The Texas Longhorns are headed back to the Holiday Bowl for the 4th time in Mack Brown's 10 year tenure. One things the Holiday Bowl has symbolized for the Horns is a season of unfulfilled expectations.
In 2003, Texas went into the season ranked in the top 5, but after losses to Arkansas and Oklahoma, Texas faced a far inferior Washington State team, and proceeded to lose in an uninspired 28-20 game. While Texas won an exciting game in 2001 against Washington, this is the season of the "What could have been?", as Texas was upset in the Big 12 Championship game by Colorado. Win would have secured a spot in the National Championship game. Again, in 2000, Texas came into the season ranked #3 and was promptly upset by Stanford and then suffered a blowout loss to OU. The nationally snubbed Oregon Ducks finished off the Horns in a hard fought Holiday Bowl.
This year, Texas faces a solid #11 Arizona State Sun Devil (10-2) squad, whose only losses are to USC and a Dennis Dixon led Oregon Duck team. As the game gets closer, Drinking the Forty will be doing some more in depth analysis.