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Football

A Meeting With Mack
InsideTexas.com
Away from lights and cameras of the weekly press conference, Texas head coach Mack Brown discusses with beat reporters his thoughts on starting a pair of freshmen at safety against OU, if Texas is underrated, what Will Muschamp has brought to the team, his thoughts on the possibility of a playoff system and more.

Culpepper's Commentary: 'I sense an upset'
InsideTexas.com
Former Longhorn standout Pat Culpepper sees three playmakers emerge and, for the first time in Boulder, defensive intensity from Texas that matches Will Muschamp's great Auburn defenses. And he senses an upset in the Cotton Bowl Saturday.

Ogbonnaya Gets His Shot
InsideTexas.com
Senior RB Chris Ogbonnaya is slated to start Saturday against top-ranked Oklahoma. Was his career-day at Colorado a one-night stand or a harbinger of things to come?

Colorado Game Report Cards
InsideTexas.com
IT's Coaches Corner Moderator Mike Venable grades the Longhorn performances in Texas' win over Colorado.

C-BOG: CLAAM
InsideTexas.com
In his political and pop-culture infused off-beat commentary known as "Conner's Burnt Orange Glasses", columnist Jeff Conner professes his joy for achieving the status of acronym, while giving Texas fans a few helpful acronyms of their own to use the rest of the football season.

When Texas-OU play, turnovers are key
Austin American-Statesman
In the last 10 games, the winner has won the turnover battle nine times

Questions and answers on UT-OU matchup
Austin American-Statesman
In case you haven't broken down tape of the two teams' 10 games or you're not Bob Stoops' neighbor or reading Mack Brown's pal, here's the real skinny on a few subplots of college football's second 2008 Game of the Century, the Texas-Oklahoma game sometimes known as Mack's Great Lament.

McCoy has made name for himself among Sooners
Austin American-Statesman
Call it swagger or confidence or indifference, but defensive players for the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners acted Monday as if they didn't even know the names of their opponents this weekend. That would be fifth-ranked Texas in the Cotton Bowl. But when they spoke about Texas' running game, the Sooners spoke in the most general of terms...The only time Oklahoma players got specific was when one name was mentioned: Colt McCoy.

Today's matchup: The receivers
Austin American-Statesman

Scouting Oklahoma
Austin American-Statesman

Scouting Oklahoma
Austin American-Statesman

Flashback: Texas vs. OU, 1963
Austin American-Statesman

Major injury drives younger Dockery at Texas
Dallas Morning News
More than anything else, Cedric Dockery remembers the sound, the loud unmistakable "POP!" on back-to-back plays two years ago against Oklahoma. He didn't learn what had happened until later, that what he heard was the anterior cruciate ligament tearing in his right knee. Dockery needed 10 months to return as a starting offensive guard for Texas, and more time to get back to his previous level.

Texas hopes to get to Oklahoma's Bradford
Dallas Morning News
If Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford exits the Cotton Bowl with a spotless uniform Saturday, the Texas defenders know their odds of winning are slight.

Injured Oklahoma players practice Monday, expected to play against Texas
Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said that injured defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger (left foot) of Kimball, defensive end Frank Alexander (stab wound), starting center Jon Cooper (sprained knee) and starting defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (toe) practiced Monday.

Red River Rivalry: Gunning for No. 1
San Antonio Express-News
Texas and Oklahoma will meet this weekend in one of the most anticipated games in the history of the Red River Rivalry. For only the third time in the series, one team is ranked No. 1 and the other is listed in the top five in the Associated Press poll. No. 1 OU and fifth-ranked Texas kick off Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Cotton Bowl.

Running game still a puzzle for UT
San Antonio Express-News
Texas running back Cody Johnson showed what happens when he decides to throw around his 240-plus pounds. He makes people move, or, rather, he just moves them. Johnson provided one of the more entertaining 1-yard touchdown runs against Colorado on Saturday, when a handful of Buffaloes met him at the goal line, and Johnson disappeared under a swarm of black jerseys. But the black pile started going backward, as Johnson pushed and pulled his way into the end zone. The thing is, though, the fifth-ranked Longhorns don't know if they can count on that kind of power all the time.

Defensive coordinator bleeds energy into Texas Longhorns defense
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
During his first game as Texas' defensive coordinator, Will Muschamp drew blood. His own. Angered by a blown coverage, Muschamp hastily yanked off his headset, cutting his left cheek in the process. The dried blood remained on his face until Muschamp completed his postgame interviews, a move that impressed his new defenders.

RB Chris Ogbonnaya to start against OU
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas tailback Chris Ogbonnaya, a fifth-year senior, was named Monday as the starter for Saturday's game against Oklahoma.

Sooners getting healthy as Granger returns to practice
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Without being specific, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Monday that he believed all of the injured members of the playing rotation would be available Saturday against Texas.

Revolving door bursts open
Houston Chronicle
The Texas Longhorns regularly call themselves a "blue-collar" team. Chris Ogbonnaya might want to apply for the position of foreman.

Texas-OU notes: Third downs an issue for 'Horns
Houston Chronicle

Young defense ready for OU
Daily Texan
On the first snap of Saturday's 38-14 win over Colorado, sophomore cornerback Chykie Brown made a great dive to disrupt a pass thrown to receiver Josh Smith. Even that wasn't enough to satisfy Will Muschamp.

The real McCoy? Texas QB regains form
Oklahoman
The new Colt McCoy is the old Colt McCoy. Think 2006, when McCoy earned Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year by throwing a then-NCAA record 29 touchdown passes with just seven interceptions. Forget 2007, when he fought inconsistency and errant forced throws and was found constantly fleeing enemy defenders who too often tracked him down to deliver a message of pass-rushing pain. Now, focus on Saturday inside the Cotton Bowl, where McCoy's revival elevates No. 5 Texas' hopes against No. 1 Oklahoma.

Coaches: Red River win won't change recruiting
Oklahoman
There's been a long-running theory that the winner of the annual Red River Shootout owns a recruiting edge in landing some of the top recruits in the Lone Star state. Texas coach Mack Brown said that's no longer the case.

OU notebook: Clayton earns co-defensive player honors
Oklahoman

Hungry ' Horns await Sooners
Tulsa World
No. 1-ranked Oklahoma seized a bigger slice of the rankings pie on Sunday. But the eyes of Texas have a hungry look about them.

OU's Stoops kicks up the confidence
Tulsa World
Say No. 1 Oklahoma needs a 47-yard field goal to beat Texas on Saturday afternoon in the Cotton Bowl. Coach Bob Stoops will have to summon freshman kicker Jimmy Stevens, with one field goal attempt over his five-game college career, to win it. How confident can Stoops be that his rookie will deliver?

OU Notebook
Tulsa World

East Texans Will Play Key Roles in Texas-Oklahoma Game
Tyler Morning Telegraph
When the Red River Rivalry unfolds on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl, East Texans will have an impact on the historic series. Though the years, players such as Tyler's Earl Campbell, who starred at John Tyler High School, and Athens' Duke Carlisle for Texas, and Hooks' Billy Sims and Henderson's Joe Wylie for Oklahoma, along with numerous others, have competed in college football's best rivalry. Now, there's a new set of East Texans on both sides of the Red River as No. 5 Texas meets No. 1 Oklahoma Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

No. 1 Sooners could be healed in time for Texas
Associated Press
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops expects No. 1 Oklahoma to be at full strength this Saturday when the Sooners face fifth-ranked Texas in the annual Red River Rivalry game.

Healthy Oklahoma defensive front adds to Texas' woes
ESPN.com
Bob Stoops' announcement Monday night that his defensive line likely will be at full strength for Saturday's game against Texas could have huge ramifications for the Sooners.

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