Oklahoma and Texas will face off in the Red River Showdown on Saturday, October 14. Find the game time, TV channel and streaming information below.
Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley could really use a big win after his team’s collapse against unranked Iowa State a week ago. Awaiting him in Dallas, however, is a Longhorns team that has steadily gotten better each week since a head-scratching Week 1 loss to Maryland.
Oklahoma won last year’s meeting against Texas 45-40 behind Baker Mayfield’s arm, Samaje Perine’s feet and Dede Westbrook’s elite speed. Westbrook and Perine are in the NFL now, so someone else must step up. The Red River Showdown usually brings out the best in players, and Oklahoma wouldn’t mind finding a breakout star in what should be a battle from start to finish.
Texas leads the all-time series 61-45-5 over Oklahoma. The Sooners have been better than the Longhorns more recently, however, splitting the series 32-32-3 since 1950 and winning 11 of the last 17 meetings.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game. For live updates throughout the game, go here.
Oklahoma-Texas football TV channel, time, live stream
TV channel: Oklahoma vs. Texas will be televised on ESPN.
Time: The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. CT.
Live stream: A live stream of the Oklahoma-Texas game is available on WatchESPN.
Oklahoma-Texas football picks, odds
Odds: Oklahoma opened as a 9½-point favorite. The over/under is set at 64.5.
- Oklahoma was picked by 5 of Sports Illustrated’s 7-person panel
- The Sooners took 4 of 6 votes in USA TODAY’s staff picks
- 4 of CBS Sports’ staff went Texas and 3 went Oklahoma
- Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller picked Oklahoma, 43-34
- SB Nation’s Bill Connelly picked Oklahoma, 39-27
Three keys to the game
Tackle: This one is fairly important for Oklahoma, maybe the most important. The Sooners looked completely lost against Iowa State’s offense, which for the most part was operated by a backup quarterback and a linebacker playing both ways. Oklahoma’s defense, especially its secondary, cannot afford to allow back-breaking third-down conversions or costly penalties when frustration sets in. Oklahoma needs to play its most-disciplined game of the season more than ever, and wrap up the ball carrier. The defense wasn’t the sole reason Oklahoma was upset by Iowa State, but it had a big hand.
Play loose: Oklahoma looked frustrated last Saturday, and Iowa State took advantage. It’s not like the Sooners haven’t dealt with adversity before. They seemed fine under pressure against Ohio State over a month ago. All Riley really needs is his players to execute and stay disciplined, but it wouldn’t kill his team to not play so tight. Mayfield needs to have fun with the offense, involving all of his receivers like Jeff Badet, a speedster that could torch Texas’ secondary, and Mark Andrews, who has consistently been a big-play machine in the past. Establishing the run will also be important, although, Abdul Adams is still questionable. Rodney Anderson, Marcelias Sutton and Trey Sermon, it is your time to shine.
Game plan: It’s not great when Oklahoma’s game plan falters against Iowa State. It’s even worse when most people would agree the Cyclones staff out-coached the Sooners. Matt Campbell is not a bad coach, and Iowa State could eventually turn into a respectable program by season’s end at its current pace. But for the first time in his career, Riley looked like a first-year head coach. Oklahoma fans also saw “bad Mike Stoops,” which is a bit of concern so early in the season. Things don’t get any easier with Tom Herman on the opposite sideline of Riley. Herman’s beaten Oklahoma before and he had Texas ready for a dogfight against Southern Cal in its only other big game of the season so far. The Sooners need adjustments, and they need them quick. Let’s see what Riley can do.
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