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Football

Texas vs. Texas A&M: Once More With Feeling
InsideTexas.com
Texas players annually insist that, despite owning the upper-hand against Texas A&M for the better part of the past decade, they do not overlook their in-state rival. This week, however, the Horns actually mean it.

Culpepper's Commentary: Texas A&M Preview
InsideTexas.com
After sitting on this for a week, I think Coach Dennis Franchione's mental state has a lot to do with the outcome of this game. He is the Aggie version of John Mackovic and will be replaced by a tough, take-charge, Bob Stoops-type coach. Money is no object – the Houston Aggie Club could come up with Franchione's $8.5 million buyout by passing the hat at their next meeting!

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
It's time to load up on Turkey and get ready for Texas A&M. Inside Texas' Ross and Ross talk about the tumultuous situation in College Station, what Texas needs to do to win and what the BCS picture looks like if Texas does, but first thing's first...what is wrong with the Tennessee Titan receivers?!

Aerial assaults on the rise in Big 12
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns, Aggies have been on receiving end of some bombs this season

Fran failure tied to offense, personality
Austin American-Statesman
Dennis Franchione was a can't-miss who could — and did. Five hugely disappointing years into his program, the Texas A&M football coach likely has one game remaining in his Aggie career. So why did Fran fail?

SMU interested in Davis?
Austin American-Statesman
Southern Methodist has approached Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis about its vacant head football coaching job, a person close to the Longhorn coaching staff told the American-Statesman. The contact was an unofficial one, the source said.

Running game defines Texas, Texas A&M
Dallas Morning News
Texas found its identity in the fourth quarter against Nebraska in the ninth week of the season. Texas A&M lost its identity, any hopes for a special season and maybe even its coach in the first half against Miami in the fourth week of the season, when Dennis Franchione took his most productive running back out of the game plan.

Texas-Texas A&M chat: Is focus on football or Fran?
Dallas Morning News

Sitting safety affects Texas A&M's approach
Dallas Morning News
Texas A&M is expected to shift its safeties around in the first half Friday against Texas. Starting strong safety Alton Dixon was ejected against Missouri on Nov. 10 and must sit one half due to Big 12 fighting rules.

Texas A&M football still stuck in the middle
Dallas Morning News
In August, Texas A&M had championship aspirations. Here in November, the Aggies have a 6-5 record and are probably headed for a coaching change.

Will woeful pass defense get a break?
San Antonio Express-News
In the past two seasons, Texas has adopted a stop-the-run at all costs mentality, and the effects of that philosophy are pretty obvious.

UT's McCoy has chance for do-over
San Antonio Express-News
Colt McCoy remembers all of it, and that's probably the worst part of all. The Texas quarterback remembers the bone-jolting blow from Texas A&M's Kellen Heard. He remembers being wheeled off the field, and, in the woozy moments that followed, watching the Aggies best his Longhorns in their annual grudge match at Royal-Memorial Stadium. And, thanks to his friends on the College Station campus, McCoy remembers what came next — A&M fans calling him "Cart McCoy," and even going so far as to question his physical fortitude.

UT's Finley, A&M's Lane await big game
San Antonio Express-News
Texas tight end Jermichael Finley figures he knows Aggies fairly well. His half-brother, Texas A&M tailback Jorvorskie Lane, is one.

Sizing Up the Big 12
San Antonio Express-News

Hot seat can take its toll, UT's Brown says
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas coach Mack Brown said he can sympathize with embattled coaches such as Texas A&M's Dennis Franchione and Nebraska's Bill Callahan, two peers whose job situations have triggered widespread media speculation in recent weeks. No. 13 Texas (9-2, 5-2 in Big 12) meets A&M (6-5, 3-4) at 2:30 p.m. Friday in what could be Franchione's final home game.

Aggie in a hurry to make impact
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Von Miller remembers his mother sitting him down after little league football games and going over in detail the plays where she felt her son had loafed. He made a deal with his father back then that he would go hard every play until the whistle blew. Now a freshman in college, Miller still makes sure he doesn't disappoint his parents. In his first season at Texas A&M, the defensive end has made the biggest impact among the Aggies' true freshmen with his non-stop motor that's helped him create havoc in the backfield.

Tight ends change like chameleons
Houston Chronicle
Two of the league's premier tight ends, Texas A&M's Martellus Bennett and Texas' Jermichael Finley, will be on display this week when the Aggies host the 13th-ranked Longhorns in their regular-season finale at Kyle Field on Friday afternoon.

Clash of the troubled rivals
Daily Texan
Texas A&M has played a favored Texas Longhorn team closely the previous two years and even pulled out a 12-7 victory in Austin a year ago, which quickly generated a new chapter of Aggie lore and a wave of "Saw 'em off" T-shirts. However, there is no reason to believe that the Aggies will again pull off an upset against the No. 12 Longhorns, even in front of a raucous Kyle Field. There are a few reasons.

Revenge possible for Texas, but team ignoring chance
Daily Texan
If the Longhorns are ready to hit A&M in the mouth at Kyle Field, they'll stand a good chance of finishing the regular season with a crucial rivalry win.

Running both ways
The Battalion
Two teams heading different directions prepare for Friday's rivalry game

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Johnson to miss weekend
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorn coach Rick Barnes said freshman basketball recruit Gary Johnson will play this season, just not this weekend.

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