For the final time in the 2007 season, the Football Longhorns will lace 'em up and toss the pigskin around tonight. The Holiday Bowl is being called "the most exciting matchup of the non-New Year's Day bowls," "the REAL start of bowl season," and other such terms of backhanded praise in the national media. And, all in all, those are pretty accurate assessments. This is the first game of bowl season that should drum up significant national interest, and in all honesty it's a pretty important game for Texas.
A strong performance against a solid Arizona State team tonight could be a starting point for success next year. Will we see John Chiles? What about the young linebackers? Will we play with a sense of urgency and purpose? Obviously, for your actual well-thought-out football analysis you should visit BON, but these are some of the key questions to concern yourself with as you watch tonight's contest with an eye toward next year--which, to be honest, is what every team's fans except those of Ohio State and LSU will be doing during their bowl games.
Most of all, though, our advice is to spend the rest of your day trying to recall that Mid-June feeling of despair when all you really want is for college football season to start. In Mid-June, you'd kill to watch Texas in the Holiday Bowl. In Mid-June, you swear that you don't even care if we win the Big XII--you're just ready for football to start. Remember that feeling today, because after the final buzzer it's yet another long Texas Football Offseason until the Horns kick off against 2007 New Orleans Bowl Champions Florida Atlantic next August 30.