On Saturday, CBSsportsline.com reported that Oklahoma is a 12 point favorite over Texas in the Red River Rivalry. The Texas defense is bad, but after giving up 40 points in consecutive weeks, the Longhorns have competed better. Now they have their biggest test of the year. The Longhorns’ season is on the line. Mack Brown’s coaching life is on the line in the Cotton Bowl as well.
The Oklahoma Sooners changed their strategy coming into this season and it’s worked magnificently. In previous seasons, they’ve been an offensive juggernaut, but lacked the toughness on defense to get the job done. So far, Oklahoma’s defense has played the prominent role in their (5-0) start.
With all of the bad press going around in Texas, all of their conference goals are in front of them. Like Oklahoma, they are undefeated in the Big 12.
Both teams are going with the second choice at quarterback, and both teams might be better off for it. Case McCoy is planning to play a game that is remembered for all time in Texas lore. Still, it might not be enough if the defense doesn’t step up to the challenge.
Oklahoma will attempt to rock the Longhorns with the running game early and often. The emergence of Blake Bell brings a powerful rushing attack at the quarterback position. Along with Brennan Clay and Damien Williams, the Oklahoma ground game has been decimating opponents. Can Texas stand up to that?
Oklahoma has been dominating the Red River Rivalry as of late. This should be no different, especially if Oklahoma displays the power up front. Texas must show pride when they face adversity on Saturday. They must also limit the big plays.