It’s time for the second longest-running tradition in Sooner Football, right after The Pride of Oklahoma (106 seasons and counting): the 104th matchup between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas, still in the world-famous Cotton Bowl, this Saturday!
The 3-2 Sooners are ranked #18 in both polls after their 33-7 win over Baylor and the return of Sam Bradford, and, if the BCS were published today (the first release comes Sunday after the game, and right now one of the six required computer rankings is not yet published), would rank #20, the fifth-ranking Big 12 team. The 5-0 Longhorns would be #3 in the BCS behind Florida and Alabama, and are split in the polls: #2 in the Harris poll, #3 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ poll. Despite beating Colorado at home 38-14, the Longhorns trailed the unranked 1-4 Buffs 14-10 at halftime, and it was 14-3 with under two minutes left in the half. That was enough to cause some consternation in the Coaches’ poll, which is kind of flaky to begin with. (UCLA lost 24-10 at home to Oregon and yet still got a new vote on one coach’s ballot. Go figure.)
SoonerSports.com has extensive game notes you can read, and our Events calendar already has The Pride of Oklahoma‘s public events listed—a Friday morning rehearsal and exhibition at Ada High School, a Friday evening performance exhibition at the Richardson-Lake Highlands football game, a couple of private or invitation-only rallies, and then on to the Cotton Bowl!
I believe most of the country will see the game on “ESPN on ABC” in high definition at 11:00 AM CDT, but if there is regional coverage, then this page will be updated by Thursday at the latest to show which areas get which games. If you’re not getting OU-Texas, a one-day purchase of ESPN GamePlan from your cable or satellite provider, if it’s available, will give you the game.
There’s a lot of “I dunno…” about the Sooners’ chances on Saturday. I remember the 2000 season, when the undefeated Sooners were barely ranked and not considered a threat to the Longhorns, having defeated only UTEP, Arkansas State, Rice, and Kansas. And then Roy Williams made you believe a man could fly. OU won 63-14 and marched on to its seventh national championship.
A BCS Championship may seem unlikely this year, but Oklahoma is a good team, and sɐxǝʇ appears to think it can’t lose. I have different opinions. If you’re in Dallas, be sure to show up and support The Pride as well as the Sooners in various events. The halftime show concludes with a fantastic number that couldn’t make it into the end of last week’s Parents’ Day show, so look forward to that.
Let’s get fired up!!
It’s 7/28/11; 4:09:02 AM and TEXAS STILL…