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Football:

When Worlds Collide: Texas vs. Ohio State
InsideTexas.com
The BCS National Championship game on January 8 will pale in comparison to the regular season match-up scheduled on September 9 at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
It's the week of the Ohio State game and Ross is joined again on the Inside Texas Podcast by Steve Helwagen of Bucknuts.com to talk about the build-up to the game and break down some of the key match-ups.

Inside Texas Blog: Well, So Much For That
InsideTexas.com
Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger talks about the Jordan Shipley feature that was going to be the greatest and best story ever, until...

Ohio State's version of Vince
Austin American-Statesman
Not all of the Ohio State players are relishing the prospect of facing green Texas quarterback Colt McCoy on Saturday night. "I wish Vince was still there so it could be an all-out battle," said Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith.

How Texas will aim to stop Troy Smith
Austin American-Statesman
The general feeling in the Texas camp seems to be this: Keep Troy Smith in the pocket and try to prevent him from hurting you by scrambling. Sound familiar?

Linebacker Kelson questionable for Saturday's game
Austin American-Statesman
Linebacker Drew Kelson, who missed the Longhorns' season opener against North Texas with a sprained ankle, is listed as questionable to play Saturday against Ohio State.

One man's tale of the tape
Austin American-Statesman
Which is better — Texas football with Bevo and Darrell K Royal and James Street and fourth-and-3 and Earl and Ricky? Or Ohio State football with cantankerous Woody Hayes and cool Buckeye helmet decals and the Shoe and the perfect 1968 team? The Longhorns with 801 all-time wins, or the Buckeyes close behind with 775?

Why Texas will win
Austin American-Statesman

Why Ohio State will win
Austin American-Statesman

Ohio State's Smith is not beyond compare
Dallas Morning News
The comparisons have become unavoidable this week, no matter how hard Troy Smith tries. He can't dodge or duck or fake or spin his way out of this predicament, as he has so many others as Ohio State's quarterback. Vince Young's departure to the NFL has created an opening for an athletic multi-dimensional quarterback who can run, pass and carry a national championship contender on his shoulders. And Smith may be the closest thing to Young left in college. With the Saturday showdown between Ohio State and Texas, Young and Smith have become intertwined even more.

Ohio State's Ginn ready to be go-to guy
Dallas Morning News
Ted Ginn Jr. discovered last season that blazing speed alone doesn't make a receiver, with the Texas secondary administering the lesson.

No. 1 vs. No. 2 even affects the airport
Dallas Morning News
Look, we all know it's big You don't need me, Kirk Herbstreit or Brent Musberger to tell you this game Saturday night between No. 1 and No. 2 is big. I'll let the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport tell you how big it is. Continental, Delta, Frontier and Southwest airlines are adding flights and upsizing aircraft to accommodate the estimated 35,000 fans arriving from Ohio.

Big nonconference games risky for UT
Dallas Morning News
Top-ranked Ohio State and No. 2 Texas are getting credit for having the nerve to play a high-stakes intersectional game that could cost one of them a shot at the national title. But it appears Ohio State coach Jim Tressel and Texas coach Mack Brown have differing views on such games in the future.

Ross steps into spotlight for UT
San Antonio Express-News
Suspended Texas cornerback Tarell Brown called his buddy Aaron Ross this week, offering up a little pep talk. It wasn't quite "Win one for the Gipper." But it was close.

Inexperienced linebackers concern Ohio State
San Antonio Express-News
Every so often, the phone will ring in the office of Ohio State linebackers coach Luke Fickell. On the other end will be a familiar voice, one that belongs to one of the trio of players who last year formed what many called the best linebacking corps in the nation. They'll ask how their replacements are doing. And they'll wish them good luck. This week, they'll need it.

Pair of UT linebackers doubtful for Ohio State
San Antonio Express-News
Texas linebacker Drew Kelson (ankle) has been deemed questionable for the second-ranked Longhorns' game Saturday against top-ranked Ohio State. Backup linebacker Sergio Kindle (ankle) also has been ruled out.

Longhorns Mailbag: Who needs two?
San Antonio Express-News
Let's kick off this latest edition of the Mailbag by answering the No. 1 most-asked Texas football question of the week: No, we cannot get you tickets to Saturday's game against top-ranked Ohio State.

Showdown carries title implications
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
To the victor belongs the spoils. To the loser...well, there's always the Alamo Bowl.

Texas players want it hot out
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas players are hoping for a return of the triple-digit temperatures they experienced throughout fall drills for Saturday's 7 p.m. kickoff against top-ranked Ohio State. Although forecasts indicate the temperature will be in the high 80s or low 90s, tailback Selvin Young still holds out hope for a heat wave.

A big man on campus
Houston Chronicle
Limas Sweed wasn't supposed to be the intended target, but within moments his life and the course of the college football season would change for the Texas Longhorns. Most of it's a blur, but Sweed remembers streaking down the left side of the field, seeing the safety break too late and watching Vince Young float a pass into the corner of the end zone. Sweed made a leaping, juggling, backward catch, just managing to get his foot in bounds with 2:37 left in the game, for the go-ahead touchdown in the Longhorns' 25-22 victory over Ohio State at Ohio Stadium.

Buckeyes boast pair of stars
Daily Texan
Has Ohio State become this year's USC Trojans?

Buckeyes will be ready if Texas brings the heat
Columbus Dispatch
On every desk at every meeting Ohio State players have had this week, a water bottle has stood at attention, like a sentinel guarding against dehydration Saturday in Texas. And not a drop can leave the room.

Sweed rises to the occasion for Longhorns
Columbus Dispatch
Limas Sweed was just a kid who wanted to wear the same number in college as he had in high school. Nothing unusual. The catch in his case was, the player who had worn it before him at Texas was Roy Williams, the most prolific receiver in Longhorns history.

Tressel picks Pettrey to handle kicks
Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State is taking two kickers to Texas for the game Saturday night, but coach Jim Tressel yesterday indicated the difference from last week is Aaron Pettrey is now the solid No. 1 and Ryan Pretorius is the if-needed reliever.

Who's ready for the spotlight?
Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State coverage
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