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ARLINGTON, Texas — Drew Brees and the Saints seek an 11th straight win and a shot at wrapping up the NFC South title early in a visit to the Cowboys, who are trying to stay atop the NFC East after three straight wins got them there. By Pro Football Writer Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:20 p.m. CST.
FBC--T25-RED RIVER REMATCH
ARLINGTON, Texas — Former Texas defensive end Cory Redding would have loved another shot at Oklahoma in his college career, especially in 2001 when the only loss for the Longhorns before the Big 12 championship game was to their rival. But back then, when the Big 12 still had 12 teams and they were in different divisions, there was never the chance for a Red River rematch like there will be this weekend for the conference title. By Stephen Hawkins. UPCOMING. 850 words, with photos.
FBC--T25-BAD SOONERS DEFENSE
NORMAN, Okla. — Ruffin McNeill often uses the acronym FIDO when he talks to his players about dealing with mistakes. It stands for “Forget It and Drive On.” Lots of teachable moments right now for McNeill, the interim defensive coordinator for Oklahoma. The Sooners have allowed 449 yards per game this season — on pace for a school record — and they rank dead last in Big 12 Conference play in scoring defense and total defense. The fifth-ranked Sooners (11-1, No. 5 CFP) face No. 9 Texas (9-3, No. 14 CFP) in the Big 12 championship on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. By Cliff Brunt. SENT: 650 words, with photos.
FBC--T25-SEC CHAMPIONSHIP-ALABAMA’S OFFENSE
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Kirby Smart’s Alabama defenses routinely squared off in practice against Heisman Trophy-winning running backs and NFL-bound wide receivers. Still, the Georgia coach never saw a collection of offensive weapons during his days as the top-ranked Crimson Tide’s defensive coordinator like he’ll see Saturday when the teams meet in the Southeastern Conference championship game in Atlanta. By John Zenor. SENT: 770 words, with photos.
McNeese State plays SMU at Moody Coliseum. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.
Huston-Tillotson plays Texas Southern at Health & PE Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.
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