One of the greatest rivalries in college sports takes place next week when the Oklahoma-Texas Red River Showdown kicks off at the Cotton Bowl.
The Sooners have gone through their first five opponents like a hot knife through butter. Led by Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma has scored at least 45 points per game. Defensively they’ve been pretty solid too, allowing 20 points or fewer in each of the last four games.
The Longhorns suffered an early-season setback against LSU, but have reeled off three straight wins since. Texas’ offense is similarly running like a well-oiled machine with Sam Ehlinger at quarterback. Their biggest weakness right now could be the defense, which has allowed 30 or more points against all of their Power Five opponents.
ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Oklahoma-Texas game.
ESPN’s computer model believes that Oklahoma has this game locked down. The computer model gives the Sooners a 79.8 percent chance to win this Saturday’s game.
College GameDay might have decided to take their show elsewhere this year, but the atmosphere should still be electric. Last year, the Red River Showdown proved to be a preview of the Big 12 Championship Game.
Texas won the Red River Showdown, 48-45 last year. But Oklahoma got the last laugh by winning the Big 12 title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Based on how well these two teams have been playing, there’s plenty of reason to believe this year’s edition will be another title game preview.
The game will be played at 12 p.m. EST on FOX.