That didn’t go as we would have hoped, but we knew two top-five teams meeting in a heated rivalry would be an intense game. Despite injuries, our Sooners hung in through the very last play, and so did The Pride of Oklahoma.

Update: Here’s news coverage of The Pride’s stop in Duncan on Friday from KSWO-7 (no video) and from the Duncan Banner, and the Norman Transcript’s story about the band’s OU-Texas trip.

But there’s no time for any of that now. It’s Homecoming 2008! Two quick points:

  1. The last time Texas won the Red River Rivalry, OU went on to win both the Big 12 South and the Big 12 conference championship.

  2. #16 Kansas, our opponent next week, today defeated Colorado 30-14. KU is also 5-1, and comes to Norman next week with a lot to prove against our Sooners.

We have much to do. There’s a Wind Symphony and Symphony Band concert on Thursday that we’ll post more about on Monday, and then we have our own work to do: the 2008 University of Oklahoma Alumni Band!

We’ve already posted a list of over 120 marchers for next Saturday, including eight drum majors! We have rehearsal Friday night, and we’ll have a schedule within 48 hours as soon as ABC decides if they’ll cover the game at 2:30 PM or 7:00 PM. (My gut feeling remains that if Missouri beats OSU tonight, then Missouri-Texas will be in prime time.)

So there’s no time for looking back! The Big 12 and Big 12 South are still wide open, and this game is going to be big! Are you current on your music? Click here to get parts. Have you paid all of your fees or for your lunches or shirts or tickets? Click here to pay it all instantly and securely (you can even pay your annual dues if you can’t make it to Homecoming this week).

Should your name be on the list of marchers but isn’t, or you want it to be? Contact Rita Heath immediately!

5-1 makes OU a top-ten team and the season is only half over, so it’s time to step it up in support of our Sooners and “The Pride of Oklahoma!” Let’s get fired up for Homecoming!