OU-Texas Week is different. Different in Norman. Different in Austin. Different in Dallas.
Different for fans. Different for media. Different for coaches. Different for players.
Part II of our OU-Texas video series is released today, with former Sooners talking about the different feel of the week that leads to Dallas and a showdown in the Cotton Bowl.
You hear from Sooners a bunch. But Longhorns this week talked about the intensity of this week.
“It’s the reason you come to Texas,” said cornerback Quandre Diggs. “To play in a rivalry game like this magnitude of the game is crazy. A lot of people don’t ever get to experience anything like this in their life, and we’re some of the guys that do, and we’ve got to take advantage of it.”
Texas tailback Johnathan Gray, who generally downplays the hoopla around everything, admitted this week is different. “As far as preparation it is a little bit, yeah,” Gray said. “We’ve got to be more focused, more in tune with what we’re doing. For the past years, we’ve known how Oklahoma plays, and they’re a hard-nosed team, so we have to be prepared for that and it all comes down to who makes less errors.”
Of course, Texas this week has more distractions than does OU. The job status of Mack Brown is one of the major themes of this game. Can he survive another loss to the Sooners?
“I think we are more mature,” McCoy said. “At times we haven’t shown that, but we are a more mature team than usual, and I think just in our generation with the world we live in, social media is huge, and I’ve gotten off of it for the most part, and I think a lot of guys have learned to start handling it in a more responsible way.
“But any time you open up anything, you see anything, obviously we’re reading and understanding the talk that’s going around this university and this football program.
“But at the same time, I think, I know, I did because I’ve been around this program for a long time, and I think most of us understood getting recruited what we were stepping into, and playing at a university like this, to this prestige. I think it’s something you’ve got to understand and you’ve got to embrace it.”