Nearing kickoff in Austin

AUSTIN, Texas -- We're about ready to get started here for UCLA and Texas.

Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe is in attendance, and so is a sizeable contingent of UCLA fans in the usual southeast corner of the stadium.

The Bruins enter as a wild card, beating Case Keenum and a ranked Houston team a week after being shutout by Stanford 3-0 at home.

I picked Texas to win 34-7 based on the strength of its defense, which should set the offense up by winning the field-position battle and forcing turnovers, but a few turnovers the other way or a couple of busted assignments could make this thing close.