Line­backer com­mits to UT, C To­day’s matchups,

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - The Longhorns hon­ored coach­ing le­gend Dar­rell K Royal with a DKR em­blem on their hel­mets Nov. 10 against Iowa State. RI­CARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN

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.

Ore­gon state:

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.

texas:

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.

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