USC and Texas have one more hurdle

The Trojans and Longhorns can't get caught looking ahead to a potential Rose Bowl matchup, writes Craig James.

Originally Published: November 28, 2005
By Craig James | ESPN Insider

Is there anybody else out there scratching their heads wondering where the time went? Did we really just watch Thanksgiving fly past us?

I had the pleasure of announcing the Texas-Texas A&M game Friday, and witnessed firsthand just how hard it is for a national title contender to hang on in late November. Texas was supposed to easily pound the Aggies. And yes, I know that rivalry games are harder than normal for the predicted winner, but I could feel the tension and pressure the Longhorns were dealing with. Much more pressure than a normal Aggie-Longhorn tilt. And it was all because of the realization that a Rose Bowl berth is getting oh so close to reality.

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