Every time the Texas Longhorns and the Oklahoma Sooners meet in the Cotton Bowl, it means a ton, but this year seems to attach extra meaning to it.
The Longhorns have been on a redemption tour over the last three weeks, beating ranked opponents in dominant fashion, followed by snapping a 16-year road losing streak to Kansas State. Oklahoma has continued its regular season dominance from a year ago, but the caliber of their opponents in non-conference leave something to be desired.
Add to that the fact that this is the first matchup since 2012 where both teams come in ranked, and the presence of ESPN’s College GameDay for the first time since 2011, this matchup is starting to feel marquee again for the entire country, not just for fans of those two schools.
For those fans heading out to the State Fair early on Saturday, here’s how to find the GameDay set:
- In spite of the production and their record, Oklahoma still has things to prove as it heads into Dallas. (Relatedly, Oklahoma sucks.)
The first five games for OU featured a win over a UCLA team that is still in search of its first victory, and an overtime thriller at home against Army.
- The Texas secondary has to play up to its level of talent and get the better of the Oklahoma receivers.
- An X’s and O’s breakdown of one of the Sooners’ toughest-to-defend plays.
- The Texas defense is ready to step up and take on the Oklahoma offense, specifically quarterback Kyler Murray, who is playing at an historic level.
“He’s a boss but you have to step up for those kind of games,” said Omenihu. “You have to put your best foot forward because he’s going to do it, they’re going to do it, it is what it is. Can’t come in there timid, can’t come in there looking at the stands seeing all the people, there’s none of that for us. We’re going against some real dudes so you have to step up.”
- The hype has finally returned to the Red River Showdown.
- The Texas journey back can continue to gain momentum with a win over the Oklahoma Sooners.
But beating Oklahoma, a program widely regarded as a national powerhouse, and the Big 12’s biggest, baddest bully after winning each of the past three conference titles, would silence any remaining skeptics, and essentially solidify Texas’ place near the top of college football’s totem pole.
- Crimson and Cream Machine predicts a close game, but one that ends in favor of the Sooners:
In 2017, Texas was able to keep this close late with long, sustained drives that kept the ball away from Oklahoma’s offense. If Sam Ehlinger is able to make that happen again by pulling out third-down conversions, this will be another close one. I think OU will be a bit better about that this time around, but I also think Texas’ defense is going to come to play. I’ll go with OU narrowly beating the spread and pulling out a 34-24 victory.
- The BON roundtable folks have a similar perspective on the game.
- Sophomore OL Patrick Hudson (illness) — out
- Junior LB Malcolm Roach (foot) — out
- Freshman TE Rob Cummins (knee) — out
- Freshman S BJ Foster (concussion) — probable
- Freshman S Montrell Estell (concussion) — probable
How to Watch:
Time: 11:00 A.M Central
ESPN College GameDay: Coverage starts at 8:00 A.M. Central
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Online Streaming: Fox Sports Go
Odds: Oklahoma -7
Weather: High of 85 degrees and partly cloudy with a 40-percent chance of scattered thunderstorms during the game