ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Last year, the Texas Rangers twice came within a strike of winning their first World Series title. This year, the two-time defending American League champs didn't even win a postseason game. A late-season slide cost Texas the AL West crown on the final day of the regular season and sent them into a one-and-done wild card game. They lost that game 5-1 last night at home to the surprising Baltimore Orioles.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones recalls well his last trip to Lubbock, the most recent of three straight Sooners losses at Texas Tech. He and the 17th-ranked Sooners could face another tough game today against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders' offense is averaging 547 yards per game and the team's defense is ranked as the nation's best.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Longhorns get their turn to try to stop Geno Smith and West Virginia. Smith leads the No. 8 Mountaineers into Austin today after passing for 656 yards and eight touchdowns in a wild 70-63 win over Baylor. He leads the nation in pass efficiency with an 83 percent completion rate, 20 touchdowns and no interceptions. No. 11 Texas' defense has struggled to live up to preseason expectations and has given up long touchdowns because of poor tackling.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Gary Patterson was planning to use backup quarterback Trevone Boykin as a tailback when the 15th-ranked Horned Frogs play Iowa State. Boykin will be in the backfield today, but as the starting quarterback with Casey Pachall (PAW-hall) suspended indefinitely. Pachall was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. TCU is 4-0 and has won 12 games in a row. This will be its first Big 12 home game.