Roy Williams Predicts Texas Win Against OU

Texas will beat Oklahoma next Saturday in the Cotton Bowl, former Texas SE and current Detroit Lion Roy Williams said Saturday. The Legend was on hand for Texas' 44-14 win over Baylor.

"In my opinion, they can't go five," Williams said of Oklahoma's current four-game winning streak in the series. "They can't go five. It's not gonna happen."

For Williams, this has more to do than just the law of averages; it has to do with the improvements he has seen in the Longhorn program on both sides of the ball.

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"The running game has really improved from last year," Williams added. "The offensive line has a lot more experience. These guys run the ball too good. They can control the clock. The defense is really improved. I'm not taking anything away from Coach Bull (former Defensive Coordinator Carl Reese) last year but they've really improved this year. I see some good things coming."

The biggest difference between the 2004 Longhorns and the recent teams is Texas' running game, Williams added.

"There's no doubt about it," Williams said. "We went in with a philosophy of run and pass where hopefully we could play a guessing game with which one we wanted to do. This year, you know what we're going to do. We're going to run the football. Can you stop us?"

Heading into the 11 a.m. kickoff at the Cotton Bowl, Texas will boast not only the nation's top ranked rushing offense (353.5 ypg) but also the nation's top rusher in RB Cedric Benson (188 ypg). Texas is ranked No. 3 this week in total offense (528.5 ypg), trailing only Purdue (549.3 ypg) and California (539 ypg).

Oklahoma will counter with the nation's No. 12 rushing offense (242.3 ypg) and the nation's 11th-best offense in total yards (470 ypg).

This week, the Horns check in at No. 17 in total defense (270.5 ypg) while OU's defense is rated No. 38 overall (324.5 ypg).

Freshman Frank Okam, who logged his first start at LDT Saturday in place of injured Rodrique Wright (ankle) said repeatedly that the Red River Shootout was "just another game."

"It's just another game that you've got to play," Okam told reporters. "It's another hurdle that you've got to go through to get to the national championship."

Moments later, Okam stated: "Like I said earlier, it's just another game that we've got to play. It doesn't really matter (because) you've got to go out and play it no matter who the opponent is."

Then, when the next wave of Oklahoma questions surfaced:

"It's just another game next week. It's just a hurdle we've got to get over to get to the national championship."

When asked if he really thought Oklahoma was just another game, Okam replied: "I really do. I'm just a freshman so maybe I don't understand the great magnitude of it but I'm just trying to see it as another game that I have an opportunity to go play."

Okam has attended the Texas-OU game once as a spectator.

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