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Lowered Expectations
What's the reason for Texas' woes in 2007. Overrated talent? Poor game preparation? Incorrect decisions? Wrong scheme? Bad coaching? Inside Texas' Ross Lucksinger gives his observations from the Longhorns' 41-21 loss to Kansas State.

Texas might need some anger to beat Oklahoma
Austin American-Statesman
Perhaps some of Jamaal Charles' teammates should start listening to him. With a trip to Dallas and a date with Oklahoma coming up Saturday, the Texas tailback had this to say: "The team that is the angriest is going to win Saturday."

Dangerous OU lurking ahead
Austin American-Statesman
Mondays can be blue enough without the prospect of a Texas smackdown by mega-rival Oklahoma looming in five days. Wish we could help, but I'd recommend aspirin. Here are three reasons to further worry your socks off if you're a Longhorns fan.

Three questions for Longhorns this week
Austin American-Statesman

Texas-OU position matchup: Running backs
Austin American-Statesman

Vince Young calls for UT unity
Dallas Morning News
Former Texas quarterback Vince Young returned to Austin over the weekend with a message for the current Longhorns: Get it together. The message from UT's famous, fearless, former leader comes as 19th-ranked Texas prepares for its annual Red River Rivalry with 10th-ranked Oklahoma on the heels of Saturday's 41-21 upset loss to Kansas State.

Texas coach Mack Brown vs. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops
Dallas Morning News

Red River Rivalry: Numbers game
Dallas Morning News

Red River Rivalry: Where are they now?
Dallas Morning News

Red River Rivalry: D-FW connection
Dallas Morning News

Texas, OU fall victim to newfound parity in Big 12
San Antonio Express-News
Before the season started, Texas coach Mack Brown hinted that the Big 12's power elite was ready to be shuffled. "I think this is the best chance for somebody to win the league that nobody would expect," Brown predicted. "I think people are going to quit talking about us and Oklahoma." Brown might have believed such a dramatic turnaround could happen. But I bet he didn't think it would occur less than one full week into conference play.

Major malfunction? It isn't McCoy
San Antonio Express-News
Vince Young showed up, as did his eventual replacement. That would be John Chiles, a freshman with ability the Tennessee Titans could appreciate. Chiles got in for a few plays, completed a pass and generally won everyone over. He wasn't Colt McCoy, after all. McCoy threw four interceptions, with one returned for a touchdown. Since Vince isn't eligible, what about Vince II? In the name of Rex Grossman, isn't it time to bench McCoy? There are people who should root for this. They play for Oklahoma.

Texas-OU weakened
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Longhorns, Sooners tune up for Red River Rivalry with a pair of shocking conference losses

Defeats put OU, Texas in unfamiliar territory
Houston Chronicle
After a weekend of upsets, the Red River Rivalry has taken on new meaning. Before Shake-up Saturday, Oklahoma and Texas were on a collision course to meet in the Cotton Bowl, both unbeaten and ranked in the top 10. By Sunday, one of them will be 0-2 in Big 12 play. For the first time since 1997, the two border rivals will meet coming off a loss in their conference openers.

This year's squad not what anyone's come to expect
Daily Texan
Mack Brown could have really used Vince Young against Kansas State. Michael Griffin and Bo Scaife would have come in handy too. The former Longhorns and Rose Bowl veterans were all on the sideline Saturday, but all they could do was serve as reminders of how much things have changed in the last couple of years. Now it's reached the point where an unranked Big 12 North team can come down to Austin and beat Texas by 20 points You'll be told over the next few days how great of a team Kansas State really is - they're 3-1 with a loss only to Auburn, and now they're the AP's No. 24 team in the nation - but over the next few weeks, I suspect you'll see they're really not especially good. The Longhorns were just that bad.

Football recruiting

The Rundown
Terrelle Pryor, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound five-star quarterback from Jeannette, Pa., continues to favor the same six schools. Although Pryor, who has over 80 scholarship offers, still denies a leader, he favors Ohio State, West Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, Penn State and Texas. He will be taking an official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 3 when the Buckeyes take on Wisconsin.


Griffin knows his role, awaits call to do more
Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle
Michael Griffin was a big man on campus at this time last year, a star at the University of Texas who started every game and counted the days until he?226-130?d be a first-round NFL pick. As he walked off the Titans practice field one day last week his current status was obvious: rookie. He was carrying four helmets, delivering them to veteran teammates already indoors. Apparently he got a day off from toting shoulder pads. Griffin wasn't complaining. He saw it as another way to pay his dues as he waits his chance to be a starter.


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