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Texas-OU Is The Hottest Ticket In College Football This Season

In terms of dollars spent, Texas-OU is the most anticipated game of the 2011 college football season so far.

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With bad blood still in the air after the endless conference realignment talks and both teams headed into the Red River Rivalry undefeated for the first time since 2008, anticipation is sky-high for the Texas-OU game this year:

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The Red River Rivalry (OU/UT) is the hottest ticket of the season says . Avg price paid? $453. Mich-ND was $408.

Dallas-Fort Worth, located almost equidistant between Norman and Austin, has a huge contingent of alumni from both schools, making the game annually one of the toughest tickets in college football.

In sharp contrast to last year, when the Longhorns were coming off an embarrassing 34-12 loss to UCLA at home en route to a stunning 5-7 season, both fan bases have reason for optimism.

Oklahoma, the preseason No. 1 team, has looked dominant through most of the early season, most notably with a convincing road win at Florida State in non-conference play. Texas, meanwhile, has been revitalized by new coordinators Bryan Harsin and Manny Diaz, as well as an infusion of youth on offense, where three true freshmen (Malcolm Brown, Jaxson Shipley and David Ash) have already made a huge impact.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.