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Football:

Terrain in October will be rough for Horns
Austin American-Statesman
It began with a few faint chants in the upper reaches of Royal-Memorial Stadium at the end of Saturday's win over Sam Houston. Then it gathered momentum as the final seconds ticked down. By the time the scoreboard clock registered 0:00, the chant was as loud as an elementary school cafeteria. As clear as Evian water. "Beat OU! Beat OU!"

UT-OU matchups: The quarterbacks
Austin American-Statesman

OU's Texas two-step loses its luster
Dallas Morning News
Now that Vince Young resides in Tennessee, this was supposed to be the year Oklahoma unleashed its Texas-based horsepower in the annual Red River Rivalry. Palestine's Adrian Peterson and Grand Prairie's Rhett Bomar escaped Mack Brown's recruiting song in February 2004. Those two Texans were supposed to be a dynamic nucleus that frustrated the Longhorns and kept the Sooners flush with titles.

'D' stop one on long road for UT, OU
Dallas Morning News
The Big 12 schedule indicates October is here, which means its time to crank up the Texas-OU hype machine and buckle in for conference play.

Faith, family keep UT's OL in the flow
Dallas Morning News
Teammates call Texas junior left tackle Tony Hills "Beetlejuice" because they say his head is disproportionately small compared to his hulking 6-6, 300-pound body. So you know Hills must be confident to keep doing the things he does.

Monday's UT-OU notebook
Dallas Morning News

Things are looking up at the Cotton Bowl
Dallas Morning News
Godzillatron will soon have a new rival. Texas and Oklahoma fans be warned. After walking past the Chevy truck display, the World's Largest Traveling Candy Store and Granny's Funnel Cakes, you can't miss the newest attraction at the State Fair. A massive video board, measuring 83 feet wide and 57 feet tall, is being erected over the Cotton Bowl's south end zone.

Horns get healthy after taking day off
San Antonio Express-News
UT coach Mack Brown indicated that running back Jamaal Charles (muscle soreness) and defensive end Brian Robison (knee) could return for Saturday's game against Oklahoma.

Oklahoma has history of turning open weeks into big wins
San Antonio Express-News
Open dates in college football are looked at with a sigh and a wink. It's a chance to heal up, to take stock, to work on weak points and add a few wrinkles. You can't lose, but you don't always win. Once upon a time, though, there was a magical open weekend, reviewable by distant replay, where the Oklahoma Sooners lost big. And ended up winning bigger.

Airing their differences
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
It is tempting, when breaking down this week's Texas-Oklahoma game, to conclude that the winner of Saturday's strength-on-strength matchup will rule the Red River Rivalry.

Thompson finally gets his turn
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
If you can keep your head while others around you are losing theirs, then you stand a decent chance of being the winning quarterback in Saturday's Red River Rivalry. Oklahoma quarterback Paul Thompson had a handful of snaps in mop-up duty in 2003. Texas redshirt freshman Colt McCoy has never taken a snap in The Game. How each reacts could prove vital to the outcome Saturday at the Cotton Bowl.

Level of difficulty increases for UT
Houston Chronicle
The Texas Longhorns might find out how scary October can be even before reaching Halloween. By the end of this month, the No. 7 Longhorns should know whether they're legitimate contenders for a third straight Bowl Championship Series appearance or just masquerading as one of the nation's top teams.

Texas hunts down Bearkats
Daily Texan
If Texas' game against Sam Houston was supposed to be a warm-up for the meeting with Oklahoma next week, consider the Longhorns warmed up.

McCoy dreams about Oklahoma, handles Sam Houston
Daily Texan
Tim Crowder and Quan Cosby were amongst those players who kept a straight face and didn't look ahead to Oklahoma while playing Sam Houston State. "Oh no, I don't think you can do that," Cosby said. Apparently Colt McCoy didn't get that memo. When asked if he had, the redshirt freshman quarterback said with a grin, "I definitely thought about it. I have been dreaming about it my entire life."

October looks tough for Texas
Daily Texan
If the Longhorns thought September was tough, the month of October will be a doozy.

Kelly ready to hook the 'Horns
Daily Oklahoman
Growing up Texan, Malcolm Kelly once celebrated his on-field successes with a salute considered obscene in his current locale. "I remember sometimes, catching touchdown passes and chunking up a Hook 'em Horns sign," Kelly said. That was then — when Kelly's brother played at Texas, and his parents collected burnt orange for their wardrobe, and his hero — the reason Malcolm adopted No. 4 — Roy Williams spent Saturdays scorching secondaries for the Longhorns. The here and now — Kelly is all Sooner, a wide receiver primed for a potential Texas-sized breakout when Oklahoma and Texas collide Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.

Staff turnover makes Stoops' job tougher
Daily Oklahoman
Barry Switzer coached 16 Oklahoma football seasons. He employed 18 full-time assistants on his staff. Bob Stoops has coached eight Sooner football seasons. Stoops has employed 18 full-time assistants on his staff. Staff turnover has hit Stoops hard.

OU football notebook
Daily Oklahoman

Questions & Answers
Daily Oklahoman

Texas-OU coverage from Scout's Oklahoma site
OUInsider.com

Alumni:

Vince stands to lose, oh, only his soul
San Antonio Express-News
The arm appears to be NFL worthy, though it's clear Norm Chow hasn't changed the throwing motion. The legs move as if he's still in the Rose Bowl, even if he showed them off only a few times in his debut as a starter. But the personality? The football soul that leads and has fun? The mind that was humble Sunday yet still envisioned the Hall of Fame? This is where Vince Young will be tested.

Vince shows a lot – mostly that he's not ready to start
Dallas Morning News
The hope for those who want Vince Young to flourish in the NFL is that this season doesn't destroy him. Trust me, it could.

Bears Q&A: Nathan Vasher
Chicago Tribune
Cornerback Nathan Vasher was an honor-roll student at Texas High School in Texarkana, Texas, before going on to major in liberal arts at Texas and earn All-America honors as a punt returner for the Longhorns. A fourth-round draft choice in 2004, he led the Bears with five interceptions as a rookie and with eight last season, earning him his first trip to the Pro Bowl. His season included a 108-yard return of a missed San Francisco field goal, the longest scoring play in NFL history.

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