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Forde-Yard Dash: Predictions for college football's biggest week of the season


Oklahoma-Texas (11). Viewer appeal, on a scale of 1-5: 5. Traditional rivals that are still very relevant, with the winner taking a big step toward the Big 12 regular-season championship and enhancing its College Football Playoff résumé. Plus, both teams are led by Heisman Trophy candidate quarterbacks and are fun to watch. Contentiousness, on a scale of 1-5: 5. You may have heard how crazy this rivalry can get. Venue appeal, on a scale of 1-5: 5. The old Cotton Bowl is an anachronism that springs to life every October for this game. When you combine the State Fair, Big Tex, fried everything and 92,000 hard-partying Oklahoma and Texas fans, it’s an experience to behold.

Key matchup: In terms of efficiency, Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts is the No. 1 passer in America. By the same metric, Texas has the worst pass defense in the Big 12. But the Longhorns also lead the Big 12 in interceptions with nine, and Hurts has thrown a pick in each of his last two games. Can the Texas secondary make enough plays to slow down the Sooners?

Dash pick: Oklahoma 44, Texas 41.



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Fact or Fiction: Jalen Hurts is the best QB in the Big 12


National recruiting director Mike Farrell and national recruiting analyst Adam Gorney tackle three topics daily and determine whether they believe the statements or not.


1. Jalen Hurts is the best quarterback in the Big 12

Jalen Hurts
Jalen Hurts (AP Images)

Farrell’s take: FICTION. 

 is putting up crazy numbers, but give me   from Texas over the former Alabama star. Why? Ehlinger has put up insane numbers of his own against better competition. He kept his team in the game against LSU and took care of a pretty good Oklahoma State team. Ehlinger is taking care of the football very well with 17 touchdowns and only two interceptions, he's a running threat like Hurts and he is a clear team leader. I like Hurts a lot and think he is also a great leader, but give me Ehlinger and his passing ability in a tight battle.

Gorney’s take: FACT. An argument could be made that Hurts would be the second-best quarterback in the SEC behind 

, who replaced him as the Alabama starter. Hurts is that good. He can run, he can throw, he’s a great leader and a quiet competitor. I love everything he brings to the table and he’s a perfect fit in Oklahoma’s offense.

I will point out some stats: Hurts has 225 more passing yards than Ohio State’s 

, even though the Sooners have played in one less game. He has more rushing yards and rushing TDs than Arizona State’s   and Clemson’s  . I like Ehlinger a lot, but Hurts is the best QB in the Big 12.



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