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BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Modified: November 11, 2009 at 1:27 pm •  Published: October 12, 2009

OU vs. Texas
Location: Austin, Texas

→Enrollment: 50,000

→Mascot: Longhorns

→Conference: Big 12

→Record: 5-0, 2-0

→Last game: The Longhorns overcame a 14-10 halftime deficit to slaughter Colorado, 38-14. Wide receiver Jordan Shipley led the way with 11 catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns, including a 74-yard punt return score.

→Best player: QB Colt McCoy finished second only to Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford in the Heisman voting last year. McCoy hasn’t been quite as sharp this season, but still is completing 71 percent of his passes and has thrown nine TDs.

→Why they could win: In McCoy and Shipley, the Longhorns have arguably the best pass-receiving combo in college football. The defense is also improved from last year, led by defensive end Sergio Kindle and safety Earl Thomas.

→Why they could lose: While they remain undefeated, the Longhorns haven’t been dominant. Texas needed TDs on a blocked punt, an interception return and a punt return to put away lowly Colorado. The Longhorn offense can get one-dimensional quickly without a reliable running game, and the defense has been susceptible to big passing plays.