<
>

Smells of rivalry, fried dough in the air

10/8/2011

DALLAS -- We're still a couple hours from kickoff, but the State Fair of Texas is in full swing underneath a gray, overcast sky.

The rain isn't supposed to arrive until later today, but the Longhorns and Sooners' buses made it through a sea of fans into the fairgrounds.

Here's what the inside of Oklahoma's locker room looks like before today's game, complete with The Golden Hat trophy.

This rivalry only comes once a year, but it's the Big 12's best and today should be a great one.

It's the fifth time since 2000 the Sooners and Longhorns have clashed as unbeatens inside the Cotton Bowl, and the 10-point underdog Horns are looking to spring an upset and prove they're back after last year's 5-7 debacle.

They'll have to do it without experience, especially on offense.

Texas quarterbacks Case McCoy and David Ash will be playing in their first Red River Rivalry, along with top offensive options Malcolm Brown at running back and receivers Mike Davis and Jaxon Shipley.

On the Oklahoma sideline? Today is Landry Jones' third Red River Rivalry and Ryan Broyles' fourth and final appearance in the game.

Kickoff is at noon ET on ABC. We'll see if the stage affects the fresh-faced boys in burnt orange.