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OU football: No game bigger than OU-Tech

By Jake Trotter Modified: November 16, 2008 at 9:17 pm •  Published: November 16, 2008
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photo - OU's Manuel Johnson (1) congratulates Ryan Broyles (85) on a touchdown as Garrick Williams of Texas A&M walks away in the third quarter during the college  football game between the University of Oklahoma ( OU) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
OU's Manuel Johnson (1) congratulates Ryan Broyles (85) on a touchdown as Garrick Williams of Texas A&M walks away in the third quarter during the college football game between the University of Oklahoma ( OU) and Texas A&M University (TAMU) at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 8, 2008. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
NORMAN — It began with Oklahoma-Texas on Oct. 11.

It will culminate with No. 2 Texas Tech at No. 5 OU next Saturday.

In no year has the Big 12 had so many matchups that captured the attention of the nation. OU-Texas, Oklahoma State-Missouri, Missouri-Texas, OSU-Texas, Texas-Texas Tech and OSU-Texas Tech.

Games that carried national title implications on both sides.

None, however, looms bigger than Tech-OU, with the winner taking a big step toward reaching the national championship.

Not only will the game be shown by ABC to a national audience, but ESPN GameDay is likely to broadcast from Norman.

The game will also feature quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Graham Harrell, two of the frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy.

For Tech, it’s the biggest game in school history.

Win, and the Red Raiders are all but assured of reaching the school’s first Big 12 Championship, and potentially the school’s first national championship, too.

For the Sooners, it’s the biggest home game since No. 1 Nebraska came to Norman in 2000.

OU defeated the Cornhuskers 31-14 on the way to the school’s seventh national championship.


At the moment, Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell is likely the leader for the Heisman Trophy.

But Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford isn’t far behind.

The Rocky Mountain News Heisman Trophy poll, comprised of 10 Heisman voters, has Harrell first, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy second and Bradford third.

Beat OU, and Harrell may lock up the award.

But if Bradford impresses in a Sooner win, the sophomore could take Harrell’s spot as the leader heading into the final week of the regular season.

By Jake Trotter

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