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It ranks as a big test for Texas

Associated Press / October 18, 2008
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Mack Brown and the Texas Longhorns have plenty to worry about today against Missouri if they expect to hold on to their first regular-season No. 1 ranking since 1984.

The Missouri game is just the second in a brutal stretch for the Longhorns. Including last weekend's win over Oklahoma, the Longhorns are in the middle of four straight games against opponents ranked No. 11 or higher.

"We do have a difficult schedule but it may be good for this team. They're going to have to keep their foot on the pedal," Brown said.

A Missouri win would start yet another ripple throughout the polls, just in time for the first Bowl Championship Series ratings, which will be released tomorrow.

Texas (6-0, 2-0 Big 12) has never played four ranked opponents in a row. Considering three are rivals in the Big 12 South, the Longhorns should be focused as much on chasing the division championship as the national title.

"We have the most ridiculous schedule ever," quarterback Colt McCoy said. "We can't slip up."

Neither can Missouri (5-1, 1-1) if the Tigers plan to be in the national title hunt. Missouri might have been No. 1 this week if it hadn't lost at home against No. 8 Oklahoma State last week, when quarterback Chase Daniel threw three interceptions.

Coach suspends son

University of Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz suspended his son from the team after he was cited for drinking underage.

James Ferentz, a freshman offensive lineman, was cited by Iowa City police for drinking underage early yesterday morning. In a statement, Kirk Ferentz said he was extremely disappointed with his son's behavior. He says his son is suspended from all team activities for an indefinite time and will also be required to attend counseling sessions and perform community service for the next six weeks.

Boise St. rolls

Kellen Moore threw three touchdown passes and cornerback Brandyn Thompson had three interceptions to lead No. 15 Boise State to a 27-7 victory over Hawaii in Idaho.

The Broncos (6-0, 2-0 Western Athletic Conference) intercepted Hawaii's Inoke Funaki five times, turning three of them into 17 second-half points that put the game away.

The Broncos' smothering defense pressured Funaki all night, sacking him five times and holding the Warriors (3-4, 2-2) to just 288 total yards.

Moore completed 25 of 34 passes for 256 of Boise State's 367 total yards. The lefthander's three touchdown passes gave him 16 on the season and 11 over the last four games.

The victory was Boise State's 17th straight at home.

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