UT's Strong not thinking about possible matchup vs. Aggies

BY foxsports • November 17, 2014

Now that Texas is bowl eligible the possibility of a matchup against Texas A&M in the postseason is a real possibility.

Just don't talk about that to Texas head coach Charlie Strong, who is busy focusing on a Thanksgiving game against TCU.

"We just need to play well in this next game and then if it works out it works out," Strong said. "We got to go play well this next game because I want us to finish out this season the right way before we start talking about the opponents for the bowl game."

Texas (6-5, 5-3 in the Big 12) became bowl eligible by dismantling Oklahoma State 28-7 Saturday night. The Aggies (7-4, 3-4 in the SEC) are coming off a 34-27 loss to Missouri. A possible bowl destination for the two teams is the Advocare V100 Texas Bowl, which is Dec. 29 in Houston. That game pits Big 12 and SEC schools for the first time.

The Aggies and Longhorns haven't played since 2011 when they met for the final time as Big 12 schools with the Longhorns winning 27-25 in College Station. The schools don't have any future matchups scheduled either so a bowl game is the only chance the teams would play each other for now.

While the Aggies have been bowl eligible for a few weeks the Longhorns have gotten there thanks to a three-game winning streak that seemed improbable after Strong said the team "laid an egg" in a Oct. 25 23-0 loss to Kansas State.

Texas followed that loss with wins over Texas Tech, West Virginia and Oklahoma State and Strong credits the veterans for leading the resurgence.

In a season under a first-year coach that started with suspensions and key injuries, rallying for a bowl berth is a nice reward.

"It was after that game (Kansas State loss) that guys started stepping up and you started seeing the leadership from (Quandre) Diggs and you started seeing the leadership from Malcolm (Brown), little Malcolm the running back, and you started seeing the leadership from (John) Harris," Strong said. "They wanted to go out and they just got tired. We've got more talent than this. We're a talented team. So at some point somebody has to take over and they came together and they just started saying 'This is who we are and this is the way I want to go out and this is what we've got to go get done.'"

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