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Texas vs. OU: Longhorns gearing up for 107th installment of Red River Rivalry

Two of the most hated rivals in football will hit the field from the Cotton Bowl this Saturday for a pivotal Big-12 game.

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Without question one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports, the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns will once again come together on Saturday for yet another episode in their Red River Rivalry series.

Dealt their first loss of the season by a dangerous West Virginia squad on Saturday night, the Longhorns will be eager to bounce back to avoid dropping two straight games after a 4-0 start. Unable to beat the Sooners since the 2009 campaign with Colt McCoy under center, Texas will hope for continued success from promising second-year quarterback David Ash.

A 6'3", 223-pound Belton, Texas native, Ash has carved up defenses with surgical precision through five games, and has thrown just one interception compared to 11 touchdowns. Ash will continue to rely on a three-headed monster to carry him at tailback with Joe Bergeron, Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray all making a significant impact. Though Bergeron leads the team with nine rushing scores, his meager 4.3 yards per carry average ranks below both of his quicker, more explosive peers.

Still reeling from a loss to Kansas State on Sept. 22, Oklahoma will also need to answer plenty of questions about its defensive intensity come Saturday. The Sooners struggled to pull away from an inconsistent Texas Tech team until the second half over the weekend, and have still yet to face off against a top opponent away from their home field.

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