Two words can describe each of the December 28th Holiday Bowl's participants.
For the Texas Longhorns those words are 'youth' and 'injuries.'
Despite a talented roster, the Longhorns are painfully young at many key positions, most notably quarterback, where sophomore Case McCoy is tag-teaming with freshman David Ash for minutes.
At running back freshmen Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron could also be described as young, but when you add in RB senior Fozzy Whittaker, 'injured' is the main watchword. All three are injured, Whittaker being out for the year. Add in injured freshman wide receiver Jaxon Shipley and you see a Texas offense in trouble.
On the other side, California Golden Bears' words are 'experience' and 'talent.' They have few injured players and most of their youth possess an extreme amount of talent.
Four Cal players in particular will need to dominate at their positions to overcome a strong Texas defense and harrow a fragile Texas offense. If these players step up then the Bears are assured victory.