AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Sooners fans have been the ones whooping it up on the midway in recent years, thanks to five wins in a row by a combined score of 189-54. But Oklahoma has lost twice this season and is out of the Top 25, while Texas has been No. 2 behind USC since the preseason. 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 (2-2). In other key Top 25 games today: No. 5 Georgia at No. 8 Tennessee: The Bulldogs’ chance to play for the Southeastern Conference championship and the national title faded away after its loss to the Vols last year. Once again, Georgia (4-0, 2-0) is unbeaten, and again, Tennessee (3-1, 2-1) could block its path. 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. 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.” The 100th meeting between the Red River rivals will be held today in its traditional setting of the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, about a 3-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. Tennessee won with freshman QB Erik Ainge last year, 19-14, but it’ll be senior Rick Clausen (Taft High of Woodland Hills) starting despite a sore left Achilles’ tendon that has kept him in a walking boot, unable to practice. He is unmoved by the Vols’ losing the last two times at home to Georgia. “This is 2005,” Clausen said. “This is a different football team.” No. 6 Ohio State at No. 16 Penn State: Everything’s happy again in Happy Valley since the Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) are winning with a group of freshmen and sophomores. “I hope (Penn State coach Joe Paterno) wins every game except this one,” said Ohio State receiver Anthony Gonzalez, whose team will play on the road for the first time this year. “You have a lot of respect for him, obviously, but you still have to play the game. It’s not like we’re going to show up and roll over.” Ohio State (3-1, 1-0) has the fifth-best defense in the nation, giving up just 249 yards a game. They’re tops against the run. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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