It’s time for the Tale of the Tape, an article where Horns247 takes a look at the Texas Longhorns and their opponent in a head-to-head breakdown to see which squad, on paper, looks better. This week, we’re taking a look at how the Longhorns (4-1, 2-0 in the Big 12) stack up against the Oklahoma Sooners (5-0, 2-0) heading into the 113th edition of the AT&T Red River Showdown at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday (11 a.m., FOX).
This is the second meeting in the series between Tom Herman (33-11 overall, 11-7 at Texas) and Lincoln Riley (17-2, all at Oklahoma). The Red River debut for both coaches was a thriller with a late touchdown lifting the Sooners to a 29-24 win over the Longhorns.
The pregame buzz for this year’s tilt is a vibrant as it’s been in a number of years. Along with both teams being ranked entering the game for the first time since 2012 (Texas is No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 20 in the Amway Coaches Poll while Oklahoma is No. 7 in the AP Top 25 and No. 5 in the Coaches Poll), ESPN’s College GameDay will be broadcasting live from the State Fair of Texas, which is the first time the Longhorns will be a part of a GameDay broadcast since 2011.
Even though Oklahoma has won six of the last eight meetings, the last four have been close since Texas scored an upset win in 2013, 36-20. The last four games have been decided by seven points or less with the Longhorns coming up short in the fourth quarter in all of those meetings except one (a 24-17 win in 2015).
Can the Longhorns get over the hump and snap the Oklahoma run of success in the series? It’s time for the Tale of the Tape to sort things out.