Oklahoma vs. Texas preview: the Sooners look for revenge from last year's shocking Red River Showdown loss to the Longhorns.
On Saturday, October 8 at 12 p.m. E.T., the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns face off at the Cotton Bowl, which has a listed capacity of 92,100, in the Red River Showdown. The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1. Read on for our Oklahoma vs. Texas preview.
According to ESPN's matchup predictor, which is based on the network's Football Power Index, Oklahoma has a 76.4-percent chance to defeat the Longhorns. Texas won last year's matchup 24-17. Texas holds a 61-44-5 advantage all-time in this longstanding rivalry. According to OddsShark, Oklahoma opened as a 6.5-point favorite in this one, and that line has moved up to 10.5 points at most sports books.
Spread: Oklahoma Sooners -10.5
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. E.T.
Channel: FOX Sports 1
Oklahoma vs. Texas preview:
Last year, this game was Oklahoma's only loss of the regular season. The Sooners wound up taking home the Big 12 title and heading to the College Football Playoff, where they lost to Clemson in the semifinal, but there is no way the loss to Texas doesn't stick in their craw a bit.
Like last year, Oklahoma will enter this game as a fairly substantial favorite. It probably does not have the same CFP ramifications, at least not as of now, however. OU was hit with a brutal schedule this season, and has already dropped games to playoff contenders Houston and Ohio State.
Meanwhile, Texas may be playing for Charlie Strong's job. Last year's win over Oklahoma probably helped secure his fate for 2016. Once again, it sounds like he's on the hot seat. If he can beat the hated Sooners again, that will go a long way towards quieting those talks again, although he'll need to win more than five games this season either way.
Both teams feature high-flying offenses and can put serious points on the board. We're not sure if it will be another stunner, or even close, but it will likely be fun.
Oklahoma vs. Texas prediction:
It is hard to imagine Baker Mayfield and the Sooners dropping this one again, especially considering the tumult surrounding Charlie Strong's program of late. Both teams should be able to move the ball and score, but we trust Oklahoma much more, especially considering the struggles that Texas has had one defense.
Oklahoma 45, Texas 32