Now We Can Talk About OU

Actually, now head coach <B>Mack Brown</b> can talk about the Sooners. (Media and fans have been asking him about the annual hate-fest at the Cotton Bowl since August two-a-days.)

The Horns and the Sooners are the Big 12's only remaining unbeaten teams and, for the first time since 1984, both squads are ranked in the Top Three in both national polls heading into Dallas.

"It's fun to have the game back to where everyone in the nation is looking at these two teams," the UT head coach said. "The luster was lost and it's back now. Nobody can say anything bad about these two teams this week. They both play with a lot of heart and they're both well-coached."

But can Texas beat Oklahoma with the kind of performance it turned in against Oklahoma State?

"I don't think we could beat anybody on the rest of the schedule," Brown said, who continued to congratulate the Cowboys for their effort.

Despite lofty rankings and unblemished slates, neither Texas nor OU are entering the game with a whole heckuva lot of momentum. In addition to Texas' squeeze play against the ‘Pokes, Oklahoma trailed at Missouri Saturday night, 24-23, until it scored a touchdown on fake field goal with 6:33 remaining to tame the upstart Tigers. Still, the renowned ramp leading into the Cotton Bowl is now the stuff of Red River War lore, and will provide all the intensity and jitters both squads will need.

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