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John E. Hoover: Here’s why Oklahoma and Texas are trending in opposite directions

John E. Hoover: Here’s why Oklahoma and Texas are trending in opposite directions

Tom Herman once wondered why his Texas Longhorns “can’t get out of our own way.”

“If we all thought that we were going to come in here and, in nine months, sprinkle some fairy dust on this team and think that we’ve arrived, then we’re wrong,” the first-year Texas coach said. That was back on Sept. 2, when Maryland stunned Texas 51-41 at home in the season opener.

Only a week later, after Oklahoma took down then-No. 2 Ohio State in Columbus, first-year Sooners coach Lincoln Riley felt the need to warn against the sentiment that his team had arrived.

“We’ll be disappointed,” Riley said, “if this is the highlight of our season.”

All of which brings us to Saturday, when Texas (3-2, 2-0 Big 12) and No. 12 Oklahoma (4-1, 1-1) renew their annual grudge match in a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. It’s the first time since 1947 the Red River Rivalry features two first-year coaches. This year’s edition also features two teams trending in opposite directions.

 

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Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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