The picks are in!
The Red River Showdown is finally upon us and in traditional fashion, the ESPN College GameDay crew concluded the show with their game picks, siding in favor of No. 12 Oklahoma knocking off Texas.
Desmond Howard, Kirk Herbstreit and the James Madison mascot — the show’s celebrity guest picker — all sided with the Sooners, while Lee Corso favored Texas courtesy of a stout Longhorns defense.
The general expectation is for the Sooners to come out on top in a new era of the Red River Showdown, which will feature a new coach on each sideline for the first time since 1947.
After falling to Iowa State last weekend, 38-31, Oklahoma enters as a 9.5-point favorite over Texas and owns a 79.5 percent chance to win, per ESPN’s FPI.
Could history favor the Horns, though?
The last time Texas was 3-2 was in 2013. The Longhorns next game was against a No. 12-ranked Oklahoma club, in which the Sooners fell, 36-20. Now after splitting the previous four meetings, the GameDay crew expects Oklahoma to gain the advantage and own a 3-2 edge throughout the past half-decade.
The Red River Showdown will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.
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