College Football: Texas Not Ready for Oklahoma

Al Dannity | Thu. Oct 06 2011, 03:10 pm

The Red River Shootout, or Red River Rivalry depending on who you ask, takes place this Saturday. Al Dannity says that despite both teams entering unbeaten, this is a far from even match-up.

Sooners storm ahead The meat of Oklahoma’s schedule begins on Saturday at the Cotton Bowl. To date we’ve seen Landry Jones put up big numbers, as expected, and some solid performances by the defense. That is with one notable exception. Missouri got out to a hot start against the Sooners. While the Tigers didn’t beat the Sooners, that early success was enough to ensure Oklahoma didn’t cover at home. The resurgence by the defense against Ball State was wholly expected but they have yet to come up against an offense that can really test them.

Likewise we have seen some questionable throws by Jones but not enough to know if he will be in trouble come the big games. Oklahoma fans can rest easy. Texas may be improving but their defense is far from elite and the offense is a work in progress.

Longhorns on road to redemption The Longhorns stand at 4-0 and convincingly beat Iowa State on the road last week to charge up our Power Rankings. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet. This is the same team that scraped past BYU at home and holds no marquee wins to date. The running game has been quiet and the Longhorns are still fixing their quarterback situation. Case McCoy is the starter but he may yet be supplanted by David Ash.

The defense looks a more consistent unit but it too has yet to be tested. None of the Longhorns’ previous opponents possessed the kind of top-tier offense like the one they will face on Saturday. This is going to be a big step up in class for the whole Texas roster.

The verdict The only thing that may stop the Sooners from winning big is if they decide to enjoy some of the deep fried delicacies on offer in the Texas State Fair. This is a clash of 4-0 teams but there’s little doubt as to which team will record its first entry in the L column. For all the baby steps we’ve seen Texas take so far, College Football betting fans know it would take a giant leap for the Longhorns to make a contest out of Saturday. I can see Landry Jones getting the Sooners into trouble eventually but right now his arm will be too much for the Longhorns’ defense. Likewise the questions that remain surrounding Oklahoma’s D won’t need answering against a fledging Texas offense. I like Oklahoma to win big as -10.0 favorites with Sports Interaction.