Despite getting blown off the field by eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and the Baylor offense in their last game of the regular season, the Texas Longhorns are -3 point favorites over the California Golden Bears in the 2011 Holiday Bowl.
While both teams have 7-5 records, Texas did it against a substantially tougher schedule, with wins over a 9-3 BYU team in non-conference play as well as a 6-6 Texas A&M team that was once ranked in the top 10 in the country.
California, meanwhile, played only two non-conference games and feasted on an extremely weak Pac-12 schedule. The Bears have only one victory against a team above-.500 this season, a 34-10 win over the 7-5 Utah Utes.
The teams have one common opponent this season -- 6-7 UCLA. Texas defeated the Bruins 49-20 in Los Angeles, while California lost 31-14.
The Longhorns have struggled against the high-flying passing attacks in the Big 12, but they are well suited to play a Golden Bear team whose offense is built around a rushing attack led by 5'8 190 junior Isi Sofele. Sofele has rushed for 1,270 yards and 9 TD's on 5.5 yards per carry this season.
With neither offense clicking on all cylinders, the odds-makers have set the over/under for the Dec. 28 game at 47.