Cotton Bowl Classic

Countdown on: Texas-OU is first Herman-Riley coaching duel

Before Maryland, or San Jose State, or Southern California, or Iowa State, or Kansas State, the Texas Longhorns had a countdown clock in their locker room.

For the Oklahoma game.

Tom Herman might be new to the rivalry as a head coach, but the former Texas assistant is acting like a veteran of the half-burnt orange, half-crimson Cotton Bowl spectacle that takes center stage at the Texas State Fair in Dallas again Saturday.

"I remember it being like 108 days a long time ago," linebacker Malik Jefferson said. "Time flies, and you look at the hallway coming in to build up to this moment."

The 12th-ranked Sooners might have been peeking ahead...