The Texas Longhorns head into the Red River Rivalry with the lowest chance of beating the Oklahoma Sooners in years. Mack Brown‘s squad has played with little confidence this season and a 3-2 record with a near-loss against the Iowa State Cyclones last Thursday does not bode well for the future.
Oklahoma will be the biggest test of the season for the Longhorns and why not? It’s one of the fiercest rivalries in college football and the Sooners are unbeaten through five games and are starting to come together as a complete team. The Sooners might be the favorites to win the wide open Big 12 this season.
Junior quarterback and starter David Ash suffered a concussion two weeks ago and missed the team’s week six game against Iowa State. Case McCoy filled in nicely and got the win with a solid 244-yard and one touchdown performance. McCoy will start against Oklahoma as well and will need some help from wide out Mike Davis who leads the team in touchdowns receiving with four. Johnathan Gray has been great rushing the ball, accumulating 439 yards and four touchdowns in five games.
Oklahoma is now led by quarterback Blake Bell who lost the starting job prior to the season to freshman QB Trevor Knight. After a Knight injury, the junior quarterback has filled in nicely, passing for 835 yards and six touchdowns while running for another 165 yards. It’s not just the passing attack that has carried this team, it’s the strong run game led by Brennan Clay that is excelling. Clay has 450 yards and three touchdowns this season while boasting a 6.6 yards per carry average.
Defensively, the Sooners are allowing just 281 yards per game and 13 points per game. Both of which are top-10 marks nationally. Texas’ defense has received a lot of criticism this season for being soft, allowing the 16th most yards per game in the nation and ranking 77th in points allowed per game with 28.4 on average every week.
Oklahoma and Texas will square off at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 12. The game will be broadcasted on ABC.
PREDICTION: Oklahoma 34, Texas 27