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The Oklahoma Sooners are slight favorites over the Texas Longhorns in this year's Red River Rivalry, as a pair of top 15 teams square off in the Cotton Bowl.
For only the second time since 1997, the Red River Rivalry and/or Shootout (#TeamShootout) pairs Texas and Oklahoma teams with a loss apiece. This might only mean stakes are as high as ever, since the loser will essentially be out of the Big 12 race.
However, each is ranked in the top 15, and the winner at the State Fair of Texas will remain in good position for a conference title and even a dark horse national title run. The Sooners bring a veteran quarterback in Landry Jones and statistically the nation's most balanced offense (1,412 yards rushing, 1,413 passing), while Texas' powerful running game has bailed out what's been a very disappointing defense so far.
Oklahoma gets a boost in the form of speedy deep threat Jalen Saunders, a Fresno State import who was only cleared to play this week. For the Horns, linebacker Jordan Hicks and running back Malcolm Brown are doubtful with injury.
The Sooners have won the Golden Hat twice in a row, bringing the all-time series record to 59-42-5 in favor of Texas.
Game time, TV channel: Noon ET, ABC
Point spread: Oklahoma favored by three
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