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Football

Commentary: 'Texas can beat Oklahoma'
InsideTexas.com
It is October now, and to be more specific, as of Sunday it is officially the second week in October. Hence, Oklahoma.

Poll Report: Top 5 Battle On Tap For Texas-OU
InsideTexas.com
Coming off convincing road wins to open Big 12 play, No. 5 Texas and No. 1 Oklahoma held steady in Sunday's polls and now head to Dallas for a showdown whose winner will be in the driver's seat for the Big 12 South championship.

Buffs' Scott will play, but unheralded Stewart will play more
Austin American-Statesman
Admit it. You wanted Darrell Scott. You wanted the Longhorns to sign him. You wanted him to start. You want Texas to shut him down.

Texas Oklahoma flashback: 1950
Austin American-Statesman

Oklahoma familiar with Texas' Muschamp
Dallas Morning News
The Oklahoma coaching staff claims to know more about Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp than the scheme the Sooners will face Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. Expect that to change as the countdown to the AT&T Red River Rivalry continues, if the Sooners didn't already peek ahead while preparing for Baylor.

Oklahoma receivers present problem for Texas
Dallas Morning News
One way Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford says he has improved this season is in his read progression. He's more efficient at checking down to his third, fourth and sometimes even fifth option on pass plays. In the Sooners' offense, the fifth read isn't always a lesser alternative. Oklahoma has a wealth of talent and experience at receiver and tight end. And that's not good news for a young and inexperienced Texas secondary come Saturday in the Red River Rivalry.

Texas-Oklahoma: Where are they now?
Dallas Morning News

Stakes keep getting bigger for Stoops, Brown
San Antonio Express-News
It began with one of Major Applewhite's earliest comebacks. Then came the blowout that set the tone for a championship and forever altered two reputations. Plenty of tears and gloating followed, and so did some indelible Cotton Bowl moments. There was Roy Williams hurdling into Chris Simms, Adrian Peterson's legs living up to his "All Day" nickname, Vince Young's coronation, and, in the past two Octobers, back-to-back coming-out parties for uncannily poised teenage quarterbacks. So it might be startling, then, to consider this — in the 10-year history of Mack Brown vs. Bob Stoops, there never has been a bigger game than the one in Dallas this Saturday.

Defensive improvement gives Texas a chance to beat Oklahoma
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Back on Labor Day, when growing pains were painfully evident in Texas' secondary, I would not have given the Longhorns more than a snowball's chance in August to win this week's Red River Rivalry. One month and one relentless pass rush later, I'd say anyone is crazy to dismiss the fifth-ranked Longhorns (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) as a long shot against top-ranked Oklahoma (5-0, 1-0) when the teams meet Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.

Oklahoma-Texas: Both teams enter undefeated
Houston Chronicle
A year ago, Texas and Oklahoma entered their annual October matchup reeling from upset losses in their Big 12 openers. "It was a little strange," Texas wide receiver Quan Cosby said. A year later, the planets and stars are back in perfect alignment heading into Saturday's 103rd edition of the Red River Rivalry at the Cotton Bowl.

Four questions on OU football
Oklahoman

It's time for Texas
Norman Transcript
Oklahoma defensive end Auston English was pondering how the Oklahoma-Texas game could get any bigger when the realization hit him. "It's always that way," he said following the top-ranked Sooners' 49-17 victory over Baylor Saturday. "I don't really see how it could get any bigger." Well, it will be when the Sooners and Longhorns meet for the 102nd time at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

OU-UT to be a real shootout
Denver Post
It was as if the Texas faithful had held their breath for 60 minutes of football. No, they weren't worried about beating Colorado. The scoreboard reading "Texas 38, Colorado 14" confirmed what we knew all along. But they could not wait to let out a chant that will be heard all over Texas this week. Maybe two nanoseconds had passed after the final buzzer Saturday night before the massive burnt-orange section of Folsom Field began screaming, "Beat OU! Beat OU!" When the Longhorns stopped on the way to their locker room to join the chorus, you knew Saturday's showdown in Dallas between No. 1 Oklahoma (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) and No. 5 Texas (5-0, 1-0) would not be an ordinary Red River Shootout.

After Some Years Away, Focus Returns to Red River
New York Times
Saturday's Red River Rivalry, as the annual game between Oklahoma and Texas in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl is known, marks the return of national title and Heisman Trophy implications to the bitter series.

Alumni

Former Longhorn Kevin Durant wonders if there is any room for OU-Texas love this weekend
Oklahoman
Kevin Durant is a Longhorn living in Soonerland. And he's loving every minute of it.

Ivey's style gives Cheeks options at guard
Delco Times
Sixers guard Royal Ivey has been in the NBA for four years, but has never experienced the postseason. Drafted early in the second round by Atlanta, he spent three seasons with the Hawks before signing with Milwaukee last year. So when he went looking for a team over the summer, he had a pretty good idea what he wanted, and it wasn't more of the same.

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