Chris Simms or Major Applewhite. Major Applewhite or Chris Simms. Does it matter? Actually, somewhat. The Horns are a passing team for lack of a ground game and Applewhite has thrown for 729 yards and six TDs, while Simms' numbers are a more modest 257 yards and three scores. Yet Simms has started two of three games and apparently will again today. Tony Lindsay's health is becoming a problem, physically and mentally, contributing to erratic performances. But he's still a dangerous element capable of a big game.
Reggie White will be the best back Texas has faced. Marcellus Rivers and the Cowboys' cast of receivers are underrated, partially because they have yet to be turned loose. Defensively, Juqua Thomas and Co. have been a force. Horns running back Hodges Mitchell, behind a mediocre offensive line, has been reduced to a decoy. Texas is well-stocked at wideout, with four freshmen B.J. Johnson, Roy Williams, Artie Ellis and Sloan Thomas already producing on great potential. Defensive tackles Casey Hampton and Shaun Rogers form the best up-front tandem in the country.
Texas' fleet receivers vs. OSU's secondary. Five UT wideouts are 6-foot-1 or taller with Williams 6-5 and Ellis 6-4 providing matchup misery for OSU corners Marcus Jones and Michael Cooper, 5-8 and 5-9. Bigger backups Paul Jones and Ricklan Holmes may be in demand, but the key will be jamming the Texas receivers at the line of scrimmage, no easy task.
Will Texas get caught looking ahead to that other team from north of the Red River and their meeting in the Cotton Bowl next Saturday? The Cowboys played well in Austin two years ago, losing on a last-minute field goal, so the venue shouldn't be a factor.
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