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Friday, July 19, 2013
Red River Rivalry game: Early predictions

By ESPN.com staff

As our Red River Rivalry week comes to an end, we're making early predictions on the game.

BIG 12 BLOG

Texas 24, Oklahoma 21
Oklahoma has straight-up embarrassed Texas in Dallas in each of the past two seasons. Not anymore. Texas is a more experienced, more complete team and shows it in the fourth quarter. Texas wins this one in old-school fashion: Being the better team at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball pays off on the scoreboard.
- David Ubben

HORNSNATION

Texas 31, Oklahoma 21
As much as history tells me this pick is foolish, I'm trying as hard as I can to look at 2013 and 2013 only. In 2013, Texas is better at QB, WR and OL. Texas is better everywhere on defense except for one CB spot. Whether the Longhorns answer the bell or not is up to them, but they are better than Oklahoma 1 to 22, 1 to 44 and 1 to 85 in 2013. Texas wins in a game that shouldn't be as close as it's going to be.
- Sean Adams

Texas 38, Oklahoma 28
Yes, Texas has been miserable in the last two showdowns in Dallas. Yes, David Ash has not inspired confidence with his first two Red River games. But OU will come in with losses to Notre Dame and/or TCU and its inexperienced defense will stumble once more.
- Max Olson

Texas 27, Oklahoma 24
If the Longhorns can finally get over the hump against Kansas State, which I believe they will, they'll win this game. The experience factor in Texas' favor will play a pivotal role in this one, just as it has for OU the past two seasons. Ash will finally embrace the moment at the Cotton Bowl and help keep Texas' record unblemished heading into a huge game at TCU two weeks later.
- William Wilkerson

SOONERNATION

Oklahoma 35, Texas 24
Will Texas finally show up? The Longhorns looked listless in back-to-back blowouts at the hands of OU. It's hard to imagine the Longhorns, who enter the game with an advantage in talent and experience, laying another egg this October. But until we see it on the field I'm expecting the Sooners to win -- again.
- Brandon Chatmon

Oklahoma 34, Texas 26
There are questions about OU's defense. But if the Sooners are going to have success in 2013, those questions will need to be answered by mid-October. We'll know a lot more about OU's quarterback situation, too. Whoever it is will have fun throwing it to Jalen Saunders and Sterling Shepard and handing it off to Damien Williams and Brennan Clay. OU's offense remains too explosive for the Longhorns.
- Bob Przybylo

Oklahoma 27, Texas 21
It's nearly impossible to pick Texas here after what the Horns have shown (or not shown) in this game the last two seasons. But the Sooners have too many questions going into this season to rout Texas a third straight time, right?
- Jake Trotter