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Part 1 of a collaboration by the American-Statesman and The Oregonian, breaking down position-by-position matchups in advance of the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29.
When you talk about the Beavers, there’s no ignoring the 28game losing streak.Just a few years after playing in the 1965 Rose Bowl — a 34-7 loss to Michigan — Oregon State went on a miserable run; from 1971-98, the Beavers were just plain bad, winning a measly 65 games over 28 years. But OSU snapped that streak in 1999, becoming bowl-eligible under coach Dennis Erickson. The Beavers’best season ever was in 2000, going 11-1 and throttling Notre Dame 419 in the Fiesta Bowl. Since Mike Riley took over in 2003, Oregon State is 73-47, and if the Beavers beat Texas, it will be just the second 10-win season under Riley.
There aren’t many schools with a richer football tradition than Texas. Darrell K Royal really put the Longhorns on the map with national championships in 1963, 1969 and 1970 — the only titles Texas has won outside of the 2005 season. The Longhorns have won 67 conference titles dating back to the beginning of the Southwest Conference in 1915. But only three of those have come in the Big 12. Texas sits behind only Michigan in all-time wins, with 858. Texas has two Heisman Trophy winners (Earl Campbell in 1977, Ricky Williams in 1998) and two runners-up (Vince Young in 2005, Colt McCoy in 2008). Still, the past three years have been a shock to the system for Longhorns fans; since the 2009 BCS title game loss to Alabama, Texas has won no more than five conference games in either the 2010, 2011 or 2012 seasons.
the Oregonian’s Lindsay schnell says:
Between multiple national championships and Heisman winners, the edge clearly goes to Texas. The Longhorns have long been considered one of college football’s national powerhouses, and they’ve got the hardware to prove it.
Hookem.com’s Dave Behr
says: Despite a recent swoon, Texas without a doubt has a richer football tradition. Four national titles, two Heisman winners, the birthplace of the Wishbone offense and, of course, Bevo give Texas the edge.