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Saturday, October 6, 2007

The Associated Press: Texas-OU Different This Year

Texas-OU Different This Year

By JAIME ARON – 2 hours ago

DALLAS (AP) — The old stadium will still be half orange and half crimson, with Bevo on one side and the Sooner Schooner on the other.

The State Fair of Texas will still be roaring all outside, with fans from both sides slipping out for a beer and a corny dog at halftime.

And the winning team will still get to take home the Golden Hat trophy.

Yet something is different about this year's Texas-Oklahoma game. Make that a lot of things, a lot of important things — and they all trace to last Saturday, when both teams were upset.

With Oklahoma stumbling against Colorado and Texas getting stomped at home by Kansas State, the stakes for Saturday's matchup of Red River rivals have been adjusted. No longer a probable top-10 matchup between teams jockeying for a spot in the national championship chase, it's now a battle between clubs trying to avoid being buried in the conference race.

"Everybody sees the big picture and everybody has the same goal in mind," OU receiver Malcolm Kelly said. "Both teams."

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More than 65,000 football fans are filling the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park in Dallas today to watch the Texas Longhorns take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry. The winner will move to a 1-1 record in the Big 12, have bragging rights over their rival, and will posses the Golden Hat trophy for the next year.

The Sooners are ranked 10th in the nation and are favored going into today's game with 19th ranked UT. But Longhorn Head Coach Mack Brown says his team is ready. "Our kids have had a lot of energy this week," Coach Brown said. "Our guys have been really resilient after a loss, so they'll come back and play hard."

Both UT and OU have agreed to hold the game at the Cotton Bowl through 2015. The facility is undergoing a $50 million renovation.

After the game, listen to Longhorn Gameday with Jeff Ward, Ed Clements, and Geoff Ketchum on Newsradio 590 KLBJ.

Visitors coming in to Dallas for Texas-OU game will face traffic | pegasusnews.com

Visitors coming in to Dallas for Texas-OU game will face traffic

By Pegasus News wire

Football fans heading north to Dallas to the Texas-Oklahoma football game should plan for extra travel time this weekend due to heavy traffic and construction on Interstate 35 north of Hillsboro.

A four-mile work zone in Hill County will have lane reductions in place for northbound traffic, providing only one lane in each direction at the I-35 east/west split north of Hillsboro.

Why Texas-OU Matters: It's an anchor tenant for Cotton Bowl, Dallas | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Opinion: Editorials

Today is what all the fuss was about.

Well-meaning but misguided people who conflated the Cotton Bowl game with the Cotton Bowl stadium missed the point about spending tens of millions in city bond money to fix an aging, open-air football facility.

We wish our friends at the AT&T Cotton Bowl – the New Year's Day game – all the success in the world at their new domed home in Arlington, but a shopping mall can survive the loss of a Banana Republic. If Macy's leaves, the mall closes.

And Texas-OU – for its irresistible combination of tradition and economic impact – is Macy's for the stadium at Fair Park.

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KXAN.com - News, Weather, Sports - Austin, TX | Avoid Texas-OU Game Traffic With Alternate Routes

housands of people are hitting the roads Friday to see the Texas-Oklahoma game.

If you're headed to the game, or if you have to drive north on Interstate 35 for any reason this weekend, take some alternate routes.

Besides the usual heavy traffic, fans are going to run into a major snag about an hour south of Dallas.

Once you reach Hillsboro, northbound traffic will be reduced near the I-35 split. That will last about four miles.

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