Jake Lapin predicts Oklahoma to beat Texas by a wide margin.
The Texas Longhorns head to the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 12 to take on their biggest rival, the Oklahoma Sooners. In the 108th meeting of this traditional game, the Sooners are the heavy favorites to take home the Golden Hat.
Oklahoma is undefeated so far this year, and looks to continue its perfect season with a win in Dallas. The Sooners have beaten a couple of good teams such as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Texas Christian Horned Frogs, and they have allowed the sixth fewest points per game in the entire nation.
Texas, meanwhile, has been far from perfect.
On paper, the Longhorns have the necessary talent to compete for the Big 12 championship. A combination of injuries and poor performance, however, has changed the season entirely. The fans went from hoping for a BCS berth to hoping for a bowl game appearance.
After two humiliating losses against non-conference teams, the Longhorns are in bad shape. They got thumped at home against Ole Miss just one week after the BYU Cougars ran circles around them.
Mack Brown is on the hot seat for the first time in his 16-year tenure at UT, and his job may be riding on the OU game. The University of Texas has high expectations, and Brown isn’t meeting those expectations as of late. The team already fired defensive coordinator Manny Diaz because the defense was underperforming. With a tough road ahead, Brown may be the next one on his way out.
The Horns sweat out a couple of wins against weak Big 12 teams, but Oklahoma is by far their toughest challenge yet. Quarterback David Ash’s injury only makes matters worse for a struggling offense going up against a top-tier defense.
Case McCoy will start in his place. McCoy has two touchdowns and zero interceptions so far this year, but offensive coordinator Major Applewhite really limits his downfield passes to avoid turning the ball over. Look for the Horns to try and run the ball as much as they can. Jonathan Gray will get most of the touches, but also expect to see Daje Johnson get some action out of the backfield.
The Sooners are favored by 14 points this year, and hardly anyone is predicting Texas to compete. Even the Longhorn faithful in Austin are expecting a loss to their most hated rival. Texas may be the huge underdog, but in a heated rivalry game on national television, stranger things have happened. Anything can happen, but all signs point to an easy Sooner victory.
Final Prediction: Oklahoma Sooners 42, Texas Longhorns 17