Buffs host the fifth-ranked Longhorns on Saturday (5 p.m., FSN) is a matter of opinion. At worst, it will make for an interesting week of buildup.

Texas' Gold-en punter
Palestine Herald
John Gold, wearing the Texas Longhorn burnt orange, headed onto the grass of Royal Memorial Stadium and there were butterflies in his stomach. Gold set up 14 yards behind the center and then in front of over 98,000 Longhorn fans, everything became quiet as Gold took the snap and booted a 44-yard punt — his first collegiate punt of his career.

Football recruiting

One on One With Lache Seastrunk
Temple running back Lache Seastrunk, an electrifying runner and one of Texas' top targets for the class of 2010, talks in an exclusive interview about his team's rough start to the season, his plans for recruiting and much more.


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