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Staff Predictions: #21 Texas vs. #6 Oklahoma

HornSports Staff
HornSports Staff

The Texas Longhorns (4-1, 2-0) snapped a two game losing streak to TCU last weekend, defeating Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs 32-27 in Fort Worth.  Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0) went on the road and beat Kansas State 37-31 to stay undefeated in and out of conference play. 

The Sooners have won three straight and seven of the last ten games against the Longhorns.

The 117th matchup between these programs takes place on Saturday at 11:00 am at the Cotton Bowl with the winner taking the Big 12 driver's seat into the second half of the season. 

The HornSports Staff weighs with their predictions on the outcome of the game.

Jameson McCausland (4-1)

For a team that is 5-0, Oklahoma has faced a lot of criticism in recent weeks and most of it is justified. The Sooners have struggled to run the ball this year, which normally is the bread and butter of a Lincoln Riley offense. The Oklahoma offensive line has a lot of questions entering Saturday's matchup in both run blocking and pass protection.

For Texas, the big storyline will be Casey Thompson making first career Texas-OU start. Thompson looked very good against Rice and Texas Tech, but struggled last week against TCU and has now thrown an interception in 3 straight games. We know Steve Sarkisian will find a way to get Bijan Robinson his touches, but a big factor in this game will be the ability of Thompson to push the ball down the field to the Texas receivers.

If you would have asked me to pick this game before the season or even after the Arkansas game, I would have taken Oklahoma by double digits. I like what Texas has shown over the last 3 weeks on both sides of the ball, but the Sooners appeared to figure some things out offensively last week and will have the best pass rusher on the field in Nic Bonitto. I think that is the difference in the game.

Score Prediction:  Oklahoma 31, Texas 28

Devon Messinger (4-1)

Against TCU, the Longhorns won the turnover battle quite handily. On Saturday, the Longhorns will once again need to tap into this magic against Oklahoma.

Everyone knows about the talent of Oklahoma redshirt sophomore quarterback Spencer Rattler. While Rattler has had a relatively slow start to the year, the Oklahoma offense started to click once again in their game versus K-State. As a result, besides Bijan Robinson needing to have a big game for Texas, the key for the Longhorns will be their ability to pressure Rattler into making poor decisions. Additionally, Longhorns quarterback Casey Thompson will need to keep a clean sheet and keep Oklahoma's defense honest against the passing game.

Texas's game against Oklahoma will certainly be a litmus test for both teams. Moreover, this year's Red River Showdown could have a tremendous impact on Sarkisian's football program, both on the field and off.

Score Prediction:  Texas 34, Oklahoma 31

Tristan Larsen (4-1)

Oklahoma has been holding on to their 5-0 record by the skin of their teeth. Now, they match up with Texas in a game that should serve as their toughest test at this point in the season.

Spencer Rattler, by many a first round selection, has been slightly disappointing this season, but so has the Oklahoma offensive line. Texas has had a new burst of energy since Casey Thompson became the starter a few weeks ago. Nonetheless the battle will be Bijan Robinson verse the Oklahoma defensive front. The Sooners are just one of 15 teams in the nation that are holding opponents to under 100 yards a game on the ground. They haven’t faced someone remotely close to the caliber of player that Robinson is though. Conventional wisdom would make you to think to choose Texas to win this one. Oklahoma has been struggling, winning multiple games by one possession. The Sooners however seem like the team that will just find a way to keep surviving. No matter how ugly they look in some weeks they just keep surviving. Robinson will keep Texas in it, but Texas’ inability to get to Rattler will be their downfall.

Score Prediction:  Oklahoma 31, Texas 28

Mitch Lovell (4-1)

The latest edition of the RRS will be tight from start to finish. At the end of the day I think Lincoln Riley will have his offense looking better than it has all season, and prove to be just too much for the Longhorns.

Score Prediction:  Oklahoma 31, Texas 28

Aaron Carrara (4-1)

The Sooners are a better team than their on-field performances indicate through five games. Texas is....  well, we're still unsure if Texas is a Big 12 contender or lower tier bowl team?  What we do know is the Longhorns have their quarterback in Casey Thompson and a legit Heisman candidate in Bijan Robinson.  I would feel much better about picking Texas in this one if the passing game was clicking, but I'm taking the Longhorns anyways.  Oklahoma hasn't shown they can put together a complete game, and the Longhorns take advantage of that and win by a Cameron Dicker field goal.

Score Prediction:  Texas 34, Oklahoma 31

TFloss32 (4-1)

Throw out the records for both teams headed into the Cotton Bowl. Texas feels like the more prepared team at this point, and I expect Casey Thompson and the Longhorn WRs to have a bounce back game after their struggles in Fort Worth, especially if OU keys on Bijan Robinson. Sark grabs tons of momentum for the remainder of the season this Saturday in Dallas.

Score Prediction:  Texas 35, Oklahoma 30

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