The Red River Rivalry has been a bit one sided for quite a while now. In fact Oklahoma has been so dominant as of late that Texas has been called into question about where their program is headed. Texas has only managed to win four out of the last twelve battles in the rivalry. That may sound pretty good but when you consider how dominant Texas has been through the years it sounds odd coming from that program.
A lot is at stake for both teams. Each team must keep pace with West Virginia and Kansas St. A loss almost guarantees that a shot at the Big 12 title is out of the question. Big time quarterbacks lead explosive offenses into the game. Both Oklahoma and Texas have defenses that are able to get after the quarterback as well.
Landry Jones is balling again this year and he has been impressive most games. He has only thrown two interceptions, tossed seven touchdowns and Jones he has been getting rid of the ball quickly eliminating the sacks he took last year..
He is also completing 63.3 percent of his passes, and has 1,032 yards through the air. Jones has been steady but he as really struggled is in the big games. Something about the big stage bothers Jones as his numbers go in the toilet on the big stage.
Jones has consistently completed over 60 percent of his passes in his career, but there have been some seriously awful performances when he plays top ranked teams or seriously big games. This week offers Jones the opportunity to lose that stigma and set the record straight about his ability to perform on the big stage.
David Ash appeared to be more hype than substance when he started off his Texas career. As a rookie he threw eight interceptions and only four touchdowns and he only completed 56.9 percent of his passes.
This year Ash has been balling. He has a solid quarterback rating and he has thrown 11 touchdowns and only one interception, and is completing 77.5 percent of his passes to date.
Not many quarterbacks can boast a QB rating of 180.1. Ash however has been solid getting the ball to his top targets early and often. Jaxon Shipley and Mike Davis has been among the most productive receivers in the country, and David Ash has demonstrated the ability to get them the rock.
Texas has the ability to make things interesting this year because they have a running game to compliment their passing attack. The Longhorns feature a three-headed monster at tailback and every one of them can make big plays.
Oklahoma boasts a solid running attack but they make their living on the outside where the get it done early and often.
I see this one coming down to the wire and the Sooner fan in me wants to give the edge to the Sooners but for some reason I feel like this one will be a lot closer than people think.