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Other than the two teams playing out the string in the regular season, and perhaps qualifying for a low-level bowl game, this game holds extra meaning for the Longhorns and their millions of fans across the country. This game is all about Texas head coach Charlie Strong.
When Coach Strong was brought in from Louisville he was supposed to be the guy to turn this program around and guide them to another National Championship. Instead, he’s led them to a 16-20 record over three seasons and will, most assuredly, be fired once this season comes to an end.
The Longhorns (who opened the season at 100/1 to win the National Championship) are going to play this game against TCU for Coach Strong. Not to save his job, but give him a little sense of pride on his way out the door. We see this situation often and teams will generally step up for their coach – the man who recruited them and helped mould them from high school kids into men.
With this motivation on their side, Texas opened as 2-5-point favorites and the public has bet them up to -3.
If all of this wasn’t motivation enough, Hollywood big-shot (and Texas Longhorns super-fan) Matthew McConaughey will be there and will, most likely, give the team one of his famous pep talks before the game. McConaughey was asked about this game outside of a convenience store earlier this week and this video is a must watch. He didn’t want to talk to the camera in the middle of the night, but once Texas football was mentioned he couldn’t resist.
“We’re gonna go out and whoop TCU’s ass Friday.”
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