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Now, Muschamp Earns His Paycheck
The Horns begin their murderer's row of Big 12 competition, and it reads like this: four consecutive Top 20 foes, three of them in the top seven. Texas hired defensive coordinator Will Muschamp for times like these.

Can Texas Beat OU Without a Big-Time TE?
It's going to have to. Or, at least try. With two TEs (Blaine Irby, Josh Marshall) out with season-ending injuries, and with Jermichael Finley's decision to forgo his final two years of eligibility, the rhetoric from Texas coaches is that few expect a significant upgrade at the bare-thin position for the remainder of the season. Instead, coaches intend to tweak other areas of the game plan.

Perspective Piece: Texas-Oklahoma
"Losers walk the field." The taunt rings out when remembering my youth. In a pick-up football game, if your squad surrendered a touchdown, it required you to walk in shame to the other end of the field to receive the kick-off. Sometimes childhood games revisit us as adults: no matter the victor in the Texas-Oklahoma game, the loser makes the drive home depressed.

Horns' Muckelroy making up for lost time
Austin American-Statesman
Roddrick Muckelroy was looking forward to a day of fun at Sea World. As the car motored through Austin toward San Antonio, he glanced out the window and there stood the biggest football stadium he had ever seen. Royal-Memorial Stadium was nearly as big as Hallsville. "You're going to play there one day,'' his cousin said. Roddrick believed him. No longer that 8-year-old kid in the back of his dad's car, the junior linebacker probably has more appreciation for what's happening this season than any other Longhorn. That's because he has spent the last season-plus trying to make up for lost time.

Iglesias continues to catch on at OU
Austin American-Statesman
Growing up 70 miles from the University of Texas, you would think Juaquin Iglesias would've been into all things Longhorn-related. "Nope, when I was young, I really didn't even pay attention to college football," said Iglesias, who spent his first 18 years in Killeen. "I watched the Cowboys." Of course, he couldn't totally avoid the Longhorns. "Yeah, that was the problem," said Iglesias, now a wide receiver at Oklahoma. "As I got older, all I would hear about is UT, and I kind of got sick of it. Here I am." Here is his third straight year as a starter for the No. 1-ranked Sooners. He enjoys a role similar to the one Quan Cosby plays for the fifth-ranked Longhorns, who square off against the Sooners on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl.

Notebook: South end zone project gears up
Austin American-Statesman

Today's matchup: The tailbacks
Austin American-Statesman

Texas-OU football flashback: 1975
Austin American-Statesman

Burned Orange? Not if Texas' Muschamp can help it
Dallas Morning News
At a table in front of a probing band of sportswriters sits Texas' best hope of upsetting Oklahoma. Come to think of it, "sits" probably doesn't describe Will Muschamp. "Percolates," maybe.

Texas won't force the run against Oklahoma
Dallas Morning News
Colt McCoy's strengths have shaped the Texas offense as much as anything else, running backs coach Major Applewhite said Tuesday. When asked if he felt the need to manufacture rushing yards, Applewhite pointed to McCoy.

Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray has the power to amaze
Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who has led the Sooners to five Big 12 titles and three national title games this decade, isn't easily impressed. But Stoops' first brush with running back DeMarco Murray left him saying "wow." And it had nothing to do with football.

Oklahoma's secondary has some inexperience too
Dallas Morning News
Much has been made about Texas' young secondary coming into Saturday's AT&T Red River Rivalry game at the Cotton Bowl. But Oklahoma's starting cornerbacks aren't exactly seasoned veterans. In fact, junior Brian Jackson of DeSoto and sophomore Dominique Franks had one career start (Franks in the Fiesta Bowl last season) between the two of them before this season.

High Five: Texas-Oklahoma
Dallas Morning News
Here are five significant wins for Texas and five for Oklahoma in their rivalry that dates back to 1900. Texas leads the series 57-40-5. The two teams meet at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Cotton Bowl.

McCoy's impact not just statistical
San Antonio Express-News
Colt McCoy somehow manages to avoid every tackle but the last one. The Texas quarterback, recruited for his arm and starring now with his legs, has earned a reputation for shimmying and shedding defenders, but when contact becomes imminent, McCoy shows no interest in sliding.

Sooners don't know the script
San Antonio Express-News
Few places contain shorter cultural and historical half-lives than college campuses, and Oklahoma's is no different. Here Nirvana is classic rock, O.J. Simpson is a victim of the justice system, and dial-up Internet is generally believed to have served the same type of long-ago Americans as the covered wagon. To anyone who deals with teenagers, this is not exactly breaking news. But in terms of Texas' chances in college football's biggest game of the year thus far, it means everything.

Sooners see Colt McCoy being faster, better
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Oklahoma sees a different Colt McCoy, not only in the way he's running Texas' offense more efficiently, but in the way he remade his body during the off-season.

Sooners passing game could be tough to stop
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A quick look at the last five Texas-OU games
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Sooners' offense fast, furious and fantastic
Houston Chronicle
Lollygag your way to the line of scrimmage against the Oklahoma Sooners, and chances are that quarterback Sam Bradford will be set for the next play before you're one point into your three-point stance. Blink once, and you'll miss the snap. Blink twice, and chances are you're lining up for the extra point. Oklahoma's full-throated embrace of the no-huddle offense makes for a physically demanding, emotionally exhausting afternoon for opposing defenses and a daunting obstacle for the Texas Longhorns entering Saturday's game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

UT/OU Notes: Pressuring QB a priority for 'Horns
Houston Chronicle

Ogbonnaya rises to the top
Daily Texan

Follow the leader
This season, Oklahoma defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is making a big impact on the field. But his impact off the field may be greater.

OU football notebook

OU's Stoops not into Texas rivalry talk
Tulsa World
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops doesn't get all the talk about a rivalry between him and Texas' Mack Brown. Stoops has dominated the head-to-head meetings with Brown, winning six of nine – including two by scores of 63-14 and 65-13, and two other defensive showcases that ended 12-0 and 14-3. But Stoops on Tuesday once again downplayed any sense of a rivalry. In fact, he downplayed his relationship in general with Brown.

OU Notebook
Tulsa World

Rivalry not personal for coaches
Norman Transcript
There was a time when a rivalry was epitomized by the coaches leading the teams. Ohio State's Woody Hayes and Michigan's Bo Schembechler could hardly speak to each other during their famous "10-Year War." Former Texas coach Darrell Royal has never spoken about former Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer in high regard and has tried to avoid the subject over the last four decades. The Red River Rivalry fed off that animosity. Players picked up on it, fans have run wild with it. It's all conspired to create a feud that runs 365 days a year. The bad blood should be in peak form when No. 1 OU (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) faces No. 5 Texas (5-0, 1-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. But the animosity doesn't permeate from the head coaches the way it used to.

Texas quarterback McCoy on target
USA Today
To say a college quarterback is back to playing as he did his freshman season usually would not be considered a compliment. But Colt McCoy did not have a usual freshman season at Texas.

Football recruiting

Texas After DeSoto DB
Adrian White is one of the best DBs in the state of Texas and the highly-recruited prospect looks to be one of the Longhorns' top targets for the class of 2010. White talked with Inside Texas about his trip to Austin to see the Horns play, his plans for recruiting and more.


Sooners picked first, Longhorns second by Big 12 basketball coaches
Austin American-Statesman
Oklahoma, boosted by the retention of forward Blake Griffin, has been picked to finish first in the Big 12 basketball standings by a vote of the league's coaches. Griffin, a 6-foot-10-inch sophomore who averaged 14.7 points and 9.1 rebounds last season, would have been a likely NBA draft lottery selection had he elected to leave school. The Sooners had three first-place votes but 109 points overall. Texas received four first-place votes and 107 points.

UT, A&M to play hoops doubleheader at Toyota Center
Houston Chronicle
The Texas and Texas A&M men's basketball programs will unite for one day this season — sort of. Both teams will participate in a doubleheader at Toyota Center on Dec. 20. The Longhorns will take on Michigan State in a nationally televised game, while the Aggies will meet LSU in the following game.


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