AUSTIN, Texas (Ticker) -- With its national championship hopes still alive, fourth-ranked Texas hopes to stay on a roll Saturday when it hosts lowly Baylor in a Big 12 Conference contest.
Texas (8-1, 4-1 Big 12 South) took advantage of losses by Virginia Tech, Georgia and Notre Dame to climb to fourth in the latest BCS standings.
If any of the three higher ranked unbeatens - Miami, Oklahoma and Ohio State - should lose, the Longhorns would be among a slew of one-loss teams contending for one of the two berths in the Fiesta Bowl.
Texas ended Nebraska's 26-game home winning streak - the longest in the nation - by holding on for a 27-24 victory last week.
The Cornhuskers were in position to send the game into overtime but played for the win in the final minute. Nathan Vasher sealed the victory for Texas, intercepting Jammal Lord inside the Texas 1 with 10 seconds remaining.
Chris Simms had arguably his best game at Texas, passing for a career-high 419 yards and two touchdowns. The Longhorns have handed Nebraska its only two home losses since 1991.
Texas' 17-game home winning streak now stands as the second-longest in Division I-A behind Miami, which has won 20 in a row at the Orange Bowl. During that span, the Longhorns have outscored their opponents by an average of 41-9.
A victory Saturday will give Texas at least nine victories for a school-record fifth straight year. The Longhorns had four straight nine-win campaigns from 1961-64.
Baylor (3-6, 1-4) will be playing its first game since the firing of coach Kevin Steele, effective at the end of the season. Steele has gone just 9-33 in four years at Baylor, including a 1-33 conference mark.
Since snapping a 29-game Big 12 Conference losing streak against Kansas on October 5, the Bears have dropped four games by a combined score of 181-21.
Simms could be the latest quarterback to pick apart Baylor's secondary. Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury completed 31-of-41 passes for 373 yards and three touchdowns in just 2 1/2 quarters in last week's 62-11 drubbing of the Bears.
Texas leads the all-time series, 65-22-4. The Bears' last win in the series was a 23-21 victory in Waco in 1997.