The 2013 college football season has been a major disappointment, thus far, for the Texas Longhorns. On Saturday, it could get even worse as they host their longtime rivals.
Oklahoma pay Texas a visit on Saturday in the third Big 12 matchup of the year for each team. The Sooners enter the contest with a perfect record that have them ranked No.12 in the nation. The Longhorns began the year at No.15, but haven’t been in the top 25 since a loss to BYU in Week Two, and have a 3-2 record this season.
If recent history in any indication of what to expect, then the Longhorns are in for a long day. In the past two years, the Sooners dominated the matchup between the two teams, outscoring their opponent 118-38. Before the summer, this year’s contest was expected to be much closer, with Texas opening as the favorite at some Las Vegas casinos. Their rough start, though, has made them close to a two-touchdown underdog.
The Oklahoma plan of attack will likely center around their running game. Not only are the Sooners averaging 246 yards on the ground per contest, but Texas has had some dreadful games trying to stop opposing rushers. In the defeat to BYU, the Cougars ran the ball for 550 yards, forcing head coach Mack Brown to fire defensive coordinator Manny Diaz the very next day.
“We know we can run the ball and that’s what we need to do,” Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay said. “That opens up the pass game for Blake, and Blake’s been doing a great job making decisions. Us protecting the ball, being able to run the ball, be physical, that’s a good thing for us.”
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Blake Bell has been flawless this season, completing six touchdown passes and no interceptions. He has also added 175 rushing yards of his own.
Texas will try to build off two straight wins. They didn’t’ come easy against Kansas State and 1-2 Iowa State, who had a chance to win in the final seconds.
Start Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Betting Odds: Oklahoma -13.5, 57
TV Channel: ABC
Prediction: Oklahoma 47, Texas 24