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Football:

Brown: BCS 'Least of Our Worries'
InsideTexas.com
Coach Mack Brown admitted he was a little surprised that Texas was rated as low as No. 9 in the first BCS rankings of the season. Then again, the BCS is "the least of our worries" as the Horns prepare for a pivotal road trip to Nebraska.

Texas' running back committee rushing well
Austin American-Statesman
After Selvin Young weaves through a defense but before he can pause to catch his breath, running backs coach Ken Rucker is already ushering Jamaal Charles onto the field. The Texas rotation at tailback has been a fluid one this season, with two starters essentially sharing one position.

Longhorns football notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Only penalty for UT receiver is 15 yards
Dallas Morning News
Texas receiver Limas Sweed appeared to throw a punch at Baylor cornerback Anthony Arline in Saturday's game. But coach Mack Brown said Sweed would not be suspended or held out of the starting lineup Saturday against Nebraska.

Mack be nimble — How the Horns get back to the BCS title game
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Mack Brown, bad knee and all, may have to boundlike Bob Beamon if his Longhorns are to leap-frog seven teams and get back into the BCS title game. Here's an outline of the steps required for UT to get there. But be advised — even Evel Knievel wouldn't attempt this one.

Longhorns try to get defensive
San Antonio Express-News
Texas defensive end Brian Robison took one last, hard look at the scoreboard after the Longhorns' 63-31 victory over Baylor on Saturday. It wasn't to revel in the moment. Robison couldn't believe his team's once-fearsome defense had just given up 31 points. To Baylor.

UT's Sweed facing in-house discipline
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Mack Brown called out receiver Limas Sweed on Monday, castigating him for a punch thrown at a Baylor player during Saturday's victory. Sweed scuffled with Baylor cornerback Anthony Arline after a play in the first half, punctuating the fracas with a punch to Arline's helmet. Sweed was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul.

Texas linemen pulling double duty
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
During a recent practice, Texas offensive line coach Mac McWhorter explained the concept of double-training players at multiple positions to enhance the Longhorns' depth. The idea, McWhorter said, was to allow starters an occasional break without leading to a dropoff in production. At that point, left guard Kasey Studdard replied: "I don't need a break." Good thing. From all indications, Studdard won't be getting one very often. Neither will the other four starters on the depth chart for Saturday's game at No. 17 Nebraska (11 a.m., WFAA/Ch. 8).

Texas searching for a plumber
Houston Chronicle
Under most circumstances, Aaron Ross would have the magazine cover proudly displayed or put away for safe keeping. Except there's nothing flattering about the picture that has been the enduring memory for the Texas secondary this season. Ross, the Longhorns' top defensive back, says he wound up on a September cover of Sports Illustrated "for the wrong reason." He was helplessly trying to lasso Ohio State receiver Ted Ginn Jr.

Secondary exposed by Baylor QB
Daily Texan
Now that the Baylor scare is behind them, Texas has to get ready for the biggest game of the year: No. 17 Nebraska. Ohio State was big, but not as important as the result Saturday. The Longhorns are still in the national title picture, even with a loss to the Buckeyes. They won't be if they lose this weekend in Lincoln, Neb. And with the Longhorn pass defense what it is, a loss to the Cornhuskers is a distinct possibility.

Brawling and the BCS, Texas' take
Daily Texan
Texas coach Mack Brown thought his team might be ranked fifth in the BCS, but when the rankings finally came out Monday, the Longhorns found themselves nestled just behind Notre Dame at No. 9. Perhaps offensive lineman Kasey Studdard summed up the team's feelings best. "I don't care," he said. "It sucks, but oh well. We've got six more games to climb up that poll."

Huskers aim to get physical
Lincoln Journal Star
Lest doubters remained, Nebraska's last two football games clearly indicate the Huskers are serious about their get-physical mantra on offense.

Brown buttering up NU before big clash
Omaha World-Herald
Mack Brown on Monday chose to start Texas-Nebraska week with flattery instead of bravado.

Not all Texans enamored with 'Horns
Omaha World-Herald
Cody Glenn followed Texas A&M as a kid. J.B. Phillips' parents are both Texas Tech graduates. Just because there are eight players on the Nebraska football roster from the Lone Star state, don't assume they all grew up following the University of Texas.

NU Notes: Quick scores drive Nebraska's success in past four games
Omaha World-Herald
Start with statistics because football is complicated, but numbers are simple. The past four games, Nebraska's offense has capped its first possession with a touchdown. In seven game-opening drives this year, the Huskers have produced 378 yards and 35 points. The Blackshirts, meanwhile, have allowed 101 yards on seven opening drives.

Football recruiting:

Brantley earns Army All-American Bowl Invite
InsideTexas.com
Texas commit John Brantley received his official invitation to participate in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl football game Monday afternoon. The 6-3, 198-pound quarterback was named the MVP of the Elite Eleven Quarterback Camp and has been a Scout.com five-star rated passer since last summer.

Brenham is loaded
InsideTexas.com
The two biggest names for the Cubs are tight end/defensive end Ahmard Howard and cornerback/wide receiver Brandon Collins, who are committed to the Texas Longhorns. After watching the game, one thing is obvious about Howard at this point. He is a much better...

Hoops:

Big 12 coaches pick Longhorns fourth in conference
Austin American-Statesman
Texas, missing all five basketball starters from last season, has been picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 Conference in a poll of the league's coaches. Kansas, which has all five starters returning, was picked to finish first for the seventh time in the 11th-season of the Big 12.

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