Just now, while watching part of the broadcast of last year's Red River Rivalry game, I still think Colt McCoy has OU's number.
Sure the Longhorns fell in the poll today and they looked anything but sharp against Colorado and Sam Bradford put up the same gaudy numbers on his return to the field after a couple of weeks off.
But even though the UT offense looked less than national championship-esque against the Buffs, Colt still managed 32-of-39 for 265 yards and a TD. That's not chopped liver, and in fact, it's very close to what he had in the Cotton Bowl victory last year.
And the talking heads are right - if you can find a way to win when you're not playing all that well, then you're still a pretty good team.
Well, at least UT won't have to contend with some huge "favored by" number someone plucked out his kazoo this week. They'll even be underdogs in a lot of people's books.
Saturday was another day of "slow-start-itis" for the 'Horns. Colorado had a lot to do with that (told you they didn't suck), but I think those days of low battery on offense are over with because the pressure is off.
What pressure? The pressure of being undefeated going into the Corny Dog game. I doubt if anyone will admit it, but I think that has affected the play of much of the team this season. Evidently not Jordan Shipley, judging by his day against CU, but the focus has appeared elsewhere on some of the earlier games against second-tier opponents.
But Texas measures its season against Oklahoma. And vice versa. That's the way it should be - Texas against "North" Texas. And as I mentioned before, why peak before that game? Doesn't do you much good, because the other side of a peak is always downhill.
By moving Alabama ahead of the Longhorns, the voters were basically telling Mack Brown's charges that "you know what, you haven't actually played a 'real' team yet." The closest was Texas Tech, which at the time looked very real indeed. But OU and Alabama have played a couple of "real" teams. And, of course, Florida beat the "realest" of teams (LSU) Saturday.
Watching last year's game again - one of the best in the history of that series - made me hungry for another come-from-behind victory like that. And for Colt's team to be considered a real contender for the national crown. And, of course, for another Sooner loss.
I bet Colt is hungry for another game like that as well. Maybe he was watching ESPN Classic, too, thinking how nice it would be to have one more crack at that national crown.
And the road to that coronation always goes through a line of mean and ugly red-clad football players who want beef on the menu, not just corny dogs.