The Texas Longhorns (3-2) and Oklahoma Sooners (3-2) face off in Big 12 action with both teams eager for a win. The Sooners are 0-2 in conference play and coming off back-to-back losses. Texas is 1-1 in conference play after dominating West Virginia 33-10. This is the first in the last 25 years that the Red River Rivalry will be played with neither team ranked in the Top 25.
The Longhorns can win back-to-back games in the conference for the first time since last season with a victory on the road against Oklahoma. The Sooners may be down several offensive starters and likely struggle to get anything going. Even with a full roster, Texas’ 28th-ranked scoring defense would trouble the Sooners.
The Sooners were down to their second-string QB and third-string RB last week, and the same could be the case again in Texas. Oklahoma did well in the run game, but the Longhorns’ defense ranks in the top 25 in yards per rush and 17th in yards per pass.
The Sooners are in rough shape after a blowout 55-24 loss to unranked TCU in Week 5. The passing game was stale and totaled a mere 176 yards on 32 attempts. Dillon Gabriel went 7-for-16 but landed in concussion protocol during the loss to TCU in the second quarter. Davis Beville took over under center, went 7-for-16 with 50 yards, and showed why he is not the starter for this team. He was also sacked three times and missed a few wide-open receivers.
Gabriel’s status for this rivalry game is unknown. If he fails to suit up, the Sooners could suffer their second blowout in as many weeks. The Texans’ defense ranks 28th in the nation in opponents’ points per game and 17th in yards per play. With Gabriel, the Sooners are a top-ten-scoring offense. Without him, they will struggle to move the ball, let alone keep pace on the scoreboard.
The Sooners also risk playing without RBs Marcus Major and Eric Gray against Texas. Major missed Week 5 against TCU after rolling his ankle in the loss to Kansas. Gray, meanwhile, went down in the third quarter and did not return. He was seen with a brace on his left knee on the sidelines. Javantae Barned stepped up and ran for 100 on 18 carries and two touchdowns against TCU. But, he is unproven and facing a stronger rushing defense in Texas.
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Texas vs Oklahoma Head-to-Head
These two teams have a longstanding rivalry dating back more than 120 years. In their previous ten contests, the Sooners hold a 7-3 lead overall, and the Longhorns are 7-3 against the spread. The Over/Under is 5-5.
Texas vs Oklahoma Game Information
- Game: Texas vs Oklahoma
- Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 8th, 12 p.m. ET
- Texas vs Oklahoma Live Stream: ESPN
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Texas vs Oklahoma Prediction
The Sooners at full strength could pull off an upset in Week 6 against Texas. But, without knowing the status of their starting QB and two top running backs, it’s impossible to trust them to win or even cover this game. The backup quarterback play was brutal from Beville, and we don’t expect them to sort those issues out in a week.