The No. 15 Texas Longhorns (4-1) and No. 13 Oklahoma Sooners (3-1) are headed to Dallas for the 107th edition of the historic Red River Rivalry.
Against the backdrop of the State Fair of Texas, these two powerhouses will be competing in an epic Big 12 matchup that could mean the difference between a prestigious BCS appearance and some sponsored toilet bowl game.
Considering the implications of this contest, it’s definitely one that cannot be missed by any college football fan. Keep reading to find out where and when to watch it, get the latest injury report for both teams, find some players to keep an eye on during the game, read a prediction for the final score and much more.
When: Saturday, October 13 at 12:00 p.m. ET
Where: Cotton Bowl, Dallas
Live Stream: ESPN3
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line: Oklahoma -3 (via ScoresAndOdds.com)
Injury Report (via CollegeInjuryReport.com)
RB Malcolm Brown—Ankle—QST
LB Jordan Hicks—Hip—QST
No significant injuries to report.
BCS/Top 25 Implications
The Big 12, AP and USA Today Polls and even the BCS bowl picture will be shaped by the outcome of the 2012 Red River Rivalry matchup.
Both teams are ranked in the top 15 of the major polls and have one loss in conference play, which makes a win on Saturday imperative to accomplishing their preseason goal of topping the Big 12 and making a BCS bowl.
West Virginia and Kansas State are still the programs to beat—not a stretch considering they are undefeated—but the results of this game will likely be quite important come December.
Texas Player to Watch: David Ash
The Longhorns signal-caller has emerged from last year’s fiasco of a two-QB platoon (with Case McCoy) and bloomed into an elite passer.
Ash has completed 107-of-138 passes on the season—a ridiculous 77.5 percent—for 1,276 yards and 11 touchdowns, with just a single interception through five games.
He’s largely the reason why Texas is back to respectability after back-to-back disappointing seasons. Obviously Ash didn’t have what it took to lead Texas to a comeback victory against West Virginia in Week 6, but will look to atone for that on Saturday in the Red River Shootout.
Oklahoma Player to Watch: Damien Williams
Williams, a junior but first-year Sooner, has made a big impression in Norman. He’s turned his 44 carries into a whopping 341 yards and five touchdowns, and should only get more attempts per contest as coach Bob Stoops gets more comfortable with the Arizona Western transfer.
The Sooners needed an all-around back like Williams, who has solid power and can hit the holes, but also knows how to bounce it outside and break a big play with his speed.
Expect them to go to the San Diego native early and often against the Longhorns in this upcoming Big 12 brawl.
Prediction: Oklahoma 28 - Texas 21
As has been the norm for many Red River Rivalry matchups, this game will be close.
It’s going to be a back-and-forth affair between two heated rivals that know the fate of their respective seasons will come down to winning this game.
The victor knows that it has a chance to make a BCS bowl and possibly even a national championship game appearance if it comes out ahead. The loser will more than likely be relegated to a second-tier bowl and have a miniscule shot at winning the Big 12.
While we expect the Sooners to come out on top with a last-minute score to break the tie, anything can happen when Oklahoma and Texas are on the same field.