During his 12 seasons as Oklahoma coach, Bob Stoops has developed an appreciation of the Oklahoma-Texas rivalry and its history and tradition.
So much so, he doesn't favor moving the date if the changing Big 12 finds itself needing marquee games for later in the season.
With Nebraska and Colorado leaving the league after this school year, and the Big 12 championship game ceasing to exist, there has been talk of moving some matchups to late November or even early December.
Stoops prefers preserving a history that includes Fletcher Corny Dogs and Big Tex and the Tilt-a-Whirl.
"Yeah, because I don't see the Texas State Fair changing," Stoops said during Monday's Big 12 teleconference. "And with the history and tradition for both schools, if I didn't like it and tried to change it, they'd probably fire me that day.
"I've got to say, it's exciting. It's everything you want out of college football. So I don't know why you'd go changing it."
What Stoops had to say on other topics...
On how different Texas looks without Colt McCoy:
"Kind of like different for us when we don't have Sam Bradford. They're different players. Sometimes, that's an obvious difference. But (Garrett) Gilbert, I've seen him play well.
"A lot of what they're doing, a lot of it is similar. They have some wrinkles, whether in the bowl game or in some other games. But very similar to what they've been."
On making sure wide receiver Ryan Broyles gets his touches:
"Ryan's a great competitor and an amazing receiver. We do our best to move him around and try to make it difficult for defenses to zero in on him and work coverages on him... give him a lot of opportunities with the football."
On Broyles' growth from earlier career problems:
"Like a lot of young guys, he had some immature things when he was just in his first year. Since then, he's been wonderful. The guy does everything you ask him to do and works very hard and is a great competitor on the field.
"He just needed that first year to grow up a little bit. And I think sometimes, it's harder for a guy who's local. You've got more friends around and things like that. But since that first semester, he's been outstanding."
On the recent trends of the OU-Texas series:
"Winning that game doesn't do it all for you. It also gets down to being able to finish the schedule and being champion. Three of the last four years, we've also been Big 12 champions, too.
"Heck, this is our first conference game. You start losing some other ones, then it doesn't much matter, this game. This game matters because it's right now. Then after that, you've got to win them all to have a chance to be the Big 12 champion. You win this game and then lose a bunch of others, it doesn't amount to much."
On the ups and downs of the OU running game:
"Our running game has been a little inconsistent, but it has been effective enough. And it lends itself to play-action passes and opening up some of the passing game, which we have been much better this year, making a bunch of plays. A lot of it stems from the threat of the run.
"Landry's been outstanding. I'm not a big statistic guy, I'm not sure where he's at, but I think it's been awfully good. Going on the road a week ago and throwing for 375 yards is awfully strong. And he only had one bad play the entire day. He's doing really well. But the run game helps compliment him for sure."