Rivalry games can offer up a couple of different scenarios based on the outcome. Celebration, pride, momentum and confidence comes with one particular results, while despair, uncertainty, disbelief and frustration may come with the other.
For the Texas Longhorns, losers of the last three against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry, a win in Dallas has been hard to come by in recent memory.
Following two blowout losses, it seems like Mack Brown needs a win at this year's showdown more than at any point during his tenure. Brown may be lining up the pieces for a magical 2013 season, but when it is all said and done, how his Longhorns fare in Dallas this October may go a long way towards determining the success of his team.
With a sour taste in many mouths of the Texas program, beating the Sooners this year could provide the right kind of momentum to much bigger prizes down the road.