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Colorado Preview: Between the Lines
From Darrell Scott to Big 12 Championships, there's a lot of recent history between the Colorado Buffaloes and the Horns. But Texas head coach Mack Brown says very little of that will matter on Saturday.

The Inside Texas Podcast
It's on to Big 12 play for the Texas Longhorns. On this week's episode of the podcast, Inside Texas' Ross and Ross break down this weekend's game with Colorado and discuss both the keys to victory and whether or not this amazing run to start the season, for both Colt McCoy and the front seven, will continue.

Buffs' Scott will play, but unheralded Stewart will play more
Austin American-Statesman
Admit it. You wanted Darrell Scott. You wanted the Longhorns to sign him. You wanted him to start. You want Texas to shut him down.

Rebuffed Horns hold no grudge toward CU's Scott
Austin American-Statesman
Saturday's game in Boulder, Colo., will be a reunion of sorts for Texas and the one who got away. Or the one who Colorado spirited away in the waning days of recruiting season last February, depending upon whom you believe.

Texas-Colorado Preview Capsule
Dallas Morning News

UT running back gets steady diet of encouragement
San Antonio Express-News
Texas running back Cody Johnson is on a diet, and, naturally, he wants some support.

Fiery assistants alternate styles
San Antonio Express-News
Will Muschamp has been seen pounding a dry erase board. Duane Akina has done the same with his palms. Muschamp, Texas' defensive coordinator, is famous for his lively sideline behavior. is responsible for this. Whatever the reason, no camera has chronicled Akina in the same way. But, like Muschamp, Akina pops neck veins and pounds on players' backs.

It's time to stand out
Houston Chronicle
Nobody will learn firsthand the strength of the Big 12 Conference better than the Texas Longhorns, who will try to survive a gauntlet of ranked teams during the next month.

Texas faces first real test at CU
Daily Texan
Coming into Saturday night's road matchup against Colorado, the No. 5 Longhorns seem more scared of the buffalo than the Buffaloes — that Buffalo being Ralphie, Colorado's mascot, that runs out onto which field along with the team... Whatever does the trick to keep the team from overlooking Colorado in anticipation of No. 1 Oklahoma. The game has all the ingredients for an upset: a hostile road environment, altitude and the first Big 12 game of the season.

McCoy a real double threat
Denver Post
Colorado senior safeties Ryan Walters and D.J. Dykes may need a masseuse — or perhaps a chiropractor — after Saturday night's game against No. 5 Texas (4-0). Their necks are sure to get a swiveling workout. Covering fleet Texas receivers while also watching out for a scramble by quarterback Colt McCoy would be enough to make anyone's head spin.

McCoy delivering for Texas
Boulder Daily Camera
Imagine if Cody Hawkins were able to accomplish the following this season as a sophomore: Lead Colorado to a 10-win season. Earn offensive most valuable player honors in the Holiday Bowl during an 18-point CU win over a Pac-10 opponent. Complete 65.1 percent of his passes for 3,303 yards and 20 touchdowns. Earn first-team academic all-Big 12 honors. The head coach's son would stand alone as a great young quarterback. Last year at Texas, Colt McCoy was able to do all of the above as a sophomore. But instead of being the most popular person in Austin, a lot of the fanatics -- upset about losses to rivals Oklahoma and Texas A&M -- were harshly critical of their young quarterback.

Battle to go airborne when Buffs meet Texas
Longmont Times-Call
So far, so good. Colorado's pass defense, under scrutiny since camp convened in August, has held up well in 2008. The Buffs are third in the Big 12 in pass defense efficiency and are allowing 163 yards in the air each game, the second-smallest average in the Big 12. There's just one little thing: They haven't seen anything like what awaits Saturday.

October one scary month for Texas
Associated Press
October is looking like one treacherous month for the Texas Longhorns. Fifth-ranked Texas (4-0) plays Saturday at Colorado (3-1), followed by the annual matchup against No. 1 Oklahoma before coming home to play No. 4 Missouri and No. 21 Oklahoma State.

Colorado can't forget 2005 blowout loss to Texas
Struggling through one of the most embarrassing days in his football career, Colorado defensive tackle George Hypolite remembers wishing the game at Reliant Stadium could have ended much quicker. Linebacker Brad Jones has tried to blot away memories of that day, figuring his team's 70-3 demolition at the hands of Texas was nearly three years ago. What good, he said, does it do to bring up bad memories?

Orakpo's boxing work trains him for monster senior season
Continued work with jabs, uppercuts and roundhouse punches this summer have helped spark Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo's monster senior season so far.

Football recruiting

Eisenhower DT has a pair of offers
Jay Guy holds down the heart of Aldine Eisenhower's defense. A big body run stopper who can get penetration, he is already being heralded as one of the top defensive tackles in the nation. talked to Guy after his team's win over Kingwood.


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