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courtesy orangebloods.com Chip Brown Orangebloods.com Columnist Talk about it in Inside the 40 Acres Will Muschamp keeps a close eye on the fatigue factor of his defensive linemen so he knows when to substitute because as he likes to say, "When the big guys are done - they're done." Brown has been trying to find ways to keep players loose this season. I look at Texas' game this week against its third Top 10 team in four weeks - at No. 6 Texas Tech - and see yet another school declaring it the biggest in their program's history. Oklahoma State did the same last week, and the Cowboys played like it. A WINNING MINDSET Never has Texas' mental and physical well being been more important. There's not a doubt in my mind Texas is more talented than Texas Tech and will have better Xs and Os. And the biggest difference between playing Oklahoma State and Texas Tech is the Red Raiders aren't nearly the play-action threat of the Cowboys. Graham Harrell is also no running threat - the opposite of Zac Robinson - and Harrell's prone to becoming too emotional and thus making mistakes. Harrell and Chase Daniel are a lot alike in that way. Both seem to press when they are on the big stage and things aren't going well. "It's great to have the schedule we have right now because as long as we win every ballgame, they can't take it from us," said receiver Jordan Shipley. "We're fortunate to have a really strong schedule, and it's a great time to be a part of the Big 12 conference. It's amazing how many teams that are ranked, and even the teams that aren't are playing well." But here's the question for Texas: What's the level of the gas tank after facing three straight teams ranked in the Top 11 - all of whom required total concentration for 60 minutes? Is it on full or nearing empty? The No. 1 ranking can start weighing a lot, too, especially on a team that has to work so hard for what it gets.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Viva The Matadors' writers or editors.</em>

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