Date: October 14th, 2017|2:30 p.m. CT
Where: Cotton Bowl| Dallas, Texas
TV: ESPN| Joe Tessitore (PxP), Todd Blakeledge (Analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline)
Radio 1: Sooners Sports Network| Toby Rowland (PxP), Merv Johnson (Analyst), Chris Plank (Sideline)
Radio 2: Longhorn IMG Radio Network| Craig Way (PxP), Roger Wallace (Analyst), Quan Cosby (Sideline)
The Red River rivalry is one of the best rivalry in college football. This will be the 112 meeting between these 2 teams, and Texas leads the series 61-45-5. This is a prime time game, that has a lot of bragging rights on the line. The winner will obtain the golden hat, which is the trophy for this series.
What to know about Oklahoma:
The Sooners are coming off a very tough loss to an unranked Iowa State, by the score of 38-31. The Sooners still have hope of making the playoffs, but they will need to win out. Oklahoma is currently sitting 3rd in the BIG 12 standings behind TCU and Texas. The Sooners have 2 big injury updates, with CeeDee Lamb being questionable with a shoulder injury and Abdul Adam questionable with an ankle injury.
The Sooners still have one of the best quarterbacks in college football, in Baker Mayfield. Mayfield has thrown for 1,635 yards and has 15 touchdowns. If Adams can’t play then the starter would most likely be Freshman Trey Sermon, who is a very physical running back. Sermon has 373 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns on the season. If Lamb is indeed out, then Oklahoma would need tight end Mark Andrews to step up.
The defense is going to need to step-up in this game. This season the defense is allowing 23 points per game, but in the last 2 game this Sooners defense has allowed 41 points to Baylor and 38 points to Iowa State. Some big players for this defense will be Parnell Motley, Jordan Thomas and Caleb Kelly.
What to know about Texas:
The Longhorns are having a very good season, with the record of 3-2. The Longhorns have really stepped up there play following the loss to Maryland in the week 1. The Longhorns squeaked by Kansas State last week, by the score of 40-34 in double overtime. In that game Sam Ehlinger threw for 380 yards and added 2 touchdowns. Ehlinger also rushed for 107 yards against a good K-State defense. This Texas offense is averaging 35.6 points per game and the defense is holding opponents to 23.8 points per contest. Malik Jefferson has been a big force on this Texas defense. He leads the team in tackles with 43 and also had 5 tackles for loss. Deshon Elliott is a very underrated safety for Texas, he has 5 interceptions on the season with 3.5 tackles for loss.
Who has the edge:
Offense: Oklahoma- The Sooners offense is just so explosive week in and out.
Defense: Texas- The Longhorns defense is very physical and very fast. Jefferson and Elliot give Texas the edge on defense.
Texas 31, Oklahoma 27