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October 11, 2013

Is there a secret formula to rout Texas?

NORMAN — If Oklahoma knew exactly why the previous two Red River Rivalry meetings with Texas turned into absolute annihilations, the coaching staff would have copyrighted it long ago.

Fact is, there were factors beyond the Sooners’ control that played into it. Mainly, there’s no guaranteeing the Longhorns are going to be at their worst when OU’s at its best.

But it does seem like one team walks down the Cotton Bowl ramp expecting something very good to happen. The other is terrified the worst-case scenario is about to come to fruition.

OU believes it tends to reach its maximum potential because the days leading up to the Texas game are typically some of its best practices of the season.

“You can always tell when it’s OU-Texas week. You can always tell the intensity out there in practice and the way the guys are walking around campus and things like that,” cornerback Aaron Colvin said.

The Sooners have always said this game is no different than any other game on the schedule. Winning it only does so much. Losing it has the same crippling effect as any other loss.

Other OU players point to a simple statistic that helped OU turn the last two meetings in the Cotton Bowl into lopsided romps.

“Turnovers,” OU center Gabe Ikard said. “They’ve turned the ball over, and we’ve taken care of the ball. I don’t think it’s one of those things where we’ve significantly done something. Those two lopsided wins the last two years, they didn’t take care of the ball as well as we did.”

Ikard hit the nail square on the head. Texas has committed eight turnovers in its last two games against the Sooners. OU has turned it over twice.

There’s one last factor that’s caused this game to get out of hand quickly: the second quarter.

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