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After a rollercoaster of a season, Texas football ends the season at No. 19 in the AP Polls released Tuesday. The ranking marks the third time in four years that former Head Coach Tom Herman was able to have a Top 25 finish. As Herman's chapter closes, fans are excited about what Coach Steve Sarkisian will bring to the program.


The college football season ended with an absolute offensive explosion by the Alabama Crimson Tide with coach Sarkisian at the helm. Sarkisian was hired at the University of Texas on Jan. 2, the same day that former Head Coach Tom Herman was fired after only four seasons. The Alabama offensive coordinator agreed to the Texas job but finished coaching the title game Monday. Now, Sarkisian is all in at Texas.

Alabama had the No. 1 ranked offense, according to Football Outsiders, a site that tracks advanced stats for college and professional football. The Crimson Tide offense—by almost every metric—was the best offense in college football this season. While part of that was thanks to their Heisman winner wide receiver, it cannot be understated how impressive the National Championship win was for the Tide. Monday was the second time in the Nick Saban Era at Alabama the Tide won the National Championship by 28 or more points (the first was in 2013 against Notre Dame).

After a decisive 55-23 bowl win over Colorado, a Top 25 spot was inevitable. At No. 19 the Longhorns trail fellow Big 12 teams No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 9 Iowa State. Texas A&M finished at No. 4 in the AP Polls as well. This is only the second time since 2010 that the Longhorns finish their season in the Top 20.

As the 2020 season comes to a close with the departure of Herman and Ehlinger, fans can hope that this time next year the Texas Longhorns and Head Coach Steve Sarkisian can be back where the coach was tonight: underneath the confetti and bringing Texas back to where it should be.

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The long-awaited day is here; Austin FC takes the field with LAFC. (Austonia)

It's matchday! Austin FC—Austin's first major league sport team—kicks off its debut season in Los Angeles today after years in the making. We know how much this means to our beloved city and are taking you along with us as we journey to LA!

Austin FC writer Claire Partain and I are excited to bring you game-day coverage straight from the City of Angels. Check back here for updates, and visit our socials: @austonianews for the latest.

5 p.m: Kickoff!

It's finally here! Claire will be updating Austonia's Twitter account live. And we'll post her game recap after the game. Best of luck Verdes!

4:40 p.m: Excitement radiates back home

Watch parties are in plenty supply back home. Austonia's Laura Figi visited Circle Brewing Co. and found a crowd of excited supporters.

4:20 p.m: Austin FC supporters are in the stadium

Although the Banc of California Stadium is hosting the match at limited capacity, we see some green in the stands ahead of kickoff. Just moments away from the Austin FC's debut!

~3:20 p.m: Austin FC's team bus enters the stadium grounds

With a warm welcome from Los Verdes, Austin FC players were welcomed into the Banc of California Stadium.

~1 p.m: Los Verdes in LA

(Rigo Rodriguez/Los Verdes)

Austin FC supporters are making their presence known in LA, including the Los Verdes group.

Los Verdes members started having match-day fun around the area this morning with brunch. We'll be joining them about an hour before the game outside the stadium to share some of their excitement. We'll post immediately to Austonia's Instagram.

11:45 a.m: We landed!

View from hotel room where we're staying; the stadium digital sign can be seen in the right corner. (Sonia Garcia/Austonia)

Switching over to pacific time, we're here and it's almost like no time went by. It's 9:45 a.m. here.

We've been in contact with Los Verdes, an Austin FC supporter group, who is also here in LA counting down to kickoff.

8:20 a.m: LA bound

Like many of you, we've been looking forward to this moment for, let's just say, a very long time. Today, we woke up bright and early, headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and hopped on a flight to LA.

A gloomy day in Austin with a very quiet airport, we're headed to sunny skies in California.

As we wait for the game to start at 4:30 p.m., check out Claire's preview of the game with a predicted lineup and timeline of the long journey to get here.


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Years before the city of Austin went Verde, thousands of the city's soccer fans formed a supporters' group—MLS in Austin—for a team that didn't even exist yet.

Now, as the team's catchphrase suggests, those same fans are #LISTOS as they prepare to see their team on national television at Austin FC's debut on Saturday.

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