Check out the Texas vs. Oklahoma fearless prediction and game preview.
Texas (2-2) vs. Oklahoma (2-2) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Game Time: 12:00 pm
Venue: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
Why Texas Will Win
Yeah, Charlie Strong taking over the defense is a big deal.
It’s not as if the Longhorns weren’t playing hard against Cal and Oklahoma State, and it’s not that they didn’t try, but there’s always something a little bit different when a coach’s job and the future of the program is on the line.
Can that little extra “old college try” really make a difference? It can’t hurt, especially in a rivalry game that sometimes defies all logic and reason.
While the defense might be an issue, the offense has more than held up its end of the bargain, cranking out over 500 yards per game and striking an almost perfect balance throughout the season.
The Texas secondary might be having problems, but the Oklahoma pass defense has been even worse, especially when it comes to making key stops. Houston’s Greg Ward, Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, and TCU’s Kenny Hill all got to have their fun against an OU secondary that’s allowed 13 touchdowns and come up with just one pick.
That means it’s Shane Buechele time, but so far he’s mostly been great at working as a complement to the ground game, and not necessarily owning the offense. This week he’s going to need to crank up the production considering …
Why Oklahoma Will Win
The Texas running backs are beaten up.
They’ve supplied the thump so far, and Tyrone Swoopes is back to torment a Sooner D he bothered last year in the Longhorn win, but Chris Warren is out and D’Onta Foreman is trying to fight through some banged up ribs.
But the Texas offense should be okay against the porous OU defense. Fortunately for the Sooners, QB Baker Mayfield is back after suffering an ankle injury, and the passing game should roll at will against a Texas secondary that simply can’t tackle.
The Longhorn defense as a whole has come up with just one takeaway so far, while the secondary is getting roasted, allowing 788 yards and seven touchdowns over the last two weeks. Oklahoma State and Cal receivers had a blast of a time running free – yards after the catch have been an issue for Texas.
Also, while it’s never right to try measuring emotion and need, as much as Texas might care about winning this, Oklahoma has its share of motivation, too. As rough as the two losses might have been, it’s still unbeaten on Big 12 play – even if it’s just one game.
And, of course, after last year’s loss, and with the possibility of a 2-3 start, this game that doesn’t need any extra juice should have more of it.
What’s Going To Happen?
Texas needs it more.
The offense will get moving, and the defensive intensity will be there to go along with a real, live, tackle – and a real, live takeaway.
This will be an angry, feisty, and fun battle, with Charlie Strong getting carried off the field for a second year in a row.
Texas vs. Oklahoma Prediction
Final Score: Texas 37, Oklahoma 31
Line: Oklahoma -10.5, o/u: 73
ATS Confidence: 5: Served on a tee – 1: Not even with your $ … 4
Must See Rating: 5: Baldwin as Trump – 1: Masterminds … 5