10 Oct

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Texas-OU is the top game of Big 12 football season, and it’s not even close

Texas head coach Tom Herman said safety Caden Sterns is one of several players who will miss Saturday's AT&T Red River Showdown against Oklahoma (photo by Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — It’s a given that, regardless of the records, the Texas-Oklahoma game is one that always is circled on the college football calendar. So when the two square off Saturday in the AT&T Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas with the Longhorns ranked 11th and the Sooners sixth in the Associated Press poll, the stakes are even higher than usual.

With so much on the line and the 115-year history of the Red River Showdown, it’s a challenge for the coaches from both teams to keep their teams on even keels.

Texas coach Tom Herman, who preaches the "1-0" mantra for every drill in every practice and for every snap of every game, understands

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .