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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Pre-game ponderables from Austin

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

AUSTIN, Texas -- Mack Brown remembers sitting in an oversized couch at his parents' home in Cookeville, Tenn., watching the Texas-Texas A&M game as he grew up.

"I always thought it was neat that the way that the football attention of the country was focused on one state," Brown said.

For the first time since 1993, Texas-Texas A&M has returned to its traditional Thanksgiving night kickoff time.

Tonight's game has large BCS ramifications for the Longhorns. Texas needs an impressive win in order to resonate with the nation's pollsters.

Brown has tried to minimize the meaning of the BCS standings after briefly discussing them with the team when they were released earlier this week.

"I read them to the team, answered any questions and after that decided that we wouldn't discuss it any more because we have a live audience of all the voters Thursday night to see," Brown said. "Everybody that votes in college football will be watching Thursday, period. So why discuss it, why talk about it?

"What we can do about it is play well and win the game. If we don't, then it's not a discussion. So we're not discussing it anymore for the rest of the week."

Here are few items that will be important to watch tonight.