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College Sports: Our Big 12 Championship Game predictions: Expect the Sooners to gain some Red River Revenge

After playing in an instant classic last month at the Cotton Bowl, the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners will meet again with a Big 12 Championship on the line. Here’s how SportsDay’s columnists, college writers, college editors and college bloggers expect Saturday’s Red River Showdown rematch to play out:

Kevin Sherrington, columnist

Beating a good and maybe great team twice in the same season is something no team should be asked to do, yet that’s what the Big 12 requires of its members. Texas did a great job for three quarters at the State Fair, then had to hold on to withstand Kyler Murray’s fourth-quarter assault. Don’t think the Horns can do it twice. Oklahoma 35, Texas 31.

Ben Baby, colleges insider

A minus-3 turnover margin cost Oklahoma dearly in their loss to the Longhorns earlier this season. If Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray can protect the ball, the Sooners be able to overpower Texas in a close win and avenge their only loss of the season. The nation’s leading offense (8.92 yards per play) is good enough to atone for the Sooners’ defense. Oklahoma 41, Texas 37.

Chuck Carlton, colleges insider

Both teams have evolved, as Tom Herman put it, since the first meeting. But the important stuff remains the same. The all-world Oklahoma offense is even better and the defense continues to be cringe-worthy. Texas has to take advantage of OU’s D for four to six minute drives. People forget Texas led 45-24 going into the fourth quarter in the first meeting. This time, a motivated Kyler Murray playing indoors should be the difference. Oklahoma 51, Texas 42.

Scott Bell, colleges editor

Texas found a way to make Oklahoma punt or turn the ball over five times in their first meeting. If the Longhorns can replicate that showing on D, it should be enough to win. That’s a big “if,” though, especially with the Sooners needing style points for CFP purposes. Bet against Kyler Murray at AT&T Stadium at your own risk. Oklahoma 52, Texas 38.

Trenton Daeschner, Texas blogger

It’s hard to beat the same team twice in one season, especially when that team is led by Kyler Murray, arguably the best player in college football. Oklahoma — which has a bit more to play for with a College Football Playoff spot on the line — has been in this position a lot recently, while this is new territory for the current crop of Longhorns. Oklahoma 51, Texas 42.

Spenser Davis, Oklahoma blogger

This isn’t Kyler Murray’s first rodeo — not at AT&T Stadium, or against Texas. Murray was flustered into two costly turnovers the first time he faced the Longhorns, and having that experience could help a lot in round two. Texas’ offense can’t be better than it was vs the Sooners in October, which leaves a lot of room for regression. Oklahoma 51, Texas 42.

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