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Football

The Hunter Becomes The Hunted
InsideTexas.com
The Burnt Orange carrot dangling as an incentive in front of Texas since spring football was the perception that all of college football was discounting the Longhorns this season. So, what happens now that the previously overlooked program has become college football's top-ranked team?

Chiles to RB?
InsideTexas.com
Backup Texas QB John Chiles is taking snaps at RB; it's a week-long trend that will continue as top-ranked Texas prepares for No. 11/12 Missouri, according to offensive coordinator Greg Davis.

Perspective Piece: Missouri-Texas
CollegeFootballNews.com
Wild West shootouts don't get any better than Texas-Oklahoma did last week. Then again, Missouri-Texas just might exceed the excellence displayed in the Cotton Bowl on Oct. 11. This Saturday night in Austin, get ready for more rootin', tootin', high-caliber shootin'.

Four wideout-package was a big hit for UT against Sooners
Austin American-Statesman
Texas ditched a tight end against Oklahoma; it remains to be seen whether the Horns can do so against Missouri.

Notebook: McCoy is on Sports Illustrated cover
Austin American-Statesman

Texas' Brown understands Sooners hangover
Dallas Morning News
Texas has compiled a 10-0 record under Mack Brown in the game following the Oklahoma showdown, in part because of something the coach learned early in his career. When he was an assistant at Oklahoma, Brown realized how much emotion was invested in the Red River Rivalry and adjusted accordingly when he came to Texas.

Running back has Horns singing a happy song
San Antonio Express-News
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy just calls him Mr. Draddy for a couple of reasons. First, Chris Ogbonnaya, toting a 3.4 GPA while working on his second UT degree, is a semifinalist for the Draddy Award — also known as the academic Heisman. And, second, it's a lot easier than actually saying Ogbonnaya. The senior from Houston has emerged as UT's top tailback, rushing for 198 yards the past two games, but as recently as Monday, he was still answering questions about his name.

Colt McCoy, Texas Longhorns to test SI cover jinx
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Texas Longhorns will test-drive their new No. 1 ranking along with the Sports Illustrated cover jinx during Saturday's 7 p.m. game in Austin against No. 11 Missouri.

GameDay makes return trip to 40 acres
Daily Texan
They're back. For the second week in a row, ESPN's College GameDay crew will be at a Texas football game to enjoy more Texas barbeque, make bold predictions and watch fans go crazy to get on TV. Only this time, the Longhorns aren't the underdogs.

MU's Coffman makes excellence look easy
Kansas City Star
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel admitted he had never seen anything like the backward-sprawling, one-handed catch Tigers' tight end Chase Coffman made.

Tigers know they must give Daniel time
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ask quarterback Chase Daniel about his three interceptions Saturday in the 28-23 loss to Oklahoma State, and he'll tell you they were all his fault. You get a different answer from members of the offensive line.

Longhorns' 'D' has applied the pressure
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Will Muschamp is Texas' fifth defensive coordinator in six years, but he's already a distinct commodity. After the Longhorns' 45-35 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday, for instance, OU fans paid their own form of tribute. "They mispronounced my name a couple times," Muschamp said, smiling and adding, "I can't repeat what they said." Despite then-No. 1 OU's output, the animated Muschamp has invigorated a defense that allowed more than 25 points a game last year.

Texas faces stiff tests in Missouri, upcoming games
Columbia Missourian
It began. Last Saturday, Dallas' sun smiled upon the pool of burnt orange that rippled throughout the crowd. Brass blared "Texas Fight" in a victorious waltz. Fans stretched their index and pinkie fingers and swayed "Hook'em ‘Horns" hand signals. Texas had cracked then-No. 1 Oklahoma. The Longhorns' half of the Cotton Bowl pumped life into the grand old stadium nestled within the Texas State Fairgrounds long after its game clocks ran down. A day later, fifth-ranked Texas vaulted to college football's summit. For the first time since their 2005 national championship, the Longhorns were ranked No. 1. And there's no guarantee they will remain there for long.

A New No. 1: Texas maturing into punishable force
Lawrence Journal-World
No more than a few weeks ago, the University of Texas football program wasn't even ranked in the top 10...Coach Mack Brown even called the Longhorns "under the radar" at No. 11 before the season. He said it was a positive for his young team. Oh, what a victory over a top-ranked Oklahoma team can do in the national title picture.

Texas' McCoy a Heisman favorite: Can he win it?
Associated Press
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy is now the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy. At least so says the weekly poll of a handful of Heisman voters by the Rocky Mountain News. Lets' get this straight: The guy who three seasons ago was supposed to be a step down from Vince Young could end up winning the trophy the mighty VY couldn't?

Many Missouri players see Texas trip as 'home' game
Associated Press
Plenty of Missouri players will feel right at home Saturday when the 11th-ranked Tigers take on No. 1 Texas. More than a quarter of Missouri's roster hails from the Lone Star State -- 28 of the 105 players. Quarterback Chase Daniel is perhaps the best known Texan on the Missouri squad, but others include wide receivers Jared Perry, Danario Alexander and Earl Goldsmith, defensive lineman Stryker Sulak and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

Football recruiting

McFarland Takes in Texas-OU
InsideTexas.com
When the Texas Longhorns took down the Oklahoma Sooners, one of the Horns' biggest recruiting targets was there to see it. Lufkin DT JaMarkus McFarland talks with Inside Texas about his experience at the Cotton Bowl, the visits he has lined up, the biggest factors in his decision and more.

Kirkpatrick Reschedules Texas Visit
InsideTexas.com
Dre Kirkpatrick, one of the top corners in the nation and one of Texas' few remaining targets for 2009, planned on taking his official visit to Austin, but has since had to reschedule. Kirkpatrick talked about if he'll eventually make the trip, his time at the LSU-Florida game this past weekend and more.

Big Guy Slims His List Early
InsideTexas.com
These days it seems as though there are not an abundance of solid defensive tackles. While that may or may not be the case, Aldine Eisenhower junior Jay Guy is one of the best in the Lone Star State. Guy already holds a few offers and has even named a couple of early favorites. So who made the first cut? Texas recruiting analyst Ahmard Vital talked with Guy in this special for Inside Texas...

Hoops

Longhorns Abrams, James named to preseason all-Big 12 basketball team
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorns A.J. Abrams and Damion James have been named to the preseason all-Big 12 basketball team, a five-man squad that also includes Baylor guard Curtis Jerrells of Del Valle. The team is led by Blake Griffin, Oklahoma's sophomore forward who was named preseason player of the year. Griffin averaged 14.7 points, shooting 56.8 percent, and 9.1 rebounds last season.

Alumni

Jerry Jones finally gets his man in UT ex Roy Williams
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Roy Williams almost gave up hope. It's a good thing Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones never gives in. Undaunted by the NFL's decision earlier in the day to bench cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones for at least four games for continual violations of the league's personal conduct policy, Jerry Jones pulled the trigger on a blockbuster trade with the Detroit Lions to acquire Williams.

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