No. 12 Oklahoma-Texas Preview
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The Associated Press (AP)- No. 12 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) vs. Texas (3-2, 2-0) in Dallas, 12 p.m. (ABC)
Line: Oklahoma by 14
Series record: Texas leads 59-43-5
WHAT’S AT STAKE
First place in the Big 12 is on the line. But what’s getting most attention is whether Texas coach Mack Brown has to win to save his job. Brown is under intense pressure after three sub-par seasons and three straight losses to the Longhorns’ chief rival, including blowouts the last two years.
Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell vs. Texas linebackers Peter Jinkens, Dalton Santos and Steve Edmond. Everyone else has run on the Longhorns this season and if Sooners can find a way to get the “Belldozer” beyond the line scrimmage and into the open field, the Sooners could have another huge day.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Oklahoma: LBs Dominique Alexander and Aaron Franklin. They will fill in for injured Corey Nelson, the Sooners’ leading tackler who is out with an injury. Alexander, a freshman, and Franklin, a junior will be challenged to contain Texas’ Johnathan Gray, the Longhorns’ leading rusher.
Texas: QB Case McCoy. The Longhorns have had dismal quarterback play in this game the last two years. McCoy, who has been the backup most of his career, gets his third start of the season in place of injured David Ash. McCoy said this week he’s preparing for a game, “I’ll be remembered for forever.”
FACTS AND FIGURES
Texas is just 3-12 against ranked opponents since 2010. Throw the records out the window for a rivalry? That’s not the case with Texas-Oklahoma. At least one of the teams has been ranked in every game since 1999, and the higher-ranked team is 13-1. The only exception was No. 5 Texas beating No. 1 Oklahoma 45-35 in 2008. … The winner gets the Golden Hat trophy, a gold cowboy hat mounted on a block of wood. Look for the winning team to pose for pictures wearing it.
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