• Berry Tramel: On hating Texas the team, not Texas the state

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: 1 hr ago

    Texas the football team is easy to despise, if you have a mailing address or roots north of the Red River. As the Sooners face off against the Longhorns, some Oklahomans talk about their feelings about Texas, the team and the state.

  • OU football notebook: Jordan Smallwood likely back for Red River Showdown

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, Staff Writers | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    Smallwood tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the spring. The Jenks product played in 13 games last season, with three catches for 21 yards.

  • Big 12 Football: Why Texas' Charlie Strong is this week's hot seat

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    Hard to imagine how a seat could be hotter. Since the start of Strong's second season with Texas, he's changed offensive coordinators and quarterbacks, his athletic director has been fired, he's lost twice by blowouts and lost twice by unfathomable kicking-game snafus. His players seem fractured and the ship seems on fire. Now Strong plays a program in Oklahoma (11 a.m. Saturday, ABC) that four times in the 2000s has put a whipping on Texas of at least a 38-point margin. No OU or Texas coach has been fired before they clear the State Fair Midway, but for Strong's sake, his Longhorns need to put up a fight, else history could be made.

  • Big 12 Football: Berry Tramel ranks this week's games

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Oct 9, 2015

    1. TCU at Kansas State, 6:30 p.m., FOX: Horned Frogs 38-17. K-State alum Gary Patterson was mentioned prominently as a successor to Bill Snyder in 2006. But Patterson was building a version of his own Manhattan Miracle. 2. OSU at West Virginia, 6 p.m., ESPN2: Cowboys 35-24. OSU has won seven straight; only Ohio State (18), TCU (13) and Michigan State (nine) have longer streaks among Power-5 conference teams. 3. OU vs. Texas in Dallas, 11 a.m., ABC: Sooners 45-12. Third straight season both teams will start a quarterback making his OU-Texas debut. 4. Iowa State at Texas Tech, 2:30 p.m., Fox Sports Oklahoma: Red Raiders 52-13. After TCU and Baylor back-to-back, Red Raiders deserve a break. 5. Baylor at Kansas, 11

  • OU-Texas game, weekend forecast

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 10 hr ago

    Headed to Texas to watch the Red River Rivalry game? Or maybe just hanging around Oklahoma City this weekend? Either way, we've got you covered. Here's your weekend forecast.

  • Poll: What do you dislike about Texas?

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 12 hr ago

    The Red River Rivalry game between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas is this weekend, so let's have some fun. What do you dislike about Texas outside of football? Take the poll.

  • Where the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry began

    By Steve Lackmeyer OKC Central slackmeyer@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Steve Lackmeyer of The Oklahoman takes a look at the history of the rivalry between the Oklahoma and Texas.

  • The indelibility of growing up burnt orange

    Jacquielynn Floyd Dallas Morning News | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Dallas Morning News writer Jacquielynn Floyd explains what it was like growing up as part of the University of Texas nation.

  • OU fans are expected to break the Cotton Bowl's 'Great Divide'

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Yesterday

    The crimson-and-orange divide at the Cotton Bowl, one of the things that makes the Red River Showdown special, is bound to be skewed Saturday. 50-50? Sounds like 60-40 is more like it.

  • Oklahoma notebook: Zack Sanchez hopes to pester Jay Norvell again — in a different way

    By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Sanchez, then a redshirting freshman cornerback, was playing on the OU scout team against the Sooners’ first-team offense. Norvell was the Sooners’ receivers coach. “I was probably a little pest back then,” Sanchez said

  • Oklahoma football: Texas signee Du'Vonta Lampkin ends up at OU after a long, drawn-out saga

    By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    In an era where college athletes are winning court cases against the NCAA, receiving full cost of attendance scholarships and generally fighting back against a system seen by many as exploitive, Lampkin could become a case study in the National Letter of Intent process and how one prospect found a way out of the ironclad contract.

  • OU vs. Texas: How do some OU fans end up sitting with the enemy during the Red River Showdown?

    BY BERRY TRAMEL Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    NORMAN — When Drake Schunck left his seat in the Cotton Bowl's north end for something to drink or a bathroom break, he trudged up the steps with his head down. “Bit of a gauntlet,” Schunck said. “Try to keep the blinders on.” Best to be low-key in enemy territory. Depending, of course, on how the OU-Texas game is going. Schunck, a Sooner fan who now lives in Houston, has spent a couple of Red River rivalries in the tiny crimson sections on the Longhorn end of the stadium. Call it the Cotton Bowl's Jerusalem. A geographic enclave of hearty souls, surrounded by enemies.

  • OU vs. Texas: Five Longhorns to watch during Saturday's game

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    JERROD HEARD Quarterback Heard has been one of the few bright spots to this point in the season for the Longhorns. Heard broke Vince Young's school record with 527 yards of total offense in the loss to Cal earlier this season. But Heard couldn't get much going against TCU last week in a blowout, with just 48 yards passing in a 50-7 loss. Heard's escapability was front and center in the game against Cal, where he ran for 163 yards, and early in the loss to Oklahoma State. If Texas is able to stay close or even pull off a second upset in the last three seasons, it's hard to imagine Heard not being a big part of that. ARMANTI FOREMAN Wide receiver With Daje Johnson likely out Saturday,

  • OU vs. Texas: Five Sooners to watch during Saturday's game

    BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    BAKER MAYFIELD Quarterback The quarterbacks are already of utmost importance in this game and the Sooners have gotten excellent play from Mayfield this season. He's thrown for 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions through four games. The Longhorns, known since the dawn of the Mack Brown era to have a fierce secondary, have struggled on the back end of their defense this season. Mayfield figures to be able to take advantage of that by showing off the solid decision making he's displayed as a junior this season. Also, he grew up in Austin as an OU fan, giving this game extra meaning. STERLING SHEPARD Wide receiver If Mayfield is important, so is his No. 1 target.

  • Showers tonight; OU-Texas forecast

    Bradon Long | Yesterday

    Just when we thought Fall had embraced us...  It's time to put aside the hot pumpkin spiced latte for a few days. Warm temperatures will continue into the weekend as showers and thunderstorms in northern Oklahoma may make their way south into the OKC metro by early Friday morning. If you're headed down to Dallas tomorrow to the Texas State Fairgrounds or simply to get ready for the showdown in the Cotton Bowl, it's going to be hot. No other way to put it. Highs for Friday in the Dallas area will reach up into the low 90s, making it not quite ideal to be scarfing down a deep-fried Oreo, Coke or anything and everything else that can be deep-fried.

  • Fossil enthusiasts can attend Oct. 17 hunt in Oklahoma

    Olivier Rey | Yesterday

    A fossil trip is planned Oct. 17 by the Sam Noble Museum. Rich in invertebrate fossils, Oklahoma has one of the best places for fossil hunts in the United States.

  • Oklahoma football: Zack Sanchez hopes to pester Jay Norvell again, but in a different way

    Jason Kersey | Yesterday

    NORMAN — Zack Sanchez admits he was pretty annoying to Jay Norvell back in 2012. Sanchez, then a redshirting freshman cornerback, was playing on the OU scout team against the Sooners’ first-team offense. Norvell was the Sooners’ receivers coach. “I was probably a little pest back then,” Sanchez said this week. “I know I got into some arguments with him a couple times that year. I went and apologized to him and told them that’s not me. We were real cool with each other from that point on.” Now that Norvell is calling plays for the Texas offense, Sanchez is hoping to pester Norvell again this Saturday, although in a much different way. The junior is one of the

  • Fans prepare for #RedRiverRivalry game

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Yesterday

    Have you been waiting your whole life for this game? What about just a week? Here's what some fans had to say about Saturday's OU-Texas game. Will it be a Red River Rivalry game to remember? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

  • Texans flocking to OU

    By Matt Patterson Staff Writer mpatterson@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    There are about 4,500 Texans attending the University of Oklahoma another 3,500 at Oklahoma State University.

  • Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell grateful he'll be back in the Cotton Bowl, even on the other sideline

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    NORMAN — Bob Stoops determined that Jay Norvell was part of the problem last year at Oklahoma, firing him along with Josh Heupel and completely overhauling the Sooners' offense. Earlier this season, Charlie Strong determined that Norvell was part of the solution to his offensive woes and made him Texas' play caller. As Norvell prepares to return to Dallas for his eighth-straight Red River rivalry game, he's trying to navigate a tumultuous situation in Austin. The Longhorns are 1-4 and there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel — not even the Cotton Bowl's South end zone tunnel. Awaiting Norvell will be his 10th-ranked, undefeated former team featuring players and coaches he knows well.