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."
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.
The Sooners also have lost two games by one point.
So how does Texas prepare? Do the Longhorns expect OU to be at full strength (other than Gresham), or do they try to exploit the Sooners in areas where previous opponents have had success?
"We expect the best from them," Brown said. "I got to see a little bit of the first half (against Baylor last Saturday) before walking out to our (Colorado) pre-game and what I thought was, 'They're like us.' Every time a guy steps out, there's another really good player that comes in. They don't talk a lot about injuries and we don't, because we both have had a bunch of them over time.
"What you've got at these two schools (are) guys to step up and take their place and move forward. They might not be as experienced, but they're really good. I heard No. 24 (backup wide receiver Dejuan Miller) was a track champion in New Jersey and he's the guy who replaces someone when they take him out. He's a national sprinter and I thought, 'Boy, that's too bad.' They can all run. They've got good players. We've got good players. You don't talk about who you don't have. You talk about who you've got."
In many ways, the week before OU-Texas can be more challenging for coaches than the week of the game.
"There is a tremendous amount of pressure put on these kids every day about this game, and the coaches," Brown said. "That's the way this game is. It's about conversation, and then you have to go play good on Saturday.
"Last week (preparing for Colorado), we had to stir things up, and I mean that. Nobody last week was talking about Colorado. The kids can tell the difference. When you pull up for the Texas-OU game, people are shaking your bus. Before CU they're sitting around talking, wondering what time it is [yawning] and trying to get to the game on time. And you wonder, 'Why don't those kids play as hard? I'm just amazed at the way they don't play as hard.' I remember last year's post-Colorado talk was exactly the same as this one.
"These kids understand it. They get it. We will not have to say much this week. Last week, we had to. They can see film. Film doesn't lie."