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Unranked Texas football gets chance to prove itself against No. 11 Utah

Head coaches Kyle Whittingham (left) and Tom Herman will lead the Utah Utes and Texas Longhorns, respectively, in the Valero Alamo Bowl, which will be just the second meeting between the programs and the first in 37 years (photos courtesy of utahutes.com and texassports.com / graphic by Horns Illustrated).

By Steve Habel
Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.”

This is the saying that the Texas football team should have posted in its expansive and ornate locker room over the next three weeks as it prepares to play No. 11 Utah, the Pac-12 runner-up, in the Valero Alamo Bowl New Year’s Eve in San Antonio.

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Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .