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Thursday, November 27, 2008
Ten minutes before kickoff in Austin ...

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

AUSTIN -- Here are some late updates about 10 minutes before kickoff.

WHAT'S AT STAKE: The Longhorns are ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings and desperately need a convincing victory -- with some style points added -- to convince pollsters of their worthiness for the Big 12 title game and a potential BCS title shot. They are also determined after two straight embarrassing losses to the Aggies. The way the Aggies dominated the Longhorns after the game last season was a turning point. Coach Mack Brown threw open several positions and demanded more physical practices from his team. Texas is 11-1 since then.

Texas A&M isn't bowl eligible, but a victory would be a positive ending for what has been a season of disappointments in Coach Mike Sherman's first season.

WEATHER: It's been an unseasonably warm, sticky day throughout Central Texas today. The pre-game temperature will be in the low 70s with humidity hovering around 70 percent. There is a 40 percent chance of rain during the game and the temperatures are expecting to drop into the mid-60s by the end of the game. Wind shouldn't be a factor with breezes of 5-10 mph from the south.

INJURIES: Texas appears to be in its best shape since early in the season. Defensive end Brian Orakpo says he is close to 100 percent in his recovery from a sprained knee. His return will help juice the Longhorns' pass rush. Defensive back Aaron Williams (flu) should be back as well. Safety Blake Gideon (head) and tight end Ian Harris (neck) are both questionable as is safety Ben Wells (back).

The most notable loss for Texas A&M is starting tackle Travis Schneider who will miss the game with a concussion. Backup Robbie Frost is also out with a concussion, meaning that starting guard Lee Grimes will slide into the starting tackle position. Danny Baker will move into Grimes' spot. Defensive tackle Lucas Patterson also is out after fracturing a leg against Baylor and is out for the season. Safety Trent Hunter has been hobbled with an ankle injury since the Oklahoma game but should be ready.