Horns' identity will be forged against Sooners

Texas paid a brief visit to the No. 1 spot in the rankings last week. Do the Horns have enough offense behind ace Cat Osterman to claim the top spot at the end of the season?

Updated: April 17, 2006, 11:39 AM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

It took the Texas Longhorns (40-4) almost the entire duration of pitcher Cat Osterman's four seasons in Austin to earn the No. 1 ranking in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 for the first time; it took just one week for them to demonstrate how difficult it is to linger long enough at the peak of the college game to take a few snapshots and pause for reflection on the world below.

After dropping a midweek home game against Big 12 rival Texas A&M on April 5, in front of the second-largest home ...

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