OSU is OU's biggest opponent so far this year

Tuesday, October 28th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Stillwater-AP) -- Forget Texas. Nebraska isn't even on the schedule anymore.

Oklahoma State has emerged as the Sooners' chief rival over the past three years, winning two of those games and nearly derailing their national title bid in the other.

Top-ranked Oklahoma again appears headed for the national championship game as it enters Saturday's annual showdown against the Cowboys. This time, however, Oklahoma State is playing for a lot more than intrastate pride.

Both teams are leaders in the race for the Big 12 South Division crown, and the 14th-ranked Cowboys aren't willing to concede a spot to the Sooners in the Bowl Championship Series just yet.

Oklahoma State has won five of the last eight games, including victories the past two seasons that have jump-started coach Les Miles' resurgent program.