Red River Shootout highlights six-pack of Big 12 games

Updated: October 10, 2003, 12:56 PM ET

DALLAS -- Oklahoma seniors have thoroughly enjoyed the Red River Shootout. They've never lost to Texas.

No. 1 Oklahoma has won three straight games in the series and has a national championship in the same span. And the bad news for No. 11 Texas (4-1, 1-0 Big 12): the Sooners seem to be hitting their stride this season.

Coach Bob Stoops said this week that this year's team might be the best he's had at Oklahoma. And he sent an ominous warning when he said, "We're probably peaking at the right moment."

Texas coach MackBrown pretty much agrees: "They just have no weaknesses."

Oklahoma (5-0, 1-0) has beaten its last three opponents by an average score of 55-20, including a dominating 53-7 win over Iowa State in its Big 12 opener.

The 98th game in the series between border-state rivals, which Texas leads 55-37-5, is Saturday at the Cotton Bowl, where the game has been played since 1929.

It is the first Saturday with a six-pack of Big 12 games -- every team playing conference games.

Besides Oklahoma-Texas, No. 10 Nebraska (5-0, 1-0) plays at Missouri (4-1, 0-1); No. 22 Kansas State (4-2, 0-1) is at Oklahoma State (4-1, 0-1); Iowa State (2-3, 0-1) goes to Texas Tech (4-1, 1-0); Baylor (3-2, 1-0) plays at Texas A&M (2-3, 0-1); and Colorado (2-3, 0-1) is home against Kansas (4-1, 1-0).

Missouri missed a chance for a 5-0 start with a fourth-quarter collapse at Kansas two weeks ago. Now the Tigers have to try to rebound against a team they haven't beaten in 25 years.

Nebraska has won 24 straight games over Missouri since 1978, and hasn't lost in Columbia, Mo., since 1973. No current player on either team was even born when the Tigers last won in the series.

Two straight losses have knocked Kansas State out of the national championship chase, and tumbling 16 spots to No. 22 in the Top 25. But the Wildcats can still shoot for the Big 12 title.

Oklahoma State, in the preseason Top 25 before losing its opener to Nebraska, has rebounded with four straight lopsided wins. The Cowboys won the non-conference games by a combined score of 198-36, but have lost nine in a row to K-State, including 44-9 last year.

New Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons keeps putting up big numbers, with three straight 500-yard passing games. While not setting a record for passing yardage for the first time in three weeks, he threw a Big 12-record eight touchdowns last week against Texas A&M and already has 24 this season.

The Red Raiders lead the nation with 46 points, 517 yards passing and 591 total yards per game. Iowa State has scored just 44 points combined during its three-game losing-streak.

Baylor started Big 12 play with a win for the second straight year, beating Colorado 42-30. Now the Bears try to avoid the same follow-up as last year, when they were outscored 334-58 the last seven games after an opening win over Kansas. The losing streak started with consecutive shutouts, the first 41-0 to the Aggies.

While Baylor was getting a rare Big 12 win last week, Texas A&M was giving up a school-record 59 points. The Aggies have lost three straight games this season, but have dominated the 99-game series against Baylor with a 17-game unbeaten streak.

Kansas and Colorado seem to be going in different directions.

The Jayhawks, regularly in the bottom half of the Big 12 standings, has won four straight games. Two-time defending Big 12 North Division champion Colorado has lost three straight games, the loss to Baylor following consecutive games in which the Buffaloes allowed 47 points.

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