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NORMAN, OKLA. (AP) - The way Bob Stoops sees it, there is no Sooners slump in the Red River Rivalry.
It’s the kind of performance that might have landed another Oklahoma coach in hot water, but the Sooners have continued to win Big 12 titles and play for national championships despite the recent losses to the Longhorns.
Once again, Saturday’s game between the eighth-ranked Sooners (4-0) and No. 21 Texas (3-1, 1-0 Big 12) figures to play a role in determining a champion.
“The atmosphere and just playing on a big stage, these are the kind of games you dream about and watch on TV when you’re little. And just the thought of playing in it, it sends chills through your body,” Texas receiver James Kirkendoll said. “I think everybody dreams about playing this kind of game.”
Surrounded by the pageantry of the State Fair of Texas and a crowd split evenly _ along the 50-yard line _ with fans in Oklahoma crimson and Texas burnt orange, a rivalry that’s more than a century old takes up a larger place in the college football landscape.
One of the two teams involved has played for the national title five of the last seven years, even if it’s not as simple as the winner being on track for a trip to Arizona this January. Oklahoma lost two years ago but still won a tiebreaker against the Longhorns to play for the Big 12 and BCS championships. Last year, Texas won again and played for the BCS title.
The last two losses combined with others in 2005 and 2006 don’t add up to a reason to panic for Stoops, who put together five straight wins in the series starting in 2000.
“You can look at it however you want. It’s two out of three or four out of five or us six out of 10,” Stoops said. “You can just keep going, however you want. But in the end, it doesn’t matter. It’s each game. In my eyes, even when we had the five in a row, all that matters is what you do this year.”
His Sooners have been just scraping by so far this season, earning three of their four wins by a touchdown or less. But while Texas is riding high in this series, the Longhorns will be trying to right what went wrong in a stunning 34-12 loss at home to UCLA last week.
“It doesn’t matter if they’ve lost all of their games, lost just one or won all of them,” Sooners running back Mossis Madu said. “They’re going to come in and play as hard as they can.”
Jones replaced 2008 Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford in Oklahoma’s 16-13 loss last year, as Texas’ Colt McCoy moved to 3-1 in the rivalry. Gilbert replaces McCoy this year and will try to become the latest newcomer to win his Red River debut.
Jones, at least, won’t be dealing with the first-time jitters after committing three of Oklahoma’s five turnovers last year.
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