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Big 12: Facts and figures for 2018 UT-OU Red River Showdown

It doesn’t get much better than Texas-Oklahoma weekend in Dallas—Fort Worth.

This remains among the best rivalries in college football, dating to the first contest between the schools in 1900. That ended with a 28-2 Longhorns’ victory.

The two storied programs meet for the 113th time on Saturday at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. This game has been played at the historic Cotton Bowl since 1929. We get you ready for the Red River Showdown’s next chapter.

The details

Kickoff: 11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Cotton Bowl Stadium, Dallas

TV: FOX (Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft)

The line: Oklahoma favored by 7 1/2 points (over/under 61 1/2 points)

All-time series: Texas leads 61-46-5.

Three things to know

1. Ranked matchup. This is the first time since 2012 that Oklahoma (No. 7) and Texas (No. 19) are both ranked going into the game. Texas is still finding its way back to relevancy under Tom Herman, and a win over a top-10 rival would become his signature win to date.

2. Running ‘Horns? Texas hasn’t been a great rushing offense so far, averaging 3.7 yards a carry. But the Longhorns would benefit from a strong ground game against the Sooners. That’s the formula Army used to keep Kyler Murray’s and Oklahoma’s high-scoring offense off the field.

Army rushed for 339 yards. So Texas needs big rushing games from Tre Watson, Keaontay Ingram and even quarterback Sam Ehlinger.

3. Mr. Murray. Speaking of Murray, he is coming off a record-setting performance against Baylor. He tied a school record by accounting for seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing), and set a school and Big 12 record with a 348.0 pass efficiency rating.

Murray and the Sooners have to remain on top of their game against the Big 12’s second-ranked defense. The Longhorns have been the best team at intercepting the ball, too, leading the league with six picks.

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This will be Murray’s hardest test to date, but an opportunity for him to strengthen his Heisman hopes.

Prediction: Oklahoma 34, Texas 27. OU scored 66 points last week against Baylor, but Texas’ defense is much more talented. The Longhorns make this a game, but Kyler Murray and the Sooners prevail in the end.

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