October 8, 2011
One of the oldest and most high profiled rivalries in all of sports will take place this weekend when the Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns face-off in the Red River Rivalry. It’s not often that these teams meet in a situation that isn’t critical to the college football landscape, and this year is no different. Both teams are off to 4-0 starts and are showing their domination on offense and defense. Oklahoma is averaging a 27 point margin of victory, but will find it much harder to maintain that margin against a Texas squad that is rejuvenated after a horrible 2010 campaign.
College football handicappers have made the Sooners 10.5 point favorites over Texas despite the Longhorns being ranked 11th in the country and the game being played at a neutral site. Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones is having a phenomenal year thus far as he is averaging over 350 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game. He has one of the most talented and highly touted receivers in college football to throw to in Ryan Broyles. Boyles has amassed 476 yards and 6 touchdown receptions through 4 games, and is regularly making defensive backs look foolish. At 5’10” 190lbs, Broyles uses his precise route running and speed to dominate defenses, but it’s Oklahoma’s well rounded offense that makes him so effective.
Dominique Whaley doesn’t bring to the table the same kind of threat that Adrian Peterson once did for the Sooners, but he is a work horse and has been amazing in the red-zone. Oklahoma has the 3rd most yards per game in division 1 college football this year with a 555 yard average, and will look to keep it going against Texas on Saturday. The Longhorn defense looks to be much improved over last season’s team as they return 7 starters. Texas has the 12th best points against average in the NCAA this year, but they have yet to face a true test. The Longhorns will find out exactly where they are at this season after these next 2 games. Oklahoma and Oklahoma St are both ranked in the top 10, and can each put up points in bunches.
This game will come down to the Longhorns offense. If they can continue to make their quarterback platoon work then they have an excellent chance at trading scores with the high-powered Sooners offense. Case McCoy started last weeks game against the Iowa St Cyclones, but it was freshman David Ash that did most of the damage. Ash may have given himself the keys to this offense with that performance. However, Mack Brown will more than likely go with whomever he feels has the hot hand.
This has all the makings of a highly contested game as the two previous were decided by 8 points or less. Tune in Saturday for another addition of the Red River Rivalry!