What do Horns have to gain from Alamo?
aNtoNIo — AmericanStatesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden weigh in on 10 Alamo Bowland-beyond topics:
1. Would a convincing Alamo Bowl win and 94 finish be an acceptable improvement over 2011?
Bohls: Not really. Many, maybe even most, Longhorn fans wrote off this season after the debacle in Dallas, and they won’t start believing in this program unless Mack Brown can snap a three-game losing streak to Oklahoma next October. A 9-4 record merely shows Texas is running in place.
Golden: It would take a lopsided win to quiet Mack’s harshest critics. Texas’ 63-21 loss to Oklahoma will stick in the craw of this fan base for the entire offseason, even if Texas dominates Oregon State.
2. How do the suspensions of two Longhorns players Friday affect Texas in this game?
Bohls: It’s exactly what Texas didn’t need. Coupled with a two-game losing streak and the departure of offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, the suspensions could seriously texas vs. oregon State, 5:45 p.m. Saturday, alamodome, ESPN, 1300, 98.1