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Pass the chips – It's Fiesta Time
Burnt Orange Beat
The #3 Texas Longhorns (11-1) are headed to Arizona to face the #10 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Both schools enter the contest as two of the most storied programs in college football history. The Longhorns would clearly prefer to be playing in Miami, but the Fiesta Bowl presents a great opportunity to jumpstart next year's run at a national championship.

Texas comes up just short, settles for Fiesta Bowl berth
Austin American Statesman
When Sunday's Bowl Championship Series standings were revealed, Texas learned it finished a heartbreaking 0.0181 from reaching the national championship game.

Bad system foils fans
Austin American Statesman
Year 11 of college football held hostage.

Orakpo wins Nagurski Trophy
Austin American Statesman
In a conference known for nothing but offense, the first major national award of the college football banquet season went to ... a Big 12 defensive player.

Mack Brown votes for Florida ahead of Texas, OU
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Texas coach Mack Brown spent Sunday reveling in his team's return to a BCS bowl game and explaining why he was not one of the four voters in the coaches' poll who placed the Longhorns at the top of their final regular-season ballots.

They've made their points
Houston Chronicle
Sooner or Gator, it comes down to this: Two high-scoring offenses from the country's two best conferences will meet in the BCS Championship game

Other Football

Oklahoma Sooners' hard work pays off with BCS title shot
Fort Worth Star Telegram
At a time when many figured Oklahoma's national championship prospects had ended, they began in earnest. The 45-35 loss to Texas was a beginning, rather than an end. And that process ended Sunday when the Sooners soared to the No. 1 BCS ranking and into the BCS national championship game Jan. 8 in Dolphin Stadium in Miami against SEC champion and second-ranked Florida.

Texas Tech misses the BCS and will play Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Despite an 11-1 record and No. 8 ranking in The Associated Press poll, the Texas Tech Red Raiders learned Sunday that wasn't enough to earn them a trip to a BCS bowl.

Alamo Bowl lands Missouri, Northwestern
San Antonio Express News
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel loves San Antonio not only for the River Walk, but for the football played on the high school fields within an afternoon's drive of the celebrated tourist destination.

Root for Oklahoma, BCS chaos
San Antonio Express News
The designers of the Bowl Championship Series will root for Florida to win because that's the only way anyone with a straight face can say their formula works. Disney and ESPN will root for Florida because they don't want the world to think they just paid half a billion dollars for the rights to a broken system. And Missouri will root for Florida, because Oklahoma eventually has to pay for piling on.

Oklahoma, Florida remove drama from BCS script
Dallas Morning News
The Bowl Championship Series drama ended Saturday night, courtesy of dominance by Oklahoma and Florida.


Abrams carries Texas past UCLA 68-64
Burnt Orange Beat
The #8 Texas Longhorns faced a must win game on Thursday night playing host to UCLA with many tough non-conference games remaining. Senior guard A.J. Abrams carried the Longhorns stagnant offense scoring a season high 31 points, while Justin Mason turned in another terrific all-around performance.

Texas men keep cool and take down UCLA
Dallas Morning News
Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes has said his Longhorns are still finding themselves. Thursday evening, at a Frank Erwin Center that was rocking by night's end, maybe that's exactly what they started to do.

Scheduling tough opponents early will help Horns
Austin American Statesman
The Texas football team should take a lesson from the boys of the hardwood. Wasn't it great to see a battle of top-10 teams before the conference games start in college basketball?

Abrams buries Bruins
Austin American Statesman
He limped through the final few minutes of the game, his right hamstring the victim of a cramp induced by dehydration. A.J. Abrams' right arm was just fine, though. Abrams scored 31 points, six during the final three minutes, as the eighth-ranked Longhorns defeated No. 12 UCLA 68-64 Thursday at the Erwin Center.


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