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On Dec. 1, Oklahoma’s David King will begrudgingly root for Texas if necessary

by Jason Kersey Published: November 1, 2012
Oklahoma defensive end David King, left, chases Texas quarterback David Ash during the Sooners' 63-21 win on Oct. 13. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Oklahoma defensive end David King, left, chases Texas quarterback David Ash during the Sooners' 63-21 win on Oct. 13. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
NORMAN — Senior defensive lineman David King said he harbors no disdain for any team on Oklahoma’s schedule … with one exception.

“I don’t have any hate for any team outside of Texas,” King said with a laugh.

He’s got no problem pulling for Oklahoma State to upset Kansas State on Saturday, or for any other team to beat the Wildcats if they haven’t already clinched the Big 12 championship.

Kansas State, still unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the BCS Standings, beat Oklahoma 24-19 on Sept. 22. The Wildcats would have to lose two conference games — and the Sooners would have to win out — for Oklahoma to be conference champion.

If Oklahoma doesn’t lose again, and the Wildcats lose a game before their Dec. 1 season finale against Texas, would King be able to cheer for the Longhorns?

“Well then yeah, I’m gonna cheer for Texas,” King said. “That’s probably the only time you’ll see me wear a Longhorn hat.”

But he said that if Kansas State does win the conference, he’d like to see his fellow Big 12 school play for the national championship.

“(Kansas State is) fun to watch, when you’re sitting in the hotel … ‘Hey, that’s the play they got me with,’” King said.

“I’m kinda happy for them. As long as somebody from the Big 12 can represent us in the national championship. Hopefully it can be them if they run the table. I’m happy for them.”

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