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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.

Inside Texas Texas A&M Picks
InsideTexas.com
IT's Bill Frisbie, Ross Lucksinger, Michael Pearle and Clendon Ross give you their picks, and their reasoning for the picks, for Friday's match-up in College Station between Texas and Texas A&M.

Akina's defense needs to step up
Austin American-Statesman
Texas' defense needs to have a fire lit under it before it gets its coordinator fired. Duane Akina, the Longhorns' defensive co-coordinator, obviously is all too aware of the rising temperature around him.

Even on opposite sidelines, brothers Finley, Lane pull for each other
Austin American-Statesman
Half-brothers have turned family rivalry into starring roles as Horns TE, Aggies RB

History doesn't favor lame-duck coaches for UT, A&M
Austin American-Statesman
No doubt, Texas-Texas A&M is one of the most significant rivalries in college football. For one Friday every late November, the game even trumps loyalty to families and friends based on whether someone's preferred hand sign hooks or gigs. But tradition also suggests that the game's outcome rarely helps a potential lame duck coach fighting to keep his job.

Questions on Jamaal Charles, Texas linebackers and Texas A&M
Austin American-Statesman

Texas A&M, Texas have starred in other's tragedy
Dallas Morning News
In the 113 previous games in the series, UT and A&M have taken turns playing the role of spoiler. Here's how it happened:

Texas A&M-Texas a sibling rivalry for Lane, Finley
Dallas Morning News
Texas A&M running back Jorvorskie Lane tries not to rub last year's 12-7 victory over Texas in his brother's face. Well, not too much, at least. Jermichael Finley can handle the ribbing. The UT tight end has put up with Lane his entire life. Family bonds get put to the test in any rivalry. Lane and Finley, half-brothers who have the same father, won't face each other directly Friday at Kyle Field. But the winner of the UT-A&M game gets a year's worth of bragging rights in their East Texas hometowns.

Texas' Kelson doubtful with knee injury
Dallas Morning News

Grumpy Old Man: Texas coach Brown growing surlier by the week
San Antonio Express-News
Once he was content to clap his hands like a seal barking for a sardine, to nervously flip his headset mike up and down in search of fresh schemes and happy chatter. Now, it seems, the grayer Mack Brown gets, the grumpier he gets. On the verge of completing a full decade as the Texas Longhorns' coach, Brown has more than perfected a crabby side — a crotchety demeanor that has served as both his sword and shield since his team's national championship breakthrough in 2005.

Diamonds add luster to Wallace's heartrending life
San Antonio Express-News
When he isn't wearing a Texas A&M football helmet, Cody Wallace dons big, beautiful diamond earrings. Wallace is 6 foot 4 inches tall and 300 pounds, so his teammates hardly gave him a hard time about his studs. Especially when they find out why he wears them. "It's kind of like having my mother with me a little bit," Wallace says, quietly. Wallace, A&M's standout senior center and a former Cuero Gobbler, knows heartbreak. And it isn't losing a football game. It's losing your mother when you're 16 years old. It's losing your father eight years earlier to alcoholism, prison and finally death.

Longhorns have had enough of A&M option
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Last year wasn't pretty. Texas was manhandled by rival Texas A&M. To make it worse, the Longhorns took the beating on their home field. A year later, Texas players still remember the 12-7 loss. Especially those who played defense against the Aggies.

Catch him if you can
Houston Chronicle
Texas' offense has taken on a new dimension with the emergence of Jamaal Charles, who has gained 644 yards in his last three games

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