California vs. Texas, Holiday Bowl 2011: How Players on Key Positions Match Up

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California vs. Texas, Holiday Bowl 2011: How Players on Key Positions Match Up
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With the Holiday Bowl showdown between Jeff Tedford's California Golden Bears and Mack Brown's Texas Longhorns just around the corner, many of the storylines and factors have been beaten to death.

You have Cal's revenge for 2004 on one hand and Mack Brown's looming retirement and search for a return to national prominence on the other. Both might factor into the players' drive to succeed.

You have the gelling offense of the Cal Bears colliding with the stalwart rush defense and total defense of the Texas Longhorns.

You have a neutral field in California when neither team plays well on the road and you have injuries and inexperience galore marring the regular seasons and sidelining various players for these two teams' final game of 2011.

But while each team is reliant on just that—the team—to win, certain key positions will help determine the likelihood of such an outcome. How do each team's players match up at those positions?

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