Texas Longhorn Fans Ready for Pasadena

Todd SchadeContributor IDecember 2, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 26: Wide receiver Jordan Shipley #8 of the Texas Longhorns runs for a gain after making a reception against the Texas A&M Aggies in the first half at Kyle Field on November 26, 2009 in College Station, Texas. The Longhorns defeated the Aggies 49-39. (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)
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It's been a week full of zero surprises—Charlie Weis gets fired at Notre Dame, Bobby Bowden steps down at Florida State, Tiger Woods lies to save his image, four players from the media's beloved overrated Nebraska Cornhusker's defense get named to the All-Big 12 team, etc etc...

Maybe this weekend somebody can shock the world and get us out of this predictable funk. Maybe Nebraska will beat Texas.

"That is not going to happen," University of Texas student Brian Wilson said with a chuckle. "If the Big 12 wanted to find a real winner they would replay the top two teams from the South Division for the Championship. This game on Saturday is going to be an old-fashioned beat down. I don't even know if I want to go from fear of boredom. I will guarantee you one thing though; I am betting my entire life savings on Texas covering that tiny spread of 14 points."

Wilson was one of many who felt that the matchup between Nebraska and Texas on December 5th in Dallas, Texas doesn't even hold a candle to the dazzling setup in the SEC Championship. Lindsay Thorpe, a Junior at the University of Texas feels the same way.

"I feel like my friends and I are wasting beer money buying tickets that are by far way too expensive," Thorpe said. "In a game that is bound to be a blowout, I don't get what the excitement is all about. I swear you turn it to ESPN and all you hear from (Kirk) Herbstreit is how this one should go down to the wire. I guess maybe they haven't watched us play this year? Half of the teams we have played are better than Nebraska and none of those games have even been close."

You almost have to wonder if the Big 12 conference will make up for the consistently embarrassing Championship blowouts by moving some teams around. The way it stands now, Nebraska is at the top of the Big 12 North and at the bottom of the Big 12 South.

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Texas fans can't complain too much when you think about it, however. When your fanbase can start printing out BCS National Championship tickets midway through the season, it has to feel good.

What about the other conferences though? You know the ones who actually get it right, like the SEC for instance. Poor old Alabama will just have to suffer another second place finish followed by a let-down in the Sugar Bowl. Quite a shame.

At least Florida won't be coming into the SEC championship knowing 100 percent for sure that it will be heading for Pasadena, California afterwards. A number of things could happen there. Tim Tebow could get hurt...well, a handful things would have to happen.

The Longhorns have the luxury of knowing that basically nothing can happen for their train ride to get derailed.

Senior Ian McDonald an intern working for the Texas Athletic Department said Monday "Trust me. The team can feel it. Being around the locker room, you just want to start celebrating. I know Coach Brown keeps telling the team to stay focused on the road ahead, but the players know where they are headed. As far as I am concerned Nebraska isn't even a piece of gravel in the road that we are going down."

Don't be too overconfident now fellow Longhorn fans. Remember in 1996 when Texas strolled into the Big 12 Championship and watched as the legendary Tom Osborne supplied his team with Kleenexes to soak up the tears? These things happen every now and then.

Nah, never mind, begin the celebration.

Texas vs. Florida—2010 BCS National Championship.

An even matchup. The way it should be.


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