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By Ian Boyd
Despite long having programs in the same region, Houston and Oklahoma have nearly no history as football competitors, much less as rivals.
For years, the Sooners were in the Big 8 and venturing south now and again, but to play Southwest Conference schools like Texas or Texas A&M. The two-game history of UH-OU is merely a pair of Oklahoma victories, the most recent a a 63-13 thrashing in 2004. The mid-major Cougars went 3-8 that year.
Things are slightly different in 2016, as the winner will surely have a top-five ranking in the polls heading into week 2.
On one side, the situation is fairly typical, with the Sooners coming off a Playoff trip and widely projected to repeat as Big 12 champions.
On the other, the Cougars just went 13-1 and took down Florida State in the Peach Bowl, then became the popular pick to top the non-power group again.