AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is a football state, right?

Absolutely! 

The following is a list of division one college football national champions from Texas including those won by publications pre-World War II and other organizations & polls which named national champions from Texas:

  • 1914: Texas
  • 1919: Texas A&M
  • 1927: Texas A&M
  • 1935: SMU & TCU
  • 1938: TCU
  • 1939: Texas A&M
  • 1941: Texas
  • 1963: Texas
  • 1968: Texas
  • 1969: Texas
  • 1970: Texas
  • 1977: Texas
  • 1981: Texas
  • 1982: SMU
  • 2005: Texas
  • 2010: TCU

Our great state has become the epicenter of college basketball greatness the past two weeks.

Texas Tech can achieve something no other team from Texas has since 1966.

Shaka Smart's Longhorns captured the program's 1st NIT (National Invitation Tournament) championship since 1978, but Texas Tech is heading to the big game Monday night. 

No, it wasn't the big dance, but a championship nonetheless. A title won in Madison Square Garden and a 20 plus win season for UT.

Then, Sunday happened.

The Baylor women's basketball program captured their 3rd national title, all on head coach Kim Mulkey's watch.

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Over 20,000 fans were in attendance in Tampa, Florida to watch the Baylor women win the title against Notre Dame. A game in which the Lady Bears' suffered a significant loss in the third quarter, losing their best player to a knee injury, Lauren Cox.

Baylor lost a big lead, but rallied back and ended up hoisting the national title trophy.

On Monday night, the Texas trifecta may occur.

Those mighty Texas Tech Red Raiders could clinch a national title with a win over Virginia. A program experiencing their first ever Final Four.

Tech head coach Chris Beard, who is in his 3rd season in Lubbock, has a Tom Herman (Texas head football coach) way of doing things, in that he kisses his players. After Saturday's emotional final four win over Michigan State, Beard, a former UT student assistant basketball coach, kissed Red Raider guard Matt Mooney on the cheek.

It's his love for his player and the Red Raiders have rallied around their head coach, his expectations and attention to detail

If the Red Raiders beat Virginia it will be the first men's basketball national champions from Texas since Texas Western (now UT-El Paso) won it all in 1966.

Can we say Texas is a basketball state, too?

I think so!

PS: Hey Lubbock, refrain from flipping over cars and burning while celebrating a national title.

Twitter: @ShawnC_KVUE

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