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Fans Pack Dallas For Texas/OU Weekend

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - There's a reason that you probably won't find an empty hotel room or restaurant reservation this weekend—it's called Texas/OU.

No national championship implications this year as both teams have already lost two games, but there are always major bragging rights on the line.

And for many burnt orange and crimson fans, that's enough.

"We got two losses," said Longhorns fan Jesse Crossan from Tampa. "We can't win a national championship, so this is our championship. Gotta get 'em."

Sooner fans began the people watching and trash talking in the Dallas West End early. It's a popular spot for football fans to gather in advance of the big game.

"We're psyched!" said Angela Johnson, an OU fan. "We won last weekend and we've got the momentum going on our side. We are super excited. It's going to be fantastic."

The Crossan brothers agree. They've been planning this football weekend for months.

"I got my buddy to come from Philadelphia," said Luke Crossan. "It's our first time enjoying it, so I can't wait for tomorrow."

"Being from Pennsylvania, I follow Penn state," said Zach Thomas. "And there's nothing like this. Texas/Oklahoma. Red River Shootout. Pretty Awesome."

Earlier Friday, rain kept the West End crowds thin. But, local businesses said they're not worried: a century old rivalry makes records insignificant. Just remember last year.

"Texas came with almost no wins…and they end up taking the game. Phenomenal!" said Jay Khan at RJ Mexican Cuisine. "So the fans don't care. It's a great rivalry. They're going to be here."

And of course, both Texas and OU are minting a fresh crop of fans each year.

"It's insane—all week, it's been Texas hate week," said OU Freshman Sarah Mavardy. With Cassie Farmer quickly adding, "now that I go here, my adrenalin is pumping."

"I wasn't raised a Sooner fan," said Genevieve Dower. "But it's amazing how soon it start, you're just born to be a sooner."

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