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Week One for the Win

Big 12 Football Getting Started This Weekend

There has been no shortage of changes to the college football schedule this year but despite all the uncertainty one thing is for sure, college football is BACK! The Big 12 will start their non-conference games this weekend previewing:

Arkansas State at K-State

Missouri State at Oklahoma

Coastal Carolina at Kansas

ULL at Iowa State

Houston Baptist at Texas Tech

UTEP at Texas

Eastern Kentucky at West Virginia

We have our eyes on K-State with returning senior QB Skylar Thompson at the helm.  Since their surprising upset of OU in October of last year, there have been rumblings of a groundbreaking year in 2020 for the returning QB and head coach Chris Klieman. Missouri State will be a good first look for Big 12 fans to see how the Wildcats will stack up against the rest of the field.

Iowa State returns, once again, with a lot of hype this season. The Ragin’ Cajuns will be a good first test for the Cyclones to see if two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year (2017, 2018) Matt Campbell can take his team from “better than before” to an actual conference championship contender.

Keep up with game times and updates for all NCAA games this weekend HERE.

 

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Let's Talk Football: Brian Bosworth

Gridirion Legend Talks Football with Texas Bowl Fans

You may know him from the crazy haircuts, off-the-wall antics and outrageous stories but Brian "The Boz" Bosworth is so much more. In the second event of the Texas Bowl Let's Talk Football series, Bosworth sat down with Texas Bowl fans to talk about what it was like growing up playing high school football in Texas, what it was like to transition to the big stage at Oklahoma University and told some fantastic stories about his time as a Sooner.

It may surprise those who only followed his career in college, but Bosworth was not necessarily considered a Texas high school football standout, especially at the beginning of his high school football career. The Boz shared how he was able to stay motivated and always mentally pushing for the next level.

The transition from high school to collegiate football can be a mental challenge for many athletes, Bosworth included. He gave us a glimpse into how he overcame these challenges to become a successful college player.

Reaching your potential as a player takes so much more than just showing up to play the game. Bosworth dove into the mental aspect of learning to prepare to reach and exceed his potential when he was at Oklahoma.

Before we closed our interview with The Boz, we had to ask. What was up with that infamous orange hair during the Orange Bowl. His answer will make your day.

Don't miss the next Texas Bowl Let's Talk Football event! Each virtual chalk talk will feature a different Gridiron Legend and they are open to all Texas Bowl fans!

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College Football Week 1

SEC + Big 12 Schedules Set

The AP Top 25 Poll has been officially released but things feel different this year. With nine of the top teams listed in this year’s poll not even planning on playing a fall schedule and very limited non-conference play, we are poised for the most unique college football season we’ve ever been a part of.

Overall, we’re excited to get college football safely rolling, no matter what it looks like. The countdown to kickoff can finally begin! Read on to see which matchups we get to look forward to from the Big 12 and the SEC in Week 1.

The general uncertainty that COVID-19 has brought to this season along with an unusual off season, essentially non-existent preseason coupled with all of the normal uncertainties that come with the start of a new season—we are surely in for a wild ride in 2020. It almost sounds crazy to say that we are officially one month out from Week 1 of college football, and we can’t wait.

WEEK 1 – Saturday, September 26

BIG 12

Kansas at Baylor

(23) Iowa State at TCU

Kansas State at (5) Oklahoma

West Virginia at Oklahoma State (15)

Texas (14) at Texas Tech

SEC

(3) Alabama at Missouri

(8) Florida at Ole Miss

(4) Georgia at Arkansas

Kentucky at (11) Auburn

Mississippi State at (6) LSU

(25) Tennessee at South Carolina

Vanderbilt at (13) Texas A&M

At first glance, Week 1 seem fairly tame and easily predictable. But it’s 2020. Anything can happen.

Which matchups are you looking forward to? Let us know on Twitter @LSSETexans.

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Let's Talk Football: Ty Detmer

Gridirion Legend and Heisman Trophy Winner Ty Detmer Talks Football with Texas Bowl VIPs

Texas high school star, NCAA All-American, Heisman Trophy Winner, NFL quarterback and most recently, Grandpa. Gridiron Legend and Texas native took some time to sit down with Texans TV's Drew Dougherty for the first series of virtual 'Let's Talk Football' chalk-talks with Texas Bowl VIP's.

The former Texas high school football star reminisced about his experience under the Friday night lights, playing for his father and current Somerset High School Head Coach, Sonny Detmer.

Detmer went on to become a two-time NCAA All-American and a major impact player for BYU. In 1990, Detmer was awarded the Heisman Trophy, the former NCAA star shared a little about how memorable it was to receive the honor.

Finally, it wouldn't be a Texas Bowl event without asking for way too early Bowl predictions! Detmer weighed in on who he thinks will be a force in college football this fall.

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Aranda Talks Burrow, Bears and Texas

New Baylor Coach Dave Aranda interviews with the gang from In the Loop, Sports Radio 610

New Baylor head coach Dave Aranda joined Sports Radio 610’s Landry Locker, John Lopez and John McClain this Tuesday for an episode of In The Loop.

Hot off the heels of the NFL Combine, the conversation starts with 2019 LSU QB1 and potential top draft pick Joe Burrow and what his professional career might look like. When asked if Burrow could translate his one year of college football success to the NFL with potentially the worst team in the league as a top draft pick, Aranda replies, “if there’s a guy that can do it, it’d Joe.” Speaking to the senior’s winning season at LSU he explains Burrow’s cerebral approach to leading his offense, “you’re talking about an Offensive Coordinator who is playing quarterback.”

Aranda brings experience as a National Championship coach as well as 24 years of coaching before that to his new position as the Baylor Bears head coach. When asked what the most important thing his varied experience has taught him he says he learned, “you can be yourself. Connect with your coaches, connect with your players—they need to know you care about them—then you can take off from there.” About his squad’s first game at NRG Stadium for the 2020 Texas Kickoff against Ole Miss, Aranda says, “I’m excited about the challenge and I feel really good about our team. I know we’ll be prepared.”

September won’t be the first time Aranda makes an appearance in Houston in 2020. This Friday the Houston Rodeo is hosting Baylor night and the new head coach will make his rodeo debut. During his tenure as the University of Houston, he never made it out to the rodeo but he jokes, “I remember the traffic, though.” (Can we get an amen from all the Houstonians out there?)

Listen to the full interview below or at SportsRadio610.radio.com.

Don’t miss Aranda’s head coaching debut in Houston at NRG Stadium September 5 vs Ole Miss at the Texas Kickoff. CLICK HERE to sign up for the waitlist to be notified as soon as tickets go on sale.