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Red River Shootout/Rivalry: Oklahoma vs. Texas

Oklahoma and Texas. This game should stay at noon and should continue to be played in Dallas, though both fan bases would appreciate if they fix the plumbing. Nothing says festive like overflowing sewage. That should not be an issue after the inevitable move to the Jerry Dome.

Historically, it’s David Ash who must prove himself, debuting as a full-time starter for the first time in this rivalry. This season, though, it is Landry Jones. The sophomore ranks third nationally in passer rating. The oft-disappointing fifth-year senior ranks 55th.

This game should be decided by the battle of underwhelming units: Texas’ defense vs. Oklahoma’s offense. The Longhorn’s defensive statistics are terrible. This has not been an every down problem so much as a spectacular breakdown on specific plays problem. Texas’ defense has already allowed eight plays of 40 or more yards this season. Oklahoma may not be the team to exploit that, though. Their offense, contrary to its track record, has been the least explosive in the Big 12 this year. The Sooners have just 7 plays of 20 or more yards in three FBS games.

For Recreational Purposes: We are unconvinced by Oklahoma this season. Texas plus points? Hook Em.

Previously: College Football Preview: South Carolina Visits LSU, More Big 12 Fun, Stanford at Notre Dame

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