Texas College’s best chance to make a success of the 2012 football season point to today’s matchup at Langston, a dominant defensive team yet to be scored on in conference play.

In a miniature version of the Red River football rivalry, Texas College crosses into the Sooner State to play reigning Central States Football League champion Langston on the Lions’ homecoming.

The winner of today’s game gains sole possession of first place in the Central States Football League. Today’s game pits the last two unbeatens in conference play. Langston blanked in-state rival Bacone (19-0) earlier in the year, and cruised to another shutout win (40-0) over league newcomer Wayland Baptist last week.

The Steers look to change gears after a 30-9 loss last week to Oklahoma Panhandle State, a conference alliance member who plays all CSFL teams, although ineligible for a league title due to its NCAA Division II status. The Steers failed to follow up on a 26-0 win over Wayland Baptist in their conference opener the previous week, on that snapped a 15-game losing streak.

Another streak now stares at the Steers, who last defeated Langston in 2003 — their first season of football after a four-decade long interruption. TC and Langston shared the Central States Football League title in 2005 and split it with Southern Nazarene in 2006.

With the departure of Northwestern Oklahoma State and Southern Nazarene to NCAA Division II, Langston now holds the tag as the CSFL’s premier team, with four titles in the past seven years. The Lions geared up for the NAIA season by playing a pair of NCAA Division Is in Lamar and Arkansas Pine-Bluff, along with St. Xavier (Ill.), the top-ranked team in the NAIA at the time.

In 2003, the teams were tied after 31 meeting, but since then Langston has won eight straight over Texas College.

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