There will be a lot on the line Saturday at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas when Oklahoma and Texas take the field. For Texas, the Longhorns' national title hopes are on the line each week, and the Sooners would like nothing better than to dash those hopes in one of the more heated rivalry games in college football.
Oklahoma could take a huge step toward a seventh Big 12 title in 10 years with an upset of Texas, while the Longhorns will look to make it four out of the past five against the three-time defending conference champions.
As always in a game with conference and national title implications between regional powers, recruiting looms large. The Longhorns and Sooners have dominated recruiting in the state of Texas since Mack Brown's arrival in 1998 and Bob Stoops a year later.
Last year in the half-crimson, half-burnt orange stadium, Lufkin (Texas) defensive tackle Jamarkus McFarland was the top prospect in attendance. His recruitment proved to be a heated head-to-head battle between the two storied programs. McFarland eventually signed with the Sooners, despite the Longhorns' victory in the game.
Jackson Jeffcoat (Plano, Texas/West) is the biggest prize the two national powers are battling for this year. ESPNU's top-ranked prospect is scheduled to be at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. The Longhorns and Sooners, along with USC and Houston, reportedly have a shot at inking the defensive end.
It's unlikely the outcome of the game will become a deciding factor for the level-headed son of former Dallas Cowboys star Jim Jeffcoat, but there is little doubt it's a chance for both programs to make an impression.
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