Still, Texas has finished with a national ranking in each of head coach Mack Brown's first five years at the Forty Acres. The last time the Longhorns entered the post-season nationally ranked for five consecutive years was during the autumn of Royal's career, 1971-1975.
Texas and Oklahoma have identical regular season (pre-conference championship game) league marks during the past three years at 20-4, but the Sooners have won two of the past three Big 12 titles. OU faces Washington State in the Rose Bowl, which sounds almost as weird as USC playing Iowa in Orange Bowl.
I'm sure this has never happened before, but Texas played eight bowl teams during the regular season. Of course, there are like, 106 bowls this year. Meanwhile, schools were granted an extra regular season game in 2002, meaning that you only had to break-even to become bowl eligible.
Here are Texas' 2002 opponents and their respective bowls: North Texas (New Orleans Bowl), Tulane (Hawaii Bowl), Iowa State (Humanitarian Bowl), Oklahoma State (Houston Bowl), Nebraska (Independence Bowl), Texas Tech (Tangerine Bowl), Kansas State (Holiday Bowl) and Oklahoma (Rose Bowl).
Texas returns to practice either next Saturday or Sunday, Brown said, as final exams begin Wednesday for UT students.