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Texas Vs. Texas A&M Odds: Longhorns Touchdown Underdogs Against Archrivals

A young Texas team is an underdog in what could be the last regular season football game between the two schools for a long time.

In the 118th football game between the two biggest public schools in the state of Texas, the Texas Longhorns are +8 road underdogs against the Texas A&M Aggies.

But history has shown you can throw out records when these two bitter rivals meet, never more so than this year, with the Aggies leaving the rivalry behind in their controversial move to the SEC.

Ten games into the season, the QB situation in Austin is still unsettled, as Mack Brown benched struggling freshmen David Ash against Kansas State for sophomore Case McCoy, who led an ultimately unsuccessful comeback in the Longhorns 17-13 defeat.

The Texas offense has yet to recover from injuries to RB's Fozzy Whittaker, Malcolm Brown, Joe Bergeron and WR Jaxon Shipley, scoring only one touchdown in the last two weeks.

The Longhorns defense, meanwhile, has stepped up, with senior LB Emmanuel Acho emerging as a star, while highly-touted recruits in the defensive line (DE Jackson Jeffcoat) and secondary (CB's Quandre Diggs and Carrington Byndom) have started to live up to their considerable hype.

They'll be tested against an explosive Texas A&M offense, the best passing attack Texas has faced since losing to Oklahoma State over a month ago. Senior QB Ryan Tannehill has established himself as a legitimate NFL prospect throwing to WR's Jeff Fuller and Ryan Swope, and the Aggies have averaged 40.9 points a game, 10th best in the nation.

But now that both of Texas A&M's top runners, Christine Michael and Cyrus Gray, are possibly out with injuries, the Aggies are more one-dimensional than they've been all season.

A win would be huge for both six-win teams as they try to ascend the Big 12's bowl order, but it would be far bigger for their fans, as they'll have bragging rights on their friends, neighbors and in-laws for a long time to come.

For more in-depth analysis of the Longhorns, check out Burnt Orange Nation, and for a closer look at Texas A&M, there's no better place on the interwebs than I Am The 12th Man.

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