Outlook: The past four results -- all Oklahoma victories, punctuated by a 65-13 humiliation last year -- have colored this rivalry. Sooners quarterback Jason White won the Heisman last year, but the Sooners' offense might be better because -- with freshman back Adrian Peterson -- it's more balanced. Texas, always speedy and athletic on defense, is more physical. Texas's running game could also overpower OU's young defensive line.
Two Guys You Need to Watch: Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson averages 12 tackles a game and has forced five fumbles, most in the nation. Texas should punt away from Oklahoma defensive back Antonio Perkins, who had three returns for touchdowns in 2002, four last year, and one this year.
The Quote: "That might have been the case the previous years. But we've gotten better as far as when adversity hits; that's how you really judge a good team: When something bad happens, how they bounce back." -- Derrick Johnson on whether Oklahoma is "in the Longhorns' heads."
Conference Fallout: Clearly, the Big 12's South Division -- with these two teams, plus unbeaten Oklahoma State -- is stronger than the North, where Kansas State (2-2) could be the nation's most disappointing team. Nebraska (3-1) is still adjusting to new coach Bill Callahan, and Missouri and Colorado don't seem championship-worthy. The Cowboys (4-0, 1-0 Big 12) must play at Texas. So for now, the winner of this game has the advantage in reaching the BCS.