Johnson will be on McNeal's trail

Behind the running of Cedric Benson, the Longhorns will knock off the Aggies and keep their BCS hopes alive.

Originally Published: November 25, 2004
By Steve Muench | Scouts, Inc.
While the State Farm Lone Star Shootout is important to both schools regardless of their records, there is more on the line than just bragging rights this year. The Aggies trail the Longhorns by just one game in the Big 12 South standings, and a win would give them the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Who: Texas (5) vs. Texas A&M (22)
When: Fri., 3:30 ET (ABC)
Where: Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
In addition, this will be just the 10th time in the history of the series that both teams enter the game ranked in the Top 25. However, Texas has won the last four meetings between these two teams, and it leads the all-time series 71-34-5.. The Longhorns have also won 28 of their last 29 home games.

Considering the history between these two teams and the impact the outcome could have on the standings, expect a hard-fought game with both schools playing with a tremendous amount of emotion.

Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.