All eyes are OU and Texas as the 117th edition of the Red River Showdown kicks off.
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At long last, college football’s greatest rivalry is finally here as the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (5-0, 2-0) are set to tangle with the No. 21 Texas Longhorns (4-1, 2-0) in the 117th edition of this storied series. Divided by the Red River, OU and UT will soon take center stage inside Dallas’ historic Cotton Bowl. Folks, it doesn’t get any bigger than this.
The floor is yours, Toby.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) October 9, 2021
Time & TV: Saturday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. CT on ABC
Commentary: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Holly Rowe
Streaming: Watch ESPN
Line: Oklahoma -3.5 (as of Saturday at 9 a.m. CT)
My Gambling Picks
Ohio State -21.5 vs Maryland
Ole Miss -5 vs Arkansas
Vanderbilt +39 at Florida
Auburn +15 vs Georgia
Wake Forest -6 at Syracuse
SMU -13.5 at Navy
Iowa -2 vs Penn State
Nebraska +2.5 vs Michigan
Kentucky -2.5 vs LSU
Texas A&M +18 vs Alabama
San Diego State -19.5 vs New Mexico
Year after year, it’s next to impossible to accurately predict how this game will unfold, but once again I’ll give it the old college try. I see Lincoln Riley leaning on the short passing game early, mixing in just enough runs to keep the Texas defense from breathing down Spencer Rattler’s neck.
On the other side, UT’s offensive line will find it difficult to contain the likes of Nik Bonitto and Isaiah Thomas, but Alex Grinch’s defense will continue to struggle to get off the field on third and fourth down thanks to Casey Thompson’s craftiness and Bijan Robinson’s excellence. I expect this contest to be a back and forth, high-scoring affair with neither team pulling away or holding onto momentum for very long. However, the Sooners will impose their will on the ground down the stretch, keeping the Longhorns from mounting a successful comeback.
A statement is made on the final drive, culminating in the victory formation as OU takes a few knees in the red zone to drain the clock. As the game ends, Oklahoma players take turns hoisting the Golden Hat for the third season in a row. Boomer!
Oklahoma 41, Texas 38
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