Texas back to basics before prepping for 'Bama

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The No. 2 Texas Longhorns are getting back
to basics before delving into their game plan for facing No. 1
Alabama in the national championship game.

Coach Mack Brown reconvened his team last week and has been
putting them through practices that emphasize fundamentals and
physical play.

He's lining up the first-team offense against the first-team
defense and letting them pound on each other to keep them as sharp
as possible during the monthlong stretch between their victory in
the Big 12 title game and the BCS title game at the Rose Bowl on
Jan. 7. They will start focusing on the Crimson Tide after a break
for Christmas.

He's done it this way for several years, and for good reason.
Texas has won five straight bowl games.