Big Game Hunting: Texas over Oklahoma in Red River ‘rubber match’?
College football nuts will recall the early-2000s version of the Red River rivalry. It was so one-sided, so brutally Oklahoma over Texas, that it actually could be hard to watch. Then-Sooners coach Bob Stoops became a superstar as his teams destroyed Mack Brown’s Longhorns over five games, from 2000-04, by a combined score of 189-54.
But since then? The Big 12’s flagship programs are a much more palatable 6-6 head-to-head. Feel free to look at No. 12 Oklahoma vs. Texas (2:30 p.m., ESPN) as a tiebreaker of sorts.
The Sooners (4-1, 1-1 Big 12), 7½-point favorites, are coming off a bewildering loss at home to Iowa State. The unranked Longhorns (3-2, 2-0) have played their share of Top 25-worthy football, losing in overtime at USC and, last week, surviving an overtime test against dangerous Kansas State. In between those games, the Longhorns won at Iowa State by 10. So there’s that.
Stoops has departed, replaced by 34-year-old Lincoln Riley, the youngest head coach in the FBS ranks. Brown is, of course, long gone; former Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman, like Riley in Year 1, holds the reins.
Yet the spectacle endures. Half the stadium in crimson, and the other half in burnt orange. …read more
Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports