NORMAN — Brian Bosworth still gets anxious each second Saturday of October when Oklahoma faces Texas.
The rivalry is still important to the former OU linebacker. Although, his role will be a bit different this weekend.
Bosworth will reprise his role as the "Sheriff of Fansville" for a Dr. Pepper pop-up event in Davis, Oklahoma, at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies, 4145 US-77. Bosworth will be make an appearance at the event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday.
The Transcript spoke with Bosworth ahead of his busy OU-Texas weekend:
Q: As a guy who's played this game and has no issue saying his feelings toward Texas, is this still a pretty big weekend for you as far as who comes out on top?
A: It really is. It changes the way you feel about the remaining part of your season. You're either on a high with a momentum going into the remaining part of the conference play, or you feel like you're playing catch up and in a bit of a panic mode, back against the wall. So generally speaking, this game really is a tipping point for both programs and how they end up playing the remaining part of the season. Now last year was was a little bit different because Texas beat us and then we had the rematch there in the Big 12 championship, which is always great, but it ruins my mood for months, if not the entire year, if we don't come out of the Cotton Bowl with a W.
It's just there's a lot of emotion on both sides of the of the field. It's a lot of emotion on both sides of the fans. And I love the fact that they come out and half is wearing burnt orange and the other half is wearing crimson. And it's just probably the greatest college tradition and rivalry game that college football has, given that there's so many great ones across the board. The fact that Texas is relevant again, and they've been relevant for the last few years. It only it's only great for college football.
Q: Do you have any favorite OU-Texas memory from your playing days or maybe after?
A: Every time we lined up as a player and coming down that tunnel. The very first time I came down the tunnel, the hair on the back of your neck stands up. It still does. I went to game a few years ago and you still have that same feeling of anxiousness and anxiety and fear and emotion and excitement for being in that in that arena and the pageantry that surrounds that game itself. But for me personally, The first time we played them, we were No. 2 and I think Texas was No. 1 one and we ended up in a 15-15 tie in a rain deluge there in the Cotton Bowl and then the second year we played him, the scoreboard showed that it was close, but I think the participants on the field, they realized that it wasn't a close game.
We dominated them both offensively and defensively. The score was on 14-7 but I think we only had like 60 yards and total offense and they literally walked off the field with their Bevo tails tucked in their tights. I love dominating them, especially on defense and just taking all of their confidence away from them.
Q: What do you make of the new-look OU defense so far?
A: I really liked what I'm seeing with the defense and I can only imagine as the recruiting gets stronger, and they get more players and build that depth up. They're going to end up just being stronger and stronger. And we're going to get back to the days of old where both offense and defenses are dominant.
Q: Have you been impressed with the way Jalen Hurts has been able to come in produce like he has after having only one offseason under Lincoln Riley?
A: Impressed is an understatement. But I'm not surprised knowing the kind of program that he came from under Nick Saban. And being at Alabama and playing in Texas high school football. He understands the discipline that it requires week in and week out to be prepared to go into each and every contest. And I love the fact that he's so humble about there is no perfect game. He has yet to play a perfect game and his strive to get to that perfect game is still out in front of him. And I think that's what drives him. ... That kind of leadership is tough to find out of players but he's been around programs that understand what perfection looks like, feels like on the field, both on and off the field. So he's injected that kind of maturity into the Oklahoma program. And I think we're just blessed to have him.
Q: The Big 12 is cracking down on “Horns Down and Lincoln Riley says his players won’t do it on Saturday. What do you think of the odd controversy?
A: t's kind of hard to mask emotion. And if you're walking around on eggshells, and you get your feelings hurt, because somebody happens to throw down the horns down, then maybe you should get some new feelings. But I understand Lincoln's point of view. If it's going to be a sensitive subject, and yards at a premium and mistakes are heightened and highlighted in games like this, you want to play smart and emotionally controlled for 60 minutes.
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