Red River Rivalry: OU-Texas matchups

by Jason Kersey Published: October 10, 2013

Advantage: Oklahoma

DEFENSIVE LINE

Texas has recorded more sacks this year than Oklahoma, but the Sooners' defensive line is still vastly improved from last season. The Longhorns' defense is allowing close to 30 points and 250 rushing yards per game.

Advantage: Oklahoma

LINEBACKERS

Both teams have lost their best linebackers for the season. Texas' Jordan Hicks ruptured his right Achilles a few weeks ago against Kansas State, and Oklahoma's Corey Nelson was lost after a partially torn pectoral muscle last week against TCU. The Sooners' other linebackers have been solid this year, though, on a defense allowing only 13 points per game.

Advantage: Oklahoma

SECONDARY

Oklahoma is allowing about 168 passing yards per game, while Texas is giving up 217. The Longhorns' main defensive issues have come against the run, but the Sooners still get the nod here.

Advantage: Oklahoma

SPECIAL TEAMS

Oklahoma has been better on field goals, punt returns and kickoffs, while the Longhorns hold a slight edge in punting and kick returns. The Longhorns allowed one punt return for a touchdown, though, giving the Sooners a slight special-teams edge.

Advantage: Oklahoma

COACHING

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is 9-5 in his 14 meetings with Mack Brown and the Longhorns. Four of those OU victories have been blowouts — including the last two meetings — and there's plenty of reasons to believe a fifth might be imminent.

Advantage: Oklahoma

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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