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Football:

Texas Coaches Still Mulling Options for DBs
InsideTexas.com
Maybe he really doesn't know; chances are he just ain't saying. But Texas DBs coach Duane Akina said he still has not decided who will replace RCB Tarell Brown, suspended for Saturday's showdown against top-ranked Ohio State, in the starting lineup.

Running of the Horns
InsideTexas.com
Texas coach Mack Brown forced the issue with the ground game in Saturday's home-opener, hoping that a practiced rushing attack would pay dividends "down the road." So, is there any concern that the rushing offense was less-than-explosive against lightly-regarded North Texas now that "the road" turns toward top-ranked Ohio State?

Can Colt Pony-Up?
InsideTexas.com
The biggest difference in Saturday's blockbuster between No. 1 Ohio State and No. 2 Texas, according to many pigskin pollsters and pundits, is the difference at quarterback. Buckeye signalcaller Troy Smith is a savvy senior whose dual-threat capacity has drawn comparisons to Vince Young. But Texas' RS-freshman quarterback Colt McCoy, who turned 20 on Tuesday, has a secret for success.

Suspended players pass drug test, attorney says
Austin American-Statesman
Two Texas football players who were arrested and promptly suspended for the Longhorns' game Saturday against Ohio State passed voluntary drug tests the day of their arrests, the players' lawyer said Wednesday.

Ohio State's Ginn could have Texas kicking itself
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown didn't ask. In fact, Mack Brown never asks. We wonder why that is. But if the Texas football coach lost his mind and did ask, this is what we'd tell him. Do not kick to Ted Ginn Jr.

Texas makes plans with Brown
Austin American-Statesman
Duane Akina called his secondary the deepest he's had in six seasons at Texas. We're about to find out just how deep.

Strangers in the night
Austin American-Statesman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Last year, the Ohio State defense had style and substance. It had shaggy-haired linebackers flying around the field, stuffing the run better than anyone in the nation and helping the Buckeyes to finish No. 5 in the country in total defense. Then came something more devastating to that defense than the Texas offense or graduation — the NFL draft.

HOW THE BUCKEYES AND LONGHORNS MATCH UP
Austin American-Statesman

UT's new QB in good hands
Dallas Morning News
After watching North Texas load up to stop the run and limit Texas to 47 yards on 13 carries in the first quarter, Ohio State will certainly follow suit. So if redshirt freshman quarterback Colt McCoy is to become the hero Saturday night, he'll probably have to throw to two of the heroes of last year's victory over Ohio State: Limas Sweed and Billy Pittman.

Buckeyes would be nuts to fuel fire
Dallas Morning News
It really doesn't matter what Jim Tressel thinks or his director of player development, Stan Jefferson, who explained Wednesday how his boss got caught in what looked like a little fib.

Longhorns worried about Ohio State's Ginn
San Antonio Express-News
A frightening new medical epidemic swept though the state capital this week. It's called Ginn-ophobia.

I'm Troy Smith - not Vince Young
San Antonio Express-News
Vince Young was a once-in-a-generation talent, a Heisman Trophy runner-up and owner of a national championship ring. Troy Smith isn't Vince Young. And the Ohio State quarterback will be the first to tell you that.

Perrilloux saves UT from itself
San Antonio Express-News
They played in the Alamodome in 2005. And after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl was over, a reporter asked these two recruits if Texas was still their top choice. Fred Rouse, one of the country's top-rated wide receivers, answered yes. And then the top-rated quarterback, Ryan Perrilloux, leaned in to confirm. "Texas is still OUR No. 1 school," Perrilloux said.

Distraction might end up burning the Longhorns
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Defensive coaches call it "sudden change." It refers to a unit's ability to turn momentum back in a favorable direction after an unexpected event. Like a turnover. Or the suspension of your top cornerback for the Ohio State game.

Many options ready at CB
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Duane Akina, Texas' co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach, said Wednesday he will make a game-time decision on who starts at cornerback Saturday against No. 1 Ohio State in place of the suspended Tarell Brown.

Blur of a Buckeye
Houston Chronicle
A sign in the defensive backs' meeting room at the University of Texas' Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletics Complex reads: "Faces change, but the standard will always remain the same." That will be put to the test Saturday when the No. 2 Longhorns face top-ranked Ohio State.

Countdown to Ohio State: 2 Days
Daily Texan

Top 5 players Ted Ginn resembles
Daily Texan

Buckeyes keeping their cool on defense despite flaws against Northern Illinois
Columbus Dispatch
In the Ohio State meeting rooms this week, it was all quiet on the defensive front. Even after Northern Illinois running back Garrett Wolfe slashed the Buckeyes for 285 total yards, the coaches decided not to come down too hard on their mostly inexperienced players.

Ginn determined to play better in this matchup
Columbus Dispatch
Last season against Texas, Ted Ginn Jr. gained 9 yards, one for each letter in his name.

Tressel's poll vote lost in translation
Columbus Dispatch
It turns out that Ohio State coach Jim Tressel did not vote Texas No. 1 in his USA Today coaches poll ballot Tuesday. He only thought he did. Because of what school officials termed a miscommunication, the staff member assigned to turn in Tressel's ballot got it wrong.

OSU-Texas by the numbers
Columbus Dispatch

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