Cloudy Crystal Ball: Game 6

Texas, Oklahoma set for a defensive showdown at the Cotton Bowl

Each week of the college football season brings its own set of crazy predictions. Some are out of this world. Some are just lazy and will definitely be achieved. We at Sooners Illustrated have our own set of weekly predictions. See what appears as we gaze into our cloudy crystal ball for Oklahoma’s Game 6 matchup against Texas.

Oklahoma will lose . . . It’s not all that far-fetched. Nobody thought Texas would be Oklahoma last year and look what happened. Even fewer thought TCU would come out the victor last week. Coming off a rather demoralizing loss which stemmed from a lack of focus, it’s not unimaginable that TCU could beat the Sooners twice. Then again, Texas would have something to do with it. The Longhorns still boast a great defense and a mobile quarterback – similar to the one that gave the Sooners fits in Ft. Worth.

Oklahoma will win by 21 points . . . Clearly, all the predictions are mutually exclusive. With the way Texas has played early, it’s entirely possible that the Sooners’ defense rights itself and completely shuts down the Longhorns. Oklahoma is still averaging 42 points a game, a mark Texas has only come close to once, when it scored 38 on North Texas. Otherwise, Texas hasn’t scored more than 23 points in any other game.

Sooners’ quarterback Trevor Knight completes less than 50 percent of his passes and throws two interceptions . . . In all likelihood, Texas will follow TCU’s model for shutting down the Oklahoma offense. Something that every opponent of the Sooners’ should take note of the rest of the season: Pack the box and make Knight win. If Knight has to try to win the game for Oklahoma on Saturday, he won’t. Knight is completing just 54.5 percent of his passes and is averaging an interception per game.

Oklahoma’s defense allows a season-low six points . . . This game could really hinge on Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes, who will make the sixth start of his career Saturday. The Longhorns haven’t been any better with Swoopes under center and scored just seven points against Baylor and BYU. Statistically, Baylor’s defense is much better than Oklahoma’s, surpassing the Sooners in every major category – and every minor category other than turnovers and red-zone defense. But Oklahoma is better defensively than BYU.

What are your predictions?

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