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A Tale of Two Coordinators
One could argue that Texas Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis has done his best job of coaching this season, while the jury is still out on Defensive Coordinator Duane Akina's effectiveness in calling the shots for the first time in Austin.

Poll Report: Multiple Options
Texas didn't move in the standings, but a new door to the BCS may have opened on Saturday night.

Texas back in the Big 12 title picture
Austin American-Statesman
If both the Longhorns and Sooners lose this week, the conference may need to go to a bizarre tie breaker.

Big 12 football tiebreakers
Austin American-Statesman

How The Horns, Aggies Match Up
Austin American-Statesman

Texas Longhorns no longer long shots in Big 12 race
Dallas Morning News
UT isn't just playing spoiler; it's shooting for a major bowl berth

BCS rankings could determine South champion
Dallas Morning News
If Texas A&M beats Texas and Oklahoma State beats Oklahoma, all three would be 5-3 in Big 12 play, and the team with the highest BCS ranking after regular season would represent the South Division in the league title game.

A&M's Franchione has chance for one last hurrah
Dallas Morning News
Beating Texas again may be all Aggies coach has left to play for

Final weeks of season irresistibly intriguing
San Antonio Express-News
A new sense of drama and tension has been added to the final week of the Big 12 season. The can't-lose scenario of having the Big 12 champion immediately qualify for the BCS championship game appears to have died along with Oklahoma's national title hopes after the Sooners' stunning 34-27 loss Saturday at Texas Tech.

Kick-starting a Texas rivalry
San Antonio Express-News
It started, innocently enough, in a front yard. Make that two front yards, 250 miles apart. Russell Erxleben kicked footballs, point-blank, toe-to-leather, down the road that stretched beyond his front door in Seguin, then measured the distance on a chalk line in the middle of the pavement. Up in Fort Worth, meanwhile, Tony Franklin had a similar routine. He would kick and kick and kick until his father would grow weary of fetching and order his side-winding son to go inside. Without knowing it, Erxleben and Franklin were kicking at one another — for one another. In a pair of front yards, with miles of Texas in between, the greatest kicking rivalry the country has ever seen was spawned.

McCoy wants to take sting out of Aggie taunts
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The latest ironic twist in the Big 12 championship race is not lost on Texas quarterback Colt McCoy.

UT not focusing on BCS
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Because of Oklahoma's loss to Texas Tech, the stakes have been raised for No. 13 Texas heading into Friday's matchup against Texas A&M in College Station. With a victory, the Longhorns (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) can claim a share of the South Division title. But because of its loss to the Sooners (9-2, 5-2) on Oct. 6, Texas cannot advance to the Big 12 Championship Game with a victory over A&M unless OU follows up with a loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday in Norman, Okla. Texas players vow that their focus Friday will be on A&M, not championships or the possibility of landing an at-large berth in a BCS bowl.

When he speaks, the Aggies listen
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
There are times Stephen McGee walks off the field so battered and bruised from the pounding he has taken, the Texas A&M quarterback can barely move.

Football recruiting

Mason Walters: Drawing Big 12 Interest
The state of Texas produces four or five stud offensive lineman every year and the class of 2009 is no exception. Wolfforth Frenship' Mason Walters is good. In fact, he could end up battling Cedar Hill's Thomas Ashcraft for the top spot in Texas before all is said and done. IT caught up with Frenship head coach Brad Davis to talk about Walters.

Shepard pulls offer No. 12, puts team first
Cy Ridge QB Russell Shepard continues to put up big numbers and the wins keep on racking up. And for him the good news keeps pouring in. Not only did the Rams win their playoff game this week against Alief Elsik 35-7, Shepard got a visit from a Pac-10 coach. TPI caught up with Shepard to get the latest news in recruiting.

Men's hoops:

Horns Cruise on Abrams' 30
Junior guard A.J. Abrams put up a career-high 30 points on Sunday to help the Longhorns (3-0) top Arkansas-Monticello (0-2) 100-52 in the second game of the StubHub Legends Classic.

Texas men work out on Arkansas-Monticello
Austin American-Statesman
A.J. Abrams does not want to present himself as overconfident, just honest. "I feel that every time I shoot it, it has a chance to go in," Abrams said. The chances were darn good on Sunday. Abrams scored a career-best 30 points as the 16th-ranked Longhorns defeated Arkansas-Monticello 100-52 in the second round of the Legends Classic, in front of 4,524 fans at the Erwin Center.

Texas reaches 100 points in win
Daily Texan
Coming into the season, Rick Barnes said his team would "live and die" with its defense. In the opening rounds of the 2007 StubHub! Legends Classic, the Longhorns thrived on it. The No. 16 Longhorns defeated Division II Arkansas-Monticello by 48 points, 100-52, Sunday at the Erwin Center in the second round of the tournament. Led by A.J. Abrams' career-high 30 points, Texas coasted to an easy victory after holding the Boll Weevils to just 11 points in the first half.

Women's hoops:

Texas blown out at Tennessee
Austin American-Statesman
Players, coaches chalk up game against No. 1 Lady Vols as a learning experience


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