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Pageant of the Masters

For the second time in three games, the Texas Longhorns are challenging the #1 ranked team in the nation as the #2 team. We won't be touchdown underdogs in this game, and I don't think I've seen Shelly Smith swinging from Troy Smith's family jewels like they were a personal jungle gym, but all the rest is the same.

Mack Brown is calling this the equivalent of a national title game in terms of hype, only with less build up. He's right, in part, though I dare say that there may be more build up, considering the buckets of drool we've been regularly bailing from the BON ship this summer. I've no doubt the anticipation is as great in Columbus.

We've thought and rethought this game on many occasions in this space, and concluded - correctly, I think - that this is the single biggest football game to ever grace the 40 Acres. The #1-#2 ranking cements it as the most significant sporting event to ever take place in this great city in any lifetime. There's a better than even chance that you could throw the Super Bowl next door and no one in Austin would notice.

For the rest of this week we're going to be honing in on the Buckeye football team, asking their biggest and best bloggers all about them, inviting their fans in to join the discussion, and celebrating this historic and, at least in Austin, unprecedented event. We all want a win from this game more than anything, but let's enjoy this for what it is beyond wins and losses.

Nah...

Hook 'Em Horns!

--PB--