The Texas vs. Oklahoma game on Saturday might just decide the 2010 Big 12 South champion. Oklahoma is also favored in this game for the first time in a long while, following an embarrassing loss that Texas racked up against UCLA last week. There are certainly quite a few teams in the Big 12 South division that could potentially make it to the Big 12 Championship Game, but it looks like the winner of the Texas vs. Oklahoma game will have the upper hand for the rest of the regular season. The loser will have to win out and hope someone upsets the winner in a later game.
Oklahoma is now ranked No. 8 in the country, just behind No. 6 Nebraska, which is the best-rated team in the Big 12 North. Texas had been higher than both of them, but lost to UCLA 34-12 at home last week, and dropped all the way to No. 21 in the latest polls.
Texas has a slight advantage in the current Big 12 standings after beating the Texas Tech Red Raiders in week three of the college football season, but now they have to play Oklahoma in Dallas on Saturday. It doesn’t get any easier next week either, as Texas has to travel to play a Nebraska team that is extremely tough at home, and which also wants revenge for the Texas win at the 2009 Big 12 Championship Game.
The Big 12 Championship Game takes place at the end of the regular season, and pits the winner of the South Division against the winner of the North division. Texas beat Nebraska last year on its way to the college football national championship game against Alabama, and it was an extremely competitive game that came down to the final moments of the match.
This year, Oklahoma is hoping to get back to that stage for the first time in many years, and they have to get through a tough Texas team to make it happen. So far this season, Oklahoma is 4-0 and has beaten tough teams from Florida State and Air Force to get there.
For Oklahoma to succeed on Saturday, they are going to have to spread out the offense a bit more and keep their great passing game firing. Sooners quarterback Landry Jones has thrown for 1,221 yards and nine touchdowns already in 2010, and would love to pad those stats a bit more.
Texas is going to ask their defense to come up big, because they have to prove they still belong ranked among the other elite teams in college football right now, or if they are rebuilding this year as a program. The Texas vs. Oklahoma game kicks off at 12:30 p.m. PST (3:30 p.m. EST) on Saturday, Oct. 2, with ABC covering the game for much of the country.