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Football:

Texas-OU: Feel the Love
InsideTexas.com
Strange as it seems, one of the storylines surrounding the annual Hate Fest (AKA the Texas-OU game) is whether Saturday's border war has lost its luster considering both teams have been saddled with September losses for the first time since 1999. But there is a reason why ABC-Sports made the 101st renewal of the series its only national telecast Saturday.

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
The Inside Texas Podcast is back! On today's show, we talk Texas-OU and the trials and tribulations of Hank the Tank.

OU quarterback's unselfish journey
Austin American-Statesman
Paul Thompson pulled up to another detour in his college football journey. Before accelerating toward whatever the alternate road might offer, he needed to know who would accompany him. Thompson was abruptly appointed the starting quarterback at Oklahoma after Rhett Bomar's dismissal, two days before the Sooners' first preseason workout in early August. A fifth-year senior, Thompson didn't have the time or inclination to abide discontentment from teammates stung by the sudden banishment of Bomar.

10 talking points for Texas-OU
Austin American-Statesman

Questions on TX-OU, petitioning NCAA for eligibility
Austin American-Statesman

MATCHUP: TIGHT ENDS
Austin American-Statesman

Notebook: Killebrew says there's plenty of buzz about game
Austin American-Statesman

UT to cover OU wide receivers one on one
Dallas Morning News
Texas co-defensive coordinator Duane Akina said Oklahoma's receivers will get some single coverage as the Longhorns focus on stopping running back Adrian Peterson.

OU's Kelly hoping to turn the corner
Dallas Morning News
When Malcolm Kelly talks about the best receivers in college football, he references Southern California's Dwayne Jarrett and Michigan's Mario Manningham. The Oklahoma sophomore believes those two players are elite receivers. And in Kelly's mind, he's not among them yet.

The spies of Texas? Years later, stories still conflict
Dallas Morning News
As domestic spy scandals of the 1970s go, it wasn't quite Watergate. The presidency remained unaffected. No one went to jail. Not a single book has ever been devoted exclusively to the subject. For college football fans on both sides of the Red River in 1976, however, it was the ultimate story on the eve of the annual Texas-Oklahoma game. After all, it wasn't every day that Longhorns coach Darrell Royal publicly accused his archrival, Sooners coach Barry Switzer, of spying on closed practices.

Sally Brown is in the heart of Texas
Dallas Morning News
Coaches are always looking for stories to motivate themselves and others. In Mack Brown's wife, Sally, the Texas coach lives with such a story every day.

Friday's UT-OU notebook
Dallas Morning News

UT defensive line mum on inexperienced Sooners
San Antonio Express-News
As a kid, Texas defensive tackle Frank Okam dreamed of becoming either a doctor or a lawyer. Judging from his politically correct performance in the media run-up to Saturday's Red River Rivalry game, Okam could have added another high-priced potential occupation to that list. He could have been a politician.

Horns want more from safety Griffin
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coaches had a heart-to-heart talk with senior safety Michael Griffin last week, imploring him to play to a higher standard.

Texas vs. Oklahoma: Out of Nowhere
San Antonio Express-News
The Texas-Oklahoma game affords something most other games do not — a chance for average players to become standouts. Express-News staff writer Mark Wangrin looks at six players, three from each side of the rivalry, who will always be known for their accomplishments on one special Saturday afternoon in October:

With OU two, Brown wins for losing
San Antonio Express-News
National Signing Day 2004 was supposed to be the beginning of the end for Mack Brown at Texas. Citing an overwhelming desire to win a national championship, the state's top two recruits that year – running back Adrian Peterson and quarterback Rhett Bomar – spurned Brown's Longhorns and hightailed it across the Red River to Oklahoma. For Brown's program, the sign couldn't have been more apocalyptic had it been accompanied by a torrent of frogs raining down on Royal-Memorial Stadium. Already being beaten by the Sooners every October, Brown suddenly couldn't even beat them in February. But a funny thing happened in the two seasons after Brown allegedly lost his recruiting mojo.

Without Young, UT no longer invincible
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
At a news conference this week, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was innocently asked how this year's Texas offense was different. "I don't really need to answer that for you, do I?" Stoops said in reply.

Brown wants a fast start
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas coach Mack Brown said Saturday's showdown with Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl could be settled early, by an unexpected momentum shift.

Sooners receiver knows his role
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Oklahoma receiver Juaquin Iglesias says he's like the garbage man of the receiving corps.

Texas pass rush vs. OU protection
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

All revved up with places to go
Houston Chronicle
Given the unending search for quotable material leading up to the annual Texas-Oklahoma game, the biggest surprise of OU running back Adrian Peterson's weekly chat with his ink-stained inquisitors was that it took six minutes and 42 seconds for someone to pose the Cedric Benson question. You know the one: Which would you rather have, a Heisman Trophy or a national championship?

Watch closely during Texas-OU
Daily Texan
Haven't heard enough about this game yet, have you? Texas-Oklahoma brings the hype, but as one of the best rivalries in college football, it should. Sure, they played this game last season, and they'll play it again next year. For those heading to Dallas, you're probably halfway between Temple and Hillsboro by the time this paper hits the streets. Either that, or you're stuck in traffic, with the Pflugerville HEB as your only scenery. But for those hanging behind this weekend, here are a few things to watch for during the game.

Rivalry still a big deal for football team, fans
Daily Texan
The Red River Rivalry is as alive as it has ever been. Longhorn fans flooded the Main Mall in front of the Tower for the annual Torchlight Parade and rally Wednesday night. Though both Texas and Oklahoma have a loss on the season, the rivalry is alive and well.

McEachern finds himself in father's shoes, only as a Sooner
Associated Press
Nearly three decades ago, a third-string quarterback by the name of McEachern trotted off the Cotton Bowl sideline and led Texas to a victory over Oklahoma, forever sealing himself a spot in the history of one of college football's fiercest rivalries. Through an ironic twist, this year's Oklahoma-Texas game will have another third-stringer named McEachern. Only this time he'll be wearing crimson and cream, not burnt orange.

There's a history
Norman Transcript
Since Stoop and Brown started meetng, the stars have come out

John Shinn's Oklahoma Football Notepad
Norman Transcript

To be blunt, UT is better
Daily Oklahoman
Oklahoma-Texas is a no-holds-barred, no-punches-pulled sort of rivalry. In keeping with that spirit, here's a blunt prediction. Texas is a touchdown and a half better than OU.

OU football notebook
Daily Oklahoman

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

Football recruiting:

Zack Attack
InsideTexas.com
Springdale tight end Zack Pianalto (6-4, 215, 4.63), who is committed to Texas but who Arkansas is still recruiting, returned in a big way last Friday night after a 10-week layoff due to a broken collarbone.

Other:

Inside Texas Blog Archive
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Inside Scoop
Inside Texas

Bevo Beat
Austin American-Statesman

Recruiting Blog
Dallas Morning News

Longhorns Blog
Houston Chronicle


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