Baylor-Texas rivalry has flipped

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Baylor-Texas rivalry has turned.

So far, in fact, it's more like it's been flipped on its head.

Long a Big 12 doormat, Baylor has emerged as one of the top programs in the league. The Bears are the defending Big 12 champs, are ranked No. 7 and have won three of the last four against Texas (2-2, 1-0 Big 12) in games Baylor (4-0, 1-0) easily controlled.

Those easy Texas victories in a rivalry that dates to 1901? You have to go all the way back to Colt McCoy and Vince Young for those. This is a new rivalry now and one first-year Texas coach Charlie Strong is about to see up close Saturday.

In his first matchup with Baylor coach Art Briles, Strong's team is a two-touchdown underdog — at home.

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