Friday, October 12, 2012
Staff predictions: Texas vs. Oklahoma
By SoonerNation staff
Oklahoma 31, Texas 30 To pick the Sooners in this game, you have to believe they turned a corner in Lubbock. I do. Landry Jones had his best game in the post-Ryan Broyles era, and several young players such as Frank Shannon, Sterling Shepard and Aaron Franklin continue to emerge. This one will be close. But I think the Sooners will make the extra one or two plays to come out of the Cotton Bowl with a victory.
- Jake Trotter
Oklahoma 35, Texas 28 The Sooners enter the fourth quarter with a seven-point deficit but a key forced fumble by Javon Harris and long touchdown catch by Kenny Stills help OU pull out the comeback victory. Landry Jones is solid with more than 350 yards passing and Stills is a star as he continues to prove he steps up in big games. The junior finishes with eight catches for 147 yards and one touchdown after the Sooners open the game by getting their other receivers (Justin Brown, Trey Metoyer and Sterling Shepard) involved, thus opening up second-half opportunities for Stills.
- Brandon Chatmon
Texas 30, Oklahoma 26 The stats don't lie. Whichever team runs the ball most effectively has come out on top in the Bob Stoops-Mack Brown matchups. And despite having talented backs such as Damien Williams and Dominique Whaley, OU tends to give up on the run too easily. That will cost the Sooners in this one. This is going to be the breakout game for Texas freshman running back Johnathan Gray, who goes for more than 100 yards and a touchdown. Combined with timely runs by Joe Bergeron and David Ash, Texas reclaims bragging rights in the Red River Rivalry.
- Bob Przybylo