BEAR WITH US
Before we get to the AP's game at-a-glance, here's a little note about this weekend's Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M game.
We know it's hard for Burnt Orange Nation to decide who to root against in that one. A victory would make either one bowl-eligible, so they'll both be motivated. Just hope the Sooners win. That will let the BCS computers know it meant something for the Horns to beat OU weeks ago.
No. 2 Texas (9-0, 5-0 Big 12) at Baylor (4-5, 1-4), Saturday, 11 a.m. CST (FSN)
Line: Texas by 24. .... Series record: Texas leads 72-22-4. .... Last meeting: 2008, Texas, 45-21.
What's At Stake
Texas QB Colt McCoy can tie Georgia's David Greene for most career NCAA victories as a quarterback with 42. The Longhorns also could clinch Big 12 South with a victory and a Texas Tech win over Oklahoma State.
Texas TB Cody Johnson vs. Baylor LB Joe Pawelek. Johnson is the fourth Longhorn to start at tailback this season and leads the team with nine rushing TDs. Saturday will be the 43rd career start for Pawelek, the heart and soul of the Bears' respectable defense. His 392 career tackles rank No. 1 among active players in the nation.
Players to watch
Texas: WR James Kirkendoll seems to be back in a groove with McCoy. After a hot start, Kirkendoll seemed to disappear from the passing game until catching a touchdown pass last week, his first in seven games.
Baylor: QB Nick Florence passed for a school record 427 yards last week to rally the Bears past Missouri. Florence is playing because Robert Griffin is out for the season with a knee injury.
Facts & Figures
Texas' 12-year streak of nine or more wins is the longest in the nation. Baylor hasn't won nine games since 1986 and has only five nine-win seasons dating to 1899. ... Over the last three games, McCoy is completing 79.8 percent of his passes, ahead of his 76.7 last season (total season) that set an NCAA record. ... Baylor last beat Texas in 1997, when Bears fans tore down the goal posts and dumped them in the Brazos River.