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OU players don't believe Texas 'just another opponent'

NORMAN (AP)  Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is selling the "Texas is just another opponent" line.

His players aren't buying it.

The Sooners' hated rival pops up on the schedule just in time to help them refocus after their first loss. Oklahoma fell at TCU last Saturday and dropped from No. 4 to No. 11 in the Top 25. A win Saturday against the Longhorns would put the Sooners (4-1) back on track to reach their goal of making the four-team playoff. It would also give them those all-important bragging rights.

"It's the reason why most people come to Oklahoma  for the OU-Texas game," Oklahoma defensive end Chuka Ndulue said. "My mom will be there, my sister, my dad, my best friends are going to be watching."

The vision of a 50-50 crowd in Dallas and the bus ride through the Texas State Fair to get to the Cotton Bowl help make the game special.

"Just when you walk out there and just see how split the stadium is  it's just one side crimson and one side is whatever their color is," Ndulue said. "Whenever you see that, it's great. It's always loud. I can't even hear the calls back there, you have to look for signals. It's a great atmosphere."

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