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Oklahoma football: OU fans headed to Dallas like Sooners' chances

OU FOOTBALL — Fans Jim and Stacey Hatt and Mike Weber were headed to Dallas on Friday and talked to The Oklahoman about their trips and about their expectations for Saturday's OU-Texas game.
by Ryan Aber Published: October 12, 2012

MARIETTA — Jim and Stacey Hatt of Blanchard have been long-time Oklahoma football fans.

For about the last decade, the couple has held Sooners season tickets.

Saturday at the Cotton Bowl, though, the Hatts will take in the Red River Rivalry for the first time.

“We've had two kid-dogs that have always interfered with our plans,” Jim said. “We finally decided it was time to put them in a kennel and head down for one and see what it's like.”

The game kicks off at 11 a.m. and will be televised on ABC.

The Hatts were among the visitors Friday at the annual Bevo Bash in Marietta, one of the last towns on I-35 in Oklahoma before crossing into Texas.

“We'd heard about this Bevo Bash for years and always wanted to stop by,” Jim Hatt said. “We're loving it so far.”

Stacey is thrilled about the reintroduction of Mike Stoops to the rivalry.

The Sooners defensive coordinator was 4-1 vs. Texas during his first stop at OU, having won his final four games in the series before leaving to become the head coach at Arizona.

“I think he's a big positive,” Stacey said. “He's going to get us back to where we used to be on defense and you already see signs of it.

“Him and Bob teaming together are a great combination. We're glad he's back.”

Mike Weber has lived in Kansas City for the last seven years and still makes it a point to come to Dallas for the annual game.

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