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.
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.
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.
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.
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.