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Sooners, Longhorns need win to stay in Big 12 race

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Texas has one Big 12 conference loss, and so does No.10 Oklahoma, which makes their upcoming rivalry matchup at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, even more crucial.

"In my estimation we could see a conference champion with one or maybe two losses this year the way this league is. Because there's so much parody in the league. So this game's really important. Not just that it's the OU game, but that it matters in your league play and league championship play," said UT head football coach Mack Brown.

Oklahoma has won the last two meetings between the two schools. Coach Brown says the Horns definitely laid an egg in last year's 55-17 loss. But Texas is a much better team now, which is why they like their chances against the Sooners this time around.

UT junior offensive lineman Mason Walters said, "This is a game that we know we can go out and win. We have to play well and do all the things we say we're gonna do each and every week. So I think if we do what we say we can do. And we really buy in and believe this team's the team we think it is. We play a great football team and get a win."

Texas sophomore quarterback David Ash added, "I'm sure we can win this week. I think we can win because I think we've got good players. But at the end of the day it's going to come down to which team executes better.

For a lot of players, who've played in this rivalry, like UT senior safety Kenny Vaccaro, it doesn't matter that both teams have one loss.

"To me it's just OU. We gotta beat them regardless. If they were undefeated it would still be the same scenario. If they'd lost two it would still be the same scenario. We gotta beat them to get to the Big 12 championship and try to win the conference."

Kickoff for the Texas-OU game is Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl.

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