Previewing the 2019 Red River Rivalry
Dating back to a time before Oklahoma was officially recognized as a state, the Red River Rivalry is one of the most celebrated clashes in all of college football.
The game, which is played yearly between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners, is one of the marquee events in all of sports, providing fans across the country with fantastic high-stakes football.
In addition to the added panache that comes with a high-profile rivalry, the Red River Rivalry has been an increasingly important game in the landscape of college football as at least one of Texas or Oklahoma has been nationally ranked coming into the tilt for each of the past 19 seasons.
A Brief Overview of the Red River Rivalry
The series held its first game in 1900 and has been played over 114 times since with the Texas Longhorns being the better team historically with a record of 62-47-5. With that being said, the Sooners have been on a fantastic run in the Red River Shootout since 2010, having won 7 of the last 10 matchups.
This year’s matchup should be another fantastic game as both Oklahoma and Texas are currently ranked among the top 15 teams in the nation according to the AP Poll.
When & Where is This Year’s Red River Rivalry?
This year’s rivalry game is scheduled for a 12:00 PM ET kickoff on October 12 at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, TX. The neutral site has hosted the Red River Rivalry since 1932, and the game coincides with the State Fair of Texas.
After three regular-season games, the Oklahoma Sooners are 3-0, having won twice at home and once on the road. They’re tied for the best record in the Big 12.
The Texas Longhorns are tied for third place in the Big 12 at 2-1, having gone 1-1 at home and winning their lone road game.
In addition to bragging rights for a year, three separate trophies are awarded to the winner – the Golden Hat, the Red River Rivalry trophy and the Governors’ trophy.
History tells us that this make-or-break contest will likely be very close as five of the last six games were decided by less than a touchdown.
Led by the spectacular quarterback play of graduate transfer Jalen Hurts, the Sooners have rattled off three wins in their first three games, including a 70-14 shellacking of South Dakota and a 48-14 smackdown against UCLA. Hurts has played a key role in the Sooners early-season success which has seen Oklahoma ranked as the fifth-best team in the nation.
The Longhorns have stumbled just a bit early in the season and are sitting at 2-1 after a hard-fought loss against the number four ranked LSU Tigers. Led by a homegrown quarterback in Sam Ehlinger, Texas is averaging over 43 points a game and have proven they have the offensive firepower to hang with the big guns in the Big 12.
As far as our prediction goes, we’re taking the Sooners to triumph over the Longhorns. Jalen Hurts has been incredible so far in 2019, completing over 80 percent of his passes and averaging over 9 yards per rushing attempt. We think he’ll be the x-factor that leads Oklahoma to victory. We predict Oklahoma to win 42-28 in an offensive shootout.
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