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Stories listed in reverse chronological order. | Game page
Game-day stories from the Omaha W-H (1, 2, 3, 4, 5), Lincoln J-S (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8), Grand Island Indep. (1, 2, 3, 4), The Oklahoman (1, 2, 3, 4), Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News (1, 2, 3, 4), Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, N.Y. Times, K.C. Star.
Barry Switzer makes the scene at Misty's.
The Athletic Dept. profiles Tracey Wistrom, Nick Gragert, Matt Ickes, Carl Scholting.
Ex-coaches Osborne and Switzer have their say.
From that noted sports rag The National Review, a nice pregame/retrospective piece.
The Colonel sizes up the game.
NU's run game isn't exactly stone-age stuff.
The Husker O-line is ready for a dogfight.
OU's speedy safeties key the defense.
The Blackshirts look to reduce their mistakes.
The Sooners' O-line copes with inexperience.
Some notes from Friday's OKC paper.
Falling behind might not faze the Sooners.
The load on Eric Crouch tends to rise in big games.
Terry Bowden analyzes the game and picks OU to win.
The campus papers roll out their game-day treatment a day early:
   OU [1, 2, 3, 4], NU [1, 2, 3]
Another look at OU's Rocky Calmus (1, 2) and Jason White.
An NU victory would give Eric Crouch a defining win.
The K.C. Star previews the game of the new century.
There's a new bully on the block in the Big 12, says CNNSI's Stewart Mandel.
ABC visits with pancake king Toniu Fonoti.
The Blackshirts must account for TE Trent Smith.
The OU defense has its job cut out for it, too.
Andre Woolfolk is OU's Mr. Versatility.
Bob Stoops catches flak on the discipline front.
Much is being written about past classics: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
The game means a little extra to NU's Oklahomans.
USA Today takes a look at big-game coaching.
NU's recruiting draws two thumbs up.
These aren't the same Sooners we last saw in Lincoln.
Jeff Kinney and others welcome the return of the rivalry.
Sportsline's Dennis Dodd says Crouch must win by throwing.
A slew of stories about the two QBs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
OU's defensive line toils in relative obscurity.
Injuries at FB thrust Paul Kastl to the forefront.
TSN has a chat with Keyuo Craver.
Game previews from Brent Musberger and Bill Curry.
The OWH takes a look at HuskerVision's impact.
One nation-leading streak must end Saturday.
More on the recent kick coverage troubles of both teams.
OU tries to solve its third-quarter woes.
Those Vegas odds look mighty odd, says a Norman columnist.
The 2000 game and the second quarter in particular still sting for the Huskers.
Watch for a busload of Switzers in Lincoln.
A skeleton in the Wistrom closet: He was an OU fan.
It all boils down to tackling, says an OKC columnist.
The arrested Sooners will play, Bob Stoops says. See what else coaches Stoops and Solich had to say at their press conferences -- and then get the Loon's translation.
From the Wednesday OWH, miscellaneous items from the OU and NU camps.
The injury situation remains less than clear going into the big game.
What is the greatest play of the series?
The Sooners have settled into a winning routine.
Another set of Rocky Calmus and Roy Williams profiles.
As the injury picture remains less than clear, the backups get ready for action.
OU adjusts as the injury bug hits its O-line.
CNNSI and TSN preview the game.
A photo gallery of the NU-OU series.
Jason White's mobility at QB is a plus for OU.
Meet a couple of OU's defensive stars: Roy Williams and Rocky Calmus.
A couple of Sooners get arrested.
Containing Crouch will be a key for OU's defense, while ball control is a goal on offense.
OU and NU are 1-2 in the first BCS rankings.
OU receiver Mark Clayton is coming off a record-setting game.
Both head coaches have reason to worry about recent lapses on special teams.
TSN offers up a book on the NU-OU rivalry.
The status of NU's hobbled hordes is still largely unknown, but Tracey Wistrom appears good to go. The Sooners, meanwhile, have some injuries of their own.
Ron Brown says the adversity of the Tech game should make the team stronger.
The K.C. Star gives the edge to Nebraska in the battle of what apparently will be the Nos. 1 & 2 teams in the season's first BCS ratings.
The battle-tested Sooners have speed to burn on defense but are coming off a less-than-satisfying win and have lacked the firepower on offense they had last year.
Some OU notes from the weekend: 1, 2
ESPN the Magazine calls Eric Crouch the player of the season so far. But a win this weekend is essential to his Heisman hopes, Tom Shatel writes.