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Sunday, January 4, 2009
Texas not counting on split national title

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Roy Miller tried to take a glass-half-full approach with the polls this season. 

It lasted about two weeks. 

"The voters ain't been too good to us," the Texas senior defensive tackle said. "I don't know what to think."

After being snubbed from the BCS national title game despite beating one of the participants (Oklahoma), the third-ranked Longhorns understandably aren't too fond of the pollsters.

The possibility of a split national championship is being floated this week in the desert, as Texas prepares to face No. 10 Ohio State on Monday night in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl (FOX, 8 p.m. ET). Should Texas crush Ohio State and Oklahoma sneak by Florida, the AP voters could always put Texas -- or even USC -- at No. 1 in their final poll. 

"I'm not going to get wrapped up in that," Miller said. "I just want to have a good game. That's all we can do, control what we can, play to a national championship standard. I don't want to get wrapped up in, 'Maybe we may get this many votes.'

"As history has shown, we've been very disappointed after the voters' decisions." 

Texas All-American defensive end Brian Orakpo acknowledged the national title game snub serves as fuel heading into Monday's matchup. But anything beyond that, including a split title, doesn't concern the Longhorns. 

"Obviously before we were very disappointed, not getting in there and dwelling and being sad and all that stuff," Orakpo said. "But we put that aside a long time ago in Austin. We're very well focused. We're happy to be here at the Fiesta Bowl. 

"We'll see come January 6th and the next day. If it goes our way, then hey, we've got an argument. But we've got to take care of business."