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by Mike Barnes

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Posted on November 19, 2012 at 3:07 PM

Mack Brown says the Longhorns needed the bye week to try to get healthier and ready for TCU.  He’d like to continue that tradition of having the Saturday before Thanksgiving off, if the Horns continue to play on the Holiday.

Some A&M game traditions continue, but with a different name or target.  The “Aggie Supper”, which has former Longhorns included is now called the “Senior Supper”.  And the Hex Rally will continue, but it will now be for whatever opponent Texas plays on Thanksgiving.  You might remember that in years UT did not play A&M during Thanksgiving week (1989, 1990, 1994, 1995) the Hex Rally was held during A&M week.

There will be 17 seniors recognized before the TCU game, although about half are walk-ons. 

Jordan Hicks is out for the year.  The linebacker will apply for a medical hardship to try to redshirt 2012.

Mack Brown says he’s explained where the Horns sit in the Big 12 standings to his team after Saturday’s upset loss by Kansas State.  If Texas wins out and Oklahoma loses one game, the Horns will go to a BCS bowl game.

Mack says the TCU game on Thanksgiving wouldn’t be as special if it weren’t for the old SWC history between the two schools.

Kenny Vaccarro says his last home game will be very emotional.  Fellow senior Alex Okafor says there’s still too much football left to get emotional.

The TCU defense is 16th in the nation in yards given up, and #1 in the Big 12 against the run.

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