#2 Oklahoma (11-0) vs. Colorado (7-4)

Kick-off for Saturday's Big 12 title game between Oklahoma and Colorado is set for 7 p.m. at Arrowhead Stadium (pictured above) in Kansas City, Mo. The game will be televised nationally on ABC. The Sooners, who are 2-1 in Big 12 title games, hold a 37-16-2 series edge over Colorado.

The Matchup
#2 Oklahoma (11-0, 8-0) at Colorado (7-4, 4-4)

7 p.m. CST. Arrowhead Stadium (79,451) Kansas City, Mo.

Television and Radio
Saturday's game will be broadcast nationally by ABC. Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Bob Griese (analyst) and Lynn Swann (sideline) will call the game. To listen the OU radio broadcast live on the internet, click the link below and then click the 'audio' link next on the right hand column of the Colorado game.

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The Series
Oklahoma leads the all-time series by a 37-16-2 mark. The Sooners, who have won the last three meetings against the Buffaloes, won last year's game 34-20 on October 25 in Boulder. Jason White threw for 248 yards and three touchdowns, including a 59-yard touchdown hook-up to Mark Clayton with 1:59 left to break the game open. Renaldo Works led the Sooners with 130 yards rushing while Kejuan Jones chipped in 68 yards. Colorado quarterback Joel Klatt finished with only 187 passing yards, but threw three touchdowns to help bring the Buffs back from a 27-7 deficit late in the third quarter. The OU defense held Colorado to just 40 rushing yards on 25 carries.

The Rankings
The Sooners are No. 2 in both the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press Polls. Colorado is unranked.

The Coaches
Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops is 66-11 in his sixth season in Norman. Colorado Head Coach Gary Barnett is 41-32 in his sixth year at Colorado. Stoops is 3-1 head-to-head against Barnett.

Big 12 Title Game Notes
Saturday will mark the fourth time in the last five years (2000, 2002, 2003, 2004) Oklahoma has played in the Big 12 title game, while the Buffaloes have played in three of the last four (2001, 2002, 2004) title games. The two teams played in the 2002 Big 12 title game in Houston, which the Sooners won 29-7 en route to a Rose Bowl bid. Oklahoma won their first Big 12 title in 2000 when they beat Kansas State 27-24 in Kansas City. The Buffaloes won the title in 2001 with a 39-37 win over Texas in Dallas.

Saturday will be the ninth Big 12 title game. The two divisions have split the previous eight conference title games. The designated home team won each of the first six conference title games with the visiting team winning the last two. Oklahoma is the home team for this year's game. With a win the Sooners would claim their 39th conference title. Oklahoma and Nebraska are currently tied with two Big 12 titles apiece.

About Colorado
The Buffaloes, who have lost their last eight games against Big 12 South division foes, come into Saturday's game ranked 69th nationally in scoring offense (24.4 ppg) and 78th in total offense (352.6 ypg). Colorado's rushing offense (133.4 ypg) is 80th nationally while the passing offense ranks 54th (219.3 ypg)

Junior quarterback Joel Klatt, who has completed 184 of his 308 pass attempts for 2,013 yards, ranks 69th nationally in passing efficiency and 72nd in total offense. Klatt has thrown only nine touchdown against 14 interceptions. Senior running back Bobby Purify is the Buffaloes leading rusher 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns on 198 carries.

Defensively, Colorado ranks 46th nationally in scoring defense (23.8 ppg) and 93rd in total defense (420.1 ypg). Colorado is 100th nationally and 11th in the Big 12 in pass defense (253.9 ypg) and 70th in rushing defense (166.2 ypg).

John Torp ranks 1st nationally and in the Big 12 in punting with a 42.5 average. Sophomore kicker Mason Crosby is 28-for-30 on extra points and 18-of-22 on field goals with a long of 60 yards. Crosby is also 4-for-6 from 50-59 yards.

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About Oklahoma
The Sooners, who are 16-2 under Stoops when they have more than six days to prepare for an opponent, enter Saturday's title game ranked 1st in the Big 12 and 10th nationally in scoring offense (35.5 ppg) and 2nd and 8th in total offense (467 ypg). Oklahoma's rushing offense ranks 2nd in the Big 12 and 9th nationally (213.2 ypg) while the passing offense ranks 3rd in the Big 12 and 24th overall (253.8 ypg)

Oklahoma quarterback Jason White needs only 33 passing yards to break the all-time school career mark currently held by Josh Heupel (7,456). White also also not thrown an interception in 183 pass attempts, a streak that spans over the last five games.

Freshman running back Adrian Peterson, who leads the nation with 286 carries, ranks 7th nationally in rushing (151.9 ypg) and is just 225 yards shy of breaking Billy Sims' single-season Oklahoma rushing record of 1896 yards set in 1978.

Defensively, the Sooners rank 1st in the Big 12 and 6th nationally in scoring defense (14.6 ppg) and 2nd in the Big 12 and 16th overall in total defense (301.5 ypg). Oklahoma is 1st in the Big 12 and 9th nationally in rushing defense (94.6 ypg) and 5th in conference play and 51st overall in passing defense (206.8 ypg).

Punter Blake Ferguson ranks 3rd in the conference and 10th overall with a 39.2 average. Kicker Garrett Hartley was brought of redshirt during the Baylor game and was 4 for 4 on extra points. He has yet to attempt a field goal.

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Barnett on Oklahoma
"Oklahoma is a team that we've probably spent more time preparing for over the last two years than anybody. We're very much aware of how good of a team we are going to play. We are very much aware of the coaching and the quality of the coaching we are going to see and how hard everybody is going to play. That is not going to be anything new for us, for the most part. There is an awareness factor and familiarity that we'll carry into this game a little bit, and then a great deal of confidence.

Stoops on Colorado
"Our team's excited about facing a very good Colorado team that is really playing well. Watching them, a team that's very balanced, very strong in their structures the way they play offensively, defensively. A team that that's been in three of the last four Big 12 Championships. They're a very prideful team and we recognize that. I think Coach Barnett and his staff have done an excellent job overcoming all they did through the off-season and putting thereself in a position to represent the North and compete for a Big 12 Championship."

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