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Conner's Burnt Orange Glasses: OU-Texas Tech
Jeff Conner's commentary on the Raiders' upset win over the Sooners.

Longhorns hope to contain A&M running game
Austin American-Statesman
Texas' defensive linemen are looking wistfully at game film of Texas A&M's offense. After all, the Aggies prefer to run. Texas A&M — with its no-frills, grind-it-out offense using the option, the zone read, the power play up the middle — doesn't bother much with passing when that running game is clicking. A&M threw only 13 times a year ago against the Longhorns.

It's OK for Horns to dream
Austin American-Statesman
It's OK to hope. It's OK to believe the Texas Longhorns will be back on the national scene by this time next week.

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Maturation a key for Texas
Dallas Morning News
Texas has won five straight games since back-to-back losses to Kansas State and Oklahoma. And while most of the team's momentum seems tied to its success running out of the shotgun option the last three games, coach Mack Brown also thinks his young players are growing up.

Miller has bright future for Texas A&M
Dallas Morning News
If Texas A&M's defense is to return to the glory days of the Wrecking Crew, then the Aggies need more players like DeSoto's Von Miller.

Longhorns can still 'return to the Alamo'
San Antonio Express-News
The Texas Longhorns reached into the history books and then used some dramatic license to sum up their goals for this season. "Return to the Alamo," reads the banner slogan on posters that are so prominently displayed, the Longhorns have to make special efforts to avoid them. They're plastered along the walls of the team's athletic complex and in the tunnel that leads the players onto the Royal-Memorial Stadium turf. As recently as five days ago, those visual motivational aides seemed like soon-to-be eBay items filed under "prophecies gone bad." Now, they serve as hopeful reminders. After Oklahoma's 34-27 loss to Texas Tech last weekend, the Longhorns are back in the Big 12 Conference title picture.

South Division scenarios
San Antonio Express-News
The winner of Saturday's Kansas-Missouri game will represent the North Division in the Big 12 championship game Dec. 1 at the Alamodome. The South situation could be more complicated:

One Tough Gig
San Antonio Express-News
Franchione likely to soon discover another of Texas A&M's football traditions -- firing its head coach.

UT ground game finds consistency
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Inconsistent in September and covered in crimson during the Red River Rivalry, the Texas rushing attack has experienced a resurgence during the Longhorns' five-game winning streak. There are many contributing factors, including the return of running backs coach Ken Rucker from a cancer-induced hiatus and the maturation of a young offensive line. But the significance of the turnaround is clear as No. 13 Texas (9-2, 5-2 in Big 12) heads into Friday's 2:30 p.m. game at Texas A&M (6-5, 3-4) with a chance to claim at least a share of the South Division title.

First A&M signing class special to Franchione
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
When Dennis Franchione took over the Texas A&M football program in 2003, he signed a class of 24 players. Ten of those are still around, have developed into significant contributors for the Aggies and have formed a strong bond with Franchione.

Stakes raised for Longhorns
Houston Chronicle
Last year, an injury to quarterback Colt McCoy and two straight losses to end the regular season delivered the TKO that spoiled the Texas Longhorns' conference and Bowl Championship Series title hopes. The same scenario — this time with Big 12 South leader Oklahoma — could open the door for the No. 13 Longhorns to sneak into the conference championship game.

Horns' Charles closing in on Texas greats
Associated Press
Jamaal Charles has cried twice this season. The first time was when Texas running backs coach Ken Rucker walked into a team meeting upon his return from prostate cancer. They were tears of joy for a sick mentor's recovery. The second was when the player and coach embraced on the sideline after Charles ran for 216 yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter of a win over Nebraska. Television cameras captured the tears of relief washing away a season's worth of frustration over fumbles and unmet expectations. There's no tears anymore, just big yards and touchdowns. The junior tailback needs only 134 yards in the next two games to join Ricky Williams, Earl Campbell and Cedric Benson as the only Longhorns to rush for 1,500 in a season.

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Q&A: Texas' Barnes dishes on this season's 'Horns
USA Today
Despite seeing star freshman Kevin Durant head to the NBA after just one year at the University of Texas, coach Rick Barnes still has plenty to work with on this year's squad. With four returning starters and another solid crop of freshmen, Barnes and the Longhorns look to challenge Kansas for Big 12 supremacy. Last week, the coach checked in with USA TODAY's Tim Gardner to talk about this year's team, Bob Knight and Friday Night Lights.


Dogged Broncos corral Young
Rocky Mountain News
Tim Crowder spent three seasons as Vince Young's teammate at the University of Texas, and he probably lost more than a few pounds every fall chasing the ridiculously athletic Young around the Longhorns practice field in the Texas heat. As a result, the Broncos rookie defensive end kept getting inquiries about how to keep Young in check as the Broncos prepared to take on the Tennessee Titans' versatile second- year quarterback Monday. But Crowder could offer little advice except to urge his Broncos teammates to keep after Young with dogged tenacity, no matter how many yards he reeled off. Crowder proved wise as Denver's bend-but-don't-break defensive approach allowed Young to post unprecedented numbers but also allowed the Broncos to make the key plays in the second half that helped preserve the team's 34-20 victory.

Applewhite would fit at SMU
Daily Texan
Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have been the victims of their own missed opportunities this season. The Tide's loss to BCS-leading LSU on Nov. 3, then the two losses after that to unranked foes Mississippi State and the University of Louisiana-Monroe, have eliminated then from the race for the SEC West title, largely due to self-inflicted errors. But the year has shown a lot of promise. The offense has looked pretty good in stretches, improved over last year's total yards and is scoring around five-and-a-half points more per game. Unfortunately, this may caused another set back for Saban and the Tide - the loss of their first year offensive coordinator, Major Applewhite.

'Tyler Rose' Led 'Horns Past Baylor
Tyler Morning Telegraph
Eleventh in a season-long series commemorating the 30th anniversary of Tyler's Earl Campbell winning the Heisman Trophy.

It's like home for Bosh, Ford
Dallas Morning News
Toronto point guard T.J. Ford had a message for teammate and former Lincoln standout Chris Bosh at the end of the Raptors' practice Monday afternoon. "Everybody knows I'm bigger in Texas," Ford said. "Even in his hometown."


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