IRVING, TEXAS While Texas-Colorado isn't the rematch that was expected, this is the third straight year the Big 12 championship game involves two teams that played each other during the regular season.
So is there an advantage for No. 3 Texas (10-1, 7-1 Big 12), which beat the Buffaloes 41-7 six weeks ago? Not really.
"We're obviously not 41-7 better than Colorado," Texas coach Mack Brown said Friday. "That's a given, but if we were then they wouldn't be in this game."
No. 9 Colorado (9-2, 7-1) hasn't lost since that Oct. 20 game in Austin when it had four turnovers. The Buffs claimed their spot in the championship game with a stunning 62-36 win over No. 6 Nebraska last week, jumping ahead 35-3 in the second quarter.
"Playing them for the second time, you don't have to imagine their size or speed off film. That really helps you in your comfort zone," said Colorado coach Gary Barnett. "We came away with a great deal of respect for Texas. They were able to play a flawless game, we were not."
After beating Nebraska 24-20 during the 1999 regular season, Texas lost 22-6 to the Cornhuskers in the Big 12 championship game. Oklahoma went on to win the national championship after beating Kansas State twice last year, 41-31 in the regular season and 27-24 for the Big 12 title.
"Playing a team twice doesn't matter," said Brown, whose Longhorns reached the Big 12 game after Oklahoma State defeated Oklahoma. "But they saw our best stuff. We have to change the game plans and come from different angles."