Texas-OU Weekend!

Posted: October 7, 2011 in College Football

By Chris Bates

It’s that time of year again!  At 11:00 on Saturday morning, archrivals Texas and Oklahoma will square off in a battle of what could be the last time the two teams face each other as a member of the Big 12 Conference.  Before I get to the game, let me update you on the state of the Big 12 conference.  It was announced yesterday that TCU has been invited to the Big 12 conference and they are expected to accept, according to numerous sources.  TCU originally accepted a deal to play in the Big East conference next year but they are expected to pay a $5 million exit fee to join the Big 12 for the 2012-13 academic year. The conference is looking to add Louisville and Cincinatti if the SEC decides to accept Missouri as it’s 14th member.  This is only the second year in the past seven that both teams enter the game with perfect records, so something’s gotta give.  OU is led by the dynamic duo of Senior quarterback Landry Jones and Senior receiver Ryan Broyles.  The duo connected 131 times for 1,622 yards and 14 touchdowns last season alone.  The two are are 0n pace to break that this season.  Texas is led by two starting quarterbacks, true freshman David Ash from Belton and Redshirt freshman Case McCoy from Graham.  Starting quarterback for Texas last year Garrett Gilbert is out for the season and has announced that he will be transferring.  OU has the better talent but Texas has lots of young players that are gaining experience and playing better as the weeks progress.   Texas is 15th nationally in passing efficiency compared to 87th last year through 4 games. This year, Texas is 25th nationally in rushing as opposed to 76th last year.  Texas is 37th nationally in scoring this year as opposed to 68th last yearand tied for seventh nationally in turnover margin as opposed to 92nd. Lastly, Texas is ranked 15th nationally in total defense as opposed to 64th last year. They are allowing just 289 yards per game. So, this year’s team is much improved from the one that went 5-7 last year. OU’s defense, led by Senior Travis Lewis, is ranked 14th nationally in points against. OU  has 7 takeways this year and is giving up 348 yards per game which ranks 40th nationally. OU’s offense has the experience and advantage over Texas’ young defense who has 6 freshman starting.   The game will be a shootout with two good passing offenses (5th for OU and 15th for UT) and I see it being close until the end.  OU’s experienced defense will make  a big play at the end that rattles Texas’ young team causing them to turn the ball over late resulting in an OU win by the final score of 31-20 covering the 11 point spread they are favored by.

Video for this week’s game:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7071510

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