June 15, 2006

Horns hope to defend their crown

The questions are hitting harder than ever at Texas with the departure of Vince Young. That doesn't mean Texas is a total question mark, though. Eight returning starters on offense should help take pressure off the new quarterback. And if the loaded Longhorns get past Ohio State at home, the showdown against Oklahoma likely won't only decide the South, but put a second national title game within reach. Next up: TEXAS.

BRIEFLY: Hey, Big 12 North, you reading this?
13-0, 8-0 in the Big 12 in 2005
Yeah, Texas enters as a Top 10 team again this year and owns a nation-leading 20-game winning streak.

It also owns another 20-game winning streak…in regular-season games against the North. Doh!

That's right. Texas has won its last 20 regular-season games against the North by an average score of 36-16 since its last regular-season loss to a North foe. Kansas State beat Texas in Austin 35-17 in 1999. Remember that? Long, long time ago.

In fact, Mack Brown's Longhorns have been held under 20 points during the stretch versus the North only once - a 17-14 victory at K-State in 2002.

Texas' three North tests in 2006? Iowa State (Sept. 23), at Nebraska (Oct. 21) and at K-State (Nov. 11).

For the sake of the North, somebody end the streak. Please.

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