Pre-Gaming w/Schmidtty: OU (still sucks) Edition

The 106th Red River Rivalry is tomorrow and personally I can’t wait. The State Fair and the Cotton Bowl await the flood of Burnt Orange and Crimson. No need to hype it up any further so let’s get down to previewing the matchup.

Head Coach (Record): Bob Stoops (133-31, all at OU)

2010 Record: 12-2 (6-2/1st Big 12 South; Big 12 Conference Champions; beat UCONN 48-20 in the Fiesta Bowl)

Returning Starters: Offense 9 / Defense 8

Player(s) to Watch for OU: The easy choices are Landry Jones, Ryan Broyles or Travis Lewis (which will all play major roles for OU in this game), but this game tends to make stars out of the lesser known players. This year’s standout performer could be No. 2 wideout Kenny Stills who has 14 catches for 205 yards this year. For a team that likes to throw a lot, he’s the next guy Jones will target if Broyles is covered. If you will recall the 2010 Red River Rivalry, Broyles had a subpar day while Stills posted stats of 78 yards and a TD as a freshman to lead the Sooners.

Key Matchup: The McAsh Experiment vs. the OU D. If Texas is to win this game, they will have to have stellar performances by their young QBs. Both defenses are solid and OU has a very experienced offense (currently ranked 11th in the country in scoring) so the only real unknown in this game is the Texas offense. A lot of Longhorn freshman will be experiencing this rivalry for the first time on the field, so how they react is key. It’s a big stage, but so far they have stepped up to the challenge and guys like Jaxon Shipley and Malcolm Brown have played like seasoned vets. Case McCoy and David Ash are wild cards because though they have played well using their package of plays, nothing they have experienced so far compares to what they will see on Saturday.

Prediction: Call me a homer, but I believe in the Longhorns. The attitude has changed and though I know rationally that they won’t go undefeated this year, I don’t think they get a loss in this game. OU is not unbeatable. They have holes just like every other team. And anyone can win in a rivalry matchup. Which is why I’ll take Texas 28-24 in a close one in Dallas.

Where to Watch: If you can’t make it up to the Cotton Bowl for the game then at least go for all the deep fried treat!!! No? Alright, then you got the game broadcast live @11 AM CST (a.k.a. the crack of dawn for college football fans) on ABC.

Hook ‘Em

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