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No 23 Texas vs Baylor

Friday could be the last time Texas junior RB Bijan Robinson plays at Royal-Memorial Stadium if he declares for the 2023 NFL draft as an early entrant.

AUSTIN — Texas can be thankful it gets to play a meaningful post-Thanksgiving game one year after skidding into its annual Black Friday finale with a losing record.

The 23rd-ranked Longhorns (7-4, 5-3) will conclude their regular season against Baylor (6-5, 4-4) Friday at 11 a.m. at Royal-Memorial Stadium. With a win, Texas could potentially earn a berth in next Saturday’s Big 12 championship game.

Texas has been stout against the run, limiting Big 12 opponents to 122.9 rushing yards per game and 3.4 yards per carry. And the Longhorns have surrendered only two touchdowns on the ground in their past three games with the front seven dominating at the point of attack.

Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen has nearly as many total turnovers (12) as touchdown passes (14) this season, so expect Texas to stack the box to try forcing the Bears to air it out.  

A year ago, Texas spent Senior Day at DKR just trying to avoid ending its season with seven straight losses. This year, the Longhorns are playing for more than pride.

If the Longhorns beat Baylor Friday, they’ll remain in contention for a spot in next week’s Big 12 championship opposite No. 4 TCU. Kansas will need to snap its 13-game losing streak to No. 12 Kansas State Saturday night to setup a Texas-TCU rematch at AT&T Stadium, which seems unlikely, but defeating the Bears will at least keep the Longhorns’ title hopes alive for another day.

And with Texas set to join the SEC in 2025 — 2024 is also in play, though athletic director Chris Del Conte has stated the Longhorns will honor their current grant of rights agreement with the conference — time is running out for the program to add another Big 12 trophy to its collection.

The Big 12 hosted a championship game every season from 1996 to 2010, back when the league still had a North and South division. It reinstituted the game in 2017, taking the league’s top two finishers with the division model scrapped during realignment.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers played a steady game in a reduced role against Kansas last week. With the temperature hovering around 30 degrees and winds swirling in Lawrence, Ewers completed 12 of 21 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown while five running backs combined for 416 yards and six touchdowns on 55 carries.

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