November 24, 2006

Conference Capsule: Longhorns or Sooners?

How does the Big 12 Conference celebrate Thanksgiving weekend? Twelve hours of football in 28 hours. No. 11 Texas meets Texas A&M for a shot to win the South and North champ Nebraska looks to stomp Colorado on Friday. Meanwhile, No. 13 Oklahoma will know if it has a shot at the South by the time it kicks off against Oklahoma State while Kansas seeks its fourth-straight win over Missouri on Saturday.

Asked to rationalize Texas' string of success against Texas A&M, which includes six straight wins and nine victories in the last 11 meetings with its rival entering an 11 a.m. kickoff on Friday at Austin, ninth-year coach Mack Brown offered a simple explanation for the Longhorns' winning ways: There is no rationale. "Parity is here," he said. "You just kind of play better on the day you play."

Brown's attempt at modesty doesn't support the fact the Longhorns have scored 40 or more points four of the last six times they have faced the Aggies, including last season's 40-29 win in College Station. That the Longhorns have won their last six meetings by a significant average margin (20.8 points) proves the Yeah-but-they-had-Vince argument has little merit.

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