Texas vs. Oklahoma: What They Are Saying

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In this picture, the coaches are all smiles, but come game time, the rivalry heats up and the two sides will be anything but friendly.  (Tim Heitman-USA Today Sports)
In this picture, the coaches are all smiles, but come game time, the rivalry heats up and the two sides will be anything but friendly. (Tim Heitman-USA Today Sports)

 

Texas head coach Mack Brown, via texassports.com:

"Oklahoma game is one of the great games in college football for all the unique reasons. It's the State Fair. It's at a neutral site. It's such a traditional game and one that all the changes in conference realignment has not hurt because it's still about the conference games. It's still about a conference championship and it's still one of the more unique games with two bordering states that's really, really special. I've been lucky enough to be on both sides of it."

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, via soonersports.com:

"Well it's always exciting. It's a great experience. The State Fair, the Cotton Bowl, the tradition and history there, two teams here that have been in the same division when we had divisions (in the Big 12) and the atmosphere of the game with the stadium split in half. It's always really special. It's kind of like a bowl game in the middle of the year. It's a great game."

Texas co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite, via texasports.com:

"I think it's all on the line, when you play Oklahoma, every year. I don't think these kids or coaches or anyone else feel differently. It's the Oklahoma game, it's what you come to Texas to play for, same thing on the other side. ... It's bragging rights. It's what you get to talk about when you're old and retired. ...

This is a game you have to go in with confidence. You have to go in understanding that it's going to be loud; it's going to be physical; there's going to be ups and downs. By understanding that, accepting that, you're not shocked when it happens and you're able to put it in its own place and compartmentalize it and move through it, fight through it."

Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel, via soonersports.com:

"It's a big game. It's why kids come to Oklahoma; they want an opportunity to go down there and compete in this type of ball game. This is one of the most special events in college football. The atmosphere outside of the stadium, in the State Fair of Texas and the atmosphere inside is electric. This is a fun game to play. You'll remember it."

Texas senior defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat:

"We have got to out-physical [the Sooners]. We've got to play tougher than them. We just have to stay up and make plays, play like we know how to play instead of playing timid. We have to do what we know we can do as Texas. We've made too many big mistakes against OU. When you do that, it gets worse and worse. You need to be loose and not uptight, but you have to be focused."

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James Schleicher

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