The regular college football season will come to a conclusion Saturday, and the Texas Longhorns game against the Baylor Bears will be the final test of the Longhorns roller coaster season.
On paper, Texas and Baylor look to be in a similar situation in the Big 12 standings. Both are 7-1 against conference opponents—each team's loss occurred against Oklahoma State—and will be playing for at minimum a share of the Big 12 title Saturday. The Bears and the Longhorns have been hit with the injury bug, which has forced them to rely on backups in key positions. Both teams even share the I-35 highway, but the Longhorns and the Bears took polar opposite roads to get to Saturday's game.
For Texas, 2013 has resembled a week-to-week episode of Survivor, with a lot of the fanbase anxiously waiting to vote off the Longhorns leader Mack Brown. The 1-2 start to the season all but crushed Texas fans hopes of playing for a conference title. But the Longhorns snapped the nonconference start and won six straight against Big 12 opponents.
On the other hand, 2013 has been a fantasy season for the 10-1 Baylor Bears, who lead the nation in total offense, scoring offense and passing efficiency. But the often unmentioned storyline of the magical season is the Bears' defensive turnaround, which has held opponents to 22 points per game.
Can Texas end its regular season with an upset win over Baylor?
When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco, Texas
Austin radio: KVET 98.1/1300
Waco radio: KRZI 99.1/1660
SiriusXM satellite radio: XM 117; Sirius 202; Internet 969; Spanish 970
Spread: Baylor (-14), per VegasInsider.com
Last meeting: Oct. 20, 2012, Austin, Texas
Last outcome: Texas 56, Baylor 50