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Football:

Aggies and Longhorns need Friday's game to rid themselves of November melancholy
Austin American-Statesman
The game is so popular within the state that it's earned a corporate sponsor and a special name. It will be telecast nationally and promoted as one of college football's finest rivalries. Yet this year, Texas versus Texas A&M at Royal-Memorial Stadium carries its own distinct theme, one that was honed through heartache the first two Saturdays in November. Friday is for moving on, dispensing with the results from earlier this month. Both teams need a guts-out brawl to chuck the what-if melancholy.

HOW THE LONGHORNS AND THE AGGIES MATCH UP: QUARTERBACKS
Austin American-Statesman

Will Aggies pass on their big chance?
Dallas Morning News
Here's the dilemma for Texas A&M: Everyone is getting rich throwing the ball against Texas. The Longhorns have already set a school record for most passing yards surrendered in a season thanks to a pass defense ranked 111th nationally. The last 13 touchdown passes thrown against Texas have averaged 30.5 yards. Four of their last five opponents have hit the Longhorns for more than 300 yards passing, including Kansas State (323 yards), which pulled off a 45-42 upset. In that span, Texas is giving up 27.4 points per game. But passing is not what the Aggies do best.

Aggie, Longhorn quarterbacks are small-town giants
San Antonio Express-News
Earlier this month, not long after he had set Texas' single-season record for touchdown passes, Colt McCoy was asked how his hometown of Tuscola, population 714, might be celebrating the achievement. "Blizzards for everyone at the Dairy Queen?" one reporter quipped. McCoy grinned his most sheepish grin. "We don't have a Dairy Queen," he said. Tuscola, it turns out, is much too small for that. Texas A&M quarterback Stephen McGee, by contrast, went to high school in the bustling big city of Burnet, population 4,750. His town has a Dairy Queen. But the most-popular restaurant in town remains the great outdoors.

Fran, Aggies need to stop teasing and start pleasing
San Antonio Express-News
It's time for Dennis Franchione to fulfill his advertised promise. After nearly four years of laying a foundation now sprawling enough to accommodate four Kyle Fields, it's time for the Texas A&M football coach to build something special on more than paper. Like on the scoreboard, for instance.

History is on Longhorns' side, but is it enough?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
On paper, Friday's matchup between Texas and Texas A&M is signed, sealed and delivered for the 11th-ranked Longhorns.

Texas QB McCoy should be ready, father says
Houston Chronicle
On paper, Friday's matchup between Texas and Texas A&M is signed, sealed and delivered for the 11th-ranked Longhorns.

Sooners or Horns? NU awaits
Lincoln Journal Star
Imagine this crazy, but not totally far-fetched, college football scene next weekend. Texas sees the ghost of Josh Freeman and loses to Texas A&M at home on Friday, leaving Oklahoma in control of the Big 12 Conference South Division. But then the Sooners throw away the gift by losing at Oklahoma State, leaving the Longhorns with a backdoor entry to the league title game in Kansas City, Mo.

Football recruiting:

First Look at Ben Habern
InsideTexas.com
Texas high school football is always full of talented offensive line prospects. Liberty Christian High School in Argyle, Texas, is home to one of the most athletic centers in the nation inside the class of 2008. Ben Habern has already received four scholarship offers from elite Big 12 programs. He and Richard Habern, his dad, talked about his success on the football field and his recruitment.

Other:

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