The Congrove Computer Rankings still list Texas as the favorite, but only by 4.47 points. The CCR preseason projection had Texas as a 26.90-point favorite. That's a 22.43-point swing.
"Never in my 18 seasons of operating a computer ranking system have I seen one game produce such a large swing in the forecasted margin of victory," says Dave Congrove, creator of the aforementioned rankings. "While it may have happened before, I doubt that it occurred with a team as high-profile as Texas."
Texas A&M hasn't played in a Big 12 title game since 1998.
Texas enters on a 4-game losing streak in Big 12 games. Its last conference win came at Nebraska in a 20-13 upset on October 16. What's even more puzzling is that the Longhorns are winless in their 3 previous conference home games and just 2-4 at home overall.
One thing Mack Brown and the Longhorns can be proud of is their defense. Even while trying to atone for their offense's ranking of 60th and a turnover ratio of minus-10, the defense has been the 8th-best in the nation and tops in the conference by a slim margin over Nebraska.
Texas A&M boasts the conference's No. 4 offense and No. 3 defense.
This will be the 117th edition of this rivalry that began in 1894. The Longhorns have won 8 of the last 10 meetings and are 76-35-5 overall.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN on Thanksgiving Day beginning at 8:00 p.m. eastern on ESPN and ESPN3.com.