And they know it. “People are questioning if this team is going to go out and win the game,’ Longhorns defensive tackle Rod Wright said. “I’m thinking, `How will the world feel if they … see Texas go out and totally dominate OU?’ That will shock the world. That will make a statement and look like the No. 2 team in the nation trying to get to No. 1.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The 100th meeting between the Red River rivals will be held today in its traditional setting of the Cotton Bowl, about a 3 1/2-hour drive from both campuses, with fans turning the stands half-burnt orange, half-crimson, and the State Fair of Texas roaring all around the stadium. Sooners fans have been the ones whooping it up on the midway in recent years, thanks to five consecutive victories by a combined score of 189-54. One more and Oklahoma would tie its longest streak in the series, set from 1952-57 by the Bud Wilkinson-coached teams that also won an unprecedented 47 consecutive games. All summer, there was talk about this finally being Texas’ year, that the Longhorns would be peaking and the Sooners might be vulnerable. Well, it didn’t take until the second Saturday in October for both angles to play out. Oklahoma has lost twice and is out of the Top 25, and Texas has been No. 2 since the beginning of the season. The Longhorns (4-0) come in with the higher ranking for the first time since 1999, which also was the last time they beat the Sooners. They’ve won 11 consecutive since their last loss to Oklahoma, with quarterback Vince Young blossoming into one of the most exciting players in college football along the way. Young says he was too uptight against the Sooners last year. It showed, too, as he fumbled twice and threw for just 86 yards. Now he’s playing with the confidence of someone who has come through with his feet against the Wolverines and his arm against the Buckeyes. “When the guys walk up on the sideline and say, `Vince, go out there and get `em,’ that just helps me play better and helps me be me,’ he said. “Right now, that is the difference with our team right now, our chemistry and just having a good time.’ The Sooners (2-2) are breaking in all sorts of new players, most notably freshman quarterback Rhett Bomar. With defenses focusing more on running back Adrian Peterson, he hasn’t looked like the guy who blistered Texas for 225 yards last year and now he’s hobbled by a sprained ankle. Despite all of Oklahoma’s problems, the Sooners have one intangible that could go a long way: No one on the roster has ever lost to the Longhorns. “We’re going in there to win,’ defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek said. “We think we can.’ Oddsmakers don’t. The point spread has grown to 14 and some folks who swore they’d never pick the Longhorns until the year after they beat the Sooners are having second thoughts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DALLAS — Beating Michigan in the Rose Bowl was great. Winning at Ohio State was a big thrill. Yet for the second-ranked Texas Longhorns, their national reputation still hinges on one thing: Whether they can finally beat Oklahoma.