Oklahoma vs. Texas Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Oklahoma vs. Texas fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma (4-1) vs. Texas (3-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Game Time: 3:30 pm ET
Venue: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
After years of decent games with most decided by double-digits, the last three have been close thrillers.
Now it’s a new, very young era, with Texas head man Tom Herman and Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley taking over in what might be a longtime battle between these two.
How young are they? Their combined ages are younger then Bill Snyder.
But the big storyline – besides the potential of this deciding one of the two spots in the new Big 12 Championship – is Riley and his potential to get the Sooners past a clunker.
The Oklahoma team that was good enough to beat Ohio State in Columbus just lost to an Iowa State team with a backup walk-on quarterback.
That was bad, but losing to Texas would be far, far worse. With road games at Kansas State and Oklahoma State still ahead, along with home games with Texas Tech, TCU and West Virginia, Riley has to prove immediately that last week was an aberration.
Herman might have started out slowly with a loss to Maryland, but the team has been solid ever since. 2-0 in the Big 12 – including a dominant 17-7 performance against Iowa State – this could be a mist-win with Oklahoma State up next, and road games at TCU and West Virginia still to go.
It’s the Red River Rivalry, or the Red River Shootout, or the Red River Showcase, or the Oklahoma vs. Texas game. Whatever you want to call it, it’s going to matter.
One Reason Why Oklahoma Will Win
The Oklahoma offense continues to be more than fine.
Baker Mayfield is still the best player in college football – at least over the first half. He has yet to throw an interception, he’s cranking up plenty of big plays down the field, and outside of the very end of the second half of the Iowa State game, he’s doing everything he needs to do to keep the offense rolling.
The running game is more than fine without Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine, ten different Sooners caught passes against Iowa State, and the O is still No. 1 in the nation.
The Texas defense has been one of the big stories so far of the Big 12 season – it’s not bad, and it shut down Iowa State – but it’s about to deal with an angry, ultra-efficient Sooner machine. However …
One Reason Why Texas Will Win
It’s been a rough six quarters for the Oklahoma D.
Baylor got on a roll in the second half of the 49-41 OU win, putting up 24 points with Zach Smith throwing for 463 yards and four scores. And then came last week’s debacle, with Iowa State’s Kyle Kempt turning into Aaron Rodgers, going from walk-on to an 18-of-24, 343-yard, three score masterpiece.
Overall, the Sooner defense has been fine. It’s excellent against the run, has a decent pass rush, and wasn’t too bad over the first few games. And then, suddenly, everyone has gotten hot against the secondary.
Both Shane Buechele and Sam Ehlinger have been terrific for the Longhorns, with Ehlinger stepping in for an injured Buechele throwing for 380 yards and two scores, and running for 107, in the double OT win over the Wildcats.
Ehlinger played against USC in LA, Buechele threw for 2445 yards and three scores in last year’s Oklahoma game – neither one will have a problem.
What’s Going To Happen
Which young coach will get the first notch in the rivalry, shootout or showcase?
Welcome to the new and improved Texas defense.
The offenses will take center stage, but the Longhorns aren’t allowing anyone to convert third downs on a regular basis, they’re stuffing the run, and they’re doing a great job of coming up with picks.
They might not be able to get to Mayfield and generate any interceptions, but they won’t let the OU ground game go anywhere, and they’ll overcome a few huge plays from No. 6 by hanging on to the ball for forever.
Ball control, ball control, ball control. Texas will have it for almost 40 minutes, and the special teams and D will take care of the rest.
Oklahoma vs. Texas Prediction
Texas 27, Oklahoma 24
Oklahoma -7.5, o/u: 64.5
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