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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 06 Red River Showdown - Texas v Oklahoma Photo by John Korduner/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Game day greetings, Sooner Nation! The college football weekend we eagerly await every year has finally arrived. The Oklahoma Sooners and the Texas Longhorns are just hours away from facing off in the 114th edition of the Red River Shootout/Showdown/Rivalry/whatever, being played for the 91st year at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

For the third consecutive season, this matchup will feature a different signal caller on the Oklahoma offense, with Alabama grad-transfer Jalen Hurts taking the reigns for the 6-0 Sooners, while a familiar face in junior Sam Ehlinger hopes to lead Texas to back-to-back regular season wins against his biggest rival.

It’s time to get your popcorn ready for the marquee matchup of the Big 12 on this action-packed Saturday of college football. Jack was unable to make his gambling picks this week, but I’m sure you’ll all understand — our guy’s holding it down for us down in Dallas. Party on, Jack. Hoist those horns down for peace, all f’in weekend! (Sorry, Eddie).

However, he went ahead and added the college football viewing chart, which is typically in his gambling post. You can find it down at the bottom.

Head on down to the comments section for the game thread, where we’ll be asking questions, making predictions and discussing the day’s action with y’all.

Coverage Info

TV: FOX 11:00 A.M. CT

Live Stream: FOXSportsGo

TV Commentary: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt and Jenny Taft

Radio: OU Radio / TuneIn / SXM 200 / Español

Oklahoma vs. Texas: Game preview, storylines & predictions

Red River Q&A with Burnt Orange Nation: Defensive injuries, ‘Horns Down’ and more!

PODCAST: Trying Not To Suck featuring Allen’s Picks (Week 7)

Texas’ horizontal passing presents challenge for Oklahoma’s defense

Previewing the new food options at the State Fair of Texas (2019)

ICYMI, here’s the latest episode of Oklahoma Breakdown (Ep. 35): BEAT TEXAS WEEK with Kyle Carpenter of Barking Carnival and BLATANT HOMERISM PODCAST: Some OU-Texas talk with ESPN’s Bomani Jones. (As usual, earmuffs for the kids. Possible NSFW stuff here.)

Prediction

I’m always anxious heading into this game week, as I’m sure many of you are, as well. We’ve seen in recent years when an undefeated, highly ranked Oklahoma team travels to the Cotton Bowl and gets handed an upset L by a Texas team playing the role of spoiler. This season, however, I feel the Shorthorns — as potent on offense as OU — are a sleeping giant, likely soaking up the talk of a resounding OU victory from talking heads and Vegas, alike. OU will need to avoid the RAT POISON, indeed.

I gave Kam my score prediction of 42-34 OU before learning of the not-so-promising statuses of Oklahoma’s tackles on an already inconsistent offensive line. I’m now more inclined to feel that Texas dirties it up at the line of scrimmage, and Jalen Hurts’s arm will be tested early and often from the UT defense. There’s a good chance defensive coordinator Todd Orlando dials up more pressure than what we’re used to typically seeing out of his Texas defensive unit, in order to exploit the weakened OU offensive line.

So, if that’s indeed the case when OU has the ball, Hurts’s mobility and improvisational playmaking skills will be the most important factor in giving the Sooners the win. Look for the oft-poised Hurts to make plays all game long and convert those crucial third downs consistently, while on the other side for Alex Grinch’s unit getting off the field on third downs as they have all season will be the countering key on the dynamic Longhorn attack. Ehlinger has killed OU on third downs the last couple of seasons. The Sooners must flip the script.

Sleek and lumbering Collin Johnson, Texas’s do-it-all, giant WR is expected to be back on the field after being absent the last couple of weeks with injury. Pairing up with possession threat Devin Duvernay, quarterback Sam Ehlinger has his targets to take his shots downfield and testing a so-far untested Oklahoma secondary in a way fans are used to seeing the past few years.

Is this year the Sooners defense responds with the pass rush of its own to make it tough on Ehlinger? I’d venture it’s a good bet, as Grinch’s defense could invoke shades of Brent V’s blitzing front. Let’s hope it pays off.

I’m expecting a grind-out first half, possibly with a combined 20 points going into halftime, and the offenses to open up a bit more in the second. Jalen Hurts takes over the game late to preserve an Oklahoma victory in a tight, intense contest. Sooners make more plays down the stretch to survive a hard-fought W against a very motivated Texas team.

Gonna be a close one, but I’m sticking with my original prediction. Let’s go get ‘em, Sooners.

Score: OU 42, Texas 34

Saturday TV Schedule (ET)

Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
Matchup Time (ET) TV Streaming
South Carolina at #3 Georgia 12:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
#6 Oklahoma at #11 Texas 12:00 PM FOX FoxSportsGo.com
#16 Michigan at Illinois 12:00 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
#23 Memphis at Temple 12:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Maryland at Purdue 12:00 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Mississippi State at Tennessee 12:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Rutgers at Indiana 12:00 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Miami (OH) at Western Michigan 12:00 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Toledo at Bowling Green 12:00 PM CBS Sports Network CBSSports.com
Georgia Tech at Duke 12:30 PM ACCNX WatchESPN.com
Ball State at Eastern Michigan 2:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Old Dominion at Marshall 2:30 PM Stadium WatchStadium.com
New Mexico State at Central Michigan 3:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
#1 Alabama at #24 Texas A&M 3:30 PM CBS CBSSports.com
Florida State at #2 Clemson 3:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Michigan State at #8 Wisconsin 3:30 PM BTN FoxSportsGo.com
Washington State at #18 Arizona State 3:30 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
#25 Cincinnati at Houston 3:30 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
BYU at South Florida 3:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Kent State at Akron 3:30 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
Northern Illinois at Ohio 3:30 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
UConn at Tulane 3:45 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
Texas Tech at #22 Baylor 4:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
San Jose State at Nevada 4:00 PM AT&T SportsNet None
UNLV at Vanderbilt 4:00 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Iowa State at West Virginia 4:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Rhode Island at Virginia Tech 4:00 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Middle Tennessee at Florida Atlantic 4:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Georgia State at Coastal Carolina 5:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
UAB at UTSA 6:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
Army at Western Kentucky 7:00 PM None WatchStadium.com
UMass at Louisiana Tech 7:00 PM ESPN3 WatchESPN.com
North Texas at Southern Mississippi 7:00 PM None Facebook
Fresno State at Air Force 7:00 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Ole Miss at Missouri 7:00 PM ESPN2 WatchESPN.com
Charlotte at Florida International 7:00 PM ESPN+ ESPN+
USC at #9Notre Dame 7:30 PM NBC NBCSports.com
#10 Penn State at #17 Iowa 7:30 PM ABC WatchESPN.com
Louisville at #19 Wake Forest 7:30 PM ACC Network WatchESPN.com
Nebraska at Minnesota 7:30 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com
Arkansas at Kentucky 7:30 PM SEC Network WatchESPN.com
Navy at Tulsa 7:30 PM ESPNU WatchESPN.com
#7 Florida at #5 LSU 8:00 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
#15 Utah at Oregon State 8:00 PM Pac-12 Networks Pac-12.com
Hawai'i at #14 Boise State 10:15 PM ESPN WatchESPN.com
Wyoming at San Diego State 10:30 PM CBSSN CBSSports.com
Washington at Arizona 11:00 PM FS1 FoxSportsGo.com

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