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Texas notebook: Drop in polls doesn't bother Longhorns

By JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Modified: October 15, 2009 at 10:53 pm •  Published: October 15, 2009

Texas players who attended Monday's weekly media luncheon said they were not aware the Longhorns had slipped from No. 2 to No. 3 in The Associated Press poll behind Florida and Alabama, and no UT player claimed to be offended.

"Doesn't really matter," defensive tackle Lamarr Houston said. "We're not a media darling right now. I guess you could say that. They're going to pick and choose who they want to choose. Honestly, I don't care. It's October right now. We don't care about the rankings."

In the coaches' poll, Texas remained at No. 2.

"I've always said that the coaches know more about it than the writers," UT coach Mack Brown said, drawing laughter. "Please note that was an attempt at humor."

High profile

What does OU-Texas offer that other games on the schedule don't?

"It really benefits us because it gives us national credibility when we win the game," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "That's the best thing it does. You need to beat somebody who's really good, and they're really good. The one who wins this game usually is pushed forward into the national scene after this."

Name that player

Because defensive players study only film of the opposing offense, they don't frequently discuss defensive personnel from the other team.

Not only did Texas defensive tackle Lamarr Houston make a point of discussing the OU defense, he mentioned several players by name, including Gerald McCoy, Auston English, Jeremy Beal, Ryan Reynolds and Travis Lewis.

"They're just really good," Houston said. "You watch TV. You know their names."

Time to reload

Oklahoma has had several missing ingredients so far this season due to injuries, among them being prominent contributors in quarterback Sam Bradford, tight end Jermaine Gresham and wide receiver Ryan Broyles.

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