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Thursday, January 7, 2010
Numbers favoring underdog Longhorns

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

PASADENA, Calif. - Texas comes into tonight's Citi BCS title game ranked No. 2, but that might not necessarily be a bad omen for the Longhorns.

Since the BCS was formed to pair No. 1 and No. 2 teams beginning in 1999, there have been 13 meetings between the top two teams in a conference championship or a bowl game. The No. 2 team holds a 7-6 edge in those head-to-head games, but it has won seven of the past nine meetings.

Included in that list was Texas' 41-38 triumph over USC in the 2006 national championship game at the Rose Bowl.

Tonight's game will be the second time in as many years that the teams ranked No. 1 and No. 2 have met in the Southeastern Conference game and then in the BCS title game. Florida beat Alabama 38-24 in the SEC title game and then defeated Oklahoma five weeks later in the national title game, 24-14.