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4. Texas Longhorns

WILL LOSING CHRIS SIMMS GIVE TEXAS THE KEY TO BEATING OU?

Updated: August 20, 2003, 8:43 AM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN The Magazine
LAST SEASON: 11-2 (6-2 Big 12)

Remember when Peyton Manning left Tennessee, and Tee Martin led the Vols to a national title the next year? Just asking. But think about it: junior Chance Mock, who has never started a game in Austin, or redshirt freshman Vince Young will be throwing to the nation's best trio of receivers this year. In three seasons, Roy Williams, B.J. Johnson and Sloan Thomas have combined for 5,653 yards and 49 touchdowns on 361 catches. They're so good, in fact, that coach Mack Brown has to hide his rookie DBs from them. "If some of the freshmen had to jump out and cover Roy, B.J. and Sloan in the morning," Brown says, "they'd go home before practice is over."

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