Longhorns Need to Win to Reach Postseason Play

Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 AM CDT
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Longhorns Need to Win to Reach Postseason Play

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Head Coach Mack Brown of the Texas Longhorns stands on the sidelines during the Citi BCS National Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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Five Big 12 teams have entered November bowl-eligible. Defending champion Texas, which played in the national title game last season, is not among them.

The Longhorns need to win two of their last four to reach postseason play. Neither Saturday's game at Kansas State nor home games against Oklahoma State and Texas A&M are gimmes.

Coach Mack Brown said yesterday that heavy graduation losses, key injuries and an inability to generate opponent turnovers have been factors in the team's 4-4 record. The Big 12 is guaranteed eight bowl slots, but more teams could land bids if things fall right.

Nebraska and Missouri are the only bowl-eligible teams from the North. Baylor, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are eligible from the South. Iowa State, Kansas State and Texas A&M need one more win. Texas Tech and Texas need two victories.

The Longhorns, coming off back-to-back home losses to Iowa State and Baylor, are in danger of missing postseason play for the first time since 1997.

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