Posted October 09, 2012 on AP on Fox
It's a college football experience unlike any other. It starts with a bus ride into the State Fair of Texas, with fans thumping on the sides and cheering or directing insults and unfriendly gestures toward the riders. Then there's the walk down the Cotton Bowl field, the chance to stare down your bitter rival face to face before the game begins. And no matter what's on the line beyond the Golden Hat trophy at the annual Red River Rivalry, it's always something special - even if the stakes are a little lower than usual. No. 13 Oklahoma (3-1, 1-1 Big 12) and No. 15 Texas (4-1, 1-1) will arrive in Dallas on Saturday playing catch-up in the conference standings for a change. Instead of a showdown to get in the driver's seat in the Big 12, the rivalry is a crucial win both teams need to keep up with No. 5 West Virginia and No. 6 Kansas State. For the first time since 2007, and the second time since 1997, both teams already have a conference loss behind their names...

Texas QB David Ash exceeding expectations

(Eds: APNewsNow. With AP Photos.) By JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer Texas quarterback David Ash heard the talk in the offseason about being a game manager. The Longhorns didn't need a quarterback to win games, fans said. They just needed one who wouldn't lose them. Ash said all the rights things, too. He said he would spend the entire season handing off to running backs as...

Sooners prepared for new and improved Ash

NORMAN, Okla. — One of the talks around college football and the Big 12 has been on the much better version of David Ash, Texas’ sophomore signal caller, and that talk migrated to OU this week.

2013 BCS Bowl Predictions: Week 6 Edition

After a wild first weekend in October that saw No's. 3, 4 and 5 all get knocked off, our early 2013 BCS bowl predictions are starting to come into focus. Let’s have a look at which teams appear ready for the biggest of bowl spotlights and who’ll be playing for it all. Rose Bowl: Michigan vs. Oregon State – Wow. This is an odd pairing, but who...

Brown vs. Stoops: Top 5 Red River games

While the Sooners and the Longhorns meet in Dallas on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl, this time without as much hype as we're used to, they do bring along a pair of coaches who are facing each other for the 14th time, the longest-active streak between coaches in FBS. Bob Stoops and Oklahoma lead Mack Brown and Texas 8-5 over the 14-year period. Brown is 9-5 against the Sooners...

Wednesday with Bob Stoops: 10-10

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated met up with head coach Bob Stoops for some major news and more Wednesday evening.

Sooners, Longhorns trying to stay in Big 12 race

Bob Stoops and Mack Brown have led their teams into plenty of Red River Rivalry showdowns when it seemed like they were playing for all the marbles. This week, the Oklahoma-Texas game could be just about trying to keep up in the Big 12. The loser of Saturday's game at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas could wind up two games behind No. 5 West Virginia and No. 6 Kansas State in the standings...

First Projected Top 25 BCS Standings, Week 7 Edition

Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIRE – PresswireFollow @Dan VastaIt should be noted that these are a combination of how I feel the games will breakdown this weekend, mixed in with both the BCS projections as well as my own top 25 version.It is never easy to project the exact numbers (somebody call my boy Brad Edwards up!) although we do know that the BCS is once again made up of three formulas...

Week 3 Recap and Photo Diary: The Sweet Nectar of Football, Friends, and Folly in Austin

The two primary definitions of the word “folly” are as follows:Lack of good sense; foolishnessA foolish act, idea, or practice.Saturday night in Austin, underneath the lights of Darrell K. Royal Stadium, where I was as the centerpiece event of the third leg of the MSF-La Quinta College Football Road Trip, the Texas Longhorns fell to the visiting West Virginia Mountaineers in...

Texas, Oklahoma playing for their season

The droning on and on about the Red River Rivalry is decades old, now. As with any good rivalry, it doesn't have anything to do with sports at its core. It's just that a football game is the most convenient and least destructive way to express interstate aggression. "It's like a bowl game at midseason," Texas coach Mack Brown said. But as important as the...

West Virginia may need defense at some point

West Virginia is off to a blistering start in its first Big 12 season, piling up points behind quarterback Geno Smith. But if the No. 5 Mountaineers (5-0, 2-0) want to win the league and even challenge for a national title, they may have to eventually start playing some defense. West Virginia has torched Baylor and Texas for 115 points the last two weeks, but also surrendered 108...

College Football Podcast:'s Taylor Gaspar previews this weekend's ...

It doesn’t matter the year, rankings or players, whenever Texas and Oklahoma get together for the “Red River Shootout” tempers are always high, and the football is always quality. This year will be no exception, as the Longhorns and Sooners get set to do battle Saturday, in a game which is likely a “make or break” for both. Neither team can afford a loss here, with one...
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