Im headed down to "Big D" this evening. OU/TX weekend is one of the great sports weekends around. I can honestly say, that I'm more excited this year, than in years past, because of the unknown.
So, I'll leave everyone with my overall predictions and thoughts on this ballgame.
With all the talk about how good this Texas team is, and all the Nat'l Title talk, the Longhorns better win by 3+ touchdowns. Anything less should be a major dissapointment for Longhorn fans. Like I said earlier......Its going to be tough to be real excited about barely beating a lowely 2-2 non- top 25 team. But this day has been marked on their calendar for 365 days. If they dont do it this year, they might be in for another 5-6 year drought, with all the young talent in Norman. Oklahoma will start 8 freshman Saturday.
As far as actual game play, I think Oklahoma matches up very well on defense with what Texas' gameplan is. Contain VY, and make him throw the rock. OU's linebackers are of similar calibur of Ohio States. (With more speed) The area of concern will be the loss of both starting DE's (Birdine/Williams) The Defensive secondary covers very well on the deep ball, but allows many teams to throw all over them underneath.
~Texas leads the country in Rushing offense, and Oklahoma has the 2nd best Rushing Defense. (Somethings gotta give)
Offensively for Oklahoma, things must continue to improve. I might be crucified for saying this, but Oklahomas offensive play calling is better without Adrian Peterson in the game. He was still wearing an air cast on his ankle today in practice, so I find it hard to believe that he will be close to 100% like coaches say. But I am looking forward to some new formations this week, with the diamond right (no back). With former QB Paul Thompson, and current DB Reggie Smith swinging wide, and pitching the ball to WR (Adrian Peterson) Its abesolutely gorgeous. The option returns Saturday for Oklahoma.
I've seen Bob Stoops scheme to contain Vince Young. That will happen again this year. I think the difference this year, is freshman Jamaal Charles, and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Cedric Benson could never break out against OU. But Charles is a different type of RB. If Jamaal Charles has a big game....Texas wins.
My overall prediction........
A defensive battle, with 3-5 big plays for both squads. Vince Young carries the load with 100-125 yards rushing, but you know hes going to fumble the ball a couple of times. Turnovers will be the key in this game.
Peace out.....and I'll be back Monday morning.