Cowboys Ready To Face Longhorns

AUSTIN, Texas - It was easy to tell on the bus ride from the airport to the late Friday afternoon walk through at DKR Texas Memorial Stadium that this town is overflowing with sports fans. The majority are not here to be part of the close to 100,000 fans expected for the Big 12 showdown between No. 10 Oklahoma State and No. 24 Texas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday to be broadcast by FOX.

The majority of the fans, including many in the Cowboys team hotel, don't speak English as their first language. Many have come a long way for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix on a road course in the south portion of Austin.

"Are you going to see the cars race tomorrow? Are you a Red Bull fan?" said a woman with a European accent in the lobby of the Cowboys hotel in north Austin.

We were also told that we might be able to hear the cars as they go through trials Saturday afternoon for the Sunday main event. Honestly, if we are able to hear the Formula 1 cars during the game then that will be a very good sign because it will mean the predominant Texas crowd doesn't have much to cheer about.

After their hour-long charter flight the Cowboys appeared very loose and spirited at Friday's walk through. Many veterans like linebackers Caleb Lavey and Shaun Lewis, safety Daytawion Lowe, cornerback Justin Gilbert, running back Jeremy Smith, wide receivers Tracy Moore and Charlie Moore among others were starters or major contributors on teams that posted back-to-back wins over Texas in Austin in 2010 and 2011.

"It helps having won in that stadium before," said Lavey. "Texas is a big, physical team and they recruit great athletes so knowing you beat them here is a good confidence builder. But you have to be ready to do it here and now."

Charlie Moore's dad is a Texas grad so he likes to have family bragging rights and honestly, so does his dad, who prefers to have his son on the top side in this game.

The two Moores and the rest of the receiver corps will likely have extra responsibility in the game as it's being reported by several media outlets that Josh Stewart did not make the trip to Austin. Stewart is nursing a left ankle injury from early in the Kansas game.

A loss by Texas would be its first in conference play and the Longhorns would still somewhat control their own destiny still having a game with co-leader Baylor.

Oklahoma State needs to win because a loss does take away control of their chance to win the Big 12 title.

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