Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/7/11

This weekend’s game of the week features one of the best rivalries in college football as #11 Texas and #2 Oklahoma square off for the 106th time in the Red River Rivalry.

Both of these teams are coming off impressive wins and are 4-0 heading into this game for just the second time in seven years.  Oklahoma is looking to keep their national championship hopes alive as they face another top notched opponent.  Texas has been a bit of a surprise at 4-0 and will have a legit shot at winning another Big 12 conference title with a win on Saturday.

This game has all the makings of another classic game between these two elite programs and here is what you can expect.

WHEN OKLAHOMA IS ON OFFENSE

Oklahoma has one of the best passing offenses in college football and it is no secret that they are going to throw the ball all over the field.  Landry Jones has thrown for a remarkable 1,447 yards this season and 10 touchdowns.

The Sooners have two very talented wide receivers in Kenny Stills and Fred Biletnikoff Award contender Ryan Broyles.  Broyles has been nothing short of amazing at Oklahoma and needs only 96 yards to surpass 4,000 receiving yards in his career.

The Sooners have been using a running back by committee system so far and getting majority of the carries is walk-on junior Dominique Whaley.  Whaley has been very effective rushing the ball this season and is averaging 5.4 yards-per-carry.

WHEN TEXAS IS ON OFFENSE

The Longhorns run a two quarterback system and they will rotate between Case McCoy and David Ash.  McCoy has been very impressive so far and has yet to throw an interception this season.  David Ash has not thrown an interception either, and his best game of the season came last week  against Iowa State when he threw 2 touchdown passes.

Texas has three wide receivers that are averaging double digits in yards-per-catch, It is a very talented group.  Jaxon Shipley has really stood out so far and leads the team with 16 catches for 280 yards this season.

Freshman Malcom Brown leads the Longhorns in rushing and is a power running back that can move the chains.  He is averaging almost five yards-per-carry and has rushed for a total of 327 yards.

One thing to watch for from Texas is how they use Fozzy Whittaker and his ability to play every skill position.  He is a very explosive player and the Longhorns will use him in a variety of ways to get the ball in his hands.

WHEN OKLAHOMA IS ON DEFENSE   

They have struggled at times this season and against Missouri they gave up over 500 yards of total offense.  They are also very susceptible to the run, and in that Missouri game they gave up 241 yards on the ground.

Oklahoma’s defense has been able to get pressure on the quarterback this season and already has 11 sacks.  Another part of this defense that has performed well is the secondary, and last week safety Tony Jefferson had three interceptions against Ball State.

WHEN TEXAS IS ON DEFENSE

Texas has been very good this season at stopping teams from scoring and is only giving up 14.8 points-per-game.   In the Longhorns’ last win, the defense stopped Iowa State 4 out of 5 times on fourth down.

The key to Texas’s success this season on defense is that they are winning the turnover battle and are plus-six in that department.  They have generated eleven turnovers so far and have gotten at least two turnovers in each of their first four games.  In the first quarter alone against Iowa State, the Longhorns generated three turnovers.

TEXAS-OKLAHOMA KEYS TO VICTORY

OKLAHOMA: Landry Jones needs to protect the ball and not throw interceptions in this game.  One of Jones’ flaws is that he is prone to throwing interceptions and has thrown 5 already this season.

TEXAS: Texas must continue to get turnovers and they need to capitalize on them.  There secondary is very young so they are going to be tested often in this game and need to come up big for the Longhorns.

TEXAS-OKLAHOMA PREDICTION

Texas has been better than most people predicted and but at the end of the day Oklahoma’s offense will be too much for them to handle.  I think is going to be a close game and I like Oklahoma to win 38-31.

Texas-Oklahoma Game Info:

  • Texas-Oklahoma Date: Saturday, October 8th
  • Texas-Oklahoma Kickoff Time: 12:00 ET
  • Texas-Oklahoma TV: ABC
  • Texas-Oklahoma  Point Spread: Oklahoma -10.5

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* – Red River Rivalry photo credit: via Fan IQ

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