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Oklahoma State Preview: A Whole New Ballgame
Last weekend, Texas faced a Missouri offense that was one of the most prolific in the nation and still managed to shut it down while the game was in doubt. But now Texas faces a truly balanced attack for the first time this season in the Oklahoma State Cowboys, who possess the toughest running game on the Texas schedule.

The Inside Texas Podcast
What questions have the Texas Longhorns yet to answer? Inside Texas' Ross and Ross look at the journey this team has taken to No. 1 and discuss how much trouble Oklahoma State's balanced offense will be, what the rest of the schedule looks like and more, including how this squad compares to Texas' 2005 National Championship team.

Ask James Brown
Former Longhorn QB and NFL Europe star James Brown answers your questions on a QB balancing when to run, his relationship with Mack Brown and his thoughts on an early signing period.

Horns' Brown maturing into a steadying force at cornerback
Austin American-Statesman
Last year, he was a special teams guy for the Texas Longhorns. This year, he's a starting cornerback who's growing into the role of a shutdown corner for the top-ranked Longhorns, who host No. 6 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Notebook: Running backs begin to spread the wealth
Austin American-Statesman

Thoughts of family, loss motivate Texas' emerging star
Dallas Morning News
Everyone was talking about Chris Ogbonnaya, buzzing about the Texas running back's breakout game Oct. 4 at Colorado. The fifth-year senior suddenly looked like the missing piece that now-No. 1 Texas needed. Fast, powerful and also a receiving threat, he totaled 187 yards and two touchdowns. No one knew what Ogbonnaya was thinking.

Texas vs. the other Oklahoma
San Antonio Express-News
The Texas Longhorns are building another rivalry with another Oklahoma school. This one is just a rivalry of dramatics. UT has staged second-half comebacks to defeat Oklahoma State in four of the past five seasons.

UT Mailbag: Odds are that Texas is going down
San Antonio Express-News
Since this is a Mailbag, why can't the topic just be e-mail? And I just received an interesting one from a California-based odds-maker. Apparently, there isn't a lot of confidence that Texas can remain No. 1 for much longer. According to (no idea what kind of organization this really is) odds are 7-to-2 that this will be UT's last week atop the BCS and AP rankings, with Oklahoma State looming.

Oklahoma State's offense a "predicament" for Texas
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
One week after his Texas defense diminished the Heisman Trophy hopes of two Missouri players, Will Muschamp insists the challenge will increase Saturday. Muschamp, the Longhorns' first-year defensive coordinator, considers No. 7 Oklahoma State a more dangerous offensive team than the Mizzou juggernaut led by quarterback Chase Daniel and receiver Jeremy Maclin.

FOOTBALL Q&A: Fozzy could re-enter lineup
Daily Texan
Texas football beat writer David R. Henry answers your questions about the team.

Texas defensive line: Longhorns loaded up front
Brian Orakpo is having the type of season this year that he was expected to have last year, before a knee injury slowed him down. The Texas defensive end is dominating Big 12 Conference competition with 7.5 sacks, routinely wreaking havoc on whoever tries to block him.

OSU, UT exceed expectations
Tulsa World
When college football preseason magazines arrived on bookstore shelves in June, Texas was viewed as a distant No. 2 behind defending Big 12 South champion Oklahoma. The consensus seemed to be that while the Longhorns were equipped for a nice season, they probably weren't genuine national contenders. One national magazine predicted a fifth-place South finish for Oklahoma State. In the Big 12 preseason media poll, OU was an overwhelming choice to repeat as the South champion. Texas barely edged Texas Tech for the No. 2 spot. From a panel of 51 media members, OU received 49 first-place votes. Texas received two. OSU was fourth in the preseason poll. But when the initial Bowl Championship Series standings were released last week, Texas was No. 1 and Oklahoma State was No. 6.

OSU Notebook
Tulsa World

For Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, a chance to shout loud and proud
Miami Herald
Mike Gundy is 41 these days, which presumably doesn't affect his manhood status. But with Oklahoma State standing tall in the octagon that has become the Big 12 South, there is evidence that the guy can coach a little, too.

Quarterback Robinson has Oklahoma State's stock rising
USA Today
Texas coach Mack Brown says it's the best Oklahoma State team he has seen in his 11 seasons with the 'Horns. Offense hasn't been an issue for the Cowboys for a while. With quarterback Zac Robinson and running back Kendall Hunter, a 5-8 sophomore who has rushed for a Big 12 Conference-best 136.4 yards a game, they strike an uncommon balance.

Football recruiting

Shead Takes a Trip to Texas
As the 2008 football season progresses, the top high school players are beginning to separate themselves and potential Texas targets are becoming clearer. One of those top players is Cedar Hill OG Adam Shead. This past weekend, Shead and four Cedar Hill teammates (including 2009 Texas commit Thomas Ashcraft) made their way to Austin and the 2010 prospect liked what he saw.


Notes: Three defenders emerge as go-to guys for Texas men
Austin American-Statesman
There have been seasons when Longhorns coach Rick Barnes hoped one player would emerge as a lock-down defender on the perimeter. This season he might have three.

Hoops recruiting

North's Bejarano commits to Longhorns
Arizona Republic
Phoenix North High junior basketball player Daniel Bejarano told Texas coach Rick Barnes on Thursday that he will play for the Longhorns after he graduates in 2010.


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