OU Hate Week 2016 has been filled with talk of how horrendous the Oklahoma Sooners are and rumors of Texas Longhorns head coach Charlie Strong’s future in Austin potentially nearing its end.
We’ll have a bit more clarity as to just how bad the Sooners suck and exactly how hot Strong’s seat is after Saturday’s Red River Showdown in the Cotton Bowl.
Both teams enter the annual rivalry meeting at 2-2 on the season after Oklahoma saw its College Football Playoff dreams fall apart by Week Three. Meanwhile, the No. 11 ranking for No. 11 after a 2-0 start is now a distant memory.
Both programs are in need of a season-altering victory. Saturday’s victor will be at 3-2 on the season and likely ranked with new life, but the losing team’s 2-3 record will only amplify thoughts of a disappointing season and turn the burners up on each embattled caoch.
Can Strong once again get the fan base on his side with a much-needed victory over Oklahoma? Can the Sooners finally build some momentum and start playing like the team many anticipated heading into the season?
A lot is at stake Saturday at the Cotton Bowl and there’s no better match up to potentially uplift a team’s season.
· Saturday will mark the 111th time Texas and Oklahoma have met for the Red River Rivalry
· Texas holds the all-time series edge over Oklahoma with 61 wins, compared to 44 for the Sooners
· Texas also holds a 47-38-4 advantage since the series began at the Cotton Bowl in 1929
· The ‘Horns largest victory came in 1941 with a 40-7 win.
· Oklahoma largest victory was 65-13 in 2003.
· Texas and Oklahoma have split the last 10 meetings, each with a 5-5 record.
- Burnt Orange Nation’s staff predictions for the Red River Showdown.
- A Q&A with Crimson and Cream Machine.
Yes, this team is underachieving, but the poor performances are much more of a concern than the losses themselves. Sure, Oklahoma caught a ton of bad breaks against Houston, but everything about the Ohio State game was sickening to Sooner fans. It was good to get a win on the road against TCU, but morale isn’t much better than it was a week ago due to the nature of the game against the Frogs. The Sooners definitely wouldn’t have two losses after dealing with a different OOC schedule, but we’d still see their glaring weaknesses and be frustrated with this team.
- The Texas pass rush among five things to watch vs. Oklahoma.
- Sterlin Gilbert’s Longhorns offense has been struggling after halftime.
In the second game of the season, the Texas Longhorns roared out of halftime with 21 second-half points against the UTEP Miners before playing reserves and walk ons for much of the fourth quarter.
In the two games since, offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert’s veer-and-shoot attack has only scored 16 points combined in the second half, both losses. Even in the victory against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the season opener, the ‘Horns got outscored 23-16 in third and fourth quarters.
- Mike Perrin says there’s no magic number to determine Charlie Strong’s future.
How to watch, listen, and stream
Time: 11:00 a.m. CT
Commentary: Craig Way was originally slated to be on the call for the Red River Showdown, but he will miss the game to be bedside with his wife, Laurie, as she battles cancer. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Way family. Roger Wallace will handle play-by-play in Way’s absence, while Quan Cosby will report from the sidelines. Keith Moreland will provide color commentary.
Radio: Longhorn Radio network
Online Streaming: Fox Sports GO
Weather: 68 degrees and sunny
Odds: Oklahoma (11.5)