October 3, 2006

OU-Texas loser faces stiff challenges in future

It's OU-Texas once again. It's a matchup of two nationally respected programs squaring off in an emotionally charged setting inside the Cotton Bowl. It's a defending national champion against a perennial national title contender. And even though it's not the biggest game in the country, it's the biggest game of the year in the Big 12 Conference.

And it could be the biggest game for Oklahoma and Texas since both teams started their domination of the Big 12.

Texas faces major question marks as they now move ahead without Vince Young. It wasn't too long ago when Texas was known as the team which couldn't win the big one, a team which couldn't beat Oklahoma.

Oklahoma is still trying to recover from the wreckage of two national title run collapses and an 8-4 season from a year ago.

Reputations are on the line this Saturday.

If the past is any indication, this game will serve as a launching pad for one of these teams or one of these team's star performers. Adrian Peterson rode a stellar freshman performance to a runner-up finish in the Heisman Trophy race.

Oklahoma launched a run to a national championship in 2000 with a 63-14 victory. Texas did the same a year ago.

The winner of this game will have a massive leg up on the other for the Big 12 Conference title. And with chances for a national championship chase dwindling, a Big 12 title is the only championship available.

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