Oklahoma vs. Texas fearless prediction and game preview.
Oklahoma vs. Texas Broadcast
Date: Saturday, October 12
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
Network: Dallas, TX
Oklahoma (5-0) vs. Texas (4-1) Game Preview
Why Oklahoma Will Win
The banged up Texas defense is having an issue.
It’s a bit of a chicken-and-egg thing when it comes to Texas so far. The offense has been strong enough to bomb away – forcing opposing attacks to throw and throw some more – and occasionally, the Longhorn defense has been so leaky that Sam Ehlinger has had to keep pressing.
The Texas offense needs to be ready for a shootout.
There’s talent in the Texas secondary, but it’s not getting a whole lot of help from the pass rush, and it’s getting hit hard so far allowing 340 passing yards or more in four of the six games.
West Virginia’s offense hasn’t worked for most of the year, and it went off for 367 yards and three touchdowns last week. Joe Burrow turned into Heisman Candidate Joe Burrow with his 471 yards and four scores, and Louisiana Tech’s J’Mar Smith went off in the opener with 331 yards and two touchdowns.
Jalen Hurts continues to be nothing short of extraordinary, averaging 14 yards per pass with 14 touchdowns and just two picks. Throw in his running ability, and Oklahoma has the nation’s top offense, the most efficient passing attack, and is second in the nation behind LSU in scoring O. It’s all clicking at just the right time, and while Texas has a great offense, Oklahoma is doing it all sharper and better.
Throw in a defense that’s all of a suddenly rocking and rolling on third downs and hasn’t been too bad overall, and this isn’t last year’s Sooner team. But …
Why Texas Will Win
Last year’s Sooner team beat a good Iowa State team and survived what turned out to be a great Army team before dealing with Texas. In all, OU faced three teams that ended up going bowling before the Red River Rivalry.
And OU lost to the Longhorns.
The last time Texas won in the series, Oklahoma came into the game dominating everyone with a 4-0 record and all four wins coming over bowl bound teams, including a great win at Tennessee when it was still Tennessee.
This year? Oklahoma beat Texas Tech. Yippee.
Houston? South Dakota? Kansas? U-C-L-A fight, fight, fight?
Houston might be able to rebound a bit, and Texas Tech could go bowling, but it’s not like the Sooners are coming up with all of these fireworks and all of this fun against anyone who’s anything special. It’s about to run into a whole other sort of animal against a wounded-but-talented Longhorn team that should finally provide a challenge. The UT D might not be all that amazing, but it has enough up front to keep Hurts from taking off for big, gashing, back-breaking runs.
This will be Sam Ehlinger’s third shot at the Sooners, coming up with something special last year with a 314-yard, two touchdown, 72-rushing-yard three score day. This year he has been even better, with 17 passing touchdowns and just two picks, firing away with a terrific group of receivers that’s able to hit big play after big play.
No, the Texas offense hasn’t been as dangerous as Oklahoma’s, but again, the opponents have had something to do with that.
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What’s Going To Happen
Texas is going to give Oklahoma a big, big push.
The Sooners will have to deal with adversity for the first time all season against an offense with the explosion keep pushing and pushing and pushing like no one else on the schedule has been able to.
More than that. Ehlinger and the O will keep control of the clock. After a few empty drives, Oklahoma will start to press a little bit, Hurts will be under pressure from the Longhorn defensive front, and it’ll be a back-and-forth fight with each side coming up with just enough big plays to take the momentum.
In the fourth quarter, Oklahoma will turn to something it hasn’t used a whole lot of so far – power.
The running game will settle things down a little bit, Hurts won’t make any key mistakes, and the Sooners will survive a thriller with a late defensive stop.
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Oklahoma vs. Texas Prediction, Line
Oklahoma 37, Texas 34
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