Oklahoma vs. Texas Preview and Prediction

The Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns will meet at AT&T Stadium for the Red River Showdown.

Both teams have something to prove coming off losses in their respective games leading up to this matchup, as Oklahoma tries to regain ground in the rankings, while Texas looks to knock off the Sooners for the second straight year.


Oklahoma: 4-1 (1-1 Big 12)

Texas: 2-3 (1-1 Big 12)

Last Meeting: Texas won 36-20 in 2013

Key Stat: Oklahoma has won three of the last four games versus Texas, outscoring the Longhorns 166 to 84 during that span.

Oklahoma Outlook: The Sooners dropped from #4 to #11 after last week's loss to TCU, potentially derailing there chances at an FBS playoff spot.

Quarterback Trevor Knight looked unimpressive coming off the Sooners' bye week, going 14/35 for 309 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

Freshman running back Samaje Perine ran for three touchdowns in the loss, giving him a stellar eight scores and 506 yards rushing on the season.

Texas Outlook: The Longhorns held their own against Baylor before fading in the second half of the loss.

The offense continues to be the problem for Texas, as they have now scored 17 points or fewer in three of five games this year - including just seven points in two of them.

Tyrone Swoopes has been decent since taking over for David Ash, throwing for 734 yards and five scores, but the running back duo of Johnathan Gray and Malcolm Brown need to pick things up after a few sluggish performances.

What to watch for: This has been an intense rivalry in years past, and that won't change despite both teams coming off tough losses last week.

For Texas, the offense needs to figure things out if they want to compete. Look for Gray and Brown to reestablish the run to take pressure off a struggling passing game.

Oklahoma will continue to ride Perine as the freshman has been a workhouse type running back over the last several weeks.

What they're saying - Oklahoma:

Oklahoma vs. Texas: What to expect from Sooners offense (Crimson and Cream Machine)

Oklahoma's star-studded defense struggling (Yardbarker)

What they're saying - Texas:

Texas sticking with Swoopes over Heard at quarterback (Burnt Orange Nation)

Are players fine with losing? (Hook 'em Headlines)


Oklahoma - 38, Texas - 17

Expect the Sooners to turn things around in this game, as they cannot afford another loss if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Texas may need to shake things up on the offensive side of the ball if they continue to struggle, which is likely against a stout Sooner defense.

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