Saturday, October 17
It’s here. The Red River Rivalry. It’s Texas/o-Who? weekend at the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas, and “Big Tex” will groan from his pedestal that this year’s contest will once again pit two highly-competitive Big 12 football teams on the gridiron. It’s sure to be another doozy in Dallas.
There is the potential to ramble on for weeks (and 364 bragging days after) about this game, but no matter what words fill this space, the blood and guts spilled at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday will be worth all the glory to the winner.
Although o-Who? has lost two non-conference games already this season, they remain in the hunt for the Big 12 South title if they can win on Saturday – what would amount to a key win in an otherwise somber beginning to the season. Texas, on the other hand, marks this as a “must-win” on the calendar, as the ‘Horns are chasing redemption for last year’s duping in both the Big 12 and the BCS championships. o-Who? quarterback Sam Bradford has returned from his shoulder injury, and Texas fans are still waiting to see the 2008 Colt McCoy show up at quarterback for the Longhorns. Despite those storylines, this game shapes up to be a defensive battle – two high-profile offenses against two stout defenses, as both teams rank in the top 10 nationally in defense, Texas at #4 and o-Who? at #9. While the running game remains lost for the ‘Horns, o-Who? brings two legit running backs to table – and, the team who rules the running game usually wins this game, despite the aerial assault by both squads.
Eyes Of TX will defer to the inundation of Red River Rivalry coverage in the media this week to help tell the story this week.
To be clear, Eyes Of TX has absolutely no love for the crimson and cream, “BCS Bob” Stoops, “boomer sooner,” pop guns, land thieves, Ruf/Neks, or schooners. It’s game day, and it’s safe to say: “It’s 2:21a PT, and o-Who? still sucks.”
Let’s make it four out of the last five, ‘Horns!
Eyes Of TX’s Prediction
Texas 20, o-Who? 14
Red River Rivalry
USA Today: Weekend Preview: Full menu of showdowns highlight schedule
ESPN: Texas v. Oklahoma – Six Keys To Winning
ESPN: Podcasts with Mack Brown and Bob Stoops
ESPN: McShay Film Breakdown – Texas v. Oklahoma
ESPN: OU-TX College Football Live Preview
ESPN: Midweek Exam
Fanhouse: Big 12 Notebook: As usual, Red River Rivalry is more than a game
ESPN: Video – Red River Rivalry Preview (with Keith Moreland/Longhorn Sports Network)
ESPN: McCoy, Bradford renew their rivalry on Saturday
ESPN: Running game should help decide Red River Rivalry
ESPN: I-35 Rivals Have Taken Different Paths
ESPN: Rivals begin week with distinct goals
SI.com: Game of the Week: Plenty of spice left in this year’s Red River Rivalry
SI.com: Saturday Morning Splurge
The Oklahoman: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy to meet in showdown No. 3
The Oklahoman: Not so long ago, Texas coach Mack Brown needed a Red River victory; Now, it’s Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops
Austin American-Statesman: Cotton Bowl is the only correct choice for Texas-ou game
Austin American-Statesman: Heisman candidates focus on winning games, not the trophy
SI.com: College Football Rivalries
SI.com: Heisman Watch
ESPN: Best college town: Austin or Norman?
Texas Longhorns (5-0)
ESPN: Horns Face First Test In Red River Rivalry
ESPN: The eyes of Texas are upon him
ESPN: Sophomore may get call against OU
ESPN: Report: RB Fozzy Whittaker to start for Texas
ESPN: Texas cautiously ‘optimistic’ on RBs progress
SI.com: Heading in to ou game, Texas’ goal is clear: Win ’em all
ESPN: Texas’ Shipley making up for lost time
ESPN: Title aspirations driving Texas’ McCoy
Austin American-Statesman: Longhorn Football Notes – 10/16/2009
Dallas Morning News: UT linebacker Muckelroy is quiet, but his play speaks loudly