If there is any kryptonite for the Texas Longhorns since the Big 12 went to its current lineup of teams in 2012, it may very well reside several hours north up I-35 from Austin. TCU football owns a 7-2 mark against Texas since the Horned Frogs entered the conference, including upsets of ranked Longhorn teams in each of the past two meetings between the two in-state foes.
First-year head coach Steve Sarkisian isn't oblivious to that trend either as Texas (3-1) now prepares to venture to Fort Worth on Saturday for its annual meeting with Gary Patterson and company. Though the Longhorns sit as six-point favorites after dropping 70 points in a win over Texas Tech in Week 4, Sarkisian isn't treating a TCU (2-1) squad that was gashed for nearly 600 yards in a loss to SMU two days ago any differently than some of the most fearsome opponents on the schedule.
"We're not naive to the fact we're 2-7 against TCU the last 9 years," Sarkisian told reporters during his weekly press conference Monday. "We're also not going to buy the lie that we're going to play the same TCU team that just played SMU on Saturday."