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    Big 12 Week 2 - Texas vs Ohio State

    From College Football News - http://cfn.scout.com/2/565306.html
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    LonghornNation.com - http://www.longhornnation.com/forum/...ic.php?id=4353

    Big 12 Game of the Week
    Ohio State (1-0) at Texas (1-0) 8 pm EST ABC Saturday, September 9thWhy to watch: It might only be early September, but this might be for the national championship. This is the one the whole college football world has been waiting for ever since these two staged a classic in last year's 25-22 Texas victory that kickstarted the run to the national championship. After moving up in the Coaches' Poll to number two, Texas has put itself in a position to control its own destiny in the national title hunt with, realistically, only a shaky Oklahoma and trips to Nebraska and Texas Tech standing in the way of another championship game. Ohio State is seen as this year's version of the 2005 Longhorns with QB Troy Smith, who was platooned with Justin Zwick in last year's UT showdown, being asked to be another Vince Young. After a dominating 35-12 win over Northern Illinois to start the season, the Buckeyes are still the number one team in the country, but this is the game that needs to cement the spot. Can Mack Brown win a big game without Young? Can Ohio State show that all the defensive losses to the NFL didn't really matter? This should be nothing less than a classic.

    Why Ohio State might win: Texas QB Colt McCoy looked terrific against North Texas completing 12 of 19 passes for 178 yards and three touchdowns. Ohio State isn't North Texas. It's one thing to be able to stand around all day and wait for the receivers to come open, but it's another to do it against a fire-breathing defense like OSU's. Everyone can say all they want about how McCoy faces one of the best defenses in the nation every day in practice, but it's just not the same. Texas won last year because of the steady play of Young when things got tight. If all else is dead even, the Buckeyes have a whopping advantage at quarterback. Ohio State knows Troy Smith can pull games out of the fire; Texas hopes McCoy can.

    Why Texas might win: The forecast for Austin, Texas for this Saturday: High 98 with isolated thunderstorms. Especially early in the season when everyone's still getting in game shape, there's a huge difference between the heat of Columbus and the hard-to-breathe humidity that should be a factor on Saturday night. Texas will be used to it; Ohio State won't be. The Buckeye defensive back seven will be really good ... in time. As good as NIU RB Garrett Wolfe is, it has to be a concern that the Huskie back was able to tear off 171 rushing yards. The Texas offensive line is far better than NIU's, and Jamaal Charles leads a backfield that's more than good enough to come up with a huge night.

    Who to watch: Ohio State can certainly run the ball, but the offense hums at its best when the deep passing game is working. Things got a lot easier for Smith, Ted Ginn and Anthony Gonzalez as Texas will be without starting CB Tarell Brown after the senior was arrested on misdemeanor drug and weapon charges. It's supposed to be Brown's job to handle a much-improved Ginn, and now it might be up to sophomore Ryan Palmer or junior Brandon Foster to handle the work. ... Job one for UT defensive coordinator Gene Chizik will be to stop No. 7. Ginn was always known for being a great do-it-all athlete, and now he has improved his route running and receiver skills to an All-America level. He caught four passes fro 123 yards and two touchdowns against NIU, took two kickoffs for 25 yards, and two punt returns for 44.

    What will happen: This is about as dead even as it can get. McCoy is better than many might think, and he'll show just enough poise to make the one or two key throws needed to keep the offense moving. It'll be a physical, hard-hitting game with the two offensive lines controlling the other's defensive front. Texas will get just enough from the running game to pull off the win and move up to number one.
    CFN Prediction: Texas 23 ... Ohio State 20 ... Line: Texas -2
    Must See Rating: (5 skip the birth of your first born - 1 Fashion House) ... 5



    Go Texas! It's going to be pretty crazy in Austin Texas this Saturday!

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    Go Texas! It's going to be pretty crazy in Austin Texas this Saturday!
    You gotta love college football, especially a big game like this. However I do find one thing wrong with your post.
    GO BUCKS!


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    Drive, drive on down the field,
    Men of scarlet and gray
    Don't let them through that line
    We have to win this game today!
    Smash through to victory
    We cheer you as you go
    Our honor defend, we will fight to the end
    For O-HI-O
    STATE!

    Gotta make sure that I have enough popcorn, pizza, and pop, and gotta get my lucky shirt ready for battle.
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    Boy do I want the Bucks to show up Texas!!!
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    Gosh - no Texas love here! Where is Melitta when I need her to help back me up! LOL

    I'll be downtown for a while at a tailgate or two! Will try and get there early, stay late, and be loud! Hook 'em!
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    I'm here PGM35! Hook 'em Horns!



    ....sorry Unk!

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    PGM35, I just have to ask . . . What do bunny ears have to do with the Longhorns?
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    The first half has been a pretty good game, That was a bogus roughing the passer call on Ohio State IMO. Bucks up 14 - 7. Keep it coming Bucks.

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    Way to go Bucks! 1:33 left and the Bucks up 24 - 7. I think it's safe to say:



    The really cool thing is I ran a football pool at work with the benefits going to Children's Hospital. We'll be adding $665 to our donations this month. Every September we do fundraisers for the hospital. Last year my restaurant donated over $7,000. This year we're shooting for aroung $8,500 with a car show and other things. I'm auctioning off an autographed Archie Griffin football and jersey,

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    Great football and great that you are doing fund-raisers for Children's Hospital.
    "The road that is built in hope is more pleasant to the traveler than the road built in despair, even though they both lead to the same destination."
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