Oklahoma Sooners vs. Texas Longhorns: Score, News and Analysis
The Red River Rivalry is one of the greatest, oldest and most important rivalries in all of college football. Whenever this game is played there are conference title implications and usually there are national title implications, as well. Since 1945, this game has featured at least one ranked team in 61of the 66 games and the 2011 one will be no different.
Oklahoma comes in as the preseason No. 1 and is still at that position in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, though they have dropped to third in the AP Poll. Texas may not have beaten a ranked opponent yet this season but they have jumped all the way up to the 11th spot.
This game will be particularly telling for all of the Longhorn’s new players and staff. They are breaking in a new quarterback and running back as well as a new offensive and defensive coordinator.
College GameDay will be on hand to witness the game and you shouldn’t miss it either.
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Texas and Oklahoma’s defenses have been remarkably similar this season. On average the Sooners are giving up just half a point more per game than the Longhorns.
This is why the defenses will ultimately determine the outcome of this game.
Oklahoma’s offense is considerably more potent than Texas with Landry Jones, Ryan Broyles and Dominique Whaley but Texas held them to 28 points and put up 20 of their own points last year when they were 5-7.
The biggest key will be stopping the run because the main rusher for each team has changed from last year.
Oklahoma’s defense should have it considerably easier than Texas’ because of the lack of passing game from the Longhorns but if the game comes down to who can run the ball better, that advantage may go to Texas.
Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson are two of the best linebackers in the country and Whaley walked on to the team. The Sooners have also never played a running back as talented as Malcolm Brown.
This should be a closely contested matchup but the winner will likely be decided by which defense can make more stops.
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