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Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian expects Worthy, Sanders to play in Friday finale



Steve Sarkisian’s weekly press conference on Monday was dominated by talk of winning the Big 12 championship with a win Friday over Texas Tech, the status of injured players like Xavier Worthy and putting his third season with the Longhorns in perspective as various seniors prep to play their final home game.

Injury updates look good for Texas

First, the injuries: Worthy, along with other injured Longhorns who went down in Ames like tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders and right guard DJ Campbell, are expected to play Friday, Sarkisian said.

Win and they’re in, lose and they still could get in

The Big 12 championship game scenarios are pretty simple now, for sure simpler than the conference’s seven-step tiebreak rules: the Longhorns earn a spot in the Dec. 2 title game in Arlington if Texas beats Texas Tech, or if Oklahoma loses (at home vs. TCU, 11 a.m. Friday on Fox) or if Oklahoma State loses (at home vs. BYU, 2:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC) or if Kansas State beats Iowa State (at home, 7 p.m. Saturday on Fox).

So long, seniors

Texas is saying goodbye to several players who’ll be in their final game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, including linebackers Jaylan Ford and David Gbenda, wide receiver Jordan Whittington, defensive tackle T’Vondre Sweat, nickel back Jahdae Barron and right tackle Christian Jones.

Friday’s game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. at DKR. It’s an ABC broadcast. The Longhorns are favored to win by 13.5 points.

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