NORMAN, Okla. -- The stage is set in Norman for what all concede is the biggest OU football game in years.
OU and Texas Tech will battle before a national television audience in a contest that is full of implications.
You know it's a big game when Gameday is on the ground, the Outback blimp is in the air and pirate flags are flying somewhere in between.
Tech fans aren't just blowing smoke.
"This is the biggest game in Texas Tech history," Texas Tech fan Chris Jennings said. "It superseded the Texas game from a few weeks ago that we won. This has replaced it as the biggest game in Texas Tech history."
Memorial stadium has seen lots of big games of historic importance. The last one, everyone seems to agree, was the Nebraska game of 2000.
Brent Clark said there's a lot riding on the outcome.
"You have enormous stakes," OU Football Historian Brent Clark said. "There's a national championship potential at stake, a BCS game at stake and possibly a Heisman trophy at stake."
Tech supporters think they'll shine on Saturday.
A Sooner fan, however, thinks, Tech's Cinderella story is just about over.
"Well, we just don't think it's going to end, ‘And they lived happily ever after,' for Tech," OU fan Libby Hatter said.
Let the game begin.
The Sooners and Red Raiders kick off Saturday night at 7 p.m.