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 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -Texas coach Mack Brown can say one good thing about the BCS: It sure has everyone paying attention to college football.
``You've got to give the BCS credit,'' Brown said Monday. ``They've got more talk about college football than ever before.''
Don't misunderstand what Brown is saying. He has long favored creating a playoff system and he's no fan of the complicated, convoluted and confusing system that ranks his team at No. 2 in the country - for now.
M on Thanksgiving night, there's a good chance Texas might get passed in the standings by a team they beat - Oklahoma - if the Sooners beat Oklahoma State two days later.
Texas spent almost a month at No. 1 and now could find itself out of the national championship picture if the formula doesn't fall just right for the Longhorns.
can forget about the BCS altogether.
That's what happened the last two years when the Aggies pulled off upset victories.
M stunned Texas 38-30 in what turned out to be coach Dennis Franchione's last game.
This year, the Longhorns are 34-point favorites.
M,'' Brown said. ``The only input we can have is to play well Thursday night.''
Up at Oklahoma, coach Bob Stoops is publicly making the case for his team to leap Texas for the coveted No. 2 spot and the inside track to the BCS national championship game.
Texas beat Oklahoma 45-35 on a neutral field in Dallas. Oklahoma blasted Texas Tech, the only team to beat Texas, 65-21 on Saturday night in Norman, Okla. The Sooners still have to play rival Oklahoma State on Saturday.
``I just hope they don't overdo it,'' with the BCS talk, Texas defensive end Henry Melton said of Oklahoma.
In 2004, Brown was criticized for publicly lobbying for his team to get its first BCS bid. It worked when Texas went to the Rose Bowl and beat Michigan 37-35.
``I was criticized for being political and whining,'' Brown said. ``Now the BCS has made it popular for the coach to take up for his team. I guess I was a trendsetter.
uts, he's standing up for his team,''' Brown said. ``It's amazing what happens over a four-year period.''
Brown even joked about Texas Tech coach Mike Leach giving the nod to Oklahoma and Stoops over the Longhorns in the coaches' poll component of the BCS. Leach used to be an assistant coach under Stoops at OU.
``That's like my mother. Mike worked for the guy,'' Brown said. ``If it's even, the guys who worked with you and for you are going to vote for you. That's why I don't like coaches voting. It's a tough deal.''
Not that he wants to give up his vote in the coaches' poll. Stoops gave up his vote last year. Brown said he's thought about it. Brown doesn't reveal his votes during the regular season.
``I did not want to continue to vote and I did because of Texas,'' Brown said. ``I think the University of Texas, if asked, should vote.''
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