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The Longhorns just wrapped up one of the worst seasons in recent memory. That being said, the Sooners should never discount Texas as an easy win.
This game is unpredictable and could easily go both ways. Last year, the Sooners could only put up 28 against the Texas defense and their terrible offense put up 20 points. While a victory is still a victory, it doesn't inspire much confidence coming into this game.
To shut down the Longhorns, they are going to have to minimize turnovers and launch an aerial assault on a defense that will be blitzing Landry like crazy. The Longhorns, with new offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin, are going to be better on offense and will be implementing a Boise State-like offense that contributed to a wild and upsetting Fiesta Bowl for Oklahoma in 2007.
Sooner fans will probably underrate Garrett Gilbert and rightly so. Although Texas had more total yards than Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout, they just weren't able to execute. Assuming he gets the starting job, it should be expected that he will be better. Will it be enough to outscore the Sooner offense? It remains to be seen.
Then again, a wild 45-35 game in 2008 was followed by a 16-13 game the next year. This game is unpredictable and it's that reason alone that makes this a game that could hurt the Sooners this year.