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Football 'N Tacos: Life Ain't Bad

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We're going to the Alamo Bowl!

Truth be told, I'm as disappointed as you are that Texas dropped its final two games of the regular season, but we are where we are. So let's have some fun with it, toast the seniors on this team, and take a look at Texas' 2006 bowl plans.

The good news is that we're going to be playing close to home. Let's be honest about this: if you're not playing in a BCS Bowl, it doesn't matter if you're in the "Almost There" Cotton Bowl or the Fitness Made Simple Montana Bowl. By slipping to the Alamo Bowl, we've landed ourselves a date in good ole' San Antone. Speaking of which, anyone else reminded of that great Owen Temple song, "When I Hit San Antone"?

Sometimes Lord you can't help but think what might have been
Would we do it all over just to do it all again?
The next best thing to Glendale: the Riverwalk!
Ah, what might have been... Water under the bridge at this point, though, right? Texas got its national championship last year, and were an injury to our redshirt freshman quarterback from being in the thick of things this year. So we lost our last two and go to the Alamo Bowl instead of, potentially the Fiesta Bowl. I was none too pleased with the prospect of playing Boise State anyway, so screw it, right?

So Texas gets to play Iowa, and if you thought -our- season was disappointing, well... ask Iowa how they're feeling about going 2-6 in the Big 10. Two wins, six losses. Only four non-conference wins against Montana, Syracuse, Iowa State and Northern Illinois got the Hawkeyes bowl eligible. Talk about depressing. (And evidence that there are too many bowls.)

Iowa finished the season on a three game losing streak, including a home loss to Northwestern. That's good news, right? I mean, we should win this one! Iowa sucks! See? There's some upside to slipping down the bowl food chain. You get to play a crappier team. Which means a greater chance of winning. And considering our quarterback situation... well, that's a good thing.

The only thing we're left to ponder is whether Texas' free fall at the end of this season will affect it heading into next season. There's more than enough time to sort through that, though, so we'll just file that one in "Inconvenient Facts I Don't Want To Deal With Right Now" and get stoked about a December date in one of the nation's most underrated cities.

Seriously: is there anywhere you'd rather be on December 30th than the Riverwalk? I didn't think so.

Hook 'Em!

--PB--