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Texas Longhorn Football

Friendly Rivalry or Hostile Neighbors?
Burnt Orange Beat
In light of Texas' substantial advantage in the win column of this series, there's some truth to the notion that Longhorns look at Aggies as the pest down the street, while Aggies view their opponent as a blueblood bully, one it constantly attempts to unseat. Regardless, this long-running series has had its share of venom, "neighborly" proximity notwithstanding.

Texas Longhorns' Brian Orakpo still making up for lost time
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo calls himself a man on a mission. The rest of his team calls him "O-sack-po."

Texas A&M Aggies hoping to beat the odds again
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Texas A&M has had the upper hand against Texas in their last two meetings, but few are expecting a competitive game when the rivalry returns to a prime-time slot on Thanksgiving night.

Texas Longhorns' Colt McCoy seeks completion
Dallas Morning News
As first impressions go, Texas defensive end Brian Orakpo thought Colt McCoy would be, well, bigger. Instead of the possible successor to larger-than-life Vince Young, Orakpo saw "a little scrawny quarterback out of Jim Ned High school. He was so small."

Texas A&M's Tannehill takes familiar route
Dallas Morning News
Four months ago, Texas A&M's leading receiver wasn't even a receiver. After redshirt freshman Ryan Tannehill lost out in a three-way race for the starting quarterback job in fall camp, coach Mike Sherman concocted a new plan. He had a few plays at receiver that would be ideal for an athletic, 6-4, 204-pounder.

Texas A&M backup QB wants one more shot at Texas
Dallas Morning News
Texas A&M's Stephen McGee has to be the most talked about backup quarterback in the Big 12 South.

Texas vs. Texas A&M: Hatfields own McCoy?
San Antonio Express News
With Mack Brown at the helm, the Texas Longhorns always seem to have a fair share of the national limelight going into Thanksgiving week. Unfortunately for Brown, the Texas A&M Aggies have emerged the past two seasons crowing about state bragging rights.

A&M ‘D' slow to come around
San Antonio Express News
Joe Kines enjoys sharing his humble roots in tales that typically include a David Letterman-like zinger.

Other Football

Bedlam could have many empty seats
Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma State's controversial ticket policy has led the school to expect as many as 10,000 empty seats at 60,000-seat Boone Pickens Stadium for Saturday's game against Oklahoma in Stillwater.

Big 12 quarterbacks sweep Davey O'Brien nods
Dallas Morning News
Finalists for nine major college football awards were announced Monday, and the Big 12 posted a sweep in nods for the Davey O'Brien Award and Biletnikoff Award.

Red Raiders get back to work after humbling loss
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Getting back in the proper frame of mind is the theme of the week for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. After having their perfect season wrecked by Oklahoma 65-21 on Saturday night, the Red Raiders have gotten back to the drawing board and are focusing on Saturday's home game against Baylor.


Notre Dame takes out Texas in a nail biter
Burnt Orange Beat
The #6 Texas Longhorns faced their first stiff challenge of the season on Tuesday and failed before a late rally gave Texas a half court chance at the buzzer. A.J. Abrams and Justin Mason rallied the Longhorns late with a trio of three pointers and received some help as the Fighting Irish missed four consecutive free throws in the closing seconds.

Maui hoops: Harangody leads Notre Dame to 81-80 win over Texas
Honolulu Advertiser
Luke Harangody had 29 points and 13 rebounds and No. 8 Notre Dame hung on to beat No. 6 Texas 81-80 on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.


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