October 5, 2006

Conference Capsule: Red River excitement

Got rankings? No. 7 Texas and No. 14 Oklahoma both do, which is why for the sixth time in seven years the Red River Rivalry should mean more than bragging rights in the fierce boarder battle Saturday in Dallas. A spot in a BCS bowl and, with a little help down the road, a berth in the national championship game could be within reach for the winner.

Oh, and a guy named Adrian Peterson might want to make a statement shortly after the 2:30 p.m. kickoff on ABC, too.

As per norm, storyline is stacked upon storyline for the Longhorns, 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the Big 12, and Oklahoma, 3-1, which opens its league season in the 101st edition of the rivalry game: How will Texas-native Colt McCoy operate under pressure and can the redshirt freshman help the Longhorns redeem themselves after they folded in a 24-7 loss to No. 1 Ohio State in early September? Will Oklahoma's defense, touted in the preseason as being one of the best of the Bob Stoops era, improve its mediocre ranking (8th in the Big 12) and prevent Texas from earning back-to-back wins in the series for the first time since 1998-99?

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