Texas weighs impact of latest GOP plan to repeal Obamacare

The latest iteration of Republican efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act appears at first blush to be a potential boon to Texas by making it eligible for an estimated $34 billion in additional federal health care funds through 2026 if the plan wins approval — more than any other state. But some health care advocates say they are skeptical of the prize. “In the short term, it looks...


Rep. Beto O’Rourke outlines four-step plan to Medicare for all

Rep. Beto O’Rourke outlines four-step plan to Medicare for all

With a last-ditch GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare apparently on the ropes, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke on Friday outlined a four-step plan that would lead to Medicare coverage for all Americans at an appearance before an audience of more than 400 students at the University of Texas. Step one, said O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat seeking the Senate seat held by Republican...
For company seeking alcohol permit, judge’s ‘absurd’ decision is a tonic

For company seeking alcohol permit, judge’s ‘absurd’ decision is a tonic

In a decision that even the judge who wrote it conceded was ridiculous, a Texas court this month concluded the state’s Byzantine liquor laws prohibit most publicly traded companies from doing business here, including such giants as Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors Brewing. Experts say the ruling could upend Texas’ $40 billion booze industry. Administrative Law Judge Robert Jones Jr., acknowledged...
Austin police officer cited for bravery in deadly 2015 hotel shootout

Austin police officer cited for bravery in deadly 2015 hotel shootout

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Friday bestowed the U.S. Justice Department’s Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery to an Austin police officer who charged into oncoming fire in 2015 and stopped a gunman who took one man’s life but could have taken many more. Officer Carlos Lopez, a patrol officer who works downtown, came face-to-face with Michael Holt, who was firing his rifle...
Texas case could test limits of gay marriage ruling

Texas case could test limits of gay marriage ruling

With attention fixed on the U.S. Supreme Court case of a Christian baker who refused to decorate wedding cakes for same-sex couples, a separate controversy bubbling out of Texas could give the high court an opportunity to revisit and clarify its landmark 2015 ruling on gay marriage. The city of Houston is seeking to overturn last June’s Texas Supreme Court decision that said the right to a marriage...
Will Ted Cruz deal the final blow to GOP health care bill?

Will Ted Cruz deal the final blow to GOP health care bill?

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that he is not yet ready to vote for the last-ditch Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, jeopardizing the bill’s already slender chances of passage. “Right now they don’t have my vote, and I don’t think they have (Utah Sen.) Mike Lee’s either,” Cruz said at a joint appearance at the Texas Tribune Festival with his Texas...
Here’s what’s funny about assuming commuters’ habits will change

Here’s what’s funny about assuming commuters’ habits will change

I’ll cut right to the punchline of a joke that I’ve always loved: “Let’s you and him get into a fight.” The speaker, of course, being the one who plans to emerge from the fracas unscathed and, presumably, rid of a looming threat in the person of “him.” That joke came to mind as I listened Saturday morning to John-Michael Cortez, a special assistant to Austin...

Teaxs Digest: City Hall shooting suspect identified

NORTH TEXAS Police ID suspect in City Hall shooting Authorities have released the name of a 62-year-old man suspected of confronting officers at a tiny North Texas town’s City Hall with a rifle. Bobby Darryl Chamberlain of Josephine remains hospitalized with wounds that are not life-threatening, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety said. Officers at the Josephine City Hall gave...
RIGHT NOW: Crash closes northbound I-35 near Riverside

RIGHT NOW: Crash closes northbound I-35 near Riverside

Austin police are asking drivers to avoid the area around Interstate 35 and Riverside Drive Sunday afternoon after a crash closed several northbound lanes of traffic. Police tweeted about the crash at 4:30 p.m. Sunday but did not have further details to provide. Officials have said only one northbound lane is currently open, and drivers are urged to take an alternate route.
WEATHER: Southwest Texas faces chance of flash flooding

WEATHER: Southwest Texas faces chance of flash flooding

Portions of Texas will see heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding from Monday afternoon through Thursday morning, with rainfall largely focused on the Rio Grande Plains and the southern Edwards Plateau along U.S. 183 according to the National Weather Service. The Austin area is expected to see about an inch of rain. Rainfall will most likely be heaviest Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning,...
Sen. Ted Cruz on health care bill: ‘Right now they don’t have my vote’

Sen. Ted Cruz on health care bill: ‘Right now they don’t have my vote’

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said Sunday that he is not not yet ready to vote for the last-ditch Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, jeopardizing the bill’s already slender chances of passage. “Right now they don’t have my vote, and I don’t think they have (Utah Sen.) Mike Lee’s either,” Cruz said at a joint appearance at the Texas Tribune Festival with his...
JUST IN: Killeen police search for driver in hit-and-run crash

JUST IN: Killeen police search for driver in hit-and-run crash

Killeen police are searching for the driver of a vehicle that left the scene after striking a 5-year-old boy Sunday. Around noon on Sunday, authorities responded to a crash in the 800 block of Jeffries Avenue in Killeen, police said. The boy was taken to McLane’s Children’s Hospital in Temple with injuries that appeared to be serious, authorities said. Witnesses reported the car that hit...

Minnesota’s mascot mercilessly trucks kid at scrimmage

Goldy Gopher only plays football at full speed. During halftime of the Vikings-Bucanners game Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, a group of mascots took on some children in a scrimmage. Mascots for the Vikings, Twins and Wild are among those present, but Goldy stole the show. Minnesota’s mascot took a pitch from Vikings mascot Viktor the Viking and scampered off-tackle to...
EMS: Woman falls from second story of under-construction home

EMS: Woman falls from second story of under-construction home

A woman in her 60s was seriously injured when she fell from the second story of an under-construction home in the 5700 block of Lost Horizon Drive in North Austin early Sunday afternoon, Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services officials said. ATCEMS and Austin Fire Department responded around 12:35 a.m. according to the ATCEMS Twitter account. ATCEMS officials said rescuers had difficulty...
POLICE: Man rams truck into girlfriend’s home in West Travis County

POLICE: Man rams truck into girlfriend’s home in West Travis County

A man was arrested Saturday after he repeatedly rammed the front of a Ford F-150 pickup truck into his girlfriend’s home in west Travis County near the Burnet County line, according to a Travis County Sheriff’s Office report. The girlfriend of Joel Brett Johnson, 39, called police at midday Saturday to report that Johnson had plowed the truck into the front of her garage apartment in the...
WEATHER: A slight chance of thunderstorms predicted for Sunday

WEATHER: A slight chance of thunderstorms predicted for Sunday

Partly cloudy skies and scattered thunderstorms are expected across the South Central Texas area Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. In the Austin area, thunderstorms are 20 percent likely after 1 p.m. today Sunday will be partly sunny in Austin with a high of 89 degrees. Southeast winds of 5 to 10 mph are expected in Austin. Tonight is predicted to be mostly cloudy with a low of 73...

Community news: Learning day Tuesday at Barton Springs Pool

TRAVIS COUNTY SOUTH AUSTIN Learning day at Barton Springs Barton Springs University will host a day of outdoor science activities and swimming from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Road. The free event will include learning sessions with scientists, water policy experts and professionals at five different venues on the pool grounds; snorkeling tours; 12 hands-on...
Webb Report: Can you eat a grackle? An investigation

Webb Report: Can you eat a grackle? An investigation

There I was, drinking my morning coffee and seeing what Austin was chattering about Thursday morning, when I searched Google for “can you eat grackles.” It wasn’t a last-ditch stab at finding breakfast. It was a question originally posed by a user on the Austin subreddit (hi, y’all): “Has anybody in here ever eaten a grackle? Asking for a friend.” I needed to know...
Austinite joins lawsuit against Trump voter fraud panel

Austinite joins lawsuit against Trump voter fraud panel

Created four months ago, President Donald Trump’s commission to investigate election fraud has been met with a deluge of lawsuits seeking to stymie its plans to collect data on voters from all 50 states — including a federal court challenge from voters in Austin, New York and Florida. Anthony Gutierrez, head of the Texas chapter of Common Cause in Austin, said he joined his watchdog organization&rsquo...
PolitiFact: Will Austin grow by 50%? That’s on the low side.

PolitiFact: Will Austin grow by 50%? That’s on the low side.

San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides floated big numbers in a tweet suggesting the Austin metropolitan area is on pace to outgrow all other places nationally in coming decades. “Metro population will grow by 67 million people over the next 30 years,” Thomaides wrote, referring to urban areas across the United States. “Austin metro will lead with population growth over 50%.” We can&rsquo...

Traffic report for Sept. 25, 2017

Interstate 35 (Hays County): Northbound Exit 213 for RM 150-Center Street will be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday as needed. The inside lane on the southbound access road will be closed between RM 150-Center Street and Yarrington Road from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The inside lane on the northbound access road will be closed between Saddle Run Way and Yarrington from...
Who will pay for MoPac cost overruns? Agency, contractor deal in sight

Who will pay for MoPac cost overruns? Agency, contractor deal in sight

They’ve butted heads and talked of lawsuits as the MoPac Boulevard toll lane construction project has dragged on two years beyond its target completion date. Now the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and its toll project contractor appear to be near a financial settlement. The mobility authority board, in a specially called meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning, will consider an agreement...
State GOP raises concerns over George P. Bush’s Alamo stewardship

State GOP raises concerns over George P. Bush’s Alamo stewardship

Texas Republican Party leaders expressed concern Saturday that Land Commissioner George P. Bush’s leadership of the effort to restore and “reimagine” the Alamo is lacking in transparency and a singular focus on the 1836 battle that makes the historic site in downtown San Antonio the most sacred shrine in Texas. In a 57-1 vote, the Texas State Republican Executive Committee voted...
TRIB FEST DIGEST: Comptroller says Harvey won’t hamper Texas economy

TRIB FEST DIGEST: Comptroller says Harvey won’t hamper Texas economy

HURRICANE HARVEY Comptroller says Harvey won’t hamper Texas economy for long Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar was hesitant to give an estimate Saturday of how much Hurricane Harvey will cost the state, but he said the federal government will pick up most of the bill. Hegar, speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival, said Harvey’s state recovery cost will be comparable to past hurricanes. Hurricane...
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says Hurricane Harvey recovery at 20%

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke says Hurricane Harvey recovery at 20%

About 16,000 Texans are still displaced and living in hotels and other temporary housing because of Hurricane Harvey, federal officials said Saturday. In Austin to visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Joint Information Center and receive a department update on relief efforts at a local U.S. Geological Survey office, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Saturday that recovery will...
Hegar: Harvey won’t hurt state revenue, but could hurt schools

Hegar: Harvey won’t hurt state revenue, but could hurt schools

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar was hesitant to give an estimate Saturday of how much Hurricane Harvey will cost the state, but he said the federal government will pick up most of the bill. Executive editor of the Texas Tribune Ross Ramsey asked Hegar during the Texas Tribune Festival if he believes the cost of past hurricanes will be comparable to Harvey’s. Hurricane Ike in 2008 cost the state...
For Texas cities, climate change is about dollars and cents

For Texas cities, climate change is about dollars and cents

Images of glaciers disintegrating or a solitary polar bear swimming in the Arctic are no doubt evocative, but when it comes to discussing climate change with their local constituencies, for Texas mayors it’s about dollars and cents. That was one of the main takeaways from a panel discussion Saturday at the Texas Tribune Festival on how cities affect and cope with climate change. The speakers...

EPA removes waste at Texas toxic sites, won’t say from where

The Environmental Protection Agency says it has recovered 517 containers of “unidentified, potentially hazardous material” from highly contaminated toxic waste sites in Texas that flooded last month during Hurricane Harvey. The agency has not provided details about which Superfund sites the material came from, why the contaminants at issue have not been identified and whether there&rsquo...
Beto O’Rourke doesn’t want Nancy Pelosi to stump for him for Senate

Beto O’Rourke doesn’t want Nancy Pelosi to stump for him for Senate

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, said Saturday he admires House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, but he doesn’t want her or anyone else from outside Texas to campaign for him in his bid to oust Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018. O’Rourke, speaking with Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith at the University of Texas as part of the Texas Tribune Festival, also noted that...
Weekend forecast: Partly to mostly cloudy, small chance of storms

Weekend forecast: Partly to mostly cloudy, small chance of storms

The first weekend of fall will bring summer-like highs in the 90s, according to the National Weather Service. Saturday afternoon will bring a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be mostly sunny with a high near 91. That night will be partly cloudy with a low around 72. Sunday will also bring a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be partly sunny with a high near...
DPS identifies 2 arrested at anti-fascism protest at Capitol

DPS identifies 2 arrested at anti-fascism protest at Capitol

6:30 p.m. update: The Texas Department of of Public Safety identified two protesters troopers arrested Saturday while trying to break up “a physical altercation in the crowd,” according to a DPS press release.  Andrew J. Alemao, 29 of Iowa City, Iowa, is accused of assaulting a trooper, a third degree felony, and attempting to flee. DPS accuses Angelica R. Clark, 24, of Austin, of...
Shrugging off critics, Straus confident in Texas House speaker win

Shrugging off critics, Straus confident in Texas House speaker win

A day after drawing an opponent for Texas House speaker, state Rep. Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, said Saturday he’s confident he will keep his role as speaker for a historic sixth term in 2019. “I wouldn’t run for re-election if I didn’t think I’d have a leadership role,” Straus said, answering a series of questions from Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith during the Texas...
Officials: Northwest Austin fire caused by electrical failure

Officials: Northwest Austin fire caused by electrical failure

Update 9:04 p.m.: The Austin Fire Deparment said the fire that engulfed a large commercial building in Northwest Austin Saturday morning was caused by an electrical failure. The accidental fire at the building on Roxie Drive, which houses a number of businesses, caused $800,000 in damages, according to officials. Earlier: Fire crews could see flames when they arrived at a commercial building off Research...
10 years in, state’s cancer fund faces an uncertain future

10 years in, state’s cancer fund faces an uncertain future

As it nears the 10th anniversary of its creation by Texas voters, a variety of metrics can be used to gauge the impact of the state agency charged with fighting cancer. For instance, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas — commonly known as CPRIT — has recruited 135 researchers to the state, helped put in motion 108 clinical drug trials and can boast of funding 29 newly...

Austin district: $1.1B would fuel revamp of LBJ, Eastside high schools

Austin school leaders plan to modernize the entire district and all 130 schools if voters approve a $1.1 billion November bond measure — with $106.3 million earmarked for lifting two high schools with histories of academic struggles and low enrollment. Bond plans call for Eastside Memorial High School, currently located at the former Johnston High campus in East Austin, to be built at the site...

Up the Ladder

EDUCATION The Texas Charter Schools Association has named Chuck Cook interim executive director. FOOD SERVICE INDUSTRY Amplify Snack Brands has named Greg Christenson executive vice president and chief financial officer and has named Craig Shiesley chief operating officer and president, North America. HEALTH CARE St. David’s HealthCare has named Mary Harper vice president of marketing. SOFTWARE...
UT-born Tiff’s Treats ventures into Aggieland

UT-born Tiff’s Treats ventures into Aggieland

Tiff’s Treats certainly has a recipe for success. The Austin-based company that specializes in deliveries of hot cookies continues to grow, most recently adding a Tiff’s Treats in the heart of Aggieland. The College Station Tiff’s Treats is in the Century Square mixed-use project near the Texas A&M campus, where it joins another Austin import: Hopdoddy. “Even though we got...
PolitiFact: Cruz’s defense of sex toy law was strictly professional

PolitiFact: Cruz’s defense of sex toy law was strictly professional

Among darts tossed at Sen. Ted Cruz after his Twitter account “liked” a sexual video clip was an allegation that Cruz has backed a ban on sex toys. The New York Post tweeted: “This is the same senator who once supported a ban on sex toys.” We’re unaware of Cruz, elected in 2012 and seeking re-election in 2018, calling for a ban on sex toys. So what was the Post talking...
Top Local Business Stories of the Week

Top Local Business Stories of the Week

HOUSING MARKET Austin-area home sales up only slightly in August: Central Texas home sales edged up only slightly in August, while the median home-sale price rose 4 percent to $300,000, the Austin Board of Realtors said this past week. Some local real estate agents say the latest figures could indicate that, although demand is still strong, the local real estate market has cooled off a bit. The board...
JUST IN: Former Travis County sheriff’s sergeant appealing decision to fire him

JUST IN: Former Travis County sheriff’s sergeant appealing decision to fire him

The former supervisor of a deputy who drowned in floodwaters in 2014 is appealing the Travis County Civil Service Commission’s August decision to uphold his termination earlier this year. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez fired John Loughran on March 24, court records show. He was the supervisor of Deputy Jessica Hollis, whose patrol car was swept away by raging floodwaters in western...
Franken disappoints TribFest crowd, saying he won’t run for president

Franken disappoints TribFest crowd, saying he won’t run for president

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., delighted a huge and enthusiastic audience that filled Hogg Auditorium Friday to see him in person — as well as several more who gathered at the adjacent Texas Union Theater and saw him, seconds later, in simulcast — as part of the initial session that kicked off the 2017 Texas Tribune Festival at the University of Texas campus. But ultimately, Franken, who...
20-acre brush fire burning in Burnet County

20-acre brush fire burning in Burnet County

A brush fire has been burning for the past couple of hours in Burnet County, according to the Hill Country Tribune. The estimated 20-acre brush fire is taking place in a patch of cedar trees on the side of a hill about 1 mile off Texas 29, near Skyline Circle, the Hill Country Tribune reports. No one has been reported injured. Six different departments are responding, according to Matt Briscoe with...
Rep. Phil King announces challenge to Straus as speaker

Rep. Phil King announces challenge to Straus as speaker

State Rep. Phil King, a 10-term representative from Weatherford, who is in the middle of the pack ideologically among Republicans in the Texas House, announced Friday that he will challenge Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, as speaker in 2019. “Over the past several months, many of my colleagues have encouraged me to consider running for speaker,” King said in a statement released by his office...
Hackers targeted Texas Secretary of State’s website, official says

Hackers targeted Texas Secretary of State’s website, official says

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states, including Texas, that hackers targeted their systems before last year’s presidential election. “There was an attempt to find a vulnerability on our agency’s public-facing website, which contains no voter information, but no vulnerabilities were found, according to DHS,” said Sam Taylor, communications director...
Man briefly kidnaps Austin child, asked for help finding dog, police say

Man briefly kidnaps Austin child, asked for help finding dog, police say

A man temporarily kidnapped a child in East Austin on Tuesday after asking the child to help him find his lost brown dog, police said Friday. The man approached the child around 8 p.m. in the 2500 block of Rosewood Avenue, police said. The child, after being promised money for finding the dog, went with the man to help look. The man then forced the child into his vehicle, police said. The child was...
Fatal shooting victim’s family disagrees with grand jury decision

Fatal shooting victim’s family disagrees with grand jury decision

When police surrounded Jeremy Coleman at gunpoint to arrest him Thursday afternoon at the Sandy’s Hamburgers drive-through on Barton Springs Road, his mother, who was with him, frantically told police that her son was a witness in an August shooting, not a suspect, she told the American-Statesman. The Coleman family had assumed that police agreed with their version of what happened the day of...
Donations from benefit, most ticket sales will benefit Harvey recovery

Donations from benefit, most ticket sales will benefit Harvey recovery

All donations from Friday’s televised Hurricane Harvey benefit concert in Austin will go toward recovery in Texas, with a “small portion” of ticket sales covering production expenses, a concert promotions official told the American-Statesman. Donations and a majority of ticket sales from “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” — featuring Willie Nelson, Paul Simon...
Hackers targeted Texas secretary of state website, official says

Hackers targeted Texas secretary of state website, official says

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states, including Texas, that hackers targeted their systems before last year’s presidential election. “There was an attempt to find a vulnerability on our agency’s public-facing website, which contains no voter information, but no vulnerabilities were found, according to DHS,” said Sam Taylor, communications director...
Rep. Phil King announces challenge to Straus as speaker

Rep. Phil King announces challenge to Straus as speaker

Rep. Phil King, a 10-term representative from Weatherford, who is in the middle of pack ideologically among Republicans in the Texas House, announced Friday that he will seek to replace Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, as speaker in 2019. “Over the past several months, many of my colleagues have encouraged me to consider running for speaker,” King said in a statement released by his office late...
NASCAR owners threaten to fire those who protest during national anthem

NASCAR owners threaten to fire those who protest during national anthem

It appeared no drivers, crew or other team members participated in a protest during the national anthem to start the NASCAR Cup series race Sunday. Several team owners and executives said they wouldn’t tolerate anyone in their organizations protesting. They could be fired if they had. “It’ll get you a ride on a Greyhound bus,” Richard Childress, who was Dale Earnhardt&rsquo...

Why Auburn’s offensive line ‘needed that game’ at Missouri

AUBURN, Ala. — The play of Auburn’s offensive line through the first three games of 2017 was a bit of a touchy subject. Criticisms resounded on television, radio networks and the internet after Auburn’s offensive front gave up 11 sacks in a Week 2 loss at Clemson. It wasn’t just embarrassing, it was the worst offensive showing in Gus Malzahn’s college coaching...

WATCH: Von Miller gets hit with costly penalty for faking out Tyrod Taylor

Former Texas A&M star Von Miller is one of the best players in the NFL, but he’s also a prankster. Those two realities collided on Sunday with Miller’s Broncos trailing the Buffalo Bills in the second half. After Miller knocked down Bills QB Tyrod Taylor, the former Aggie extended his arm to help him up. But here’s what happened next: The ol’ ‘too slow&rsquo...

Auburn LB Tre’ Williams details why he sat at Missouri with ‘minor’ injury

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football rolled over Missouri on Saturday night without one of its senior leaders, linebacker Tre’ Williams. On Sunday night, Williams explained why he sat out the 51-14 win at Missouri with an aggravated shoulder injury that he called a “minor setback.” He initially suffered the injury in Week 2 against Clemson but played through it against...

Florida State football remains confident despite 0-2 start

It has been 28 years since the last time Florida State started a season 0-2. That’s not very encouraging, but one fact should lift the Seminoles’ spirits – after starting 0-2 in 1989, Florida State finished the year 10-2 and won the Fiesta Bowl. The feeling around the Seminoles is this team could go on a similar run this fall. “We know we’re a great team,&rdquo...

Baylor opens as 13 1/2-point underdog to Kansas State

Baylor football is the underdog once again heading into the Bears’ week 5 matchup against Kansas State. Baylor opened as a 13 1/2-point underdog to Bill Snyder’s Wildcats for the road contest in Manhattan, Kan., according to Oddshark.com. The Bears have not won a game yet this season, but Baylor fans shouldn’t be without hope entering the contest. Not only did ...

Washington opens as nearly four-TD favorite over Oregon State in Week 5

Fresh off its resounding win over previously-unbeaten Colorado in Boulder on Saturday, the Washington Huskies have opened as a nearly four-TD favorite over lowly Oregon State in Week 5. The game will be played in Corvallis, Ore. Both OddShark and MyBookie.ag have the line listed as Washington -27.5 Some place may be offering the line for as low as 25.5 points...

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady closing in on all-time wins record

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is already widely considered to be the best player in NFL history. And if things go as planned for the Patriots in their next two games, Brady will add yet another significant record to his career resume. With New England’s 36-33 victory over the Houston Texans on Sunday, Brady notched his 185th career regular win. That puts ...

UCLA opens as 6.5-point favorites in Week 5 against Colorado

Despite a brutal Week 4 loss to Stanford, in which UCLA surrendered 58 points and a career-high 263 rushing yards from Bryce Love, the Bruins have still opened as a 6.5-point favorite in a Week 5 matchup with Colorado. The Buffs, too, are coming off of a tough loss, a 37-10 drubbing at the hands of Washington in a rematch of last year’s Pac-12 title game. The Bruins and...

Oregon opens as 15-point favorite over Cal in Week 5

A loss at Arizona State by Oregon, coupled with Cal’s competitive game with USC in Berkeley on Saturday, didn’t dissuade oddsmakers from making the Ducks a two-touchdown favorite over the Golden Bears ahead of their Week 5 game. Both OddShark and MyBookie.ag have the line as Oregon -15, though some places may be laying as many as +17 to Cal in this...

Miami coach Mark Richt calls 2015 ending with Duke a “miracle”

Miami waited two weeks before playing their second game of the 2017 season, but they will have less than a week to prepare for a road contest against Duke on Friday. Hurricanes coach Mark Richt has seen the improbable eight-lateral touchdown play that gave Miami a jaw-dropping road victory in 2015, and he called it “a miracle.” Richt spoke of watching the game...

Trojans open as 4.5 favorites in USC-Washington State on Saturday

Those who have bet on USC the past two weeks haven’t been a fan of the Trojans, as they have failed to cover in consecutive wins over Texas and Cal. So take them at your own risk this weekend as they open as 4.5 favorites at Washington State. Like USC, Washington State is also undefeated. Like the Trojans, the Cougars boast an elite quarterback in Luke Falk, who has completed...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Texas A&M is ranked (Week 4)

After losing its season opener against UCLA, Texas A&M has reeled off three consecutive wins and won its first SEC game of the season Saturday in beating Arkansas, 50-43, in overtime in Arlington, Texas. In a back-and-forth battle between teams — and coaches — in need of a victory, it was Kevin Sumlin’s Aggies that made more plays in the end...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Tennessee is ranked (Week 4)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee came away with win No. 3 of the 2017 season, but once again the Vols did not look good in the victory. Tennessee (3-1, 0-1 SEC) struggled to a 17-13 win against UMass on Saturday in a game that hung in the balance until less than 1 minute remained on the clock. The Vols entered the game around a four-touchdown favorite. The poor...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Ole Miss is ranked (Week 4)

Ole Miss was off in Week 4 with an early BYE, so how will that impact the Rebels’ standing in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll? The Rebels are staying put at No. 13 this week, ahead of the 1-3 Missouri Tigers. At least one voter did rank Ole Miss last in the SEC, and their highest ranking was No. 9 in the conference. Ole Miss’ last showing was a bad loss...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Vanderbilt is ranked (Week 4)

Ouch! The Vanderbilt Commodores are licking their wounds after suffering their worst loss in 23 years. There is no way to unsee what No. 1 Alabama did to Vanderbilt on Saturday, punishing the Commodores 59-0 in their own stadium. It’s the worst defeat for Vanderbilt since a 65-0 loss to Tennessee in 1994. “I was outcoached [Saturday],” Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Alabama is ranked (Week 4)

Alabama football once again received every first-place vote Sunday to remain atop the SEC Country Power poll following action from Week 4. The Crimson Tide made a statement Saturday with their 59-0 smashing of Vanderbilt to open SEC play. There was a little hype surrounding the Commodores following their upset of then-No. 18 Kansas State a week earlier, but Alabama quickly...

How Auburn commits, targets fared in their high school games this weekend

It was another winning week for Auburn football commits and targets. Despite only playing a half, running back commit Asa Martin continued his consistent domination of opposing defenses so far this season. Shaun Shivers shined on a big stage with a 100-yard performance against a top-ranked team in a nationally-televised game. Josh Marsh loaded the stat sheet....

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Kentucky is ranked (Week 4)

Kentucky fell to Florida 28-27 on Saturday in heartbreaking fashion. The Wildcats were in control for much of the game, but in the end, their long losing streak against the Gators lived on, and Kentucky’s curse continued. Despite the loss, Kentucky climbed one spot in the latest edition of the SEC Country Power Poll. The Wildcats checked in at No. 7 in the...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Mississippi State is ranked (Week 4)

Mississippi State was in trouble from the opening snap Saturday night in Athens, Ga. The visiting Bulldogs lost 6 yards on their first play, committed a 5-yard penalty on their second, and after punting the ball to Georgia, surrendered a 59-yard pass on the home Bulldogs’ first play. Mississippi State never recovered in losing its first game of the season, 31-3. The...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Auburn is ranked (Week 4)

AUBURN, Ala. — It seems that all Auburn needed to do was get to SEC play. The trip to Missouri for the start of conference play proved fruitful for Gus Malzahn’s team, which finally put on the show they’d been hoping for since the season began. After handing Mizzou a 51-14 loss in Columbia, Mo., Auburn moved up to No. 13 in the AP Top 25 and...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where LSU is ranked (Week 4)

LSU’s win over Syracuse wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing football game. Although the Tigers earned a 35-26 victory, far more questions than answers remain for the team at this point. Still, LSU (3-1, 0-1) moved up one spot in this week’s SEC Country Power Poll. LSU inched up to No. 6 in the poll from last week, benefiting mostly from Vanderbilt falling hard after...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where South Carolina is ranked (Week 4)

After a disappointing loss to Kentucky, South Carolina bounced back on Saturday afternoon with a 17-16 win over Louisiana Tech. The Gamecocks were shut out during the first three quarters before Jake Bentley and the offense rallied for 17 points in the final period. Bentley completed 22 of 34 passes for 295 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. With Deebo Samuel, his top...

Michigan State falls to No. 11 in Land of 10 Power Poll after loss

Michigan State dropped one spot to No. 11 in the latest Land of 10 Power Poll on Sunday following its loss to Notre Dame a day before. The Spartans lost 38-18 at home on Saturday after a week off. The defeat dropped them to 2-1 on the season and resulted in Northwestern, which had been ranked behind Michigan State, switching spots with the Spartans. The Wildcats were on their...

Ohio State football: Buckeyes stay put in Land of 10 Power Poll

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football remained No. 2 in the latest edition of the Land of 10 Power Poll. The Buckeyes remained behind Penn State and ahead of Michigan. The razor-thin margin over the No. 3 Wolverines in the voting total slightly increased. Wisconsin remained the fourth and final member of the top tier of teams. Here is the full poll from the latest vote. Penn State...

Wisconsin remains No. 4 in Land of 10 Big Ten Power Poll

Wisconsin didn’t play a game this weekend, and fittingly didn’t budge in the latest Land of 10 Big Ten Power Poll, either. In the poll, voted on by 13 Land of 10 writers and released Sunday, Wisconsin held steady at No. 4 behind Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan. The Nittany Lions received all 13 first-place votes. The Badgers have remained in fourth since the initial ...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Missouri is ranked (Week 4)

A loss was expected for Missouri on Saturday to No. 15 Auburn, but maybe not this way. The Tigers dropped their third consecutive game in convincing fashion as Auburn rolled to a 51-14 win. Missouri gave up 5 rushing touchdowns to Kamryn Pettway, and Jarrett Stidham had an efficient 218-yard day with 1 touchdown and no turnovers. Missouri, meanwhile, was anything but efficient. Barry Odom&rsquo...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Arkansas is ranked (Week 4)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Arkansas is 12th in Week 4 of the SEC Country Power Poll of the 2017 season. The Razorbacks fell one spot from their ranking after Week 3. The poll consists of 27 voters from the SEC Country staff. Arkansas lost 50-43 to Texas A&M in overtime. The Razorbacks have not beaten Texas A&M since the Aggies joined the SEC. That means Arkansas coach...

Iowa remains fifth in Land of 10 Power Poll after last-second defeat

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Despite losing to fourth-ranked Penn State on the final play Saturday, Iowa held steady at the fifth position in the weekly Land of 10 Power Poll of Big Ten squads. The Hawkeyes (3-1) dropped a 21-19 heartbreaker at Kinnick Stadium but proved they can compete with one of the nation’s best teams. Iowa held a 19-15 lead until Nittany Lions quarterback...

Undefeated Michigan holds firm at No. 3 in Land of 10 Power Poll

Michigan improved to 4-0 Saturday with a 28-10 win at upstart Purdue, coming back from a 10-7 halftime deficit. The win didn’t do anything for the Wolverines in the weekly Land of 10 Power Poll as they remained No. 3, closely behind No. 2-ranked Ohio State. Penn State was a unanimous choice among 13 voters for the top spot in the poll after the Nittany Lions pulled out...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll (Week 4): Contenders, pretenders emerge

Nearly a month into the season, the SEC Country Power Poll is bringing the conference hierarchy into focus. After three weeks of watching teams scramble for position, we’re beginning to get a legitimate assessment as the conference schedule ramps up and cupcake season winds down. Last Sunday brought with it a major shakeup, as four teams moved up or down five spots. This Sunday...

2017 SEC Country Power Poll: Where Florida is ranked (Week 4)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Gators once again waited until the very end this weekend to come out with a win. This time, it was a 28-27 come-from-behind victory over the previously undefeated Kentucky Wildcats on the road to extend their win streak in the series to 31 consecutive games. With yet another last-second win on Saturday, the Gators...

Penn State unanimous No. 1 team in Land of 10 Power Poll after dramatic win at Iowa

Penn State is the unanimous selection for the No. 1 spot in our weekly Land of 10 Power Poll. The Nittany Lions claimed all 13 first-place votes, topping all Big Ten teams for a third consecutive week. Penn State narrowly, and dramatically, avoided an upset loss on Saturday night in Iowa City, Iowa. The Nittany Lions trailed Iowa 19-15 with 1 minute, 42 seconds left in...

Gators teammate on freshman RB: ‘The night was definitely a statement game for Malik Davis’

LEXINGTON, Ky. — As Florida players rolled through the postgame media room Saturday night, there was a hopeful gleam in their eyes, an unforced optimism in their words. Not just about what happened — the come-from-behind 28-27 win at Kentucky to make it 31 straight wins over the Wildcats — but also how it happened. The continued emergence of...

Land of 10 Power Poll: Big Ten team rankings after Week 4

Penn State’s thrilling win at Iowa kept the Nittany Lions in the top spot in the new Land of 10 Power Poll. Trace McSorley’s touchdown pass to Juwan Johnson on the final play moved the Nittany Lions to 4-0. In the poll, the top 5 remains the same. After Penn State, the Land of 10 Power Poll has Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa ranked Nos. 2-5. Along with the Nittany...

Nebraska football remains No. 12 in latest Land of 10 Power Poll

The Nebraska Cornhuskers remained at No. 12 in Week 4 of the Land of 10 Power Poll, which was released Sunday. It was a chaotic week for Nebraska, but the Cornhuskers managed to escape it with a 27-17 victory against Rutgers on Saturday. There were still some hiccups — like quarterback Tanner Lee’s 2 interceptions with 1 being returned for a touchdown ...

How Alabama’s commitments fared in their high school games: Week 5

Alabama’s commitments took the field for Week 5 of Friday nights under the lights. The Crimson Tide currently have 11 commitments in their 2018 recruiting class and three in their 2019 group. Members of both classes enjoyed memorable performances this past week. SEC Country will provide weekly updates on each Alabama commitment, including...

WATCH: Ex-Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard erupts for 77-yard TD catch

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard still has the wow-factor that made him a household name at Oklahoma from 2012-2015. Shepard dazzled football fans with a 77-yard touchdown reception from Eli Manning in the Giants’ 27-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Even in coverage, Shepard was off to the races once the football was in his hands. Shepard, who was...

TCU football remains undefeated in purple ‘frog skin’ helmets

A huge upset win on the road over Oklahoma State revealed an interesting trend with TCU’s uniforms. The 44-31 victory means that the Horned Frogs remain undefeated (5-0) in their purple matte “frog skin” helmets. The helmets were first introduced in 2015, and they’ve been part of some huge wins for TCU over the past few years. The Frogs donned those helmets for...

DieHards Big 12 Newcomer of Week 4: Trey Sermon breaks away

Welcome to Big 12 DieHards’ Week 4 Newcomer of the Week. There were a number of exciting performances across the Big 12 from first-year conference players, but one stood apart.   Also check out our other Big 12 player of the week awards: Offensive player of the week Denzel Mims Defensive player of the week...

DieHards Big 12 Special Teams Player of Week 4: Jonathan Song stays perfect

Welcome to Big 12 DieHards’ Week 4 Special Teams Player of the Week. There were a number of exciting performances across the Big 12 from special teams players, but one stood apart.   Also check out our other Big 12 player of the week awards: Offensive player of the week Denzel Mims Defensive player of the...
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