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THE CURIOUS INDEX WATCHES TEXAS EAT ITSELF

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THERE'S SAUCE ON THE TABLE, USE IT IF YOU'RE A HEATHEN

THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS CAN ONLY DINE ON ITSELF TO FIND A MEAT EQUAL TO ITS OWN AMBITIONS AND TALENT. This is mostly about Kyler Murray Kyle Allen going to Houston, and what an indicator that is of the ever-shifting sands of college football in the Lone Star State. It may also be more about the current morass at Texas A&M than anything else, but sure: there's a ton of money shifting around, a lot of people who want to be good at football, and the usual cutthroat competition for a state loaded with talent. (Particularly at quarterback.)

The fun question for those who enjoy watching Texas football eat itself -- and we are firmly in that camp, because it involves a lot of monied dick-swinging between insane oil men and financiers and diversified ranchers -- is thinking about what happens now that oil fell from $100 a barrel to $30. If you don't think that might show up in a marginal brake on football donations and spending, know that investors are already on the lookout for cheap ranches, one of the first things to go in the event of a sudden downturn. Football indulgences can't be too far behind.

P.S. do you want a fun quote? Sure you do.

"When you make your giant hit down here, you buy a ranch and a jet," Mr. Ellis said. "The ranch goes first because your jet goes with your obituary."

WHEN I DIE, BURY ME INSIDE A 604/WHEN I DIE, BURY ME INSIDE A 604.

WELL SURE THAT MAKES SENSE. As much as any preseason rankings make sense, really. Sure. Clemson's #1, and a retooled Alabama is #2, and let's just play that same game at the end of the season because we'd watch it happily.

CALL ANIMAL CONTROL IF YOU LIKE BUT IT'LL ONLY GET A POOR COUNTY WORKER BITTEN. Harbaugh's in the trees, and if you need a reason for it you do not understand the entire Jim Harbaugh experience.

YOU DID NOT HAVE THIS FOR YOUR MARKETING DEGREE. Loss-of-value insurance policies: definitely not a benefit for a university employee, nope.

A UNANIMOUS SENTIMENT EXPRESSED BY THE PEOPLES OF THE WORLD. It had to happen, but yes, Kirk: we do agree that the departure of NCAA Football from our lives left a hole that cannot and has not been replaced by any other game. RIP, Flexbone playbook.