The University of North Texas will play SMU this weekend. So we hear.

The Battle for Metroplex Mediocrity

In case you've been too busy lighting another candle for the late, great Crocodile Hunter, the University of Texas hosts Ohio State Saturday in Austin in what is apparently the earliest ever College Football Game of the Century. Chill, people. It's September. And, in case you haven't noticed, we live in Dallas. Not Austin. Definitely not Columbus. Show of hands, how many of you actually went to Texas? You, you and, OK, you. According to my very shallow research, about 11 percent of us. Why, then, is Dallas' Only Daily again morphing into The Austin Morning News? Each day this week the paper has devoted an entire page--not a story, a whole page--to Ohio State at Texas as though it has monumental local implications. Guess it's a continuation of last year's troubling bandwagon syndrome.

Which is sad, because the biggest, though certainly not the best, game in our town will be played Saturday night up at Denton's Fouts Field. Sort of. Mean Green vs. Mustangs. We've waited 14 years for this? When it hosts SMU, the University of North Texas expects a crowd of more than 25,000 and its first sellout since 1992. Somehow, despite these lowly teams losing their openers by a combined 91-10, the 6 p.m. game will not be on local TV.

The winner gets a slight boost in recruiting panache and an unofficial title: second-best team in the area, behind TCU. Not that anyone in Dallas will notice. --Richie Whitt

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